​​Rolland String Pedagogy is an internationally acclaimed, exciting approach to string playing and teaching.

Paul Rolland (1911-1978), Professor of Violin and String Pedagogy and Department Chairman at the University of Illinois, is recognized around the globe for emphasizing efficient, effective movement patterns and balanced string playing that is free from excessive tension.

Paul Rolland was one of the world leaders in string pedagogy and a founder of the American String Teachers Association.

Yehudi Menuhin considered him the most influential string pedagogue of the 20th century.

String teachers, performers, college students and mature high school musicians who attend the Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops will learn the valuable principles showcased in Paul Rolland's remarkable film series DVD and book The Teaching of Action in String Playing. Conference topics include: Establishing the Violin and Bow Holds, Establishing Left Hand Placement and Finger Action, Various Bow Techniques, Early Vibrato Teaching, Actions and Movements to improve your string playing.

Join in the fun of learning with other passionate string players and teachers!

​     This notification was previously sent and serves as a good reminder of how life has progressed into 2021 and 2022!

"May 1, 2020 Update from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign"
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it has become necessary to suspend the 2020 Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  We acknowledge that this is disappointing news, and we express our deep appreciation to those who have been working tirelessly towards producing what was promising to be one of the best Rolland Workshops to-date."


The  Certification program for Level 2, 3 & 4 Endorsements of Paul Rolland Pedagogy will be offered online in 2022.  For information, please contact Lynne Denig at lynne@chinrests.com. or paulrollandsociety.org

It is notable that the year 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the completion of Paul Rolland’s highly influential String Research Project. During this anniversary year, it was disappointing that we were unable to gather in-person to celebrate Paul Rolland’s profound contributions to string pedagogy.  However, we take inspiration from Rolland himself, who made use of the cutting-edge technology of his day to ensure that his work from the String Research Project could be shared widely. 

Please know that we are actively exploring how we might make use of cutting-edge technology to open up new and exciting possibilities for pursuing Rolland’s pedagogy this summer.  

Take a look at the exciting faculty list and several locations of Level 1 Endorsement events.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.  We hope to see you online at the 2022 Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop, June 27 - July 1, 2022.

Workshop Directors and Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Certification Committee

Paul Rolland

String Pedagogy Workshop


Join us at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign June 27-July 1, 2022 

for interactive presentations by master teachers centered on Paul Rolland'sThe Teaching of Action in String Playing

DVD and book.  Viewing of the ground-breaking film series will include instruction, Q&A and demonstration.    


"The Teaching of Action in String Playing" book and DVD will be used during the Workshop and can be purchased from PeterRolland@cox.net.  Registered participants get a significant price discount. Streaming of the films is now available (March 10, 2021).

see Vimeo.com/ondemand/paulrolland

Paul Rolland String Camp

“Young Strings on the Move!” 

Camp is not offered in 2022. 


University of Illinois, June 22-27, 2020

For Violin, Viola and Cello students
Junior Camp (violin, viola) – ages 5-7
Main Camp (violin, viola, cello) – ages 8-12
ages flexible based on instructor consent

Sessions will be given by master teachers of the violin, viola, cello, and bass, highlighting Rolland techniques vital to playing and teaching strings with good tone production and without excessive tension, using balanced, free movements and correct posture.

​​Pedagogy Events

​Explore the basics of teaching strings

and the foundations of good string playing

Registration is open ! 

Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop

at the University of Illinois​

2022  Faculty at the University of Illinois Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop, co-hosted by the PaulRollandSociety.org


Master Teachers