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Faculty of Music
Founder of acclaimed stringed instrument academy to visit Laurier
Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
Feb 8/12| For Immediate Release
Jerzy Kaplanek, Associate Professor of Music
Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
WATERLOO – Mimi Zweig, renowned violin teacher and founder of the Indiana University String Academy, will be in residence at Laurier’s Faculty of Music Feb. 13 and 14 for a series of private lessons, master classes, group lessons and lectures.
Students have already been selected for the lessons. However, members of the community, such as music teachers, are invited to attend as observers.
“Mimi Zweig has developed teaching methods that have been adopted all over the world, including here at Laurier,” said Jerzy Kaplanek, associate professor of violin, strings and chamber music at Laurier. “This is an opportunity to showcase our Laurier students and String Academy and to learn from Mimi.”
Zweig founded the Indiana University String Academy in 1976, and since then numerous other academies have been launched based on her approach. Laurier’s String Academy opened in 2008.
Under Zweig’s model, young string players aged five to 18 go to a university to study a curriculum synthesized from the teachings of several great violin pedagogues, such as Shinichi Suzuki and Paul Rolland. Undergraduates at participating universities teach in the String Academy alongside other instructors, allowing them to hone their teaching skills and improve their pedagogical expertise.
“The String Academy is a lab for Laurier students to learn how to teach, and also a place for younger players from the community to come and learn,” said Kaplanek, who was himself mentored by Zweig.
Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where Zweig is a professor of music and runs the original String Academy, is considered one of the top schools of music in the United States. It has received first-place rankings from The Chronicle of Higher Education and U.S. News and World Report.
All events with Zweig will take place at the Aird Building on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. More information and a schedule for the visit can be found on the Laurier String Academy home page at www.wlu.ca/coned/strings.
Admission for observers is free of charge and registration is not required.