C.M. Sunday is a freelance violinist/violist and conductor, private teacher and chamber music coach, author of three books (two on string pedagogy), and owner of BestStudentViolins.com, an online resource for string players. She has been cited several times in the periodicals Strad and Strings and is a writer for Connexions, an open source project based at Rice University.


• University of North Texas, May 1992: M.M., Violin Performance/Conducting

• University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: 1987-88, Suzuki training

• Rice University, Shepherd School of Music May 1987: B.A., Violin Performance/Conducting

• Manhattan School of Music, NYC. Violin studies with Samuel Applebaum, 1968-70

Violin teachers:
Joseph Pizinger, Beatrice Pease; Wichita, Kansas
Francis Jones (Auer student), Robert McNally; Tulsa, Oklahoma
Samuel Applebaum; Manhattan School of Music
Daniel Mason (Heifetz master class student); Northern Arizona State University
Raphael Fleigel; Rice University
Ruth Johnson; Supervised Suzuki training UNC-CH
Richard Luby (Galamian student); University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Harotune Bedelian (Galamian student); University of California, Irvine
Robert Davidovici (Galamian student); University of North Texas

Master classes:
Samuel Applebaum, Franco Autori (Toscanini student), Stuart Canin, Heidi Castleman, Ruben Gonzalez, Ani Kavafian, Sergiu Luca, Yo-Yo Ma, Uri Mayer, Erica Morini, Itzhak Perlman, Ruggerio Ricci, Benjamin Zander, Pinchas Zukerman.

Samuel Jones (Rice)
Tonu Kalam, Susan Klebanow (UNC-CH)

Ellsworth Milburn, Paul Cooper (Rice)
Mary Jeanne van Appledorn (Texas Tech)

Teaching Assistantship, UC Irvine
Public School: Tulsa, Dallas, Austin, Memphis
Contest adjudication: Tulsa, Memphis
Rhodes College (instructor, chamber music coach)
Private Studio Teacher

Ensemble playing:
Student Orchestras: Midwestern Music and Art Camp, Friends University, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa University, Manhattan School of Music, NAU, Arizona State, Rice, UNC-CH, UC Irvine
Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet and Opera Orchestras, Flagstaff Symphony, Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Opera
Grand Tetons Orchestral Seminar
Baytown, Irving, Galveston Symphonies
Lubbock Symphony
International Flute Conference-Chamber Group, Marcel Moise
Memphis Opera
Charleston Symphony
National Endowment of the Arts Orchestra (Fidelio)-Duke University
AFM Memberships: Austin, Houston, Memphis, Tulsa
Freelance string player, conductor

Violin/Viola Stuff: Things to Help you Get Started, Studying, Teaching and Playing the Violin and Viola: Pedagogical materials continue to be written, old mysteries are brought up and only partially resolved (e.g., Nicolas Laoureux), and links change. The book is meant to be used in tandem with internet access. I love the feel of paperbacks, of actual books, and also like the convenience of a tablet, so that links may be followed. Both are pleasant experiences and suitable to different occasions and uses. So here is your updated version, with some new material. My friends who wanted to read this in the bath can now enjoy the work they requested.

Violin/Viola Stuff

Guide to Teaching and Playing the Violin: Easy reference guide to violin and viola pedagogy and performance for teachers, students and parents: Easy reference guide to violin and viola pedagogy and performance for teachers, students and parents. Illustrations and text by C.M. Sunday.

Guide to Teaching and Playing the Violin

Love Letters to Marie: A World War II Correspondence: These are the letters my father wrote to my mother during his experiences as a navigator and bombardier on the B-26 Marauders during World War II.

Love Letters to Marie: A World War II Correspondence

My modules on Rice University open source project, Connexions

Nicholas Laoureux, A Practical Method for Violin: Biographical notes and photographs New!
The Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61: Some Twentieth-Century Viewpoints
John Cage and Merce Cunningham: 1952-1993: Essay on the 20th century composer, John Cage
Common String Articulations
Early Baroque Violin Practice (1520-1650): An early history of the violin
Francesco Geminiani: The Art of Playing the Violin
Ornaments in Giuseppe Tartini's Traité des Agréments: Ornamentation practices in Tartini's treatise
Portraits of Anomaly: Nannerl Mozart, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann

Book Review:
The Suppression of Genius and Sensibility in the Public School System: George Leonard's Education and Ecstasy

Music Education:
Administration of Postsecondary Music Departments
Elitism versus Popularism in Music Education
Case Study: Violin Pedagogy and the Adolescent Student
Two Essays on the Development of Student Orchestras
Sight Reading for Rehearsal and Audition Purposes
Music Pre/Post Test
Math/Music/Literacy Curriculum Unit

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