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Cynthia V. Richards
Author and Teacher

Cynthia Richards began her study of the violin at age eight. She has maintained a successful private teaching studio since 1964 and performs as a free-lance violinist.

She pursued performance and teaching skills in America and Europe, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in violin performance from Brigham Young University (BYU). Her teachers include David Dalton, Percy Kalt, Elaine Richey and Franz Samohyl.

A faculty member at BYU from 1996 to 2005, Cynthia taught violin and the innovative String Pedagogy class for teaching young children, based on Kodály principles of music education. She continues her teaching at Utah Valley University and in the Provo School District.

Her first book, How to Get Your Child to Practice... Without Resorting to Violence, has received wide popular acceptance. She recently co-authored The Complete Musician -- Books One, Two, Three and Four for Violin, Viola and Cello with Jerry L. Jaccard and Monica Call. She has also compiled Book Four -- Accompaniments for use with the violin, viola and cello books.

She is the mother of eight children, all successful musicians, who served as her laboratory subjects in preparing this book.

Jerry L. Jaccard
Professor and Music Educator

Jerry L. Jaccard retired as a full-time faculty member at the Brigham Young University School of Music, an Affiliated Faculty Member of the BYU School of Family Life. He volunteers as a music specialist and elementary music curriculum/in-service leader for the Provo City Schools in Utah. He specializes in music pedagogy, with interests in children's aural development, the dynamics of music reading and music literacy, beginning instrumental pedagogy, and the character development of children through music.

Jerry serves on the Organization of American Kodály Society editorial boards, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Willems International Association of Musical Education, and is a member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Jerry received his B.Mus.Ed Degree in 1965 from the University of Arizona, his M.M.E. with Kodály Emphasis in 1976 from Holy Names College, and his Ed.D. in 1995 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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