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
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,
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