One of the founders of the American String Teacher Association, Paul Rolland was born in Hungary and subsequently moved to study and work in the United States. He taught at several schools before being appointed as the professor of violin at the University of Illinois, a position which he held until his death. He became a well-known figure for his approach in early string teaching that emphasizes physical balance and freedom of movement. He believed that "most elements of string playing can be introduced in embryonic form during the first year, and refined thereafter."
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