Westminster College Assistant Professor of Music Presents Research

Friday, April 19, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music and orchestra director, presented research April 5 at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Conference - All-Eastern division in Hartford, Conn.

"Bowings in String Parts: Tips for the Non-String-Playing Teacher" reviewed "rules of thumb" that non-string playing directors should keep in mind when making decisions about orchestral bowings, especially since a fair amount of orchestra music does not come with string parts that are marked with "good" bowings, making it the director's responsibility to make bowing decisions.

Crawford Perttu directs the symphony orchestra, teaches the string pedagogy sequence as well as private violin and viola lessons, and supervises the weekly string master class. She joined the Westminster faculty in 2009.  Crawford Perttu earned an undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and a master's and doctorate from Ohio State University.

Contact Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu at (724) 946-7271 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu