Course Description

Schedule D OCT Course

The Additional Qualification Course: String Education, Part 3 (Violin/Viola/Cello, Ukulele & Guitar) extends the knowledge and skills from Part 1 and Part 2, with a focus on leadership skills for all teachers in both elementary and secondary school settings. The Additional Qualification course: String Music Education, Part 3 (Violin/Viola/Cello, Ukulele & Guitar) supports the expectations outlined in the Ministry of Education curriculum policy documents and other Ministry of Education policies. 

Please be advised that upon completion of this AQ, Oct will recognize this course as AQ Music - Instrumental, Specialist.


Course Outline

Topics include:

  • the history and status of string programs in Canada and the United States, and advocacy.
  • advanced bow technique and bow strokes, physics of tone production through string knowledge, postural issues in string education as a result of equipment choice, shifting and vibrato technique, and improvisation and creativity in the string classroom.
  • criteria for choosing intermediate/advanced string repertoire, cultural and current issues in music preferences, alternative string styles, teaching styles, how classroom setup affects rehearsals, various rehearsal techniques, metacognition, and conducting skills.
  • rethinking string instruction in the 21st century, media and technology influences, and performance test rubrics.


Required Materials:

  •  access to one full-size violin, viola, or cello (Rentals can be arranged through Long and McQuade music stores across Ontario)   
  • soprano ukulele, guitar 
  • Strategies for Teaching Strings, by Hamann and Gillespie: Amazon
  • Essential Elements Book 1 (Cello), Book 1 (Viola), or Book 1 (Violin) Amazon or Essential Elements Book 1 (Strings) Teachers Manual
  • Essential Elements Book 1 (Guitar) Amazon
  • Essential Elements Book 1 (Ukulele): Amazon
  • a digital tuner for daily practicing, which may be a free App download for a Smartphone 
  • a metronome if desired   




  • Hold a "Certificate of Qualification" showing basic qualifications in two divisions (e.g., Primary/Junior, Intermediate or Senior.)
  • OCT Certificate of Qualification must be in good standing.
  • Successful completion of Part 2.
  • Confirmation of Teaching Experience form, signed by a supervisory officer, confirming two year of teaching experience with a minimum of 1 year in the subject area, completed after teacher’s certification. This form must be received prior to the start date of the course and for course approval.

Important Notice: While we endeavour to be as accurate as possible while reviewing your qualifications for courses in our program, the Faculty of Education bears no responsibility for ensuring you have met the qualifications as per the guidelines of the Ontario College of Teachers. It is your responsibility to learn which prerequisites you will need. https://www.oct.ca/members/additional-qualifications/prerequisites


OSAP Funding for AQ Courses

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) now includes funding for hundreds of micro-credential programs. The micro-credentials plan ensures loans and grants will be available to more learners to rapidly upskill and reskill for in-demand jobs. Please be advised that this AQ course is on the list of eligible courses for OSAP funding. Please view the Micro-credential website for details and eligibility. https://www.ontario.ca/page/micro-credentials-ontarios-postsecondary-schools.

Who can get OSAP?


OSAP is open to Ontario residents of any age who are:

  • Canadian citizens
  • permanent residents, or
  • protected persons

Students must enroll in courses prior to the semester deadline date.  OSAP would directly reimburse you for the tuition fee.  If you have questions regarding Micro-credential funding, please contact Student Awards and Financial Aid at award1@uwindsor.ca..

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Section Title
AQ Music – Instrumental (Strings) Specialist (Summer 2024)
Section Schedule
Jun 03, 2024 to Aug 19, 2024
Delivery Options
Online - Asynchronous Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee non-credit $685.00
Section Notes

The deadline to enroll in Summer 2024 courses is May 20, 2024. The required confirmation of teaching experience form must be submitted by May 20th or shortly after this date for course approval.


Confirmation of Teaching Experience form - https://www.uwindsor.ca/education/continuing/aq/forms 

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