Andy Strietelmeier is the strings specialist on the University of Oregon music education faculty. He works with aspiring orchestra teachers and teaches classes for music education majors in all areas on developing effective classroom and curricular strategies. Strietelmeier’s research interests center on decisions and goal-directed behavior in the practice room. His dissertation Content-Dependent Behavior in Musical Practice explores how musicians tailor their activities to different kinds of problems in the music they are learning, and how this tailoring changes as they gain experience as practicers. Other areas of interest include music perception and reading. As a performer, he has appeared in recitals, festivals, concerts, and master classes in North and South America as well as Europe. He has performed, presented research, and given pedagogical talks at the American String Teachers Association, Music Educators National Convention (now known as the National Association for Music Education), the Greek Society for Music Education, the International Double Reed Society, and the Texas Music Educators Association. Besides the standard solo, orchestral, and chamber literature, Strietelmeier has frequently had the privilege to premier, perform, and conduct new solo, chamber, and orchestral works.
Strietelmeier’s teaching experience in orchestra, chamber music, and his private lesson studio includes working with students of all ages and ability levels. His students include people from three years old up to graduate students and adults. Prior to coming to UO, Strietelmeier conducted the orchestra and taught applied violin lessons at Denison University in Ohio, where he also directed the Suzuki Music Center of Central Ohio. Earlier, he taught strings at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, and all levels of orchestra and string ensembles with the University of Texas String Project. He has served as a coach with the renowned Chamber Music Connection program in Columbus Ohio, and as a teaching fellow at Stamford International Music Festival.
Strietelmeier began violin at age five with Betty Gehring, and continued with June DeForest, with whom he continued to study while a Music Education student at Valparaiso University in Indiana. He earned a Masters Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, studying under Vincent Frittelli. He also holds a Ph.D. in Music and Human Learning from UT, where he worked with Laurie Scott and Bob Duke. Additional violin teachers include David Neely, Tatiana Verobieva, and William Terwilliger. He has received conducting training and mentorship from Dennis Friesen-Carper, Jeffrey Doebler, Christopher Cock, and Laurie Scott, and his chamber music coaches have included Brian Lewis, Daniel Morgenstern, Sven Arne Tepl, John Largess, Andrew Smith, and Dennis Friesen-Carper, among many others. Additionally, he studied horn under Lee Shirer.