James Kjelland

Alfred Author-James Kjelland

James Kjelland is Associate Professor of Music Education at Northwestern University where he teaches instrumental music education and string pedagogy. He earned B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Texas at Austin. His teaching career began in the public schools of Middleton, Wisconsin, where he taught instrumental music grades 4-12. Prior to coming to Northwestern, he held positions at the University of Southern California and the University of North Texas.

In addition to his teaching, Kjelland is a frequent guest conductor of state and regional honor orchestras, and is active throughout the U.S. giving clinics and workshops in string and orchestra pedagogy.

Mr. Kjelland's publications include Orchestral Bowing: Style and Function and co-authorship of: Strictly Strings, a Comprehensive String Class Method, Strictly Strings: Orchestra Companion (Highland/Etling), Teaching Stringed Instruments: A Course of Study (MENC), and Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra, vol. 1 & 2 (G.I.A. Publications). In addition, his articles have appeared in professional journals such as the American String Teacher, The Instrumentalist, and Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.