Pedagogist Cassia Harvey: The Classics Are Our Collective Memory, Our Cultural DNA

Cassia Harvey (Courtesy of Cassia Harvey)

Cassia Harvey has written more than 160 books for cello, viola, and violin. With a methodology that trains players’ hands from the beginning, step by step, to advanced levels, her exercises fill a gap in the pedagogy of stringed instruments.

Becoming “a benchmark household name for string instrumentalists,” according to Philadelphia’s The Key, her company C. Harvey Publications publishes books sold in more than 30 countries around the world.

A composer and cellist, as well as a teacher, Harvey believes the classical arts act as our collective memory—at once allowing us to understand new works, while making further artistic creation possible.

Harvey realized that a complete system of technique could be devised for string players.