John Bauer is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from USC. He received the Bachelor of Music and the Master of Music degrees from Yale University, and the Doctor of Music Degree from The Florida State University. Following a tour as Concertmaster for the Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra, he served as Assistant Concertmaster for the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, violinist with the Mantovani Orchestra, and as an assistant professor at Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia. Bauer was co-founder of the South Carolina Philharmonic, serving as concertmaster for its first 17 years, and as associate- conductor for eight years. In addition to Bauer's Violin Fingering - Basic to Advanced, Speed-Reading for Violin, and his Speed-Reading for Viola, Mel Bay published his three books: Progressive Scale Studies for Violin, Progressive Scale Studies for Viola, and Progressive Scale Studies for Cello. Dr. Bauer came to USC in 1962 and retired in 1998. He was named the "1986 S.C. Professional of the Year in the Arts" by the United States Youth Games, and was named a "Gamecock Faculty All-Star", by USC varsity athletes. Since retiring he has continued performing, teaching, and writing.