3. Start Stringed Instruments Playing By Ear

It is very common for string teachers, whether they be classroom teachers or private violin, viola and cello teachers, to start their students off playing by ear.  This sets up a foundation for intonation and listening. Because playing a stringed … Read More

1. Setting Up for Fingering and Intonation Success

When starting a beginner on a stringed instrument, whether it be violin, viola, cello or bass, it is important to set them up for success.  On a stringed instrument, this can be daunting, what with the bow, the instrument hold, … Read More

Teaching Fingering, Shifting, and Intonation Without Fear!

Okay, I’m about to dive in to my favourite topic… teaching string students fingering, shifting, and how to play in tune!  “What?!” you are saying?  “THIS is your favourite topic??” For many teachers especially those just starting out, this is … Read More