It is time for a new string pedagogy. We have learned a lot from the great violin pedagogues, like Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, Mimi Zweig and George Bornoff. But in addition to their groundbreaking ideas, I have found that the teaching of many techniques can be made even simpler. So simple in fact, that success can be almost instant. This new pedagogy is based on finding the core of every string technique so that understanding and success is almost immediate….
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Today is Canada’s very first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. As music teachers, we can play a small but vital part in the work we need to do to honour the … Read More
Have you ever wondered how to incorporate relevant indigenous content into your string classroom? As part of this week’s posts celebrating Canada’s first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation on September 30th, I want to introduce you indigenous string … Read More
This Thursday, September 30th will be the first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation in Canada. It’s a day to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, and remember the ongoing impact this painful history continues to have … Read More
Is your online workspace a mess? Are you overwhelmed by all the tabs you have open to teach or plan for school? Does it take you 10 steps to find that webpage or file that you always use for class? … Read More
This is going to change the way you start your beginners. Chances are, you’ve probably started bow hold on a pencil or some other object before introducing the actual bow. This is a crucial step in teaching bow hold … Read More
Wow, it’s been an amazing summer, with 2 sessions of Teaching Beginner Strings Made Easy now done! Thank you to two fantastic groups of dedicated string teachers! Since many of you are back to school this month, I thought … Read More
This is a follow-up to my post and video, Make a Virtual Orchestra Video in 3 Easy Steps. Yes, I know we are all finally done all our videos, and we never want to mix another audio file ever again! … Read More