The Ontario Strings Association

Did you know that Ontario has an association for string teachers?  Sometimes teaching strings can be a lonely pursuit.  Well, no longer!  Join your fellow string teachers by becoming a member of the Ontario Strings Association. The association has a … Read More

Smart Bowing Exercises for Strings

Have your students ever wondered why they should practice their scales, and what this has to do with mastering their instruments? Well, Smart Bowing Exercises for Strings will give them over 100 reasons why! This truly unique resource has well-organized … Read More

What Music Students Learn in Just Four Months

When people, as they often do, ask music teachers about how learning music benefits students, it is sometimes difficult to articulate. I often find myself tongue-tied because of the sheer magnitude of the subject. There are so many aspects to … Read More

Why Should String Players Practice Scales?

Why do we practice scales? Have you ever given more than a moment’s thought to this? Sure, we practice scales to learn fingering, some rhythms, and to practice shifting. But there must be more to it, or the most elite … Read More

Establishing a Routine for the String Classroom

As I posted at the beginning of the year, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to work on honing my classroom management skills. String students are generally great students and tend to do whatever you ask them to, but … Read More

A New Year in the String Classroom

It’s a fresh new year and I am so excited to be back at school! The holidays actually dragged on for me this year, not only because it was an unusual -20C out almost every day so we were stuck … Read More

How to Fix the Screechy E-String Habit

  We’ve all done it. And done it repeatedly. Out of the blue, we hit that nasty spot on the E-string that gives that mysterious high-pitched screech, also known as the ‘squeaky E-string’ or the ‘whistling E-string’. It happens just … Read More

Christmas Kaleidoscope, arr. Robert J. Frost

  Christmas Carols for Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass Finally, the Winter Concert is done!  Now, what are you going to do with your string students for the last few classes???  What I do is send my students off with … Read More

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