I teach middle school and high school beginners to advanced strings. I’m always looking for easier ways to present technique, and I find Grace’s system is better organised than others I have looked at. Her class was a great review and I registered for the full program so that I can learn more. After taking this class, I feel my class will have a better flow, and it will be easier for the kids to grasp concepts. I have already recommended this program to others because I believe it’s well presented, straight to the point and coming from a great experienced teacher, which I value more than many books on the subject.
I am a woodwind player teaching elementary strings from grades 4-6. Before Grace’s class, my challenges were bow hold and positioning, which made me feel like I wasn’t better able to help my students. Grace had a lot of easy to implement ideas! The online interactive format was very helpful. I’m sure I will be able to apply my new knowledge once school reopens to improve my student’s playing positions. I would definitely recommend this class. Grace had a lot of easy to implement teaching strategies and she was extremely helpful in correcting my own playing!
Before Grace’s course I was having a hard time transferring my knowledge as a violinist to a beginner level explanation, without overwhelming the students with information. Grace’s Smart String Teacher method is an organized and clear system that makes sense. I loved that we actually learned by playing secondary instruments instead of just listening to someone lecture. After this course I think there will be much less frustration for both students and teachers. Grace has a clear and very natural manner of relaying information and teaching. I absolutely recommend this course to other string teachers.,
I teach a mix of ability and mixed grade strings classes. As a band major, my lack of experience in playing stringed instruments makes it challenging to teach strings. It was very nerve-wracking going into a teaching assignment that had both strings and band classes. Grace’s specific tips on starting to play a string instrument were very useful. It helped me to sort out the complicated process of playing a tricky instrument. Her course is very hands-on and the practical elements are immediately applicable in a classroom. I know that I will now be able to provide valuable feedback confidently to students’ posture and playing technique. I highly recommend this course to others as there are many valuable tips for novice and experienced teachers alike!
I am a non-strings player and I teach grade 9 to 12 strings in mixed grade and ability classes. Some students enter the program with playing experience in middle school but many have no prior experience. I understand many of the concepts I need to teach but I struggle to demonstrate on the instruments due to my lack of playing experience. I have always relied on videos to demonstate for me. Through Grace’s course I have gained a better understanding of the fundamentals of hand position and posture and some of the common errors to watch for and correct. The valuable tips that I have gotten from Grace via live feedback is what makes this different from the textbooks and videos I have read and watched in the past. I now feel more confident demonstrating proper posture/bow hold, navigating the fingerboard, and troubleshooting common errors. I definitely recommend this course to all new non-string music educators teaching strings!
This was a great opportunity to experience a step-by-step process for teaching beginner strings. Valuable insight from the perspective of both teacher and student! I was encouraged to see how the Smart String Teacher system connects to the different teaching approaches and strategies used in classrooms without an existing strings program. The process is key!
I teach 6th 7th 8th grade strings as a non-string player. Before Grace’s class, my biggest challenge was teaching bow hold and left hand placement. This class has given me valuable tips on how to correct student mistakes. I liked how this course was hands-on and not just talking. I feel more confident now that I will be able to help my students’ technique improve. Grace is very relatable, and I highly recommend this course to others!
Grace’s class is very focused and hands-on. It gives all of the tools one needs to be successful in the string classroom in a way that is engaging and creative. Grace has tried and true teaching strategies that are a testament to her expertise as a string player and years of teaching experience.
I teach privately only, beginner violin and viola. I live way out in the boonies so teaching online is going to be the only practical way to teach. Taking Grace’s class gives me a great way to both be inspired and to have practical tools to easily impart information online! It has given me a format to fall back on to get people of all ages started on strings. The ease of presenting the material was helpful, and I could see using this with anyone who wants to learn a stringed instrument. I have a new student starting online on Sunday, and hope to find other new students! Yes I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to teach orchestral strings. The class is well crafted, the material clearly presented. And it’s fun!