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How Expectations Contribute to Student Success

THE SITUATION: I think we can safely say that if you have a young student who begins lessons kicking and screaming (either literally or figuratively) because they don’t want to be there the chance for success is low. This of course has nothing to do with ability or aptitude. If a student expects they aren’t […]

Is Your Teaching Business Successful?

I recently ran across this blog post on Facebook: Running a Successful Teaching Business Means Not Losing Students Go read the article if you want, it’s not long. If you don’t want to read it, it basically talks about how to organize your lessons so that you can keep up with what each student is doing […]

Relating Finger Placement to the Notes on The Staff

Many students encounter difficulty with music reading, and knowing where to find the notes they see on the staff on their instrument. While this is a common problem, I believe it’s one that can be easily addressed! Let me first list some ways that I believe do not help address this problem (and can actually contribute to […]

Bowing Smoothly at Every Level

Bowing smoothly and evenly is a skill students at all levels must conquer. Obviously this skill needs to be taught to beginning students, but I have also encountered intermediate and advanced students that lack the foundational knowledge of correct bow usage. I believe that tone production, specifically that of a smooth bow, is often what […]

Fill Your Studio with Marketing Strategies for Music Teachers

January is the perfect time to target those children (or adults!) who received a new violin for Christmas, or maybe inspire those individuals who have made a New Year’s resolution to dust off that old violin in the closet and get some lessons! I’m positive that you will find new and creative ways to fill […]

The Most Significant Part of Learning and Teaching Music

This question was posed to me recently: “What in your experience has defined the most significant part of learning and teaching music?”   What a broad, but also important question to ask ourselves as teachers! There are probably many things that we consider important in our role as teacher, and many things we consider it […]

Is Your Student Ready for Intermediate Rep.?

We have the most control over the progress of our students when we start them from the very beginning. However, sometimes along the way we may encounter a student who seems to have missed out on an important aspect of their training despite our best efforts, or we may have students come to us from […]

What are Your Favorite Go-to Beginner Books?

Since my book, The Beginning Violinist: A Companion Book for Children and Adults is meant to be used in conjunction with other beginning rep. I’m always looking for good materials to use with my students. I waded through some materials this fall, but unfortunately didn’t find any additional beginning rep. I liked. I’d love to […]

The “Hard” Teacher – How High Standards Make Music Fun!

I would describe myself as a “hard” teacher – meaning that I have high standards and expect my students to meet them. That doesn’t mean that I push students to do more than they are capable of, or that I expect music to be the only activity in my students’ lives. However, it does mean […]

NEW! Coaching Sessions and Modules for Teachers

I have a passion for teaching – but not just teaching students; teaching teachers. As a teacher I have found that the pedagogical instruction I received on how to teach the beginning student and the fundamentals of violin were the most crucial to propelling me forward in my career. As advanced students we receive much […]

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