It’s Time For a New String Pedagogy

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….

Smart String Teacher is on the Low 2 Show!

  Tune in to The Low 2 Show with Stephen Taperek and listen to my very first podcast interview!  You’ll learn a few teaching tips that will help you save time and make your students more independent, and a little … Read More

Are you taking bow hold exercises seriously enough?

  Teach bow hold exercises the smart way! You probably already teach bow hold exercises when you teach beginners, but do you know how crucial bow hold exercises are to the foundation of your students’ technique? I often find that … Read More

What Students Learn in Music Are Not Benefits.

  Will Music Programmes Survive Quarantine? As we hear of school boards struggling with limited funds, I know many teachers are worried about whether or not their instrumental music programs are going to survive this era of quarantine.  Unfortunately, I … Read More

How to Create Quality Online Listening Assignments

I have two pet peeves when it comes to listening assignments – wishy-washy journal-type listening assignments and even worse, listening assignments that are based on ‘the elements of music’. So today’s post is my attempt at preventing an onslaught of … Read More

Strings Give Back Day

What to do the day after the concert? Does your school hold multiple drives during the holiday season? Food drives, toy drives, personal care product drives, clothing drives…. It all can get overwhelming. It also happens during the busiest time … Read More

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