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….

This Award is for YOU!

  Today’s post is all about YOU! It’s been a tough year. Some of us are done.  Some of us have a couple of weeks left to go. I want to take the time to tell you, YOU ARE THE … Read More

10 Fun Virtual Activities for the End of the Year!

  Still teaching virtually? Some of us are actually finished teaching already, but many of us still have a month to go!  Running out of things to do online?  You’ve overused Kahoot?  You’re just too fried to be creative?  Here’s … Read More

Make a Virtual Orchestra Video in 3 Easy Steps

Are you intimidated by the idea of making your own virtual orchestra video?  Chances are, if you are already making audio recordings with your students, and you know how to do some basic video editing, you have all the skills … Read More

Help Your Students Understand Self-Acceptance

As music teachers, we instinctively know that creating a safe space for our students to learn is vitally important to the success and mental health of our students.  We regularly promote to our students the importance of accepting each other … Read More

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

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