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….
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
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
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
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
Hi Everyone! As we all know, there has been an explosion of online learning, and I know some of us are less familiar with online platforms than others. Of course, Zoom is one of those platforms that people are scrambling … Read More
Tired of your reminding your students to fix their posture? Hold their instruments higher? Correct their bow holds? Whatever the problem, now’s the time to take advantage of the fresh start of a new year by having your students focus … Read More
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