Do you spend every fall ever-so-slowly setting up your students to play properly? Do you not have a step-by-step method for bow hold and left hand that works consistently and successfully? Do you worry as your students wait in boredom for their turn as you are fixing too many hands and then… the bell rings?
Guess what? There is a better way!
Save time and get your students playing faster by using these amazingly simple and clear bow hold and left hand handouts online or offline. Broken down into 5 easy lessons, these handouts highlight simple but important key steps essential to success. They will help you get your entire class learning bow hold or left hand correctly in just minutes. Your students may even be able to do it themselves without your instruction!
Successfully tested by teachers in over 10 different schools, these handouts will help you:
1. Teach bow hold and left hand faster – even without needing instruction depending on the reading level of your students.
2. Achieve more correct bow holds and left hands immediately, resulting in less time wasted fixing a class full of hands.
3. Keep your students engaged and get them playing sooner, online or offline!
It will be one of the best purchases you ever made for your beginner string classes and one you will use year after year!
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Teach bow hold and left hand in just minutes!
What makes teaching bow hold and left hand so time consuming?
Up until now, you may have struggled with the same issues I did before using these handouts, including:
- Students not being able to clearly see your demonstrations from their seat.
- Diagrams in method books not being clear or specific enough.
- Videos going too quickly for some students and constantly having to replay them for the class.
Most importantly, no matter what method I tried, I always ended up with too many hands to fix, which took up a lot of my time. And of course, this makes the beginning stages of your class really boring for your students.
Achieve more in less time with these smart handouts!
It is my mission to make teaching strings as easy as possible, and these amazingly simple and clear handouts will do just that! In fact, the first time I used them, I was shocked at how quickly they worked. Never had I ever taught bow hold and left hand technique so quickly and easily. Each lesson literally only took 5 minutes!
On top of that, I found myself with far fewer hands to correct, which saved me so much time!
Why do they work so well?
1. The pictures don’t move. This is key to efficiency. Students can take their time to compare what they are doing with the pictures, making sure they have done each step correctly before moving on. It also allows each student to proceed at their own pace. This cannot be as easily accomplished with a demonstration or a moving video.
2. They include very specific steps that are essential to success. Tested on hundreds of students, these steps work so well, it will drastically reduce the number of bow hold or left hand problems you have to correct. This will free you up to progress through the beginning stages faster than you have in all your years of teaching.
3. Students can take the handouts home for review. You can now feel confident that students will be able to go home remembering what they need to do, and will come back next class with great bow holds and left hands!
Correct technique easily.
Having the handouts also makes it easy to correct technique. Teachers find it helpful to refer back to the pictures or terminology for missing or incorrect steps, and they like that they are a great reference for parents to help their children at home. The handouts are also great for review or remedial work with students who already play, especially if you take them right back to the pencil exercises.
And don’t forget the bow!
Another time-consuming task is having to teach students how to tighten and loosen their bows. So, included in the handouts is a lesson on the care of the bow, rosining the bow, and how to tighten and loosen the bow, complete with pictures to help students do it properly. Teaching students how to tighten and loosen the bow will be easier than ever, again saving you time and effort! You can even get these Check Your Bow Posters to use in your classroom!
Easily use the handouts online!
Since you are purchasing a digital document, sharing online is easy just:
- Open the document in a PDF viewer
- Take screenshots of the lesson you want to deliver.
- Then upload the lesson to your digital classroom platform and you are good to go!
*Note: Purchase of a school license allows you to share parts of a document online, but not the entire document at once.
Ready to save time and energy this fall?
Now, that’s a lot of time you are going to save! Are you ready for more successful bow holds, left hands and properly tightened and loosened bows than you’ve ever had before? Get your handouts now!
Testimonials from happy teachers!
Prior to using these handouts my approach was a hodgepodge of different methods, none of which was as effective as I would have liked. These handouts are extremely helpful in the succinct, step-wise way they’re laid out with pictures. I see my 4th grade, first year students once in a 6 day rotation for 30 minutes, and we were done with bow grip in 2 lessons. The handouts have been helpful and I can see them being a long-term tool.– Sarah Dresnack, Irondequoit NY, Orchestra and General Music Teacher
Prior to using these beginner set-up handouts, my students would have trouble remembering what to do after they got home. Giving them the visual aid with pictures and explanations of what we did in class has given them more confidence in their home practice.– Jennifer, Orchestra Director, Blue Ridge Middle School
As a veteran teacher of beginning strings, I have used several method books over the years. I’ve used whatever was offered in the book for the at-home reference of the bow and instrument hold. I also relied on what we could cover in the classroom and what I hoped students would retain. These things were never enough for many students. I’ve found that these sheets give the students more of what they need in the classroom and at home – a visual reference and reminder. When a student is continuing to have an issue with a position, I email their adult at home , asking for them to look at the pictures on the sheets and support their young instrumentalist at home. Method books don’t have clear pictures for adults (non musicians) to assist, now the problem is solved! I have more students with better bow holds at this point of the school year than in past years. I especially have less collapsed thumbs, which is always a struggle with first year students. I feel this is a great resource and a fresh idea for helping students succeed.– Mrs. J. Hershfield, Elementary Strings Teacher, NJ
I only see my beginners twice a week, so when teaching set-up I always felt like I was starting over each time I saw them. The handouts gave the students a step-by-step approach with visuals that they could use at home as well as in class, which allowed the students to follow each step more consistently when practicing on their own. Using the handouts this year definitely made the process of teaching bow hold much quicker and gave the students ownership over their success.– Laura G., Orchestra Director in Allen, Texas
Before using this handout, my beginning students would often forget what the bow hold should look and feel like during home practice. This handout laid out the elements of a correct bow hold very clearly, and allowed my students to successfully repeat what we worked on in lessons. I use this handout to teach bow holds and to transition students from a “beginner” bow hold.– Kortney Temple, Private Instructor
Teaching before these handouts was sort of a hit-or-miss type of situation. Students would do well with learning bow hold and proper playing posture in lessons, but from week to week, their progress and ability would vary based on practice. I found giving students the handouts incredibly helpful because they could see visual steps and check their progress with each step. I also like the steps provided, as I have tried to teach bow holds multiple different ways. I also saw drastic improvement in my 4th and 5th grade students and how they take care of their bows after distributing the handouts!– Danielle Santoro, Rochester, NY, 4-6th grade Orchestra teacher