Let me help you become that
awesome string teacher you want to be.
Tired of wasting time and effort trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t, only to get disappointing results?
Do you spend hours researching videos and articles and asking colleagues to find the answers to your problems?
Have you invested in conferences and workshops, only to come out overwhelmed with bits and pieces of ideas?
Or perhaps you are a non-string player unexpectedly teaching strings, or wanting to add strings to your qualifications?
Take my training and learn my simple, fast and effective pedagogy for the string classroom!
Invest in my course,
Teaching Beginner Strings Made Easy.
In just weeks you will learn everything you need to teach the first year of beginner strings and more.
“My string teacher training will help you achieve three main goals….”
Help you master a secondary instrument.
Are you feeling insecure about teaching that instrument you don’t really play?
My methodology is so simple and clear, you will learn to master beginner technique on a secondary instrument in a matter of weeks. You’ll also be able to easily master the other instruments as well.
Train you to be skilled at troubleshooting.
Troubleshooting and addressing problems with technique is a significant part of your job.
Playing a stringed instrument is complex, and there are many things that can go wrong. Training you to confidently recognize and fix problems with technique is an integral part of my teacher training.
Arm you with a simple, step-by-step pedagogy.
I want to help you take the guesswork out of teaching strings.
My simple step-by-step sequence will help you build a solid foundation for fingering, shifting, note-reading, bowing technique and more, even if you are a non-string player. You will be able to take your students further in their first year than you ever thought possible!
Is my course for you?
My course is a good fit for you if you are:
- Tired of fixing the same thumb, wrist and elbow problems over and over again.
- Disappointed at the slow progress of your students.
- Mystified that students keep forgetting where to put their fingers, even though you shout high 2 and low 2 at them all the time.
- Giving up on your beginners ever being able to hear and play in tune.
- Frustrated with choosing between teaching foundations and cramming for the next performance.
- Worried about losing students in your program because they don’t feel successful.
- Terrified because you’ve never taught beginner strings before.
I will help you get your students to:
- Play scales and songs by the end of the 2nd week.
- Bow confidently by the 3rd week.
- Start reading music by the 1st month.
- Impress their parents and the school admin at the first concert.
- Shift and play 2-octave scales by the 4th month.
- Understand finger patterns and how to play in different keys.
- Have full control of the bow, articulation and dynamics.
- Be able to make musical decisions independent of you.
- Play with vibrato.
- And more!
All in the first year, even if you aren’t a string player!
Are you ready to invest?
How much would it cost to learn everything in this course separately?:
Total Value: $2695+
Invest $695 CAD instead! (@$550 USD)
*Based on personal coaching sessions at $100 each.
How much TIME would it take to learn everything on your own?
Total Cost : 10+ years and a lot of your free time.
Invest in 4 weekends instead!
Register now and become that awesome string teacher you want to be! If after the 1st week you feel you haven’t gotten at least 2x the value of this course in teaching strategies that will help you more than double the rate of progress of your students, I will happily refund your tuition in full. No questions asked! Just email me by midnight after the third class.
Register now below!
$695.00 CAD (approx. $550 USD)
Fall Special $645.00 CAD!
Maintenance & Repair Skills Add-on:
Make your training even more complete and include the 3hr Maintenance & Repair Skills course for half price – only $40 CAD (@$32 USD).
MAXIMUM ENROLMENT PER SESSION: 12 participants
8 Classes: September 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, October 1, 2 – 10:00am to 12:00pm ET
PLUS: 2 hrs of asynchronous lessons to be completed before the 1st class
Plan for about 1 to 1.5 hrs of written assignments after each class, as well as practice time throughout the week.
JUNE 8th to July 1st, 2021:
JULY 6th to 29th, 2021:
See what you’ll be able to do, and the skills you will be able to teach your students in their first year!
- How to set up your instruments.
- How to set up your classroom & routines.
- Tips for choosing instruments for your students.
- How to teach the perfect bow hold in 5 minutes.
- Keys to establishing proper bowing technique.
- Troubleshooting common bow hold and bowing problems.
- How to teach the perfect instrument hold in 5 minutes.
- Keys to establishing proper left hand technique
- Troubleshooting common instrument hold problems.
- Putting the bow to the string.
- Playing their first notes.
- Teaching tunes by ear.
- How to spot and fix common playing problems.
- Recognizing which problems are symptoms of other underlying causes.
- Anticipating problems and being pro-active about preventing them.
Introducing Music Reading
- What method books should I use?
- When is the best time to introduce note-reading?
- How do I reinforce or make note-reading easier?
Introduction to Finger Patterns
- Six easy finger patterns every string student should know
- How to easily introduce playing in different keys.
- How to introduce the 4th finger on violin and viola.
Double Bass Tips
- How to choose my double bass players.
- How to be pro-active with double basses
- When and how to introduce shifting to double basses.
Shifting and Playing 2-Octave Scales
- How to teach scales the easy, natural way.
- How to easily introduce shifting for the first time.
- How to help students play in different positions.
- How to teach students to listen for and adjust their intonation successfully in just one lesson!
- What do students need to understand in order to play in tune?
- How to help students listen to themselves.
- How to get beginners to sound really good.
- How to teach dynamics effectively.
- How to easily teach bowing technique and articulation.
Teaching Students to Think Smarter
- How to teach in a way that helps students become independent thinkers.
- How to teach in a natural sequence that promotes a deep understanding of the fundamentals.
- How to harness the students’ abilities to help each other to build community and self-confidence.
How to Practice Effectively on Stringed Instruments
- Understanding the role of muscle memory.
- How to practice successfully by mastering one element at a time.
- What is the proper mindset when practicing a stringed instrument?
- How to teach vibrato in 5 minutes!
Testimonials from happy graduates….
This course was one of the best Professional Development classes I have ever taken. Grace Law’s teaching style, along with her wealth of knowledge and outstanding pedagogical structure made for an incredible course. Every lesson was packed with easy to understand and teach methods for building your beginning string players’ skills. I can’t believe that I am playing the violin in third position and having some success with vibrato.
I have played the string bass semi-professionally for many years and for the past six years I have been a High School Orchestra Director and music teacher. As a director, I have been able to help my bass players with technical issues but I had to rely on my advanced students to provide technical assistance on the other string instruments.
I was recently notified that, along with my other duties, I will be teaching beginning strings this fall. When I received this news, I was petrified and I began searching for resources to help prepare me for this daunting challenge. I was incredibly lucky to find Grace Law’s free online Masterclass. I got so much helpful information from that session that I decided to register for the full Teaching Beginning Strings Made Easy course.
I learned many things that will help me become a more effective director for my high school and middle school orchestras. I can honestly say that before I took the Teaching Beginning Strings Made Easy course I was terrified to teach the beginner string classes. Now I can’t wait to start teaching this fall!
– Gregory Tarbox, Orchestra and String Specialist, Pembroke Public Schools – Pembroke MA
Grace’s Smart String Teacher method is an organized and clear system that makes sense. Before Grace’s course I was having a hard time transferring my knowledge as a violinist to a beginner level explanation, without overwhelming the students with information. Grace has a clear and very natural manner of relaying information and teaching.
I loved that we actually learned by playing secondary instruments instead of just listening to someone lecture. After this course I think there will be much less frustration for both students and teachers. I absolutely recommend this course to other string teachers. It was the best investment I ever made for my career!
– Julia Sullivan, Elementary Music – United States
Take the course! For the non-string specialist, it will make you more marketable if you are searching for a job, because you will have the flexibility to take a variety of different music positions. After only ten class sessions, you will have the tools to set a good foundation for your string students, and you will be a more confident and effective teacher as a result.
As a wind player, I felt like I didn’t have a strong enough foundation to properly serve my string students. This course provided a very practical approach for non-string playing musicians wishing to teach string students in an organized and sequential manner.
Each class covered so much more than my string pedagogy course in college, and my playing improved quite a bit as a result! After only ten classes, I feel confident diving into teaching a group of beginning string students! If put in the position of teaching strings again, I will have a much more pedagogically sound and organized approach and I have the tools to be an effective teacher and to serve my students well.
I learned so much!
– Maureen Isbister, Band Teacher – NY
I teach middle school and high school beginners to advanced strings. I’m always looking for easier ways to present technique, and I find Grace’s system is better organized than others I have looked at. Her masterclass was a great overview and I registered for the full program so that I can learn more. After taking this class, I feel my class will have a better flow, and it will be easier for the kids to grasp concepts.
I have already recommended this program to others because I believe it’s well presented, straight to the point and coming from a great experienced teacher, which I value more than many books on the subject.
– Giovanni Bobisse – Italy
As a non-string player I’ve always had a preconceived notion that one cannot teach strings if one didn’t begin private lessons at a young age. The TBSME course changed my perception of strings teaching and boosted both my confidence and playing skill in just a few short weeks.
Grace’s course is highly beneficial for novice or non-strings teachers as it uncovers many common mistakes that they might make due to lack of experience in teaching and handling the instruments. The course provides insight into the many details that come with the construction of the instruments and the techniques involved in playing them.
– Lindsey Wen, High School Music Teacher – GTA
I would recommend TBSME to any music teacher who is teaching beginner strings. Whether you are a string player or non-string player, you can learn practical teaching strategies that will help you better address the common difficulties beginners experience.
I am a secondary music teacher with a band background who has taught strings for the past two years. My limited playing experience before the course meant that I was only able to provide students with advice that was informed by second-hand observations and pedagogical readings. I lacked the practical insight needed to address common difficulties beginners experience.
I came away from the course with a much better understanding of bow grip, hand position, and posture, and a set of teaching strategies that I can use to help students. The format of the course allowed me to ask questions about specific string techniques and get practical solutions to the common difficulties students experience.
I feel more confident in my ability to demonstrate playing techniques for students and to provide meaningful feedback. I am excited to see how it impacts the bow grips and hand positions of this year’s beginners!
– Michael Jameer, Secondary Music Teacher – Toronto
Before Grace’s class, my biggest challenge was teaching bow hold and left hand placement. I feel more confident now that I will be able to help my students’ technique improve. Grace is very relatable, and I highly recommend this course to others!
This class has given me valuable tips on how to correct student mistakes. I liked how this course was hands-on and not just talking. I teach 6th 7th 8th grade strings as a non-string player.
– Melanie Johnston, Tempe Middle School
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A Sample of What You’ll Learn….
Will I learn to play an instrument?
Yes, a large majority of the course is hands-on and learning to play.
Do I have to know how to play an instrument?
No, everyone will be learning a new instrument from scratch.
Which instrument should I concentrate on for the course?
To get the most out of the course, you should choose to concentrate on one of your weakest instruments. However, everyone should also have a violin handy.
Can we learn more than one instrument at a time?
I recommend that you concentrate on one but also have the other instruments handy. Some teachers have chosen to focus on two different instruments, however this is up to the individual.
How much course work is there?
For week 1 & 2 there is about 1 to 1.5 hr of written work assigned after every class. For week 3 & 4 written work is reduced to 30min to 1 hr of written work after every class. Please also factor in regular practicing time on your instrument.
Are there any materials I need for the course?
Yes. Please bring the method books you use at school and any repertoire you want to work on. This will be your practice material.
Also, please purchase Suzuki Books 1 and 2 for the instrument(s) that you are concentrating on.
Will you be offering another level of the course after this one?
Yes, Teaching Intermediate Strings Made Easy is in the works!