Teaching Strings Made Easy

I train string teachers for success.

Let me help you become that

awesome string teacher you want to be.

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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?

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Have you invested in conferences and workshops, only to come out overwhelmed with bits and pieces of ideas?

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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 Strings Made Easy – Part 1

Beginner/Intermediate

In just weeks you will learn everything you need to set a solid foundation for beginner to intermediate strings.

Teacher Testimonials

What teachers are saying….

What you’ll learn….


My string teacher training will help you achieve three main goals….”

1.

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.

2.

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!

3.

Train you to be skilled at troubleshooting.

Troubleshooting and addressing problems with technique is a very challenging part of your job.

Playing a stringed instrument is complex, and there are many things that can go wrong. Learning to confidently recognize and correct common technique problems is an essential part of your training.

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!


Register for

Teaching Strings Made Easy – Part 1

TODAY!

What’s included in your course….

  • Access to asynchronous lessons as soon as you are registered so you can apply your new skills immediately!
  • Small class sizes to ensure individual attention.
  • SST Certificate of Completion and P.D. Certificate.
  • One year access to all class videos so you can review what you want when you need it.
  • Access to the SST Graduates closed Facebook group.


Are you ready to invest?


How much would it cost to learn everything in this course separately?:

  • 10+ lessons to learn to play a secondary instrument. Value $800+.
  • Formal string pedagogy training. Value $700.
  • Training in troubleshooting and fixing technique problems. Value $450*.
  • Learn to easily introduce advanced techniques. Value $450*.
  • Learn strategies to promote student independence. Value $450*.
  • Annual fee for FB mentorship groups. Value $295.
  • Travel & fees to attend music conferences and workshops. Value $1000+

Total Value: $4995+

Invest $695 CAD / $595 USD instead!

*Based on 3 personal coaching sessions at $150 each.


How much TIME would it take to learn everything on your own?

  • At least 6 months of lessons to learn to confidently play just one instrument.
  • Hours searching the internet, watching videos, and poring over discussion groups.
  • 10+ years of trial and error and feeling unsure of yourself.

Total Cost : 10+ years and a lot of your free time.

Invest 4 weeks instead!



Register now below!



TUITION:

$695 CAD / $595 USD

*Payment plan available upon request.


ADD-ON: Maintenance & Repair Skills Course (3rd Friday of the course)

Make your training even more complete and include the 3hr Maintenance & Repair Skills course at the add-on rate of only $35 CAD (@$25 USD).


HOURS: 20 hours total: 4 hours asynchronous + 16 hours in-class instruction

ASSIGNMENTS & PRACTICE: 1 to 1.5 hrs of written assignments after each class, as well as practice time throughout the week.

MAXIMUM ENROLMENT: 15 participants


SUMMER SESSIONS 2022


SESSION 1: Completed

June 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

10:00am to 12:00pm ET


SESSION 2: Completed

June 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

7:00pm to 9:00pm ET


SESSION 3: Completed

July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28

10:00am to 12:00pm ET


SESSION 4: Completed

July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28

7:00pm to 9:00pm ET


Registration for the summer is now closed.

Please join my VIP Waiting List to be the first to hear about new sessions. Plus, you’ll get an extra VIP discount if you register right away!

See what you’ll be able to do, and the skills you will be able to teach your students in their first year!

Course Content:

Set-up

  • How to set up your instruments.
  • How to set up your classroom & routines.
  • Tips for choosing instruments for your students.

Bow Hold

  • How to teach the perfect bow hold in 5 minutes.
  • Keys to establishing proper bowing technique.
  • Troubleshooting common bow hold and bowing problems.

Instrument Hold

  • How to teach the perfect instrument hold in 5 minutes.
  • Keys to establishing proper left hand technique.
  • Troubleshooting common instrument hold problems.

Playing

  • Putting the bow to the string.
  • Playing their first notes.
  • Teaching tunes by ear.

Troubleshooting

  • 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.

Introducing intonation

  • How to teach students to listen for and adjust their intonation successfully.
  • What students need to understand in order to play in tune.
  • How to help students listen to themselves.

Teaching Musicality

  • 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?

Bonus Lesson

  • 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

Grace is able to break down string pedagogy into practical, proven step by step methods. Her course was especially valuable as an experienced music teacher transitioning into beginning strings. The course is hands on with supportive individual attention and I met a great group of music educators from around the world!

– Mark McCormick, Los Angeles, CA

Grace is a wonderful teacher who takes that time to help others! Grace is very thorough with teaching her course, TBSME. This is a wonderful course for first year teachers, and teachers at all different levels and abilities. She teaches everything from the basic of setting up your instrument, repairing, classroom lesson planning ideas, and fun ideas how to practice and solve string technique problems.

Jackie D. – Hartford, CT, 6th-12th Orchestra Teacher

I would highly recommend TBSME to anyone wanting to build their confidence in teaching and playing string instruments. Grace provides individualized feedback that helps you improve quickly and she shares the incredible teaching resources that she has created. I learned more in ten classes from Grace than I did in an entire semester of string methods.

Celeste Landy – Colorado, High School Band and Orchestra Teacher

I am so blessed to have found this course! Someone who could put all of the information that I am teaching together and make sense of it was an immediate attraction for me. This training allows any music teacher to jump in from the beginning with confidence and a clear strategic plan for implementation. It doesn’t take long to change a few small things like verbiage in our everyday teaching to incorporate this into my current teaching.

Grace’s course was extremely hands on and she provided a platform for immediate feedback but also a welcoming environment to make even the more inexperienced teachers comfortable with not knowing. I recommend the course to any teacher ready to step into 21st century classroom music education and FLOURISH!

– Rosalind Rogers – East St. Louis, IL, Executive Director of The Inner Ear Youth Orchestra

Grace’s course (TBSME) is full of clear and simple strategies for whole class instruction which is exactly what I was looking for. I took the course on a secondary instrument and exceeded my expectations. The instruction and materials were so useful and organized. I’m eager to return to the classroom and get my students off to a smart start!

– Elizabeth Cunha – Bethesda, MD ASTA Department Chair, Orchestra Teacher, Violin Studio Director

Grace’s course, TBSME, is something I wish I had taken before teaching strings. Because of my limited time with students, learning to teach a whole group efficiently was invaluable. The course is highly practical for teachers who didn’t major in strings, teachers who want to improve their own playing skills on a string instrument, and teachers who want to teach groups of students more effectively.

– Katie Virden – Joplin, MO, Elementary String Teacher

The reason I decided to take the course is because I watched the master class video that Grace made about changing our language use around Low 2, and instead teaching finger patterns that are universal for all instruments. The way she explained things made a lot of sense, and I liked her style of teaching in general. She talked about her beginning methods for teaching strings that would make it really easy for students to pick up, and I was intrigued because I teach beginning strings, and it is always so difficult to get students started out correctly in the public school system. I also liked that it was offered for just three days a week, and was a very reasonable price.

After taking this course I feel I have a much more succinct, organized method to teach beginners in the public school setting. The expectations from this course were high, and I found myself learning so much in each class. I took rigorous notes, and will be studying those before going into the school year, but I am excited to try out this method. It helped me to see what language I should use that was different from before, the problems to look out for, and how to quickly and easily fix these problems.

Grace is a lovely person, it is evident that she is passionate about teaching strings and it was catching! I’ve found a renewed sense of excitement for what I do, and I can’t wait to try out all these new ideas. She is a great contact to have, and I know she will support everyone in their journey.

– Laura Gardner – Columbus, Ohio, Orchestra Teacher

Rosalind Rogers – The Inner Ear – East St. Louis, IL

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Band Teacher Testimonials 2021

Do I have to know anything about teaching strings?

No, but you should have some experience teaching music, i.e. general music, band, vocal, privately, undergrad degree in music education, etc.


Will I learn to play an instrument?

Yes, a large majority of the course is hands-on.


Do I have to know how to play an instrument?

No, we will all be learning a new instrument from scratch!


Which instrument should I concentrate on for the course?

Everyone should have a violin.  However, to get the most out of the course, you should choose to concentrate on one of your weakest instruments.


Can we learn more than one instrument at a time?

I recommend that you concentrate on one but also have the other instruments handy.  Many teachers have chosen to focus on two different instruments, however this is up to the individual.


How much course work is there?

For weeks 1 & 2 there is about 1 to 1.5 hr of written assignments after every class.  For weeks 3 & 4 written work is reduced to 30min to 1 hr.  Please also factor in regular practicing time.


I would like to apply for professional development funds from my school to help pay for the course. Can you hold a spot for me for a few days?

Certainly. Just contact me and let me know!


Do you have a payment plan?

Yes, just contact me!


What age group is your method appropriate for?

My method was developed for students from 4th grade up to adults.  You can certainly adapt many of the ideas to younger students, however I am not an expert at the younger age group.


I am not sure if the course is right for me.  Can I book a call with you?

You most certainly can!  Please book a call here.


Will you offer a course in my time zone?

I would love to!  Just join my VIP Waiting List and let me know what times work for you. When there is enough demand, I will schedule a new session.  Better yet, if you can get enough teachers in your area interested, we can schedule a session at a group rate!


I can’t do any of the dates you have listed.  How can I learn about the next time you offer the course?

Please join my VIP Waiting List!  You’ll be the first to learn about new sessions, and you’ll get an extra discount for registering early!

Still have questions?

Let’s make sure this course is the right fit for you, and that it’s going to meet your needs.

If you have any questions, let’s schedule a call!