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 was amazed at what I actually accomplished which was so much more than I expected. I can’t believe that I am playing 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 Teaching Beginning Strings Master Class. 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. If the students are successful, I believe they will continue through the program and I would hope that they will inspire other students to get involved.
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!