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!