The Art of Teaching Violin
Violin Teachers’ Blog
Communication involves the ability to build relationships and motivate students to the highest levels of achievement. This goes well beyond teaching violin, and requires the teacher to learn how to be a mentor and guide. The video shows how teachers can build trust...
Her fingers fumbled for the notes, and her bow arm was all elbow. By the end of practice she looked and sounded good, but when she picked up her violin the next day it was as though they were starting from scratch.
Being smart is great … until someone comes along who is better than you. Then you realize, “I don’t have what it takes.”
But what does it take, actually?
She could still extend and re-curve her pinky on a pencil. But she had lost her ability to flex her bow hand while actually playing.
Where was the disconnect? An unexpected discovery about knuckles.
I say that I teach violin. My real job is to keep students’ hearts open.