Exercises for Beginning Players
The Peanut Brittle pattern works on obtaining a clear, crisp staccato and awareness of up-bow and down-bow. The use of hooked bows ensures a perfect pause between every note!
The Raisin Bread pattern works on using full bows, building comfort at the extremes of the bow, and developing the correct movement in the fingers of the bow hand.
Bow & Arrow
Video forthcoming. The martele (“rocket bow”) stroke helps the student draw a straight bow more easily. Because mid-course corrections are not possible, it’s all about “feeling” the path of the bow!
The Gooseberry pattern works on developing the Martele stroke. Facility with martele gives students better control of bow straightness, which in turn builds comfort in using the whole bow.
Principles for Teaching Young Beginners
Teaching Young Beginners
A refreshing glimpse into the world of a young child. What does the world look like through their eyes? The first secret to teaching young beginners is to intrigue their mind and captivate their imagination.
Interacting During the Lesson
Creating structure, setting boundaries, and yet bringing imagination and spontaneity … how to find the balance that creates a delightful relationship and intensive, high-quality learning for each child.
Setting Up Great Practice Parents
Learn how to set up practice parents so that your students consistently show up to lessons with great results.
Introducing skills too early can create frustration for a young child and slow the learning process. Here are tips for sequencing skills and recognizing when you’ve missed a “hidden” prerequisite skill. We’ll also look at overview of the learning process