Just a note to say this site is undergoing a revamp in the winter of 2021. I will keep the older posts but they may no longer be very relevant. Thank you for your patience!
Accomplished Learner The following is my vision of an accomplished learner and accomplished Suzuki family at any level of study. These are in no particular order. Balanced body to allow for ease of playing – Feet are flat, knees unlocked, spine is balanced, movement is possible and musically appropriate Balanced violin posture for ease ofContinue reading “The Accomplished Learner – My Version”
This week is for parent-teacher interviews in my studio. My school has been doing this for a couple of years now and I find it really helpful. It has taken the parents a little while to get used to the idea of having a lesson *just* for them but we must remember that parents areContinue reading “Parent-Teacher Interviews”
Think for a minute… What does a good music lesson environment look like to you? What does good music teaching look like to you? … What does good music learning look like to you? How can you actually tell when either is happening? How are teaching and learning related? Does the student-parent go home knowingContinue reading “Big Ideas about “6 Little Ducks””
October 2014 Studio Newsletter Hello Everyone Happy autumn! So far we’ve had pretty good weather! Now that the year is fully off to a good start I have just a few items to share with you. 1 Practice Tip! Schedule Your Practice Time 2 October Practice Charts 3 October Practice Game 4 Halloween Lesson WeekContinue reading “October Studio Newsletter”
Dear Parents and Students, I trust you all had a relaxing summer! As with the rest of life, violin and fiddle lessons are happily starting again with the fall air. I’m so looking forward to seeing you all and making lots of music this year! I’m pleased that everyone is back for lessons and we’llContinue reading “September Studio Newsletter”
Hi there,I’m sure no one will see this and I’ll delete it after it has served its purpose. I am just testing out ideas of how to separate out topics I want to blog about.
I am busily updating and adding pages, please check back soon if a page in incomplete. I am currently at the Society of Ethnomusicology conference and I am immensely looking forward to all the interesting papers! I present on Friday, November 15 at 10am in session 5H.
Wow I can’t believe it’s the start of November already! Fall has just blown by in the winds of busy-ness. I’ve been having a great time with my students and a number of them are getting to graduate various violin books in a few weeks. Congratulations! I’ve been busy this fall with setting up myContinue reading “Fall has been just ducky!”
I’m so excited for all the first fall lessons this week! The air is full of promise of beautiful music and reunions! I miss my students over the summer and am so happy to see everyone returning. What a great week to renew and restart our musical journey together!