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Preparing Your Studio Recital

Preparing Your Studio Recital

“The shortest pencil is better than the longest memory.” —Anonymous At my most recent student recital, one of the moms (who happened to be a piano teacher) noticed I had my recital checklist sitting on my chair. She picked it up, began reading it, and a...
Staccato, Pizza Delivery, and Guided Discovery

Staccato, Pizza Delivery, and Guided Discovery

Staccato seems like a very basic skill. For Suzuki teachers, it is one of the first strokes we teach. Yet, why is it that “beginner staccato” most often consists of legato with jerks on the bow changes? I’ve witnessed this bowstroke over and over … even in the...
Triangular Pencils & Bowholds

Triangular Pencils & Bowholds

Earlier this winter I was scrounging around my good friend’s kitchen to write a quick memo. Doesn’t everyone have a junk drawer in their kitchen? An exhaustive search finally uncovered a pencil stub. It fit in my hand in an unexpected way. My friend came downstairs. I...
Navigating the Trial Lesson

Navigating the Trial Lesson

I recently helped a colleague of mine who moved from out of state and is beginning to build her studio from scratch. I had forgotten how nerve-wracking this process can be! She was entering an area with many excellent violin teachers already, so conveying her skills...
How Does Tapping Maintain the Bowhold?

How Does Tapping Maintain the Bowhold?

How does tapping maintain the bowhold? I took a training years ago whose primary focus was two dozen quick, seemingly simple activities with the just bow. There were many exercises whose purpose was not obvious to me. Okay, honestly, most of them. Like … what function...