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String Teachers: Business as Usual . . . or a Breakthrough Year?

Wednesday, October 10, 2017

It’s time for a new school year, an opportunity for a fresh start in your studio. A new crop of students is arriving, and many of your students are returning. And each student is different, with different strengths and weaknesses, different commitment…

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String Teachers: Students Need a Breakthrough? Part 5: Books That Help Focus Any Teaching Method, for Parents and You

Wednesday, October 10, 2017

In the previous parts of this blog series, we looked at some books and methods created by string teachers, who have years of experience in helping violin, viola, cello, and bass students in overcoming difficult obstacles that would otherwise prevent…

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String Teachers: Students Need a Breakthrough? Part 4: Breaking Through Physical and Mental Barriers

Thursday, September 09, 2017

In the previous part of this blog series on teacher-made solutions to common string student obstacles, there were four books featured that are very useful for helping students feel motivated to practice well. In this part, two different kinds of books…

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A Violin Teaching Method Alone Is Not Enough

Wednesday, February 02, 2017

The ability to explain complex and difficult concepts in a way that can be clearly understood and successfully acted on is the hallmark of great teaching. Combined with motivation, student success is assured!

Every teaching method has its merits,…

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Why Adventures in Violinland?

Monday, January 01, 2015

For many years now, SHAR has carried the much-loved method book series Adventures in Violinland by Shirley Givens. Because of the esteem we have for Shirley, it's a great honor to offer her a space on our blog to answer a question that those of you…

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A Brief Email Interview with Kathryn Schutmaat

Tuesday, April 04, 2014

When My Very First Cello Method first arrived at SHAR we thought: Another method book . . . is there anything special about this one? What follows is a brief email interview with the author, Kathryn Schutmaat. We hear a little about her professional…

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