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Recipe for an Energizing Pre-Lesson Smoothie

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Spring is recital season! Getting through your most important performances, believe it or not, requires more than just practice. Proper nutrition, rest, and mental and emotional wellness are key factors in maximizing the effectiveness of your hard…

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Violin and Cello Bow Force Teaching Aids

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

One of our most popular products for young violinists and violists is the Violin Bow Force. Now, as we introduce the new Cello Bow Force, we asked the inventor, teacher Becky Fields, to explain how she came up with her idea for this unique and…

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A LETTER FROM HARRY WIMMER

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dear loyal users of the Shirley Givens "Adventures In Violinland" book series,

As many of you may know, our beloved Shirley passed away peacefully on January 10 after a lingering illness, teaching to the very end.

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Your Musical Mental Map

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Learning to play an instrument is about hand positioning, technique, practice, and hard work. This careful training leads to muscle memory and tonal recognition. Mastery in playing an instrument requires additional skills well beyond even these.  Dr.…

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

Wednesday, October 18, 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 6: Good Habits Begin Early: Caring for the Instrument

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In this final part of the breakthrough blog series, Val Jaskiewicz offers a reminder to teachers that a student is responsible for their instrument and that learning good habits early on will prevent them from hitting barriers later on. Caring for an…

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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 04, 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 28, 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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String Teachers: Students Need A Breakthrough? Part 3: Books for Practice and Motivation

Monday, September 25, 2017

As was mentioned in the first two parts of this series (featuring accessories for common left and right-hand problems), each student is different with different strengths and weaknesses, different commitment levels, and different motivations. For…

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3 MINUTES A DAY TO RADICALLY CHANGE YOUR PRACTICE SESSIONS

Monday, August 07, 2017

Author, mom, and Suzuki teacher Christine Goodner previously writes on her Suzuki Triangle blog, about how parents (not the physical space) are their children’s practice environment. Here she shares with us the the 3 minute process that can radically…

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