5 Tips to Cultivating a Poised On-Stage Presence

If you suffer from stage fright or are reluctant to play in front of others, continuing to develop your courage to perform in public is important if you want a career as a string player. 

At some point, in-person symphonic…

Classroom Tips for Substitute Music Teachers

The daily life of a substitute teacher is ever-changing. Without the rapport of day-to-day interactions with students, you’re bound to be met with a range of experiences, from the well-behaved and delightful to the unruly and challenging. 

Here are few…

6 Great Ideas for Music Field Trips

A merican philosopher John Dewey believed, “There is no such thing as educational value in the abstract.” He also said, “Art is the most effective mode of communications that exists.” 

As a music teacher and instructor, you’re already helping students…

The Musician’s Ultimate Guide To Violin Strings

1. Introduction to Our Guide on Violin Strings 

“When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you're telling a story.” 

– Joshua Bell 

Some people tell stories through their writings – poems that are written in ink…

How Do You Determine the Quality of a Violin

This is a controversial and passionate subject in the string instrument world. To give you an idea of just how contentious it is, we'll present multiple sides of the discussion, starting with a quote from the well-known and reputable Jay…

6 Social Media Do's and Don'ts for Emerging String Player

Social media channels are useful platforms for putting yourself in public and developing your performer persona (or “brand”). They can also be a way to promote upcoming performances or recordings. 

Carefully managing what you post — and what you don’t…

5 COOL TOOLS FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS IN THE CLASSROOM

Looking for new and inventive ways to inspire – and deepen – your students’ experience? Some of the suggestions below are basic, and others are new and innovative, but all are cool tools that support music educators in their classrooms…

HOW TO LEAD MIXED-AGE STRING GROUPS

The picture of the typical student is someone young, anywhere from a toddler to college student. However, older adults are also often students. Whether it’s veterans, women's reentry or retirees who decided to learn to play the violin – adults…

SECRETS FOR BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN YOUR MUSIC STUDENTS

Forming personal connections is the Number One, best thing you can do as a music educator to bring out the best in your students. When students feel connected and seen by their teachers and mentors, they automatically invest more in…

8 TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHING ADULT LEARNERS THE VIOLIN

For many teachers, adult students are the calm in the teaching storm. What a treat it is to spend time teaching students who are eager and willing to learn because their interest in the violin is entirely self-generated. 

On the…

HOW TO SPICE UP YOUR SPRING STUDENT PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS

The spring semester can feel like an infinite haul for students – and even teachers. For most schools, the second “half” of the academic year is legitimately the longest period in terms of days-spent-in class. Plus, the spring semester offers…