October 3, 2011 – 15 Steps to More Productive Practice

These are fifteen steps to more productive practice shared in my pedagogy course. When this was shared with me, it was attributed to Sally O’Reilly. Examine the score away from the violin. Form a musical and imaginative interpretative concept of the goal toward which you will work. In order to save time, instead of reading… Continue reading October 3, 2011 – 15 Steps to More Productive Practice

September 26, 2011 – Baroque Works for Solo Violin (besides Bach)

The Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach are probably the most widely known works for solo violin in the repertoire, however, other composers also wrote solo works for violin. Among the baroque composers contributing to this repertoire were: Heinrich Ignatz Franz von Biber – Passacaglia at end of Rosary Sonatas (Performance on… Continue reading September 26, 2011 – Baroque Works for Solo Violin (besides Bach)

September 19, 2011 – Sequence to teaching Long Long Ago

In order to teach Long Long Ago in Suzuki volume 1, I believe that students need a number of prerequisites: Knowledge of all fingers on A and E string. Should have experimented with playing known songs on lower strings. Ability to learn songs by rote. Ability to use good tone with longer and smoother bow… Continue reading September 19, 2011 – Sequence to teaching Long Long Ago

September 12, 2011 – Advanced Violin Fingering Chart

As students begin to learn positions above first position on the violin, viola, and cello, they need to be able to name the notes across the strings in these positions. I have created a worksheet to help students work on their note naming into the positions. Students should have a basis in the chromatic notes… Continue reading September 12, 2011 – Advanced Violin Fingering Chart