The 2017-18 lesson calendar begins next week. Below are a few things to help prepare for a great year! Instruments: If you our your child are just starting out, I advise students to wait a few weeks before renting a violin. During the first few lessons we will work on violin posture and attention
The Middlebury Chamber Music Festival will be held from August 9 – 13, 2017. The festival includes a chamber music workshop for adults and teens as well as several public concerts, a chamber orchestra reading brunch, and master classes. Wednesday, August 9, 2017 5-7PM… String quartet concert in the new park by the Middlebury
Attached is sheet music for the intonation and bowing excercise based on Suzuki “Tonalization” I use frequently with students and to settle before my own practice. Tonalization G Major
I am procrastinating my own practice by writing this blog post. I love practicing, but the transition from snuggling on the couch with my laptop and dog is no easy task. Motivating my son to practice not one but two instruments is not my favorite thing. But the actual practice — not
During the early days of musical instrument practice, practice is about carving out time for practice and developing the discipline to practice. Incorporation of practice into the daily life of a family usually takes effort, not only by the student but by other members of the family. It is usually a struggle at first to add
This week at lessons many students have worked on setting the conditions for playing in tune with good tone before playing a note. Here are the checkpoints to try before playing the first note. These three steps really help ensure that the bow makes a good sound and the notes are 90% more likely to be
Leopold Auer (1845-1930), a famous conservatory violin teacher was asked, “How long should the advanced pupil practice?” Here is his answer: “The right kind of practice is not a matter of hours. Practice should represent the utmost concentration of brain. It is better to play with concentration for two hours than to practice eight without.