Practice Schedules Made Fun!

As the back-to-school season approaches, my thoughts have turned to the new students starting in September. I think it's natural to make every teaching year better than the last. I learn something new from every student, because sooner or later, every student asks me a question I'd never heard before and never thought to ask! [...]

Creating a story through violin music – Accolay Concerto in A minor

This post is the first in a new series I'm planning called "Creating stories through music". In my study of pedagogy, I've learned that there's more to learning an instrument than technique. There's music history and appreciation, interpretation and story-telling, development of creativity through composition, etc. I will touch on all these subjects in future blog posts but the subject for [...]

Vivaldi – Modern or Baroque?

I recently discovered the youtube channel of an early music ensemble, called Voices of Music, who perform baroque music in the style in which it was performed at the time (or as close as possible anyway. Their website has a great explanation of how the baroque style differs from what we're used to hearing today.  I'd [...]

Thoughts on memorization

With the Brooks Music Festival happening 2 weeks ago, I had the chance to talk to a lot of people active and interested in promoting music education in our community, both parents and teachers. One thing that came up repeatedly was memorization. At the Brooks festival, we do not currently require performers to have their [...]