Hello - It has been a while since I posted here on the blog and that is because there are so many changes going on behind the scenes. I am excited to share that I will be going to Nursing School in September. In an attempt to honor, celebrate and archive all the special parts of being a violin teacher for the past 20 years I will be completing several parts of this project between now and then. Expect the following additions over the course of the summer:
NEW VIOLIN SHEET MUSIC COLLECTIONS:
1- Fiddle Duets - A collection of my favorite fiddle tune arrangements plus a couple of duets I composed in a folk-fiddle style.
2- Folk Music for Beginning Violin - 10 beautiful and simple folk tunes from around the world to help beginners grow their skills and experience the joy of playing.
3- Teacher's Toolkit - My best teaching materials inspired from 20 years of working with young musicians designed to help students practice independently and make the most of their home practice sessions.
4- Welcome Packet (FREE) - 4 Samples from Music for Young Violinists available free to all on the newsletter list and new members who sign-up.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/PARENT SUPPORT:
I am creating 11 more videos for the Teach with PASSION series. These are short (2-5 minutes) and informal videos designed to help you re-charge your violin teaching battery and give parents of young musicians some guidance on this journey. Learn more HERE about what makes these so special.
* Blue Jello Cards giveaway coming later in July.
* Inspiring story about a local man in my area who attempted to beat the Guinness World Record for most burpees in 12 hours. He came and shared his story with my studio and I think when you learn why he did this you will feel motivated to make your dreams come true.
* Teaching Materials for SALE - I had to move out of my studio and do not have room to store things so am selling lots of great materials are low prices.
* Studio Smarts - This is a page here on the website that will be sharing some ways to run the business portion of your studio in the most streamlined manner so that you can focus as much energy and creativity as possible on your teaching.
Thanks and stay tuned for all of the exciting growth on this project this summer! Heather
"Knowledge is not skill,
- Practice Charts
- Unique Music
- Educational Photos
- Creative Teaching Ideas
- Technique Solutions
What exactly is Pinterest? Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board. Your Pinterest "board" fills with images of your specified interest from people from around the world that you follow. Many music educators are now using this modality as a way to share ideas about teaching, practicing as well as inspirations and humor.
Click HERE to learn more about Pinterest.
Learning is an incredible experience that encompasses all parts of life. YES, that sometimes means fun, silliness and cheesy jokes!!!
We are using the quarter note rests from the Blue Jello Rhythm Puzzles that are a part of the Music Mind Games curriculum created by the brilliant pedagogue Michiko Yurko. I highly recommend this music theory program - your students will have so much fun, they hardly even realize that they are learning!
For more information, please visit the Music Mind Games website.
Below is a list of links to the origins from some of the repertoire in Suzuki Violin Book 2.
2. Musette example from J.S. Bach (this is to help give a sense for the dance and bagpipe feel of a true musette).
3. Hunters' Chorus
4. Long, Long Ago
6. Bouree (I was unable to find this).
7. The Two Grenadiers
8. Theme from "Witches of Dance"
9. Gavotte from "Mignon"
10. Lully Gavotte
11. Minuet in G
12. Boccherini Minuet
Additionally, Mark Polesky just created a resource of references for the origins of pieces from all of the Suzuki Violin repertoire Books 1-10. For a more in depth exploration of the Suzuki repertoire please visit: http://www.markpolesky.com/suzuki/
Feel free to share related links to your favorite Suzuki related recordings below in our comments.
Answer = Pipe Cleaners!
We have also used pipe cleaners to re-create Blue Jello cards with great success (see picture below.). For more information on the incredible Blue Jello cards that are a part of the highly recommended Music Minds Games curriculum please visit: http://www.musicmindgames.com
- It is not easy
- It is not instant
- It is earned little by little thru daily effort over a course of years
My hope is that this parent talk ignited some of the deeper reasons why we have committed to a Suzuki violin education and that this clarity of reason keeps you strong in your commitment when challenges come along.
Educator, Violinist, Philosopher & Humanitarian
Shinichi Suzuki was struck by this simple observation – every child learns to speak their native tongue. He took the elements that go into learning a language and applied them to learning to play the violin. These elements include:
• Beginning early
• Step by step mastery
• Learning in a community
• Positive encouragement and active involvement from the parent
• Reading music after having control of the instrument
Suzuki believed that the main concern any parent should have for their children is to help them develop into noble human beings with beautiful hearts. He felt this could be accomplished by teaching music thru the mother tongue method. It was his hope that we can nurture children to be better citizens to create more peace in the world. For his work Suzuki was named a Living National Treasure by the Emperor of Japan and nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Components of a Suzuki program:
• Parent education
• Active involvement of the parent
• Weekly individual lessons
• Group classes
• Summer institutes
• Daily listening to the Suzuki recordings
• Daily home practice
• Special Events (motivational speakers, outreach performances, practice parties)
Additional resources and information available at the Suzuki Association of the Americas website: www.suzukiassociation.org
Art & War
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Boil Them Cabbage Down
Easy Violin Music
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Free Holiday Music
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Free Violin Music
Inspiring String Players
Jingle Bells For 2 Violins
Jingle Bells For Beginning Violin
LARGE Print Music
Make Practice Fun
Music Mind Games
Sarajevo String Quartet
Sheet Music For Violin
Twinkle Little Star
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Hi! It's me, Heather. I absolutely love working on the Music for Young Violinists project and all the many facets: blogging, website, music, teaching materials, freebies, videos, newsletter and giveaway contests. The best part is connecting with you so feel free to drop me a line. You can learn more about me on the "ABOUT" page. Thanks!