“Teaching is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens.” Shinichi Suzuki

Don't Resist Me

Published: Feb 2, 2018  |   Category: Insights Learned from Students


  I teach group string instruction at vario.....Read More


Context

Published: Jan 3, 2018  |   Category: Random (Musical) Thoughts


On this beautiful, cold, snowy, Wednesday morning, I am sitting in my living room getting ready to write. I am enjoying my son play experimentally on the piano. It has been so good to have him home from college this Winter break and I'm kind of sad to see him leave in a few days. Our musical moments together have been fun and inspiring for me. He and his Aunt Casey gave my husband and me a little drum lesson while in Indianapolis over Christmas, and I can play simple drum beats now on the sn.....Read More


Violin Practice is Homework, Too

Published: Nov 25, 2017  |   Category: Practice Tips


November 25, 2017 "I wanted to practice and my father says that I have to do my academic work and to put the violin away. He doesn't want to have anything to do with the violin." My first grade student shared this with me as he was taking his violin out of its case before I began class. He is part of the 1st and 2nd grade class at one of the schools where I am teaching. My heart dropped when I heard this that I said, "Well, perhaps you misunderstood. I&#.....Read More


I Don't Have Time for That!

Published: Nov 3, 2016  |   Category: Insights Learned from Students


Anxiety is a serious thing!  After teaching my very bright beginner 2nd grade student the new skill of the "jumping 3rd finger" while keeping the 1st finger down, I exclaimed happily after seeing that he got the hang of it, "Good. Now, practice that pattern 25 times every day...," and before I could finish my sentence, he interrupts with, "What?!! I don't have time for that...!" This w.....Read More