Posts Tagged With: music practise

Frog Studio Practise Chart

It’s a bit hard to see, but I’m not keen on sticking blue-tac on my studio walls any more. It rips the paint off after a while, and then I have to repaint.  Much easier to put on the big glass doors, then eucalyptus oil will get off any stubborn stains. Anyways, this is my &hellip Continue reading »

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Strengthening Fingers with Clothes Pegs

I purchased some medium sized art pegs.  They’re about half the size of a clothes peg but if you can’t get these, a clothes peg will work fine. The student needs to make a curved ‘Pacman’ shape with their thumb and first finger on the peg (has to be that curved ‘C’ shape for this &hellip Continue reading »

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The Dig Challenge

To start next year off, my exam students are going to face a few challenges.  Ten of them to be exact. I want to make sure they are on track with their examination work and they’re having fun at the same time.  A lot of my students are still learning to set their own personal &hellip Continue reading »

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10 ways to make violin scales interesting

I really enjoyed the masterclass Abe Cytrynowski gave at the Winter Piano Seminar I attended (see link here: Abe’s Masterclass) because I could go home and apply his piano approach to scales to the violin. Here are some ways we can incorporate some fun into our students’ scale learning. I’m presuming by this point that &hellip Continue reading »

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Giant Action Cards – Beginner Violin game

I remember using some giant cards I would hold up to teach a song to a group of students.  The cards had things like ‘Sing Loud, Sing Soft, Ice-cream Lovers Sing, Stand up to Sing, Sit Down to Sing’ etc each with a different picture. I decided to make up my own set of giant &hellip Continue reading »

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Music practise at home – ‘three times in a row correct’ with sounds

Practise at home doesn’t have to become drudgery.  If you keep things fresh for your kids, they can absolutely love the time they spend with their instrument. My kids love to play their pieces 3 times through (each piece) and proudly ring one of the three bells I have sitting on top of my piano &hellip Continue reading »

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