Meet The Players: Roberto Diaz

And the GRAMMY goes to... a viola concerto! Last night's GRAMMY awards for best contemporary classical composition went to Jennifer Higdon's "Viola Concerto", played by Roberto Diaz. You can learn more about Higdon's wonderful new music here, but since this blog is about the viola, let's talk more about the viola player who recorded Higdon's... Continue Reading →

Fun Exercises to Teach Finger Action

In the beginning stages of playing the violin or viola, there are many things to consider: the posture, bow hold, and bowing motion for starters. But for beginners, simply placing the fingers in the correct shape on the fingerboard and using an appropriate amount of force vs. relaxation of the finger can be a challenge.... Continue Reading →

Teaching Scales: What I Teach and When

My Favorite Scale Books Last week, I talked about the importance of scale practice for young string students. This week, I thought I would go more into detail about how I introduce scales and some of the materials I use. There are suggested scales printed throughout the Suzuki Method Books, but for my own teaching,... Continue Reading →

Suzuki Summer Review-a-Thon

  Private teachers know that things are, well, a bit different during the summer. I believe that summer lessons are crucial to continued student success and Christine Goodner recently wrote a great article about the importance of summer lessons over at the Suzuki Triangle Blog. While the majority of my students do continue lessons over... Continue Reading →

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