Teaching the Violin and Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation

In a practical 10-session format, Creating a Healthy Foundation presents a holistic approach to beginning violin and viola pedagogy, offering both new and seasoned string teachers a step-by-step exercise guide and repertoire that will have students looking and sounding terrific.

About The Course

Join us as we explore the fundamental principles and early stages of teaching violin and viola through a series of engaging video lectures and lesson demonstrations, including:

  • Master classes with some of the world’s top string pedagogues
  • Individual lesson demos of teaching violin/viola set up, left and right hand technique and pieces from the early violin/viola repertoire
  • Group lesson demos of teaching music theory, ear training and fun activities that encourage good playing habits
  • A “field trip” to the violin shop, where we will outfit a new beginning student with a proper instrument and bow

You’ll also engage in a series of discussions and reflections with colleagues and peers across the globe. Upon completion of this course, we hope you’ll return to your studio with confidence, a new curriculum, and a renewed approach to sharing with your students the joyful experience of making beautiful music.

Recommended Background

This course is intended for both new and experienced teachers of beginning violin and viola. To interact with this course’s content most meaningfully, we recommend that all participants have students (or willing peers) with whom to practice pedagogical tools and techniques.