Ruth Scheer: Musical Matriarch

4 Generations of musicians

Mother of ten, grandmother, great-grandmother, fellow musician, and author, this larger-than-life person has inspired so many people over the course of nearly a century. Today, I’m honored to talk with my own Grandmother, Ruth Scheer.

Grandma Ruth, how did you develop an interest in music?

I discovered music for myself when I was about eight years old.… Read More...

Violin Studio 101: Get Connected

During quarantine, in addition to taking long walks and eating too much chocolate, I’ve enjoyed having extra time to immerse myself in professional development, particularly as it pertains to writing and music pedagogy.

After over a decade of violin teaching experience and nearly nine years of running my own studio, I figured it was time to re-examine my studio and methods.… Read More...

Music Mom

Mom and me playing together

I don’t want this music to die. The older people are passing it on to the younger generation so the younger generation can pass it on to the next generation.
-Vy Higginsen

I hope that all of you moms enjoyed Mother’s Day this past weekend. As a mother of two young children myself, I am fascinated by the family life of composers.… Read More...

Interview with RB Hayek Productions

This week, I was honored to be featured for the Author Spotlight on RB Hayek Productions.

Photography by Rachel Kabukala

In the interview, I talk about the role of family on my family, as well as the relationship between music and foreign language pedagogy.

Robert Hayek writes:

“Learning how to play an instrument and learning a different language are two of the most difficult concepts to many people.… Read More...

Music Madness Practice Contest

In addition to virtual lessons, I am offering my students a virtual practice contest to keep them motivated/practicing during this unusual time!

1. Set up a Facebook Group or Zoom for your Studio families. (Or some other way for the studio members to communicate with each other.)

2. Group students into pairs.… Read More...