How Do I Motivate my Child/Student to Practice?

Before kicking off fall lessons, I spent a couple of weeks taking two wonderful seminars about practice motivation. We all need it about now, both students and professionals alike. I would highly recommend Christine Goodner’s courses, as well as Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier’s masterclasses for a deep dive into this subject!

While most people find it daunting to motivate even one child to practice regularly, my mother Allison managed to motivate all four of my sisters and me to practice nearly every day from the age of 3 until we went to college, all of us with violin scholarships in hand.… Read More...

Violin Studio 101: Box Violin Craft

Me at the age of 2, playing on my box violin

Build your own little violin! This craft works great for teachers as well as parents of young students. It can also just be a fun introduction to musical instruments.

Prospective students are usually anxious to get started on the real violin, but often they’re not ready.… Read More...

Violin Studio 101: The Nuts and Bolts: Who, What, Where, When, How Much: Part 2

Whether you’re a veteran music teacher or just starting your studio, it’s important to consider the nuts and bolts of your business. These are the “who, what, where, when, how” questions about your studio. Those of us who’ve been in the business for awhile know several of the traps people can fall into in a small business, so it’s best to address these issues before they even start.… Read More...

Violin Studio 101: Get Philosophical

Random fact: I majored in violin performance for undergrad, but I got my Master’s Degree in French Literature. And today happens to be Bastille Day! A bit of a shift in areas of specialization, I know, but both disciplines have shaped who I am today. 

Me philosophizing at the café by my apartment in Paris

The French are a philosophical bunch.… 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...