About this Course
4.7
121 ratings
40 reviews
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: 1) Master classes with some of the world’s top string pedagogues, 2) Individual lesson demos of teaching violin/viola set up, left and right hand technique and pieces from the early violin/viola repertoire, 3) Group lesson demos of teaching music theory, ear training and fun activities that encourage good playing habits, and 4) 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....
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100% online courses

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Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours of videos, quizzes and peer assessments...
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English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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1
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1 hour to complete

Beginning Stages

Welcome to Teaching the Violin and Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation! We will begin by covering leading philosophies and pedagogical theories about teaching children the violin and viola. The beginning stages will cover the child’s setup, posture and first left hand techniques....
Reading
6 videos (Total 16 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Violin Shop3m
Posture3m
Holding The Instrument3m
Left Hand Setup "Eggs"2m
Left Hand Setup "GDG"2m
Reading5 readings
Syllabus10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Meet Your Instructors10m
Suggested Reading10m
Module Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Beginning Stages10m
Week
2
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1 hour to complete

Bow Arm and Hand

To introduce the use of the right hand, we start by creating a “pinky house” for the child’s bow. We delve further into the violin setup and positioning through various creative exercises....
Reading
4 videos (Total 10 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
The Beginning Bow Hold2m
Shoulder Bowing2m
Preparation for Violin and Bow Together4m
Reading1 reading
Module Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Bow Arm and Hand10m
Week
3
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1 hour to complete

Putting It All Together

Now we get to put it all together by slowly incorporating the different movements of the right and left hand through four different pieces....
Reading
4 videos (Total 15 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
GDG & AEA3m
See Saw4m
See the Little Monkey5m
Reading1 reading
Module Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Putting It All Together10m
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4
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3 hours to complete

Pieces in the Key of A Major

After good setup and posture have been established, we start teaching the fundamentals through elementary pieces in the key of A Major. We also get to learn our first scale!...
Reading
6 videos (Total 28 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
The A Major Scale6m
Strawberry Red2m
Lightly Row5m
Go Tell Aunt Rhody5m
Brother John2m
Reading1 reading
Module Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Pieces in the Key of A Major10m
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Top Reviews

By RMMar 29th 2018

I learned some and revisited many concepts pertaining to teaching violin and viola, and also learn many new songs similar to the Suzuki book 1 songs. The videos are well made, and to the point.

By MHMar 15th 2017

An amazing course that was just what I was looking for as a violinist who is interested in learning to teach. My kids are working through the curriculum now and we are all having a great time!

Instructor

Stacia Spencer

Senior Lecturer
Bienen School of Music

About Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a private research and teaching university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, and Doha, Qatar. Northwestern combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. ...

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