À propos de ce cours
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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Cours en ligne à 100 %

Commencez dès maintenant et apprenez aux horaires qui vous conviennent.
Clock

Approx. 17 heures pour terminer

Recommandé : 6 hours of videos, quizzes and peer assessments
Comment Dots

English

Sous-titres : English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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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 exercises
Beginning Stages10m

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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 readings
Module Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Bow Arm and Hand10m

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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 readings
Module Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Putting It All Together10m

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Section
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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 readings
Module Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Pieces in the Key of A Major10m

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1 hour to complete

Playing with the Whole Bow

To transition to using the full bow, we introduce the “adult “ bow hold and a series of exercises to extend the bow stroke. Pieces include Long, Long Ago, O Come, Little Children, and Butterfly, Flutterby....
Reading
4 videos (Total 19 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Long, Long Ago5m
O Come, Little Children3m
Butterfly, Flutterby4m
Reading1 readings
Module Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Playing with the Whole Bow8m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Pieces in the Key of D Major

We can now introduce the key of D Major. Students learn the D major scale along with pieces such as Bach Musette and Hushabye Lullaby. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 31 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Hop, Hop, Hop4m
Fox, You've Stolen the Goose3m
All the Birds are Already Here6m
Bach Musette5m
Hushabye Lullaby6m
Reading1 readings
Module Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Pieces in the Key of D Major10m

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1 hour to complete

Pieces in the Key of G Major

When we progress to the G Major scale and arpeggio, we start adding etudes and more advanced technical concepts. Pieces covered include Minuet and Happy Farmer....
Reading
6 videos (Total 29 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Wohlfahrt Etude in G3m
Minuet7m
Minuet in G3m
The Happy Farmer4m
All the Pretty Little Ponies3m
Reading1 readings
Module Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Pieces in the Key of G Major8m

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1 hour to complete

Note Reading, Vibrato, and the Group Class

To teach note reading, we will cover the best-practice teaching techniques for note reading and vibrato. We will also explore group teaching, group games, and group dynamics....
Reading
8 videos (Total 22 min), 1 reading
Video8 videos
Beginning Vibrato6m
Simon Says & Eggs1m
Bow Games2m
Shh Shh1m
Boil The Cabbage2m
Sunflower and Intervals2m
Rhythm Games2m
Reading1 readings
Module Overview10m

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3 hours to complete

Favorite Exercises for the Older Student

Now that our students are getting more advanced, we can begin to cover our favorite exercises for the older student. Exercises include "Poof Bow" and the "Invisible Violin."...
Reading
5 videos (Total 14 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Bow Hold Exercises2m
The Train Story2m
1:4 Bow Exercises2m
Poof Bow Exercises3m
Reading1 readings
Module Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Favorite Exercises for the Older Student10m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

The Master Class

In our final segment, we will learn from top pedagogues Mimi Zweig and Roland and Almita Vamos in a master class setting. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 62 min), 1 reading
Video2 videos
Almita Vamos & Roland Vamos Master Class28m
Reading1 readings
Module Overview10m
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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!

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Stacia Spencer

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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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