Wedding and Event Violinist, Violin Instructor

By: Bethany | August 08, 2016

I'm always looking for new ways to get my students practicing, and with a new semester coming up it's the best time to start! This semester I will be awarding my students with "Beethoven Bucks". Here is a link to my free printable money!

Beethoven Bucks - Student Practice Incentive

By: Bethany | August 07, 2016

I don't know about you, but I'm getting SUPER excited about the new school year! Lots of new ideas, with lots of new games to keep my students learning and happy this semester. One of my new games I like to call Buggy Beats, it's really easy to make, all you need is a plastic tablecloth (I got mine from theDollar Tree and cut it into four pieces so I have more for other games!), a sharpie, and some fly swatters like these from Amazon.

By: Bethany | July 12, 2016

What is timbre?

Timbre is "the character or quality of a musical sound or voice as distinct from its pitch and intensity". Timbre is what makes your voice sound different than anybody else's voice in the world, it's what makes the violin sound different than the piano, it's what makes falling rain sound different than wind blowing through the trees.

Why is teaching timbre important?

When you teach students about timbre it teaches them to listen to the texture and quality of the sound rather than just pitch and harmony.  It encourages them to explore with different instruments and sounds.

Teaching timbre with Name the Student game

Begin by explaining the concept of timbre to the students. Explain that all instruments and even all of the...

By: Bethany | May 21, 2016

Welcome to crazy summer where everyone is traveling and no one is practicing! Did you know that if a student doesn't practice for a week after their lesson they forget approximately 97% of the material covered in the lesson? Take a look at this.