group teaching tips

October 12, 2005 at 04:51 PM · hi i will be taking up a group of six kids who will be absolute beginners on the violin and i was wondering (1)if there are any tips in group teaching, do i start with how to hold the violin or ear training or something else (2)and what books should i use for teaching finally (3)what can i do to make my teaching interesting? greatly appreciated for any advice =)

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October 12, 2005 at 05:49 PM · Starting with how to hold the violin and good posture and violin etiquette is a good way to start.

Starting with rhythms on open strings (using riddles!) is a good way to get them playing. You'll probably need to start with the kids playing more individually then put them together as a group. Keep it simple, fun and engaging in the beginning!

The Suzuki books are good for group playing!

October 13, 2005 at 12:26 AM · I suggest you read the book "Group Lessons for Suzuki Violin and Viola" by Carolyn McCall. Very informative!

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