Teaching violin to beginners?
Hello! I got my violin degree one month ago and I'm looking forward to start teaching the following year. It's something that I genuinely would like to do and not just for the sake of income. The problem is that I have no idea how to approach this and how to teach violin to beginners. Are there any books that work as a guide for violin teachers in terms of building technique and repertoire? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!
I suggest you think back to when you started taking lessons yourself and how you might apply that successful regimen in your own teaching. That's what I did when I started to teach, my own final lesson having been about 18 years earlier, before my 12th birthday.
If you are teaching Suzuki, you should definitely do the Suzuki units on the books and Every Child Can.
I would highly suggest taking at least the first two Suzuki classes: Every Child Can and then Suzuki Book 1. There are other methods, but the Suzuki teacher training is available worldwide and has proven highly successful.
Also, look up Paul Roland.
Ah, good idea, Adrian
Teaching the violin is not the same as playing the violin. There is training available, I urge you to get it, even if it's somewhat expensive, as Suzuki training can be.
I've actually been wanting to do a video series on this for quite a while now, since it is definitely my wheelhouse, and I have a fairly developed system for taking someone who is brand new and getting them to an intermediate level. Unfortunately, since I haven't done that yet, I'll just give you a basic idea of how I start.
I just realized that the „Fiedel-Max“ books are in German, only. The collection contains also a teacher’s book which thoroughly explains the method. Anyway, you will certainly find something suitable recommended by the others here.
I do not recommend beginner classes. Multiple beginners playing violin or soprano recorder can be dreadful. In this day and age there is little tolerance for the bad sounds that occur in such groups. It can permanently turn people off of instruments and music. Classes with kids are usually worse than with adults.
My institution offers a low-cost group string class (The Virginia Tech String Project) as an outreach activity (part of the National String Project Consortium). It's well-subscribed and parents feel their kids are getting a lot out of it. They understand that they would be better off -- at least in some ways -- with individual tutelage, but that's quite expensive and not all families can manage it. I think the String Project has some scholarships for students who really have very little to help them rent their instruments, but I'm not sure.
i think the book "all for strings" is a very nice place to start the student with.
I also think there's nothing wrong with using something like All for Strings, Essential Elements, Doflein, and others to start a student especially when you're just starting out teaching. Eventually, you'll learn what to do and what not to do as well as figure out what supplemental material to use with each individual student to further develop technique and solve any problems they might have. You will eventually be using supplemental materials no matter what book you use. Most method books will always lack something that you'll need to address at some point whether it's right away or later on. Using books is fine because it's not the books that produce results but it's the teacher using those books.
I inferred the recommendation to be getting the first two levels of Suzuki training even if you're not using the method because it's at least a concise course in basic pedagogy.
Oh, I know. I wasn't shooting down people recommending the Suzuki training I was just giving the OP another option. Pedagogy training in general would likely help the OP a lot anyway, but some people opt to not get any. I think that's why a lot of college music programs have started adding pedagogy courses (in some cases requiring them for certain degrees) to help counteract that.
whatever you use to teach, the most important thing is:
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