Let’s start at the very beginning

A very good place to start.  Are you hearing Julie Andrews singing in your head yet?  I'm wrapping my head around this new year and who I want to be, what I am going to do to get there and taking a lot of my own advice that I am constantly giving to students. Practice …

Schedule your Best

I woke this morning at 5am, not wanting to get up at all.  Mornings are tough, even when I go to bed on time, and I really am a morning person.  I hit snooze, delaying the inevitable, and when those nine minutes were up, I sat up, smiled intentionally and felt a new wave of …

Summer Lesson Love

It's finally summer holidays and I am so happy to feel an easing in scheduling, teaching and practicing.  Don't get me wrong--my student-load remains the same and often increases, and I practice the same amount, however, I enjoy the sunshine, flexible morning lessons, and having my children home to work and play with. I love …

When to Start Music Lessons

I am asked all the time what age is best to begin music lessons.  Parents want the best possible start for their child, and knowing the best time to begin is an important part of ensuring commitment, growth, and success in learning any instrument.  My education and experience is in teaching the violin and piano. …

Beta Blockers and Stage Fright

This one is personal.  As a child, youth, and young adult I don't recall feeling overly nervous to perform.  There was a healthy amount of anticipation, butterflies in my stomach, cold fingers, even self doubt, but nothing debilitating.  I was often excited about dressing up for a performance and excited to share something I thought …

Smart Practicing

I have been practicing consistently for nearly 30 years now.  Three decades!  But seven years ago, my practicing and teaching changed for the better.  My violin teacher at the time was always referring to "organic" practice--a term that seemed fuzzy to me at best.  He was urging me to feel a natural connection to the …

Books for Beginning Students

For my new students and Parents-- I love beginning students!  I love the shiny hope and enthusiasm for learning.  Taking on the violin, or any instrument, is a big endeavor and I love being part of that initial jump.  I love sustaining that excitement as progress occurs. Please see my post on the 9 Must-Have …

9 Must-Haves Before You Start Violin Lessons

You’ve decided to begin violin lessons!  You are no doubt feeling excited and anxious, hopeful and determined.  In addition to having a violin and bow, here is a helpful list of things you need before your first lesson: Violin Rosin.  Your bow needs it and it is a vital part of what you need to …

3 Steps to Find the Best Violin Teacher

If you have decided you want to learn to play the violin, or you already play but need a better teacher, then this post is for you.  Choosing the right teacher for your goals and needs is so important because it may be a long-lasting relationship that will impact your love of the violin and …