Cello and Bass: Back to School Tips

Cello and Bass: Back to School Tips by Ruth Hogle

The beginning of the school year is a time full of many new things: new teachers, classes, friends, and even schools. For music students, it can also be a time of dusting off the instrument, or learning new skills for the first time.

Using Suzuki Insights to Teach Note Reading

Using Suzuki Insights to Teach Note Reading

Note reading is a skill that is introduced and reinforced in a variety of ways in a music classroom. I follow a progression adapted from various methods and experiences, but the introduction to reading music and playing as an ensemble varies with the group of students.

How to Keep Your Students Engaged

Keeping Your Students Engaged

I will forever remember the first elementary school violin class I taught as a student teacher just five months ago. As I stood in front of 30 tiny people and their even smaller instruments, it took all the strength I had to make it through the 45-minute lesson without passing out.