Teaching the Violin and Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation

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About this course: Join us as we explore the fundamental principles and early stages of teaching violin and viola through a series of engaging video lectures and lesson demonstrations, including: 1) Master classes with some of the world’s top string pedagogues, 2) Individual lesson demos of teaching violin/viola set up, left and right hand technique and pieces from the early violin/viola repertoire, 3) Group lesson demos of teaching music theory, ear training and fun activities that encourage good playing habits, and 4) A “field trip” to the violin shop, where we will outfit a new beginning student with a proper instrument and bow. You’ll also engage in a series of discussions and refle…

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About this course: Join us as we explore the fundamental principles and early stages of teaching violin and viola through a series of engaging video lectures and lesson demonstrations, including: 1) Master classes with some of the world’s top string pedagogues, 2) Individual lesson demos of teaching violin/viola set up, left and right hand technique and pieces from the early violin/viola repertoire, 3) Group lesson demos of teaching music theory, ear training and fun activities that encourage good playing habits, and 4) A “field trip” to the violin shop, where we will outfit a new beginning student with a proper instrument and bow. You’ll also engage in a series of discussions and reflections with colleagues and peers across the globe. Upon completion of this course, we hope you’ll return to your studio with confidence, a new curriculum, and a renewed approach to sharing with your students the joyful experience of making beautiful music.

Created by:  Northwestern University
  • Taught by:  Stacia Spencer, Senior Lecturer

    Bienen School of Music
Commitment 6 hours of videos, quizzes and peer assessments Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.7 stars Average User Rating 4.7See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Beginning Stages



Welcome to Teaching the Violin and Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation! We will begin by covering leading philosophies and pedagogical theories about teaching children the violin and viola. The beginning stages will cover the child’s setup, posture and first left hand techniques.


6 videos, 5 readings expand


  1. Video: Introductory Video
  2. Reading: Syllabus
  3. Reading: Grading and Logistics
  4. Reading: Meet Your Instructors
  5. Reading: Suggested Reading
  6. Reading: Module Overview
  7. Video: Violin Shop
  8. Video: Posture
  9. Video: Holding The Instrument
  10. Video: Left Hand Setup "Eggs"
  11. Video: Left Hand Setup "GDG"

Graded: Beginning Stages

WEEK 2


Bow Arm and Hand
To introduce the use of the right hand, we start by creating a “pinky house” for the child’s bow. We delve further into the violin setup and positioning through various creative exercises.


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  1. Reading: Module Overview
  2. Video: Bow Set Up; Pinky House
  3. Video: The Beginning Bow Hold
  4. Video: Shoulder Bowing
  5. Video: Preparation for Violin and Bow Together

Graded: Bow Arm and Hand

WEEK 3


Putting It All Together
Now we get to put it all together by slowly incorporating the different movements of the right and left hand through four different pieces.


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  1. Reading: Module Overview
  2. Video: Shh Shh
  3. Video: GDG & AEA
  4. Video: See Saw
  5. Video: See the Little Monkey

Graded: Putting It All Together

WEEK 4


Pieces in the Key of A Major
After good setup and posture have been established, we start teaching the fundamentals through elementary pieces in the key of A Major. We also get to learn our first scale!


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  1. Reading: Module Overview
  2. Video: Twinkle
  3. Video: The A Major Scale
  4. Video: Strawberry Red
  5. Video: Lightly Row
  6. Video: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
  7. Video: Brother John

Graded: Pieces in the Key of A Major
Graded: Peer Review

WEEK 5


Playing with the Whole Bow
To transition to using the full bow, we introduce the “adult “ bow hold and a series of exercises to extend the bow stroke. Pieces include Long, Long Ago, O Come, Little Children, and Butterfly, Flutterby.


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  1. Reading: Module Overview
  2. Video: Adult Bow & Whole Bow Exercises
  3. Video: Long, Long Ago
  4. Video: O Come, Little Children
  5. Video: Butterfly, Flutterby

Graded: Playing with the Whole Bow

WEEK 6


Pieces in the Key of D Major
We can now introduce the key of D Major. Students learn the D major scale along with pieces such as Bach Musette and Hushabye Lullaby.


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  1. Reading: Module Overview
  2. Video: D Major Scale
  3. Video: Hop, Hop, Hop
  4. Video: Fox, You've Stolen the Goose
  5. Video: All the Birds are Already Here
  6. Video: Bach Musette
  7. Video: Hushabye Lullaby

Graded: Pieces in the Key of D Major

WEEK 7


Pieces in the Key of G Major
When we progress to the G Major scale and arpeggio, we start adding etudes and more advanced technical concepts. Pieces covered include Minuet and Happy Farmer.


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  1. Reading: Module Overview
  2. Video: G Major Scale & Arpeggios
  3. Video: Wohlfahrt Etude in G
  4. Video: Minuet
  5. Video: Minuet in G
  6. Video: The Happy Farmer
  7. Video: All the Pretty Little Ponies

Graded: Pieces in the Key of G Major

WEEK 8


Note Reading, Vibrato, and the Group Class
To teach note reading, we will cover the best-practice teaching techniques for note reading and vibrato. We will also explore group teaching, group games, and group dynamics.


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  1. Reading: Module Overview
  2. Video: Note Reading
  3. Video: Beginning Vibrato
  4. Video: Simon Says & Eggs
  5. Video: Bow Games
  6. Video: Shh Shh
  7. Video: Boil The Cabbage
  8. Video: Sunflower and Intervals
  9. Video: Rhythm Games


WEEK 9


Favorite Exercises for the Older Student
Now that our students are getting more advanced, we can begin to cover our favorite exercises for the older student. Exercises include "Poof Bow" and the "Invisible Violin."


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  1. Reading: Module Overview
  2. Video: The Invisible Violin
  3. Video: Bow Hold Exercises
  4. Video: The Train Story
  5. Video: 1:4 Bow Exercises
  6. Video: Poof Bow Exercises

Graded: Favorite Exercises for the Older Student
Graded: Peer Review

WEEK 10


The Master Class
In our final segment, we will learn from top pedagogues Mimi Zweig and Roland and Almita Vamos in a master class setting.


2 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Reading: Module Overview
  2. Video: Mimi Zweig Master Class
  3. Video: Almita Vamos & Roland Vamos Master Class

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