Category: Not So Techy


Make terrific learning tools from broken bows

Old bows are now new pedagogy aids! Save all of your broken bows and also ask your local shops save all of the bows they were planning on throwing away. Then, cut off the horse hair and chop them off so with a jigsaw just above the grip. This allows...


2015 Ohio Music Educators Conference

Organizing an Effective and Efficient Orchestra Rehearsal Feb 5th at 1:15 – 2:15 PM, CC16 Organizing an Efficient Orchestra Rehearsal Slides  (PDF) It’s Symphony Time! Developing and Working with the Young Full Orchestra Feb 5th at 2:30 – 3:30 PM, CC16 It’s Symphony Time Keynote Slides (PDF) Improving the Intonation of Your String Students through Sight, Sound, and...


2015 Georgia Music Educators Conference

Here are the sessions I will be presenting on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the GMEA Conference.  Links to pages and resources are included. Improving the Intonation of Your String Students Through Sight, Sound, and Touch 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM Trade Center Room 105-106 Orchestra division Pitch accuracy is...


Navigating the journey… from student teaching through your first years in the classroom

Synopsis: You have made it through your undergraduate education!  Now what?  This session will provide important pre-service information and highlight some “do’s” and “do not’s” that will help you not only survive student teaching, but thrive as you begin your new career. Student Teaching Personal Space Responsibility: Too much?  Too...


Sessions at ASTA 2014

The national ASTA conference is always my favorite one each year because of the  many wonderful sessions, performances, and exhibits.  I just wish I could be at several places at once!  It’s so hard to make a decision on what session to attend.  The NOF groups were incredible as was...


TMEA & TI:ME 2014 Sessions

Texas is awesome.  San Antonio is such a great city and t’s an honor to be back here presenting at TMEA and TI:ME 2014! Here are my sessions… 1. Motivate 21st-Century String Players with Technology Wednesday, February 12 | 11:30 AM | CC 207 Use the “Presentation Topics” menu on...


Bowing Factors, “PAWS”

A recent post by MB Miller on School Orchestra and String Teachers, v2 Facebook Page using the word “PAWS” to describe the factors of bowing inspired me to post my version. Note: I did not choose to use “angle” of the bow because I was teaching middle school when I created this....


Parts of the Instrument Worksheet & Quiz

Another beginning of the year assessment for beginning strings…  Enjoy! Parts of the Instrument (pdf)  


Foldable music note flash cards

For those of you who are starting beginners this fall, I would like to share some foldable flash cards for violin, viola, cello and double bass.  They are PDF’s and can be printed and cut.  Feel free to share on your website/blog!  When I was teaching elementary strings, I did...


What strings do I use?

Strings are technology too!  Many students ask what brand/type of strings I use on my personal instruments, so I thought I would post my favorites and why I like them. Violin: D’Addario Zyex Zyex help provide a wide-range of tonal qualities from warm to rich, but also remain very responsive.  They...