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  1. I'd like to maybe do a demonstration to preschool or school classes, as a way of recruiting students. But what exactly would I do? What would I play? What might I say to them? Yes, different things to different age groups; I wouldn't talk to Grade 4's the same way as I would to kindergarten kids. But - what exactly? Ideas eagerly accepted! Thanks in advance! Laurel
  2. Thanks for your replies everyone! Actually in my letter I was much more specific - closed for 3 weeks, then group lessons only for 2 weeks. (Plus an informal "meeting" so they could see the baby!) I did also specify that I would be giving each student an individual assignment sheet with tasks for each week (i.e., "Week 1, focus on straight bowing" or whatever, plus a review schedule). However, I guess I didn't do this soon enough for these folks. They talked to some work friends whose kids go to this music school, and they just went ahead and did it. Oh well. Unfortunately this breaks up one of my "groups"; so I may just start the other student's private lesson at the end of the 3 weeks. The other group will likely get together themselves during those weeks (thanks for the idea!) so they won't have a break at all. Thanks again!
  3. Haven't been here in ages? Been lurking from time to time, though. First off, let me point out that I'm 8 1/2 mos. pregnant with my 2nd child (read: far too long ). I announced this to my 6 students early on. Then I sent out a letter in December outlining my plans. I had thought to not teach for a few weeks, then start up my 2 group sessions only for another few weeks, then add private lessons again. (They are pretty well spread out throughout the week and all are when my hubby is home.) But today I got a call from one parent saying they have signed up with another teacher at the local music school. That in itself is great (at least they're not just quitting or anything) but I'm not that comfortable with the fact that they did this essentially behind my back... should I be offended? They were assuming I would be taking a longer break (like till September or sometime) and they were seeing such momentum building up that they didn't want to stop their child's lessons (she's 4 1/2, started in April and can almost play all the way through Twinkle). But - couldn't they have asked me about my specific plans? or something? I don't know. When I first announced it I did offer to help find another teacher if people had wanted, but didn't expect them to just jump ship like this. Or perhaps I'm just being too hormonal? What do you think? Thanks, Laurel
  4. Well, we had the first lesson last night - and wouldn't you know it, he really can play a full-size! He is a pretty big guy. Wonder if he'll be a football player in high school? I did the usual measurement thing - place violin in playing position, then reach left hand out underneath and see if fingers wrap around scroll - his 2nd finger curled around end of scroll and there was still a bit of bend to his elbow. Ta da! And after only 3 lessons with the previous teacher, he was doing quite well! Left-hand position is great. Bowing more-or-less from the elbow (rather than shoulder) - a little rough but excellent for having only started about 2 mos. ago. Thanks for the thoughts everyone!
  5. Hi! Back again after a long absence. I have a new student starting next week. He's 8 and has his great-grandfather's full-size violin. Apparently he started with another teacher but has only had 3 lessons; they were too far away to continue (probably 20 min. in traffic, whereas I'm literally around the block). The grandma says he's "tall, with long arms" - but do you think he could really play on a full-size at this point? Now granted I haven't seen him with it yet; I do have a half-size one (that belonged to my nephew) that I can measure him on too. Just wondering if anyone's heard of this? Thanks!
  6. Just popping in to say hi, as I haven't been here in ages! I now have half a dozen Suzuki students in my studio; a position at a local community music school; and we are expecting baby no. 2!... Hope everyone's been well, and I'll try to check in somewhat more often!
  7. Thanks for the advice! I know, 3 students really isn't many! but I don't want to *not* do it just because I think "oh, my studio isn't big enough". I'll see what I can do about a facility/accompanist. Our complex has a clubhouse which is a good size, but there's no piano. Will see about teaming up with another teacher too, it sounds like fun, especially with a different instrument(s). Thanks again!
  8. I have a grand total of 3 students. I'd like to hold a recital in mid-March or so; looking for any suggestions on how (or even whether) to do it! (I know at least 1 of them is much more motivated to practise when there's a performance to work toward, that's how I thought of it.) Thanks in advance!
  9. Okay, it's back. $50 bucks later. Sounds really good though! No, doggie was not punished; I didn't catch him in the act, just heard the BANG from the next room. I just kind of yelled "What did you do?!?" and then came in and saw... Oh well, live and learn!
  10. Yep, stupid me left my violin on the couch for "just a minute" - and it was right where the dog jumps up (which he's not allowed to do) to bark out the window... must have caught a paw in the strings and the bridge is now snapped completely in half! Yeesh. Off to get it repaired tomorrow; hope the bill isn't too big!
  11. How about placing each finger on a string, simultaneously, so all are stopped, then slide your whole hand up the fingerboard while bowing G-D-A-E in one bow! Sounds really cool. Now slide downwards while bowing. Try bowing E-A-D-G too.
  12. Can someone please explain the difference? I know, it's the "do" in the scale (do, re, mi) but... what exactly is meant by movable and fixed? And how can I integrate one or the other into my teaching?' Thanks!
  13. Yes, what do the stars mean? No, no, that's not a philosophical question, I mean the stars on the screen! No, not the movies, the computer screen! the ones under my username - what are "total rates"?
  14. Sorry, just reading that makes me think of tikitikitiki torches torches torches!! (a friend of mine just put some up in his back yard, that's why!) And I must say I like the "1 uh oh e i e i o", I may use that! Seriously, I find that while "1-e-and-a" (or "1-day-and-a") works for 16ths, saying in my head something like "bada bada bada bada" works for 32nds.
  15. Sigh...... I remember good old OOOooooooo:-o ! And ADean, and... well, I can't even remember all the names, but all the ones from the good old days! (sheesh, I'm WAY too young to be talking about the good old days!) And of course who could forget Snakey Rattler?
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