Welcome to Beginning Violin at SchoolhouseTeachers.com: ‘Strings of Praise’
This course runs “live” June 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014, but will remain archived in full on SchoolhouseTeachers.com after that last date. — Eds.
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You are about to embark on an exciting journey! This concept of musical instruction is unique and promises to be a rich experience.
Playing the violin is an exciting adventure! Playing music that glorifies God is even more exciting. I would encourage you to be patient with yourself and persevere . . . it will be a blessing to you!
I primarily use the Suzuki violin method (a concept based on rote learning in the early stages in order to establish technique and listening skills). Children learn quickly how to produce a good tone and to experience the satisfaction of success on the instrument.
The focal point of this course is not only learning to play the instrument, but also a means of discipling children in the Christian faith.
Based on the progressive development of technical skills used by Suzuki, this program uses praise songs and the great hymns of the church to achieve that goal.
Through the music, a solid foundation of the faith is taught. Music penetrates deeply into the mind and soul and is a powerful tool to establish the values that Jesus teaches. Studies can be done showing the importance of music throughout the Bible . . . especially the Psalms. God created music to bless us and to be used in worshiping Him. A high calling is to learn to play skillfully on an instrument and to serve God through that discipline.
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I will first introduce you to the instrument and give you some tips on how to treat it kindly and care for it well—watch my welcome video.
June — Introduction Video
It’s important to begin with an instrument that has been adjusted well. It doesn’t need to be expensive or of a professional quality by any means, but it does need to be easy for you to tune and set up well for playing ease.
As part of this course through these first few weeks, I’m giving you some recommendations regarding purchase or rental and instructions on how to measure for the appropriate size violin. You will find the documents: “Read This,” “How to Buy a Violin,” and “I Have My New Violin.” in the Week 1 lesson.
Tuning the instrument is very important (you will sound much better!). It takes some practice, so again I would ask you to be patient. You and your parent will watch my Week 1 video to learn how to tune!
You will very soon be ready to play!
I want to thank you in advance for taking this course. If you would like to contact me about additional lessons, please do! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to contact me directly with questions, just write to me at email@example.com.
Nancy Blue received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and her Master of Music in Performance from Southern Illinois University.
She has had extensive teaching experience in both private and group settings. Some students have gone on to play professionally while many others have been enriched by the experience of playing the violin.
She is the owner of Strings & Things Entertainment and plays professionally in the Orlando, Florida area. She is married to Randy, who is also a professional musician. Visit her website StringsofPraiseLessons.com.