Pedagogy Topics

Technique from the Ground Up: Perfecting Foundational Technique

Elizabeth Faidley

This is where Elizabeth’s world comes alive!  Come learn about bow holds, pinky houses, weight distribution, posturing, setting up your violinist, and resetting a violinist who is new to you.  Learn how to create technically strong violinists from Day 1 ! Elizabeth notes that this is her favorite topic in the world.  

Growing from Vivaldi to Mozart 

Elizabeth Faidley

This lecture will take a systematic approach in repertoire from Vivaldi to that first big Mozart Concerto.  What are the options for ordering repertoire? Why each piece? What are we gaining from each piece, technically and musically?   What happens when we reach Mozart?

Leaping from Mozart to Bruch

Elizabeth Faidley

This lecture takes you from the glory days of completing Mozart 3 beautifully to growing into the Bruch Concerto.  What needs to happen in between? What are the technical and musical steps? How big of a leap is it? How can I best prepare every student?  

Flying from Bruch to Sibelius

Elizabeth Faidley

What about all those major concerti?  Mendelssohn? Saint-Saens? Lalo? Zigeunerweisen?  Sibelius? Tchiakovsky? Where does everything fit?   This lecture will give an overview of Elizabeth’s systematic approach and everything that comes in between.  Teach that Vieuxtemps with confidence!  

Various Other Techniques

Elizabeth Faidley

This class will cover vibrato, shifting, advanced bow techniques, etc.  When do they start? What is the best approach to beginning vibrato? How to teach spicatto?  What is a poof? Make sure the technique of your students is keeping up with their repertoire!  

The Politics of Running a Studio! 

Elizabeth Faidley

Elizabeth receives many, many questions on everything from how to run a studio, how to special create opportunities, and student retention.  Elizabeth will reveal her plans, ideas, and a roadmap for how you to can create goals in performances and masterclasses. She will also cover studio policies, dealing with parents or schools, etc.  There will be long period for Q and A at this lecture.  

Unaccompanied Bach: Preparation, Technique, Interpretation, and Teaching

Rachel Barton Pine

Rachel is the only American to have won the Gold Medal at the J.S. Bach International Competition in Leipzig, Germany. She has spent countless hours studying, performing, and teaching the Six Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin, as well as many years playing baroque music with period instruments. How do we equip students with the technical and stylistic tools to optimize the beginning of their relationship with this cornerstone of the violin repertoire? In this session, Rachel will discuss using harmony and rhythm to inform your interpretative choices, paying attention to the beat hierarchy in the dance movements, how to approach the multiple-voice writing, what to do about ornamentation, tips for conquering left and right hand challenges, and baroque pieces that she has found to be particularly useful for pre-Bach players. Bring your violin, plus a baroque bow if you have one!
How to use the bow arm, hand, and fingers in partnership with a baroque bow, to effectively create the variety of articulations, expressive note shapes, gestures, and phrasing necessary for a more historically informed approach to interpretation of Baroque repertoire. Exercises will be shown in a clear pedagogical sequence that can be used with young children as well as more advanced players. Extra bows will be provided, and even those using a modern bow will gain important information (they can simulate some of the feeling by holding their bow above the frog). In addition to the exercises, representative pieces of repertoire will show how these techniques can be applied. No previous experience necessary.

Dr. Noa Kageyama from “Bulletproof Musicians” presents: Beating anxiety and performing optimally under pressure

Dr. Noa Kageyama

Elite athletes have known for decades that physical preparation alone is not enough to perform optimally under pressure. Likewise, how is it that a young musician can nail the most difficult passages in the practice room or lessons, but sound like a completely different person on stage? In this session, we’ll explore the two main causes of “choking,” and experiment with several strategies you can use to help your students become more pressure-proof in performances, auditions, and competitions.

Etude University

Amy Beth Horman

Amy Beth will take us through her fundamental training sequencing for young violinists. Ms. Horman was hand selected as the teacher to boost the fundamental knowledge of violin technique at SFCM for incoming violinists this year in a class she developed called Violin Seminar. She will share parts of her curriculum and elaborate on how to tailor etude work to the individual to maximize efficiency and progress.

Teaching from Twinkle to Vivaldi A Minor

Ed Kreitman

This lecture will you take you on a fast ride through Twinkle and end with Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor. Please bring Books 1-4 with you for fast note taking. What technique is taught when? How? How fast should we teach? Elizabeth could think of no one more suited to this lecture than the amazing Ed Kreitman!

Fostering Musical Flexibility: Technique, Theory, & Creativity Through Improvisation

Taylor Morris

When classical musicians think of improvisation, we often think of the biggest names in jazz history, imagining a simple skill in its most evolved form. But, improvisation doesn't have to mean taking virtuosic solos over crazy chord changes! As we train students for 21st century musical lives, it's more important than ever to foster musical flexibility, empowering students to pursue diverse musical opportunities with enthusiasm and joy. Join violinist, fiddler, and educator Taylor Morris for a session that delves into practical, tried-and-true improvisation exercises that build technique, theory, and creativity in a private studio setting. Bring your instruments!

Social Media and the Modern Performer

Ryan Walker

It’s no secret that Instagram and the social media landscape are more complicated than ever. Ryan Walker and TSMA Consulting present this nationally recognized seminar to help professional performers take their social media further to market their talents in 2019. This comprehensive and fast-paced seminar will explain how to grow social media presences/following exponentially, monetize large followings with brands, and utilize a presence for your current and future career. This seminar will also cover protecting yourself on digital platforms and safety steps as your audience grows.

I Want to go to Conservatory!


Our special guest will teach the teachers what we need to know to get our students to the right colleges!  How do we prepare for auditions? What happens at auditions? What are committees looking for in a pre-screen?  Come learn everything! This lecture will also feature at Q and A.  

What’s happening in that brain?


This very special lecture will be give by a doctor. She will discuss the psychology behind children, teenagers, and family dynamics.  She will discuss special education needs, and how you can better teach every single student.  She will cover Tiger Parents and parents that don’t care. Don’t miss this incredibly special event.  

POV: A teacher, a violin mom, and practicing 

Amy Beth Horman

Amy Beth Horman is the creator and host of the podcast, “Beyond The Triangle”. This podcast is specifically written for the parents of young artists as they journey with them through their studies to a career in the arts. As the mom of a young violinist in a Pre-College program, Amy Beth will talk about the importance of mindset, coachability, and disposition at home and in the studio. Offering a unique perspective as both parent, teacher, and home coach, Ms. Horman will share what she believes are the key characteristics for parents to build in themselves as they support their young artists to success.