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Teaching

I spent time a couple of weeks in August and September recording a new CD and here are a few things that I was reminded of while practicing: Start slow:  The best way to be able to play something fast is to start slowly and make sure you have everything in place before you increase [...]

Music – A Universal Language

June 9th, 2016 by Katherine Moller

It is currently my pleasure to be teaching two Syrian girls who are newcomers to our community. This has been a lovely adventure! The girls did not speak any English when they first came… and yet Music is a Universal Language.

Tips & Tricks: Setting Goals for Your Fiddling

September 14th, 2015 by Katherine Moller

It’s that time of year again. My students are coming back for their first lessons of the school year. I like to take this time to talk to them about what their goals are for the next 10 months. It is very easy to fall into the routine of learning piece after piece without having [...]

Any of you who are regular readers will know that I am a huge advocate of practicing music slowly. My students hate hearing me say “Let’s work on this passage slowly with a metronome.” Two of my favourite learning tools together! A couple of my students have been performing solos in the local music festival [...]

I offer both group and private lessons through my teaching studio. Which is better? Well, as with so many questions, it all depends on what you want from your lessons. Group Lessons – Pros Social aspect – It can be nice to learn in an environment where you get to interact with other people instead [...]

I recently heard a 5 year old student of mine talking to her mom as she walked away from lesson one day. Her lesson that day had not gone as well as usual, possibly because she was tired and possibly because she had not managed to practice as much as usual during the week. “I [...]

Tips & Tricks: Fun With Scales, Part II

October 6th, 2014 by Katherine Moller

You love practicing your scales, right? Ok, maybe not. Do you find that sometimes your brain turns off while you are working on them? After all, the pattern remains that same, and if is easy to get into the habit of playing the same scales in the same order. There is really no use in [...]

Tips & Tricks: 8 Steps to Giving a Great Performance

June 23rd, 2014 by Katherine Moller

Last week I held my end of year student recital. I always play at my recital as I feel it is important for my students and their parents to see me perform too. I actually find playing for my students to be one of the most nerve-wracking performances that I do all year. Since both [...]

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''Celtic fiddle with a classical twist:
the heart and soul of afiddler, the artistry and finesse of a classical violinist.''