My approach to learning about music, the violin and the viola
I use Kodàly methods to teach an understanding and appreciation of music. I enjoy being creative and bringing my own personal flavour to my work. I use simple percussion instruments and/or the violin or viola. I also use puppets and other props to make a fun learning environment.
Younger children gain an innate feeling for pulse, rhythm and intonation. I encourage parents to learn alongside very young pupils.
Older children learn to write and read music and many other musicianship skills. They enjoy learning by playing games with numerous songs and rhymes. I use a course devised by NYCoS (National Youth Choir of Scotland). Passing the final exam for this course is equivalent to the ABRSM grade 5 theory exam. Grade 5 theory is necessary if pupils want to progress beyond Grade 5 on an instrument they play.
These lessons can be pure musicianship or teach the violin or viola as well. The emphasis on musicianship ensures that pupils play the music not just the instrument fostering a love of music.