Studio Update: 🎥 zoom update, tips, invoice and challenges 💪🏼

Sunday, March 22, 2020 | Uncategorized

Dear Students and Families,

It’s been quite a week of maneuvering and adjusting to our current reality. I would like to thank all parents and students for their patience, flexibility and willingness to continue in this new (but temporary) way of learning and teaching.  I realize that last week’s transition caused some upheaval in your schedule. As I mentioned, I am allowing for an extra make-up credit and will also be happy to schedule extra make-up lessons during this time if you would like to double up on lessons over the next few weeks.

⚠️ IMPORTANT: New Zoom Lesson Links ⚠️

Instead of using my Personal Meeting ID like we did last week, I have set up individual links for each student using Zoom for lessons. The link should be in your weekly “Reminder” email. You can also find the link in your student portal ( within the calendar and events section.

☑️ Virtual Meeting Tips

For those who are continuing with virtual lessons, I want to share some helpful tips and notes as I get more familiar with these online meeting tools.  Check out this video:

Focus on Form - Because the best tool I have in these lessons is the visual, I will be putting more of an emphasis on form, posture and technique. I will be checking to make 1) bows are aligned across the strings, 2) bow wrists are flexing on “Up Bows” 3) left hands are in the “apple” shape, among other. 

I would also like to point out for those on FiddleQuest, there are “Key Concept Video" under many of the Level 1 and 2 tunes that are helpful to watch as your students begins each of the tunes. You can find these in the “Practice Tool” button under each tune’s media player

📥 Lesson/Practice Drops

As a reminder, I am willing to provide additional feedback between lessons, or in-place of lessons. Because of the compressed nature of the video and audio of virtual lessons, accurate tone and pitches often does not come through. Most smartphone cameras+microphones are able to pick up better (not perfect) picture and sound detail. Feel free to send a clip of your student practicing their current scale and tune and I’m happy offer further feedback. Each student/family should have access to the following Google Drive folder for this purpose:

April Invoices

For whatever reason, if you are choosing to suspend your lessons for the time being, please let me know. I will be sending out April invoices in the coming week and want to make sure you are not charged. You will be placed on the waiting list and will be welcomed back when it is safe to meet again. Please let me know if you cannot continue because of inability to pay. I am happy to work with you so that we keep the music going!

🏆 Studio Challenges

Lastly, be on the lookout for my first studio challenge. These weekly challenges are for any and all students who want to participate in fun collaborative video projects that offers a break from the norm and chance to have some fun. Projects submission can be uploaded in the Lesson Drops folder. My goal is to have one studio challenge per week and post the final collaboration on my social media channels (@bjviolin on FB and Twitter) using #spreadmusicnotviruses

Studio News - September 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017 | Uncategorized

Studio News - September 2017

Welcome Back!

Between the high temps, a record rainless streak and a total eclipse, I’m guessing your summer was quite eventful.  Here’s hoping the transition back to school is seamless for your family. The first official week of lessons is on the horizon: lessons begin the week of September 11. The open enrollment period is underway. Please visit your online studio account to sign up for your regular time slot if you haven’t already.

I'd like to make every effort to make sure these mailings are relevant and readable to all my families. Please take a moment to read through and let me know if there is anything you'd like to see.

Sign-up for the 1st Week

Policy Documents and Quiz

I will be sending the updated policy documents - studio policy, calendar and rates by email next week.  In lieu of an agreement form to be signed, I am asking all returning families to take a One-minute Policy Quiz. This will also include a media release form just so I know it's okay to share your kids photos and videos.

Lesson Protocol

In addition to the policy documents, I’ll also send out a new sheet which establishes lesson protocol. I published one a few years back but wanted to update with notes on hygiene, lesson transition and parent attendance. 

Did You Know: Update Contact Info

Contact information out of date? No problem, you can update this information in your "My Preferences" section.

  1. Click "Settings" in the top right corner and select “My Preferences” from the drop down menu.
  2. Under the “Personal Information” section, click the blue “Edit” icon.
  3. Make the necessary changes before clicking “Ok”.

Save the Date

First Week of Lessons - September 11-15

I will be sharing student videos throughout the year to celebrate and highlight a student's progress. Feel free to share any video of home practices and performances. 

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Spring Studio News

Monday, April 3, 2017 | Uncategorized

Happy Spring, 

It's been a while since my last studio update so I apologize for the lack of communication. Over the past couple of months we've welcomed a couple new students; celebrated St. Paddy's Day with Elephants (jigs) and Alligators (reels); and created dozens of new FiddleQuest videos progressing along this journey. I am so excited about the growth of my students and future of this studio. As we move toward the last few months of the school year, please note the following events and announcements: 

*Saturday Tune-Learning - Saturday, April 8 at 1-3pm at the Collaboratory* 

I originally scheduled this coming weekend (April 8) as a Studio Jam session. I also realize that this is the beginning of the Spring Break week for some families. What I would like to do for those who may be available, is to still meet up at the *Collaboratory* for some music - we'll call it a tune-learning session (though it may end up as a Jam Session). Will be a bit more bare bones but still be some fun fiddlin'! Feel free to come and join, students of all levels welcome.  

*Spring Break - Make-Ups* 

Please note that this year, I am NOT observing a spring break and lessons will continue over the next weeks. If your family will be out of town for Spring Break, please let me know as soon as possible.  Any lessons vacated will be turned into a "make-up" slot that can be scheduled for other students who have make-up credits to use.  I will also add several make-up slots over the next month including Mondays for anyone wanting to use make-up credits.  

*Pizza Jam - Save the Date* 

I still owe a Pizza Party/Jam Session in celebration students for completing the FiddleQuest Fall Challenge. I would like to schedule this Jam for the weekend of May 12/13.  I'll survey the winners and select an agreeable time and venue this week. This jam will be open to the entire studio.   

*Save the Date - * 

*Year-End Showcase and Jam* 

Saturday June 17 at 4pm 

Hillman City Collaboratory