Alan and Steve talk with Grace Law about String Pedagogy.
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Grace’s passion is training string teachers for success. She has dedicated most of her teaching career to two goals: finding ways to simplify the complex process of learning to play and addressing the need for a comprehensive pedagogy for training classroom string teachers. The result is Grace’s smart teaching resources and her highly effective step-by-step method, designed to support teachers both with and without a string-playing background.
As the Director of Pedagogy at smartstringteacher.com, Grace shares her unique approach to teaching strings through her online masterclasses and courses as well as through her publications and her blog. As a clinician, she has delivered her popular workshops across Canada and the United States, including for the OMEA, , BCMEA, UMEA, ASTA, and the University of Toronto.
The ultimate satisfaction for Grace is seeing that moment of excitement that teachers get when they realize how much more they will be able to accomplish after her training and when they can’t wait to get back to the classroom to put their new skills and resources to work. Grace has a music degree and a teaching degree from the University of Toronto. She has 30 years of private and classroom teaching experience and currently teaches high school string orchestra. She also spent 10 years in the Maritimes of Canada, absorbed in Celtic fiddle music, and spent many years watching her late partner build and repair violins and guitars.