Winter 2021 Newsletter
The Grossman Method™ has had a busy year and we wanted to share some of our highlights with you! We also wanted to let you know about our exciting upcoming events.

2021 Louisville Award
The Grossman Method™ is proud to announce that we have received the 2021 Louisville Award for the 3rd continuous year in a row! The Louisville Award is an annual award recognizing those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. Their mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

ASTA Magazine

I’m so thrilled to share that my article, Stretches for Better Violin and Viola Playing, has now been published in the latest ASTA Magazine edition.  What a process this has been but I learned so much in creating a research-based article. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful.

The Ultimate Etude Guide for Violin
The UEG has logged about 400 etudes, performance videos, teaching videos and pop-up information and we are so thrilled to bring this datatable to our violin and viola performers.  If you are interested in a subscription or would like to learn more, please visit us:

The Grossman Method™ and The Ultimate Etude Guide for Violin have  been invited to present at the ASTA National Conference in Atlanta and at the NafME Conference in Yakima, Washington in early 2022. Please join us for these interactive sessions.


I had a joyous performance of the Vivaldi 4 Seasons with the Traverse City Orchestra in Michigan this summer. This was my fourth (?) time as soloist with the orchestra and it was wonderful to perform with my old friends again. I’m excited to be playing the Vivaldi 4 Seasons again this February with an orchestra in Oregon. I returned to Michigan in September for a 4-concert recital tour with pianist Jeffrey Gilliam. Chamber music collaborations with Chamber Music Amici (Oregon) in August and with the Serafin Ensemble (Delaware/Chicago) in November and December made for a busy few months.

The Grossman Method™ has transitioned well to online platforms and that has kept us busy with workshops nationally and internationally!  Two workshops in Germany were a total blast with others planned for Italy and Croatia in 2022. It was fun to present in-person again and The Grossman Method™ was happy to give workshops in New York, Chicago, Tennessee, Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma and Kansas. We are slated for several more events in 2022 so please check our calendar and join us!


Have a safe and wonderful new year. TGM will be here for your healthy playing needs and we hope to see you in 2022.

Ask The Teacher

A violist from Nevada asks:
“I’ve heard of the Alexander Technique. 
Can you tell me more about it?”

Answer from Harvey Thurmer, Violin,
Miami University

If you are teaching in a college studio, I bet you get this question regularly: “Why do I have pain here?” At this point the student invariably points to somewhere in the area of the arm structure, usually at a joint. Of course, to really be of any help, I have to look at the whole person to discover anything that could be the cause of the pain.

All musicians are experts at ignoring themselves for the “greater good” of producing the perfect sound, with just the right intonation and projection. In fact, musician or not, we all tend to organize ourselves around the particular “tool” we are using at the moment: the cell phone, the laptop, the steering wheel, the scalpel. As soon as we get involved in that task to be accomplished, we usually forget everything we might know about ourselves: the location of joints, their size and range of motion, and whether we are locking parts of our anatomy that we consider unimportant to the task at hand.

A vicious cycle then begins. As the task at hand becomes more difficult, we “try harder” – after all if we just could focus more and repeat it one thousand times, it’s bound to get better, right? But “trying harder” usually equates to tightening and narrowing some part of our anatomy. 

And that tightening and narrowing invariably begins to haunt us, with numbness first, and then finally pain that cannot be ignored. This is exacerbated when we receive adulation for what we have just done. Applause tends to solidify our bad habits!

I had to look outside the arena of traditional violin teaching to begin to unravel this vicious cycle in my own playing and thinking. I found my way to the Alexander Technique (AT) thanks to my own solidified bad habits, and PAIN. In order to get to the bottom of that cycle, I had to eventually address the way I thought. As I learned about my anatomy and discovered the location, size and function of parts of my skeletal system, I realized I had choices! The more informed I was about my structure, the more I could use what I knew to make good choices.

So now, when a student asks the proverbial questions “Why do I hurt here?”, I may start with questions about how they stand, where they believe their hip joints are, where they believe their arms “start”, or where their head balances on the top of their spine. None of these questions sound like your typical violin lesson, but they can begin to unravel how we think-which informs all our movements.

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