The Grossman Method© Newsletter

Welcome to the Spring ’17 The Grossman Method newsletter.  Some very cold, wet, icy, snowy icky weather  welcomed my move to the Pacific Northwest in January “It’s not usually like this” everyone said.  Sure, sure!  

Introducing CHM!

The reason for my short-term move was to provide time for me to focus on writing the lesson structure of The Grossman Method.
Creating the Healthy Musician: An Integrated Approach to Teaching Violin and Viola Mastery is well underway.  I’m excited to introduce you to CHM and I hope you will find it a welcomed addition to your teaching regime.  For those who have students who get very nervous in performance, lose concentration in the lesson, or experience tight muscles when executing advanced techniques, then CHM is for you!  You will be introduced to new stretches and breathing techniques and how to incorporate them into your 30 or 60-minute lesson.  Want a little sample?  Click
HERE for the audio clip.
Workshops Workshops and more Workshops

It’s been a crazy busy few months for TGM! 
No Pain, ALL GAIN  workshops in Seattle, Boston, San Jose, Portland, Eugene, Bellingham and Ellensburg with upcoming Violin and Viola Teacher workshops in Bellingham, WA and Portland, OR scheduled in April and May.  If you are in the Pacific Northwest, please plan to join us at these workshop events.  We’ll get coffee (they drink a LOT of coffee in the PNW). 
Happy playing to you all!

Ask the Teacher

Sarah Kapustin
Professor of Violin
ArtEZ Conservatorium in the Netherlands (Zwolle)
"Say What?" The Art of Listening 
As I gain more and more experience performing the violin and teaching professionally, I am amazed at the endless possibilities of learning: learning how to deal (better) with nerves and pressure, how to teach more effectively, how to practice more efficiently. The best part is the 'cross-pollination' which occurs, where something I learn while teaching can be applied to my performing, or vice versa.
A huge part of learning is LISTENING, and I think it's fair to say that most of us can be better listeners. We get constant feedback from colleagues and teachers....but are we really listening to that feedback?
If someone asks you to play something differently, are you listening to what they say? Or are you already cooking up an argument in your mind (i.e. But so-and-so told me to play it that way, or I don't want to play it your way because....?)

If someone plays a phrase and asks you to repeat it, what are you repeating exactly? The notes/rhythms/tempo that they play? Or HOW they play it? Their bow speed, their contact point, their use of vibrato?
If you're attending a concert, how are you listening? Are you listening with your eyes (looking at how the performers are dressed and interact with one another)?  Are you allowing your mind to wander while the music washes over you? Or are you listening to the textures of the music, the instrumentation, the way the players match each other?
Learning how to be an active and non-judgmental listener can help you to make the most out of your experiences. After your next lesson or the next concert you attend, write down your thoughts in a notebook. This will help you to verbalize your experiences and will also help you to remember them later, so that you can apply them to your own music-making.
Happy listening!  
Sarah Kapustin, concert violinist and professor of violin at ArtEZ Conservatorium in the Netherlands (Zwolle)
Upcoming Workshops & Events
Click on the links below for details!

April 8, 2017
Guest Concertmaster

Saginaw Bay Orchestra 
Saginaw, MI

April 9, 2017
Saginaw Bay String Quartet Concerts

Frankenmuth and Saginaw, MI

April 15, 2017
String Teacher Workshop

Western Washington University  Bellingham, WA

April 18, 2017
Chamber Music Recital

Fulton Street Chamber Players  Seattle, WA

April 28, 2017

University of Oregon 
Eugene, OR

April 30, 2017

University of Oregon
  Eugene, OR

May 13, 2017
Violin and Viola Teacher Workshop

University of Portland  
Portland, OR

May 15, 2017
Masterclass, Workshop

Central Washington University  Ellensburg, WA

July 12-23, 2017

Aria International Summer Academy
Hadley, MA

July 23 - August 6, 2017

Marrowstone Music Festival 
Bellingham, WA

Dates are subject to change. Message me HERE to confirm!

Rhomboid Rumble
Featured Stretch

Rhomboid Rumble

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