I've developed an exploration called "Leading & Following." It's kind of like "follow the leader," except you're doing it through their instrument.
For instance, I'll take the tip of my student's bow and lead them around the room - up high, down low, round and round. It's fun and it helps them let go of tension in their whole body. (See #1 above.)
When I lead them I make sure that I'm leading in a "non-squeezy" kind of way. I make sure that I'm using my body as fluidly as I can because they won't be able to let go of tension until I model fluidity through this direct sensory experience. (See #3 above.)
Then I have them lead me around the room, both of us still holding onto the bow. I ask them to lead me in a "non-squeezy" kind of way. It's a lot of fun for them and they learn what it feels like to move their bow with less tension. (See #2 above.)
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I also will start doing monthly workshops. On March 18th I'm teaching a brief workshop at the Philadelphia Flute Society "Flute Fair." In April, I'll likely do another workshop at Mount Airy Violins & Bows. I'm thinking it'll be called "How to Teach Your Students to Use Less Tension in Their Playing."
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