Teaching Artists Kristin Baird and Kaitlin Springer of The Florida Orchestra have recorded more than 50 videos on violin and viola to support string teachers and students in a robust virtual learning section on the orchestra’s TFO at Home webpage.
These videos help students learn scales, vibrato, fundamentals of shifting, warmup exercises – and other tips and tricks for playing a string instrument.
This advice comes straight from the pros – Baird and Springer are professional musicians who typically would split their time between playing onstage with the orchestra and helping in Pinellas classrooms during the school year. From mid-March through the end of May, they supported Pinellas County schoolteachers through phone calls and virtual sessions.
They work in partnership with the Pinellas County School District, but the free videos are available for all music students.
In addition, Florida Orchestra musicians are developing materials to help students prepare for 2020 All State auditions, hoping to close the gap for students who do not have access to private lessons. TFO cellist Lowell Adams is volunteering his time over the summer to create these resources for student cellists.
This is the third year of TFO’s Teaching Artist Program, which has helped build and guide strings programs in partnership with the Pinellas County School District since January 2017. It is funded in part by the Pinellas County Schools referendum.
As a musical thank you to teachers, who have faced extreme challenges this year, the teaching artists recorded the Flower Duet, which you can see here.