Need ideas to work on good posture?
Let the Easter Egg come to the rescue!
Place a plastic Easter egg at about 45 degrees from the strings
Make sure the size is appropriate for the hand of the student
Have the student gently “hug the egg”
Let all fingers be soft and curved around the egg
Trouble with the Bow Hold?
- I talk to my students about pretending that they hold an egg underneath their bow hold.
- We talk about being soft and “not cracking the egg.”
- Well…around Easter I bring an actual egg to some!
- The picture above shows an older beginner. However, I mostly use this activity with my youngest students, especially if I am working with a 3-4 year old beginners. “Hugging the egg” helps them develop the shape that we need wihout tension or collapsing the hand. It also provides a visual aid to the instruction.
- Practice this as a way to get your child to understand a concept, not as a substitute! We want the muscles to eventually learn the proper position without any props.
I like incorporating posture activities with listening. Your child can practice “hug the egg” and hold it while listening to one of the Suzuki pieces on a CD.The same ideas can be practiced in group classes with Pre-Twinkle students. In a mixed group the younger students can hold the egg while the older ones play.
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