Blue Sky Teaching with Donald Weilerstein

The Strad explores NEC violin faculty Donald Weilerstein's unique teaching methods in a profile of innovative string educators.

Donald Weilerstein holds his bow over his violin and smiles while teaching a student

String tutors are always looking for ways to help students develop or refine their technique, and some use unconventional approaches. Judith Kogan spoke with three such teachers, all based in North America and whose unique ideas are achieving significant results.

Donald Weilerstein – violin

Reading sections of lesson transcripts, you might think it’s a yoga or ballet class – or maybe a voice lesson:

‘Before you start, feel the spine move.’

‘And the eyes.’

‘Feel the lift in the spine.’

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