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String Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshop – Violin

Due to current conditions, the teacher workshop is cancelled for this year.  We hope that you can join us next year!

Teaching Children

Teaching Children

Teaching Children the Violin

July 18-21, 2020

Faculty: Darcy Drexler and Mimi Zweig

Presented by the String Academy of Wisconsin

at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

This workshop incorporates the philosophies and ideas of Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, Mimi Zweig, and the faculty of the String Academy of Wisconsin. The workshop consists of pedagogy sessions and individual instruction. It includes:

  • Initial setup: Understanding the Body: the most important link in the development of a young student is the early lessons, as they set the stage for a strong foundation and all future learning. Important fundamental steps include discussion and observation of a child’s first lessons as well as a beginner group lesson, and hands-on experiments with ease of physical motion principles.
  • Establishing a Beautiful Tone: how to teach bow stroke technique for beautiful tone will be addressed in a systematic way using scales, etudes and repertoire from the first lessons through to advanced levels.
  • Pathways to Accurate Intonation: the physical and aural skills (theory/ear training) needed to build a strong foundation for accurate intonation.
  • Understanding Shifting: preparatory exercises for introducing shifting, different types of shifts, and developing shifting with sequential repertoire and etudes.
  • Developing the Vibrato: principles of vibrato and finding the best way to help individual students create and develop a beautiful vibrato.
  • Correcting of Bad Habits: these popular sessions cover an in-depth study of a systematic way to correct incorrect beginnings in a student’s playing. Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate and study various Kreutzer etudes in hands-on instruction with workshop faculty.
  • Interesting repertoire for each developmental level.
  • “Triangular energy” arising from the roles of students, parents, and teachers. Small steps which result in huge strides: sessions on the role of the parent, on motivation; ideas and structure through repertoire and performance and practicing activities.
  • Hands-on Instruction in mini-master class settings will focus on the pedagogical aspects covered in discussions and individual participant needs.

Workshop activities will also include observations of faculty working with students at all levels of proficiency, an internet session for string pedagogy resources, and a session on setting up a studio. A few evenings are free to explore the many summer events that take place in Milwaukee.

Enrollment is limited. The application deadline is Monday, June 15th. Remaining fees are due by Friday, June 19th. For additional information, call the String Academy office at 414-963-4729, e-mail ddrexler@uwm.edu,


Darcy Drexler

Darcy Drexler

Darcy Drexler is Director of the String Academy and teaches string pedagogy at UW-Milwaukee. She has performed recitals throughout the US and is an active chamber musician and clinician. Her students are performing and teaching across the US. Previously she was a member of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Hawthorne Quartet, the Killington (VT) Music Festival. She has taught at the Indiana University Summer String Academy, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and the Illinois Wesleyan University Suzuki Program besides giving classes in Brazil and China.

Mimi Zweig

Mimi Zweig

Mimi Zweig is the Founder and Artistic Advisor of the String Academy of Wisconsin, and Professor of Music and Director of the Young Violinists Program at Indiana University. Since 1972, she has participated in the development of children’s string programs across the United States. Her students have won numerous competitions and are playing in orchestras, teaching and performing throughout the world.
Saturday, July 18 Registration: 9-10AM
Class: 10-12, 1:30-6:30
Sunday, July 19 Class: 9-12, 2:00-5:00       5:30 workshop dinner
Monday, July 20 Class: 9-12, 1:30-5:00
Tuesday, July 21 Class: 9-1:30

2016 Teacher Workshop

2016 Teacher Workshop


A sample of some of the repertoire to be discussed Includes:

  • Flesch Scale Book
  • Kreutzer: 42 Studies, International Edition
  • Suzuki: Books 1-4
  • Whistler: Introducing the Positions
  • Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro
  • New music by various composers
Workshop Fees (2020)
$360 Tuition
$40 Materials
$400 Total
University housing available (request on application form).
If interested in university credit, please register at:

  (additional fees apply)

Housing/Parking Fees (2019)
Housing will be on campus in 4 bedroom unit with private bedrooms.    Shared bathroom and kitchen area:
Private Bedroom with air: tbd
Linens provided for additional $2 per night if requested:
Email stay@uwm.edu        to request space     with’String Academy ‘ in subject line

reserve after May 1st at   https://uwm.edu/parking/portallogin

$11 a day