Tools and games for major technical elements in violin lessons

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The teaching process is guided by didactic principles that empower students to gain comprehensive knowledge in a specific field, and teachers to discover effective methods of imparting this knowledge. In violin lessons, the most crucial didactic principles include the principle of representation and abstraction, the principle of activity and development, the principle of systematicity and gradualism, the principle of differentiation and integration, the principle of adequacy and effort, and the principle of rationalization and economy. When applying these principles to the content of the work and considering the age of the students in class, it becomes evident that the use of games, toys, everyday objects, movements, and situations familiar to children is necessary.

In this presentation, Ms. Tomić will showcase representative applications from her own practice. According to the “from the known to the unknown” principle, these applications enable students to learn the main technical elements of violin playing in a fun, child-friendly, and comprehensible manner. These elements include proper posture, bow hold, percussion, vibrato, shifting, and bow strokes.

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About the speaker


Ines Ana Tomić, Violin

Ines Ana Tomić is a Croatian music pedagogue with 25 years of experience. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Ministry of Education Award and the Croatian Music and Dance Teachers’ Association Award. Her students have won over 120 prizes in state and international competitions and have performed in numerous concerts and on Croatian national television shows. Ms. Tomić serves as a jury member in competitions and acts as a mentor for academy students and teacher trainees. She conducts lectures and masterclasses for violin students and teachers.

Additionally, Ms. Tomić is the author of the first Croatian violin school book since 1960 (Violina 1, 2, and 3) and “The Pizzicato Method,” a series of methodical and didactical materials in English (Let’s Play Violin! 1-3, Let’s Play Viola! 1-3, Violin Positions, Practice Diary). She is a mother of two children.