How to Teach Tension Release Online


Welcome to the Tension-Release Seminar!!

The Latest Seminar:

Hosted by the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute

For Registration and Schedule: Click HERE


(Past Seminar includes:

December for the Suzuki in school program at HEB School District, Texas

November- String Project, University of Texas at Austin

Online 3 to 5-hour seminar: July 27, August 15, September 5, September 6, September 12, 13, 21, October 11, 22)


What do you do when you are not able to be hands-on with your student?

This seminar is targeted toward all string teachers who recognize that there is a need to rethink the way we teach during the pandemic. With most of us switching to online lessons or with masks in person, the distance between us and the students makes it extremely frustrating to teach how to "feel" the instrument and to "relax." This course is designed to address such kinds of frustration and help all string teachers become better at communicating with your students about tension-release even in a normal face-to-face lesson setting. Learning to master online and distanced teaching serves to improve teaching in a normal setting as well.



First Hour- Rethink and Redesign the way we instruct. Props and Games to bring students’ attention to their motor skills and muscle strength. Students will have fun learning while teachers have means to check the students’ readiness in online lessons. (This is a recap summary of the last seminar, so the first-timers do not need to feel missing out.)


Second Hour- Brainstorm how to tackle tension issues in different parts of the body: neck, shoulders, upper arm, forearm, wrist, thumb, and finger joints.


Third Hour- Brainstorm and tackle problems while teaching dynamics, tone, shapes of phrases with tangible and measurable ways.


I look forward to sharing ideas with you!!


October 6, 2020: Today I received three past attendees' messages via FB and Email that the tactics we shared in this seminars helped them guide their students tremendously. I am just so thrilled to hear that!! Here is one of the them:


"Hi Shu-Yi,


I hope you and your family are doing well.  I did my first in person lesson last week, outside with a mask on.  It was weird at first as I had forgotten that I could play with my student in real time!!

I just wanted to thank-you again for your fantastic ideas!!  I have been working with 2 Book 2 students on vibrato using your great techniques and ideas.  We have used the props which the little boy really likes!!  Well this week for the first time, they came back with really great vibratos and BIG smiles on their faces.  I couldn't have done it online without your help!!"

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