String teachers, I can’t wait for you to experience my Violin Resources Hub and Lesson Plans!

Meet our adorable children’s character, half dino/half stringed instrument, Stringosaurus!

Hi, I’m Laura Carr! 🙂

I have spent the past decade working as a violin teacher around the world creating an imaginative curriculum starring Stringosaurus.  Stringosaurus brings joy to everyone who meets him, so it’s not surprising he is a hit with all 3-8 year olds! Teaching a stringed instrument has never felt more fun or rewarding!

I invite you to join our growing teaching community online membership.

You will discover new monthly interactive resources which will leave you feeling invigorated and beaming with happiness, along with teachers’ video tutorials, storybooks, play-along videos, audio backing tracks and lesson plans.

You will feel prepared, excited and supported.

I can not wait to get to know you and to help you in whatever way I can.

Don’t just take my word for it!

Have you seen our Facebook page full of early childhood violin teaching ideas?

RECENTLY LAUNCHED IN MAY:

 

Treasury of Violin and Viola Games

 

A jam-packed eBook filled to the brim with hilarious and imaginative bow hold, bowing and violin and viola games! 

They’re finally HERE! The violin and viola games you’ve all been waiting for are ready to help you bring your string lessons to life and engage with even your most resistant learners.

Everyone will love playing them!

This extensive treasury is especially for 3-10 year olds and has colourful, imaginative and hilarious pictures for every game.

Included in this beautiful violin and viola games treasury are hand picked gems to help with bow-holds, pedagogy gold posture exercises, games to help with left hand set-up and favourite bowing games.

No more nagging to correct recurring technical issues OR boring explanations where kids lose interest fast and get frustrated.

Now, you’re going to have super string students who adore their lessons and want to explore technical activities on their instrument at home and are more likely going to want to continue learning long-term, because they are having so much fun!

This Treasury was the new resource launched into the Hub on the 1st May, so if you’re already a member, you will have immediate access to this (plus the other 80+ resources). It’s under Teachers’ Starter Kit in Focused Learning, it seemed like a great fit because I use games to help my students focus! 😉

I’m also selling this Treasury to non-members! You can buy it as a one off purchase to use with your own personal students!

I’m so excited for you all to enjoy this. My 9 year old daughter Eva and I worked together on it and it was a really rewarding, rich and special journey.

I hope that I’ve shown her that it’s possible to have goals and dreams and to see them through.

 

Laura x

THE STRINGOSAURUS RESOURCES HUB IS READY!

Get access to the unique and purposeful online resources hub which is reviewed, added to and updated every month.

There are songs, stories, games, inspiration, implementation videos and ideas to bring play into lessons!

This hub has been tried, tested and reviewed by violin teachers from around the world and they have loved it! It’s officially ready for you.

Access our private and supportive Facebook group for discussion, problem solving and asking questions.

As part of the online community, if teachers need a particular resource for their student, they can ask me to adapt what is in the library or we can work together to make a new resource to solve the issue.

4 monkeys holding violins in forest with forest animals
LAUNCHED INTO THE HUB ON THE 1st JUNE…

Line up your violin (and there is a separate version for viola) is a gorgeously cute video to help students position their instruments carefully for an excellent set up.

If you have students who tend to place their instruments in a less balanced and stable position, who end up with the instrument sliding or needing to support the instrument using tension, then it’s better to reset completely. Try this little video to make it really fun.
I actually combine a mixture of alignment strategies for my students and this is one of them.

I am so excited about this video… my own students have already tried it and love it!

They were mesmerised by the gentle backing track, which has a lullaby-like feel to it. We are all perhaps prone to be slightly more sensory seeking or sensory avoiding… I am a sensory avoider with loud sounds! My students who are prone to sensory avoidance loved how calm it is. My students who are prone to sensory seeking felt regulated pointing, plucking and watching the leaves gently fall in the background.
At the end of the video, everyone was calm and delighted!

Join our amazing community of teachers and have full access to all 80+ resources today!

LAUNCHED INTO THE HUB ON THE 1st JULY…
This rap is super cool! Get the children chanting and plucking their strings to this fast paced rap.

Children learn their string names as well as their highest string, lowest string, thinnest string and thickest string.

Allow them the space to explore their strings, by asking them to find the lowest and highest sound and noticing how that correlates to the width of the string.

We talk about voices, deep like a Daddy bear and high pitched like a mouse. For the width of the strings we talk about how the highest string is almost invisible like a thread (at least on a violin), where as the thickest string is chunky.

We then try the rap away from our instruments, patting our toes to the beat for our lowest string, knees for the second string, shoulders for the third, then heads for the highest string.

I’ve tried my best to rap… it’s my first attempt (and probably my last!) Ha ha ha! It actually sounds really fun with all the effects… have a listen to the clip!

I have questioned my sanity several times, more than usual in fact! Why on earth would I make a rap? I am officially the most uncool person out there!

Luckily, the answer has also been in the forefront of my mind…

To make the early days of learning a stringed instrument funengaging and accessible to everyone.

This Rap is what I think of as Treat Music… I use this kind of thing as a treat at the end of a lesson to leave the lesson feeling energised.

Join our amazing community of teachers and have full access to all 80+ resources today!

RECENTLY LAUNCHED ON THE 1st AUGUST…
Tired of Twinkles or fancy supplementing it?
Old King Cole’s Party (my unique and cool version) uses the twinkle finger pattern, breaking it down and sequencing it.
There will be 3 versions for each instrument (violin, viola and cello)
⭐️ Sing and open string
⭐️ Simplified version (as seen below)
⭐️ Challenge version to match the rhythm of the melody
I would print out the PDF sheet music from the hub and would save the video as a special treat play-along once the concepts have been learned and processed.
How cute are these monkeys in the video?! 🥳🐒🤩 Playing their Stringosaurus violins of course!! 🦖🎻
Come and join our growing community of Teachosauri today!
LAUNCHING INTO THE HUB ON THE 1st SEPTEMBER…
I have an announcement:
🥚An EGG-citing thing is coming to Stringosaurus!!🥚😝
Imagine an interactive story and activity that really focuses on the PINKY…
✨We need as many ways as possible to strengthen and maintain balance and flexibility in our students’ little fingers.✨
This story takes Humpty to the park. Children give him a ride on the seesaw and roundabout. The hilarious twist is when he falls off the roundabout… 🤣
They will always remember to be aware of their pinky finger from now on!! 🙌❤️
✨ No more straight pinkies✨
✨ No more forgetting about keeping the pinky curved on top✨
✨ Create flexible, STRONG, pinkies✨
Sign up to the annual subscription and receive 20% off- ✨Just until Monday 15th August!✨(Use code HUB20)
This will be September’s resource but there is an entire Hub filled with amazing teaching materials which you can access immediately. 🥳⭐️🥳Every month I add a new resource, depending on the needs in my community of amazing Teachosauri.🦖🎻❤️
Come and join our growing community of Teachosauri today!

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