Orchestral Bowings

Hello all! Long time no write!

I have finally landed a position in a school this year, teaching two classes of chorus and one class of orchestra. It has been fun but also very challenging at times. My orchestra class is a mixed group of advanced and beginners, with some having several years experience and others having no experience. As we are about to take our Christmas Break (yes, I said Christmas.) I was writing some plans and looking at music for next semester and realized that I couldn’t remember what some of the bowings were called! It has been a while since my violin lesson days and I can’t remember all the names of everything we learned, so I looked it up. Here is a link to a website with slideshows of different bow markings and a basic summary of what they mean and how to play them. There are several slide shows in the series, so once you get to the end of one push the “next” button (as if you were advancing the slides) and the next slide show in sequence will start loading. Hope this helps!

Orchestral Bow Markings

About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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