I spent February of 2014 in India, and the highlight of this trip, even above performing, was teaching students
, young and old.
In Mumbai, I taught a workshop to the violin students of Milind Raikar, helping them with the basic, essential economy of movement and muscle use, changing strings with the bow with relaxed arms and shoulders.
In Delhi, I taught a master class for students of the Delhi Music Society, emphasizing relaxation of the fingers of the bow, and of the left hand while shifting (changing position).
In Kalimpong, in northern Bengal, I gave an all-day workshop to the violin
, viola and cello students of the Gandhi Ashram School, coaching early school age to high school children. They then joined me in two concerts, in Kalimpong and Darjeeling, playing a Nepalese song, and then joining me in a Celtic jig I composed from a raga, with call and response both with me and each other. It was satisfying to see them play with such grace.