Now onto book completions -- in a week I had three students finish their method books. Congrats to all of them!
Tentaro Sato finished "Solos for Young Violinists" book 1 by Barber on Feb 20.
On Feb 25, Rachel Akinla finished Suzuki Book 3 with a record; never in the 15+ years of my teaching experience, a student finished this book in half a year. I have to mention that she only skipped one piece from this book AND in December she performed a piece from a different book. Rachel performed "Gavotte" by Martini (the first piece of Suzuki book 3) at A Day of Music event in September, contributing to fund raising for Ang Misyon, an El Sistema orchestra in the Philippines. I was especially amazed with her "Gavotte in D Major" by J.S.Bach -- I had her play it for my next student who was waiting for his lesson. Rachel is going to start learning vibrato next week! How exciting :-)
On Feb 26, Jacob Sherman finished the ABC's of the Violin book 2. I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to take his photo... :-( The ABC's book 2 is a long journey but he tackled each piece very carefully and nailed down accidentals. With that training he performed "Star Wars Themes" duet in December with a great success. In fact I had thought that would be too challenging but Jacob quickly mastered sections of accidental marathon. Congrats, Jacob!