Gastineau Stop Bow Method Adds to the Suzuki Method

Charl Ann Gastineau, lifelong violinist and teacher, developed the Stop Bow Method on the foundation of Dr. Suzuki’s ear-training approach, to aid her students in learning to read music as well as hearing it. She was able to have each student slowly identify the note to be played and match the written note with the position on the violin. Then, the student played the series of notes slowly – even stopping the bow — for many lessons, concentrating on accuracy and correctness, rather than speed. The speed came later and since the accuracy had been built up over time, there were no mistakes in the muscle-brain connection that might arise in performance. This decreased anxiety and nervousness due to fear of mistakes. All the Stop Bow student has to do is play the piece as practiced – perfectly!