Gersh’s Teaching Philosophy
In Gersh’s teaching practice, he uses various approaches, depending on the student’s level and needs.
With beginners, he emphasizes the physical aspect of fluid violin playing. He works extensively on body control and on the flexibility of muscles and joints. Together with his students, they explore the basics of sound production and simple scales. At this level, he also teaches music literacy so that students can effortlessly navigate a music sheet.
With intermediate students, Gersh builds bow stroke “vocabulary” by going over various etudes and exercises. Concert repertoire is included according to the technical preparedness of each student.
With advanced students, Gersh works on the refinement of sound production, articulation, phrasing, vibrato, and particular features of styles. At every level, Gersh emphasizes the basics of posture and proper hand movement, as it is always beneficial to keep your “arsenal” in good shape.
Gersh believes that a professional violinist, and violin teacher should love every aspect of the process, including working on the basics. This is why he is particularly invested in young and teenage students.
The students will exhibit what the teacher invests in them. Students will mirror the skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm exhibited to them by Gersh. He believes that even a basic down-bow should be played with confidence, comfort, and a sense of self-worth. His goal is that his students learn the value of musical skills and develop good taste. Gersh hopes that playing music enriches his student’s life and positively affects others around them.