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jaimecello opened the conversation:

I teach 4th-12th grade strings in my district. I am a cellist who plays professionally, so intonation is a BIG deal to me. Yet, my high school students are TERRIBLY out of tune. They are executing the correct notes, however everything is extremely pitchy. Many of the students have not had a lot of formal ear training.

Any suggestions on how to build a string players ear? If I hear again “I’m on the tape”– I’ll loose it! Just because the student is executing a 3rd finger “D” for example, depending on finger placement it can be off. Suggestions?