Laura Boldon

How long have you been an ASTA member?
I’ve been a member for at least 20 years; I believe I joined at some point while a student at the University of Illinois, and have been a member over the course of my teaching career in Grants Pass.

What is your favorite ASTA benefit?
I love the variety of publications; the literature lists, teaching resources, and the magazine have all been very helpful over the years.  However, I appreciate sharing ideas with the community of string specialists most of all!

What is your favorite teaching memory?
This may be the toughest question to answer! My favorite memories are a toss up between the “lightbulb” moments my most challenging students have had and the moments in performance when the energy and attentiveness of the ensemble have been so intense that I know I can take musical liberties and they will be right with me. 

A funny moment from this spring that is a favorite: A sweet 4th grade student was complimenting my hair one day and asked, “Mrs. Boldon, do you paint some of your hairs silver? I love the color!”

Any books or materials that have recently inspired you as an educator?
During the school year, my job and children keep me so busy that I rely on quick-read resources for inspiration such as the ASTA magazine and Pinterest.  I find the most motivating sources for me as a teacher are my colleagues.  Seeing others in action, hearing their groups, and discussing strategies at professional gatherings makes a world of difference in my own teaching.  If anyone else has a recommendation for a great book, I have time to read now because it’s summer! 

Laura Boldon
Violinist, Middle and Elementary School Orchestra Teacher in Grants Pass School District 7

Tomorrow, July 8th at 10am, join us at Portland State University for a master class with Harlem Quartet violinist Melissa White.

We have two more July master classes! Go to
 for more information on our upcoming classes with cellist Clive Greensmith and violist Csaba Erdélyi!
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