Hello TBers, I have recently begun my journey as an educator, and have now found myself teaching both private lessons and group lessons at a few middle schools. I am sure I will be asking more pedagogy-related questions in time, but for now I am wondering... How should you guys tell students which bow to start on? In my experience orchestra directors are usually like "have your teacher decide", and I have been more of the philosophy that it should be the player's choice. However, most of these kids are young and they don't necessarily have the opportunity to try both bows. Some decisions are made by "well this was the only extra bow the school had", but I have also had a couple students who immediately knew they wanted German bows. Then there are the majority of the students who just shrug their shoulders and look at me. I have searched some past threads and none of them seem to go too in depth. I appreciate all of your incredible advice in advance! Julia *Just so ya'll know - I played french for about 6/7 years before making the switch to German about a year ago. Although I wasn't experiencing any major technical issues and was producing a good sound, I was struggling with serious thumb pain and attempts to troubleshoot with my teacher weren't particularly effective. That being said, at the level all my students are at now I feel equally comfortable teaching both.