5 COOL TOOLS FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS IN THE CLASSROOM

Looking for new and inventive ways to inspire – and deepen – your students’ experience? Some of the suggestions below are basic, and others are new and innovative, but all are cool tools that support music educators in their classrooms…

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HOW TO LEAD MIXED-AGE STRING GROUPS

The picture of the typical student is someone young, anywhere from a toddler to college student. However, older adults are also often students. Whether it’s veterans, women's reentry or retirees who decided to learn to play the violin – adults…

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WHAT CAREERS ARE PERFECT FOR CELLISTS?

ometimes, string musicians get so set on becoming professional musicians that they forget to take a big-picture look at the variety of music-related careers available to them. 

Whether you’ve just graduated from college, or you’re trying to figure out…

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WHY MUSIC CAN KEEP YOUR MIND HEALTHY

Is there anything more universal than music? It comforts us when we’re sad, and we use it to celebrate in times of joy. Music helps us power through chores and long trips. For musicians, you don’t have to be a…

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8 SECRETS OF PAGANINI

Niccolò Paganini is well-known to anyone who has even thought about picking up a violin. Yet how well do you really know this composer and violin maestro? Paganini was a towering figure who lived an extraordinary life – whose catalogue…

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10 ROMANTIC COMPOSERS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Lists are problematic things. Many people reading this list will be incensed by who was left off it. This isn't the full list of every Romantic composer worth knowing. You do, however, need to know the ones shared here if…

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: CELLIST SHEKU KANNEH-MASON

In the universe of shining, young musical stars, Sheku Kanneh-Mason could be called his own solar system. 

Consider that in the past several years alone, this gifted cellist starred on British reality TV, made hit recordings, earned a top BBC…

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: VIOLIST KIM KASHKASHIAN

We love celebrating the viola and the talented violists who play it. Professional violists such as Kim Kashkashian prove this vital instrument deserves its rightful place in the orchestra and that violists have just as much right to the solo…

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4 TIPS FOR INTERPRETING MUSIC YOUR WAY

Following a score measure by measure, and its notations regarding tempo, dynamics, emotional expression, etc., can feel stifling for a creative musician. The good news is that over time, you will be able to take pieces of music, even well-known…

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5 STEPS FOR HAVING A GREAT FACEBOOK LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Music has always served to bring people together, rejuvenate communities, and provide comfort, solace, and fun. While concert halls and music festivals are the usual go-to destinations for live music lovers, sheltering-in-place has created a new era of live music…

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HOW CAN I LEARN TO PLAY THE VIOLIN ON MY OWN?

There is no reason COVID sheltering-in-place should stymie your dream of learning to play the violin. In fact, there’s never been a better time to start playing a string instrument. Sheltering-in-place means more time to practice and learn the basic…

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HOW DOES COLD WEATHER AFFECT YOUR VIOLIN?

Does your violin sound a bit more nasal or tinny when you play it during the winter? Perhaps your instrument feels a bit tight, and you get more aggressive with it. 

Both of these conditions happen in winter when the…

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WHAT DO THE VIOLIN AND MANDOLIN HAVE IN COMMON?

Being a multi-instrumentalist is a benefit in the music world. If you currently play the violin and are interested in branching out into other musical instruments or genres, it may be time to consider the mandolin. 

MANDOLINS SHARE  THE SAME…

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