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Avishai Cohen is a composer and bass musician who’s performed all over the world for nearly 20 years. Born on a kibbutz in Israel to a musical family with roots reaching back to Poland, Spain, and Greece, Avishai has developed a unique sound while constantly innovating.  One critic at the “Make Weird Music” website describes Avishai’s sound this way:

 

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Students interested in a music career know that there is stiff competition to learn from certain instructors. Being able to get off on the right foot with a new music teacher is crucial for establishing a learning relationship that really benefits student advancement. The ugly truth is that it’s hard to learn from someone you don’t get along with, so making a great impression on your educator—regardless of your age or skill level—is a key to success.

 

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Today’s teachers face challenges like never before. Over-crowded classrooms, unrelenting budget cuts, and general underappreciation can eventually wear down the spirit and destroy the happiness you feel when you are helping others discover their musical ability. However, you can prevent stagnation, keep your professional fervor, and find more joy as a teacher by following these practical tips.

 

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Find out how well you know violin history with this quick and quirky fact quiz!

 

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The summer can seem all too short for both teachers and students. Before you know it, it’s time to gear up for a new school year, new students, and new challenges. Getting your learning space ready for the next batch of aspiring musicians is an annual job. Depending on the amount of preparation you did the following spring, it will require some effort. But don’t worry if you left your room in a (seeming) shambles before leaving in summer. There are tons of easy ways to make the fall transition less stressful and more productive.

 

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When we think of Russia and classical music, we think of the great composers like Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky. Russia’s place in the canon of Western classical music, both as composers and musicians is well established. It can be easy to overlook the rich variety of native Russian string instruments.

 

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Many teachers face the same money challenges year after year. Discovering ways to meet the funding gaps in your classroom budget can be difficult when combined with all the other back-to-school responsibilities you have on your plate. A number of cash-strapped school districts can barely afford necessities, so extras are usually out of the question. Educators often foot the bill for special projects they’ve planned.

 

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Going away to school is an exciting time. It feels like anything is possible – and it is. But as with anything worth doing, leaving home to enter the competitive world of music school has its challenges as well.

 

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Students who want to play in a professional capacity will learn quickly that being heard on stage in the midst of other instruments requires some specific amplification. In rock, pop, jazz, and country music genres, it’s hard for an acoustic violin to make itself heard over the electric sounds. For that reason, most career musicians are familiar with a violin pickup. Yet, for beginner students who are being classically trained, a pickup can seem odd and incongruous with the instrument.

 

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Taking care of your violin is important. Not only is it a valuable investment, but with the right regular maintenance, your violin will sound better, and you’ll get more mileage out of the strings and other parts that wear out.

 

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News & Events

August 3 – Pinchas Zukerman & The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL. 8:00 PM Zukerman plays...

July 22 - 2Cellos in Concert, Portland

Portland, OR Tickets & Info:...

July 19 - 2Cellos in Concert, Los Angeles

Greek TheatreLos Angeles, CA Tickets & Info:...

July 18 - 2Cellos in Concert, San Diego

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater, 5500 Campanile...

July 16, Zuill Bailey & The Bellingham Festival Orchestra

PROGRAMPre-concert talk – Zuill Bailey, guest artist, 6:30...

July 3 to 28 - Seattle Chamber Music Festival

Each year, Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) presents a...

July 12 - Joshua bell & The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Ravinia Festival Chicago Symphony OrchestraAndrey Boreyko,...

July 3 to 7- Benjamin Beilman at The Seattle Chamber Music Festival

Program: • July 3 - 8:00 p.m. - Stravinsky L’histoire...

Artist Profile: Israeli Jazz Bassist Avishai Cohen

Artist Profile: Israeli Jazz Bassist Avishai Cohen

Avishai Cohen is a composer and bass musician who’s performed all over the world for nearly 20 years. Born on a kibbutz in Israel to a musical family with roots reaching back to Poland, Spain, and Greece, Avishai has developed a unique sound while constantly innovating.  One critic at the “Make Weird Music” website describes Avishai’s sound this way:

 

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How To Make A Good Impression With A New Music Teacher

How To Make A Good Impression With A New Music Teacher

Students interested in a music career know that there is stiff competition to learn from certain instructors. Being able to get off on the right foot with a new music teacher is crucial for establishing a learning relationship that really benefits student advancement. The ugly truth is that it’s hard to learn from someone you don’t get along with, so making a great impression on your educator—regardless of your age or skill level—is a key to success.

 

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6 Ways To Find More Joy As A Music Teacher

6 Ways To Find More Joy As A Music Teacher

Today’s teachers face challenges like never before. Over-crowded classrooms, unrelenting budget cuts, and general underappreciation can eventually wear down the spirit and destroy the happiness you feel when you are helping others discover their musical ability. However, you can prevent stagnation, keep your professional fervor, and find more joy as a teacher by following these practical tips.

 

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QUIZ: Do You Know These Odd Violin Facts?

QUIZ: Do You Know These Odd Violin Facts?

Find out how well you know violin history with this quick and quirky fact quiz!

 

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5 Tips to Get Your Music Classroom Ready For School

5 Tips to Get Your Music Classroom Ready For School

The summer can seem all too short for both teachers and students. Before you know it, it’s time to gear up for a new school year, new students, and new challenges. Getting your learning space ready for the next batch of aspiring musicians is an annual job. Depending on the amount of preparation you did the following spring, it will require some effort. But don’t worry if you left your room in a (seeming) shambles before leaving in summer. There are tons of easy ways to make the fall transition less stressful and more productive.

 

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Musical Styles: String Instruments Of Russia

Musical Styles: String Instruments Of Russia

When we think of Russia and classical music, we think of the great composers like Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky. Russia’s place in the canon of Western classical music, both as composers and musicians is well established. It can be easy to overlook the rich variety of native Russian string instruments.

 

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Teacher's Corner: Ideas for Raising Funds for Your Classroom

Teacher's Corner: Ideas for Raising Funds for Your Classroom

Many teachers face the same money challenges year after year. Discovering ways to meet the funding gaps in your classroom budget can be difficult when combined with all the other back-to-school responsibilities you have on your plate. A number of cash-strapped school districts can barely afford necessities, so extras are usually out of the question. Educators often foot the bill for special projects they’ve planned.

 

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6 Tips To Survive Your First Year At A Music College/Conservatory

6 Tips To Survive Your First Year At A Music College/Conservatory

Going away to school is an exciting time. It feels like anything is possible – and it is. But as with anything worth doing, leaving home to enter the competitive world of music school has its challenges as well.

 

Read More

What Is A Violin Pickup And Why Would I Use One?

What Is A Violin Pickup And Why Would I Use One?

Students who want to play in a professional capacity will learn quickly that being heard on stage in the midst of other instruments requires some specific amplification. In rock, pop, jazz, and country music genres, it’s hard for an acoustic violin to make itself heard over the electric sounds. For that reason, most career musicians are familiar with a violin pickup. Yet, for beginner students who are being classically trained, a pickup can seem odd and incongruous with the instrument.

 

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How To Keep Your Violin In Top Shape

How To Keep Your Violin In Top Shape

Taking care of your violin is important. Not only is it a valuable investment, but with the right regular maintenance, your violin will sound better, and you’ll get more mileage out of the strings and other parts that wear out.

 

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