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The orchestra is an amazing, musical body - comprised of a multitude of individual players and instruments - all working together to produce beautiful and harmonious sounds.

 

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Committed violists deserve three cheers. You're remaining true to yourself and your musical passion (see habit #1 below) - playing an instrument whose deeper, resonant, and honeyed tones make it increasingly popular on the solo circuit.

 

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Violin lessons are a big investment. Not only are you paying for the instruction time, but you will also be spending money on various instruments as your child progresses. Nevertheless, all of your well-meaning investments will mean nothing if your child starts off with the wrong size violin. Violin sizing is very important because it dictates how easily your child can navigate and manipulate the instrument. Here's what you need to know:

 

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As you know, from reading in our recent blogs on music and copyright issues, copyright law can get sticky (in case you haven’t read them, you should definitely check them out here, here and here). You know that broadly defined, a copyright owner has the exclusive legal right to print, publish, record or distribute the artistic material owned. The upshot of this definition is that there are many different kinds of copyrights that come into play when you perform, record, and post (aka “distribute”) a piece of music. 

 

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Do you find yourself wishing your budget could accommodate more private lessons each week? Having a difficult time knowing if you're playing a piece correctly when an instructor isn't there to provide feedback? Are you a student who does better with guided direction than left to your own devices?

 

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Does being a fantastic strings player mean you're on the way to the top of the orchestral career ladder? Not necessarily.

 

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Putting together a demo reel is a must-do for any music student. You have so much to focus on and it seems your actual performance is just one piece of it. There’s everything from the acoustics and technical quality of the recording to what you’re wearing. You also need to think about whether you are legally recording the song you’re performing.  That’s right. You have copyright laws to consider as well. 

 

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Join Mimi Zweig as she shows a student how to properly complete the Martelé Bow Stroke. View our video to see these great tips in action!

 

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Selecting music for a recital or performance is already a challenge. What’s appropriate to the students’ skill level? What will the audience enjoy? What creates a cohesive program?  Will I get fined?

 

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Resources for classrooms can be scarce. As a teacher, you know all too well what you’re spending out-of-pocket to improve your students’ educational experience. The urge to save some money by copying sheet music is understandable. Understandable, sure – but that doesn’t mean legal.

 

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What Instruments Are In The Orchestral String Family?

What Instruments Are In The Orchestral String Family?

The orchestra is an amazing, musical body - comprised of a multitude of individual players and instruments - all working together to produce beautiful and harmonious sounds.

 

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5 Habits Of Celebrity Violists

5 Habits Of Celebrity Violists

Committed violists deserve three cheers. You're remaining true to yourself and your musical passion (see habit #1 below) - playing an instrument whose deeper, resonant, and honeyed tones make it increasingly popular on the solo circuit.

 

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How To Pick The Right Size Violin For Your Child

How To Pick The Right Size Violin For Your Child

Violin lessons are a big investment. Not only are you paying for the instruction time, but you will also be spending money on various instruments as your child progresses. Nevertheless, all of your well-meaning investments will mean nothing if your child starts off with the wrong size violin. Violin sizing is very important because it dictates how easily your child can navigate and manipulate the instrument. Here's what you need to know:

 

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Posting Performance Recordings Online Without Violating Copyright Laws

Posting Performance Recordings Online Without Violating Copyright Laws

As you know, from reading in our recent blogs on music and copyright issues, copyright law can get sticky (in case you haven’t read them, you should definitely check them out here, here and here). You know that broadly defined, a copyright owner has the exclusive legal right to print, publish, record or distribute the artistic material owned. The upshot of this definition is that there are many different kinds of copyrights that come into play when you perform, record, and post (aka “distribute”) a piece of music. 

 

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Newest Apps For Learning To Play The Cello

Newest Apps For Learning To Play The Cello

Do you find yourself wishing your budget could accommodate more private lessons each week? Having a difficult time knowing if you're playing a piece correctly when an instructor isn't there to provide feedback? Are you a student who does better with guided direction than left to your own devices?

 

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What Qualities Make For A Desirable Orchestra Member

What Qualities Make For A Desirable Orchestra Member

Does being a fantastic strings player mean you're on the way to the top of the orchestral career ladder? Not necessarily.

 

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How To Make A Reel of Your Performances Without Violating Copyright Law

How To Make A Reel of Your Performances Without Violating Copyright Law

Putting together a demo reel is a must-do for any music student. You have so much to focus on and it seems your actual performance is just one piece of it. There’s everything from the acoustics and technical quality of the recording to what you’re wearing. You also need to think about whether you are legally recording the song you’re performing.  That’s right. You have copyright laws to consider as well. 

 

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The Short Story of the Martelé Bow Stroke with Mimi Zweig

The Short Story of the Martelé Bow Stroke with Mimi Zweig

Join Mimi Zweig as she shows a student how to properly complete the Martelé Bow Stroke. View our video to see these great tips in action!

 

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How To Handle Rights And Permissions Of Your Music For Performances

How To Handle Rights And Permissions Of Your Music For Performances

Selecting music for a recital or performance is already a challenge. What’s appropriate to the students’ skill level? What will the audience enjoy? What creates a cohesive program?  Will I get fined?

 

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The Ins And Outs Of Copying Sheet Music

The Ins And Outs Of Copying Sheet Music

Resources for classrooms can be scarce. As a teacher, you know all too well what you’re spending out-of-pocket to improve your students’ educational experience. The urge to save some money by copying sheet music is understandable. Understandable, sure – but that doesn’t mean legal.

 

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