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Bowing technique is as much about the health and wellbeing of your body as it is about sound. In addition to muddying up the sounds you create with your violin, poor bowing technique takes its toll on your shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, and hand – eventually leading to injury.

 

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Are you looking for useful gifts for the music teacher in your life this holiday season? Your thoughtful gift will go a long way towards making your teacher feel appreciated and valued. Remember, there’s no reason to spend an excessive amount, as all teachers subscribe to the idea that “it’s the thought that counts.”

With that in mind, the following 13 gifts will express your gratitude to your music teacher this holiday season, and its usefulness will be appreciated.

 

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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 virtuoso to express yourself artistically through your instrument.

But did you know that while music nourishes the soul, it also sharpens the mind? That’s right. Music is not only good – it’s good for you!

 

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Songwriting is a musical superpower. The ability to write and create marketable songs can transform your career. While original, authentic songs can catalyze your rise as an aspiring solo musician or band member, songwriting is also a venue for those who shy away from publicity or fame, preferring to make their living behind the scenes.

 

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Recently, there was a post on Reddit's r/choosingbeggars. A band leader wanted a drummer to join him for a gig. It was a paying gig, but the bandleader expected the drummer to play for free. "Isn't it the art that feeds your soul?" the band leader asked.

"No," a drummer replied, "the money I earn playing gigs buys the food that feeds my soul."

 

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Remember when you were new to songwriting, and your GarageBand app was your best friend? Well, all that time, creative energy, and recording practice has paid off. You’re finally in the “advanced songwriting realm,” which means it’s time to take your skills to the next level.

 

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Prior to electricity and the advent of instrument amplification, violinists were “instrumental” at parties and dances because violins are one of the loudest, acoustic instruments out there. A single violinist (or a fiddle player or two) was a host needed to get dancers out on the floor – no matter the crowd. Keep in mind that, back then, most crowds at an average social event or gathering with music wouldn’t have topped more than 100 or 200 people.

 

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School is back in session. It can be exciting. It can also feel like you're about to start doing the same thing all over again.

Here are five music teaching strategies you can use that will challenge your students and you.

 

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Nurturing and supporting talented music students through high school, and then facilitating their launch to the best music school is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a music teacher. Deciding on which type of school to attend, and then which program is best for the individual student, can feel overwhelming to students and their parents.

 

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Composing is an important musical skill – and it’s worth mastering. While you may not create a piece worthy of the next Top 10 Songs For the Violin, the process of composing is a way to reverse engineer what you’ve learned as a musician. Plus, creating and working on compositions of your own provides a healthy respect for both contemporary and historical composers – it’s a complicated skillset.

 

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Violin Bowing Technique Exercises

Violin Bowing Technique Exercises

Bowing technique is as much about the health and wellbeing of your body as it is about sound. In addition to muddying up the sounds you create with your violin, poor bowing technique takes its toll on your shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, and hand – eventually leading to injury.

 

Read More

Update 2019: 13 Gifts for Music Teachers

Update 2019: 13 Gifts for Music Teachers

Are you looking for useful gifts for the music teacher in your life this holiday season? Your thoughtful gift will go a long way towards making your teacher feel appreciated and valued. Remember, there’s no reason to spend an excessive amount, as all teachers subscribe to the idea that “it’s the thought that counts.”

With that in mind, the following 13 gifts will express your gratitude to your music teacher this holiday season, and its usefulness will be appreciated.

 

Read More

Why Music Can Keep Your Mind Healthy

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 virtuoso to express yourself artistically through your instrument.

But did you know that while music nourishes the soul, it also sharpens the mind? That’s right. Music is not only good – it’s good for you!

 

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Update: 8 Steps to Learning Basic Songwriting

Update: 8 Steps to Learning Basic Songwriting

Songwriting is a musical superpower. The ability to write and create marketable songs can transform your career. While original, authentic songs can catalyze your rise as an aspiring solo musician or band member, songwriting is also a venue for those who shy away from publicity or fame, preferring to make their living behind the scenes.

 

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The 8 Highest Paying Jobs in the Music Industry

The 8 Highest Paying Jobs in the Music Industry

Recently, there was a post on Reddit's r/choosingbeggars. A band leader wanted a drummer to join him for a gig. It was a paying gig, but the bandleader expected the drummer to play for free. "Isn't it the art that feeds your soul?" the band leader asked.

"No," a drummer replied, "the money I earn playing gigs buys the food that feeds my soul."

 

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5 Tips for Advanced Songwriting

5 Tips for Advanced Songwriting

Remember when you were new to songwriting, and your GarageBand app was your best friend? Well, all that time, creative energy, and recording practice has paid off. You’re finally in the “advanced songwriting realm,” which means it’s time to take your skills to the next level.

 

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What is an Amp For My Violin and How Would I Use It?

What is an Amp For My Violin and How Would I Use It?

Prior to electricity and the advent of instrument amplification, violinists were “instrumental” at parties and dances because violins are one of the loudest, acoustic instruments out there. A single violinist (or a fiddle player or two) was a host needed to get dancers out on the floor – no matter the crowd. Keep in mind that, back then, most crowds at an average social event or gathering with music wouldn’t have topped more than 100 or 200 people.

 

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5 Top Music Teaching Strategies

5 Top Music Teaching Strategies

School is back in session. It can be exciting. It can also feel like you're about to start doing the same thing all over again.

Here are five music teaching strategies you can use that will challenge your students and you.

 

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Teacher’s Corner: How to Guide Your Gifted Students to the Best Music Schools

Teacher’s Corner: How to Guide Your Gifted Students to the Best Music Schools

Nurturing and supporting talented music students through high school, and then facilitating their launch to the best music school is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a music teacher. Deciding on which type of school to attend, and then which program is best for the individual student, can feel overwhelming to students and their parents.

 

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Update: Coolest New Apps For Musical Composition 2019

Update: Coolest New Apps For Musical Composition 2019

Composing is an important musical skill – and it’s worth mastering. While you may not create a piece worthy of the next Top 10 Songs For the Violin, the process of composing is a way to reverse engineer what you’ve learned as a musician. Plus, creating and working on compositions of your own provides a healthy respect for both contemporary and historical composers – it’s a complicated skillset.

 

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