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Do your kids view summer break as a vacation from everything, including practicing their string instrument? Alas, developing musicianship requires a consistent practice schedule in order to keep “in shape,” and that includes holiday breaks and vacations.

 

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Summer’s here and the time is right for some serious downtime. And what better way to do that than kicking back and settling in to binge watch some great movies about classical music? To help, we’ve compiled a list of eight titles streaming on either Netflix or Prime.

 

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“Winning isn’t everything,” as the old saying goes, but it can set you up for more accolades down the road. Losing, on the other hand, serves a totally different but ultimately complimentary function on that same path to success. This is especially true in music competitions. While losing is certainly disappointing and perhaps even embarrassing in the moment, it can actually help to make you a better musician in the long run.

 

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You love classical music. Not only for its beauty but for the challenge of learning to play it well. However, every so often, you feel like you're in a rut.

 

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Think heavy metal and classical music have nothing in common? Read our interview with Eicca Toppinen, lead cellist of the symphonic metal band Apocalyptica, to find out how they intersect.

 

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It's time for an update to our past articles of the best apps for learning to play the violin. You can find our original lists here and here. They are still amazing tools.

 

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Whether private teaching is your primary job or a side gig, keeping your pipeline filled with potential students is always a challenge. Hopefully, you're engaging in a variety of strategies to marketing your private music practice.

 

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Unless you’re a complete extrovert, making casual conversation at music receptions can sometimes feel intimidating – or something you have to survive, at best. Worst case scenario means mingling with strangers makes you nervous, anxious, or even fearful. Believe it or not, making casual conversation is something that improves with practice – just like playing your string instrument.

 

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Being a member of a string ensemble is a fun, creative, and challenging way to advance your musicianship. If you're not in one yet, consider forming your own string ensemble.

 

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Private lessons have a notably positive impact on a string musician's progress and ability. First and foremost, private lessons provide customized – and differentiated – instruction for the string player, ensuring s/he remains at the edge of the learning curve.

 

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How to Create a Balanced Practice Schedule for Your Child This Summer

How to Create a Balanced Practice Schedule for Your Child This Summer

Do your kids view summer break as a vacation from everything, including practicing their string instrument? Alas, developing musicianship requires a consistent practice schedule in order to keep “in shape,” and that includes holiday breaks and vacations.

 

Read More

Musical Binge Watching on Neflix/Amazon Prime This Summer

Musical Binge Watching on Neflix/Amazon Prime This Summer

Summer’s here and the time is right for some serious downtime. And what better way to do that than kicking back and settling in to binge watch some great movies about classical music? To help, we’ve compiled a list of eight titles streaming on either Netflix or Prime.

 

Read More

How Losing a Competition Can Make You a Better Musician

How Losing a Competition Can Make You a Better Musician

“Winning isn’t everything,” as the old saying goes, but it can set you up for more accolades down the road. Losing, on the other hand, serves a totally different but ultimately complimentary function on that same path to success. This is especially true in music competitions. While losing is certainly disappointing and perhaps even embarrassing in the moment, it can actually help to make you a better musician in the long run.

 

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Start Fiddling Around: Learning to Play Folk Music

Start Fiddling Around: Learning to Play Folk Music

You love classical music. Not only for its beauty but for the challenge of learning to play it well. However, every so often, you feel like you're in a rut.

 

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StringOvation Exclusive: Interview with Apocalyptica

StringOvation Exclusive: Interview with Apocalyptica

Think heavy metal and classical music have nothing in common? Read our interview with Eicca Toppinen, lead cellist of the symphonic metal band Apocalyptica, to find out how they intersect.

 

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Best Apps for Learning To Play The Violin: 2019 Update

Best Apps for Learning To Play The Violin: 2019 Update

It's time for an update to our past articles of the best apps for learning to play the violin. You can find our original lists here and here. They are still amazing tools.

 

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13 Websites to Market Your Private Music Practice

13 Websites to Market Your Private Music Practice

Whether private teaching is your primary job or a side gig, keeping your pipeline filled with potential students is always a challenge. Hopefully, you're engaging in a variety of strategies to marketing your private music practice.

 

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5 Tips for Easy Conversation at Music Receptions

5 Tips for Easy Conversation at Music Receptions

Unless you’re a complete extrovert, making casual conversation at music receptions can sometimes feel intimidating – or something you have to survive, at best. Worst case scenario means mingling with strangers makes you nervous, anxious, or even fearful. Believe it or not, making casual conversation is something that improves with practice – just like playing your string instrument.

 

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How to Market Your String Musical Group

How to Market Your String Musical Group

Being a member of a string ensemble is a fun, creative, and challenging way to advance your musicianship. If you're not in one yet, consider forming your own string ensemble.

 

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The Benefits of Private Music Lessons

The Benefits of Private Music Lessons

Private lessons have a notably positive impact on a string musician's progress and ability. First and foremost, private lessons provide customized – and differentiated – instruction for the string player, ensuring s/he remains at the edge of the learning curve.

 

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