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As the last of the graduation caps fall out of the sky and make their way back to the respective owners, music students' stomachs are aflutter. The big question of the day is, "What's next?" But with thorough preparation on your end, we're confident you'll find ways to begin earning your living as a musician. 

 

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Remember when you were nervous about surviving your first year of music school? Welcome to your last year, which brings a whole new level of nerves and questions as "Real World Adult Life" rapidly approaches. 

 

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Violin strings, like their host instrument, should be selected to match the player's ability. Just as you shop for the right violin based on where you're at in your musical development, so should you seek strings that match your playing level. 

 

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Finding the right violin teacher can be more challenging for adult learners than it is for children. For one thing, the balance of power is decidedly more equal; for another, adults often have a more difficult schedule to contend with as the result of work, home life, meeting children's extracurricular needs, etc. 

 

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School orchestras are often a tight-knit bunch. This is great for those on the inside of the bunch, but can be daunting for new members. Using successful strategies to integrate new students into the orchestra culture will create a more cohesive feel for your program, and it goes a long way towards making the orchestra's new arrivals feel more comfortable, accepted, and confident in their school experience at-large. 

 

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Late winter is already a busy time for so many people. Even so, there’s always time to apply to a violin competition or enjoy watching those who’ve already gone pro do their thing.

 

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Are you ready to purchase your first violin? Or, perhaps even more exciting, upgrade a  beginner violin to one that meets your more advanced abilities? If so, there are a few things you should know before you start your search. 

 

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Previously, we posted an Artist Spotlight featuring Damien Escobar – a non-traditional violinist with classical music training that serves as a foundation for his hip-hop inspired music. Today, we're featuring Black Violin – a dynamic duo who also use their exceptional musicianship to produce a mashup of both classical and hip-hop genres. The group consists of viola player Wilner Baptiste (Wil B.) and violinist Kevin Sylvester (Kev Marcus).

 

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Learning to play a string instrument like the violin takes a lot of practice. During the first year of training in particular, beginner violin students can find it a challenge to cope with all of the new ideas. Not only must you learn new physical skills, if you’ve never studied music before, there are a number of new musical concepts to grasp, such as notation and intonation. These skills take time to develop. 

 

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When you’re a newcomer to the violin market, it's easy to feel wary about selecting an instrument that ranges from $25 at a garage sale to $1 million dollars or more in aficionado auctions. So what's the difference between high-end and low-end violins?

 

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Graduating From Music School This Year…

Graduating From Music School This Year…

As the last of the graduation caps fall out of the sky and make their way back to the respective owners, music students' stomachs are aflutter. The big question of the day is, "What's next?" But with thorough preparation on your end, we're confident you'll find ways to begin earning your living as a musician. 

 

Read More

Strategies For Surviving The Last Year Of Music School

Strategies For Surviving The Last Year Of Music School

Remember when you were nervous about surviving your first year of music school? Welcome to your last year, which brings a whole new level of nerves and questions as "Real World Adult Life" rapidly approaches. 

 

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Violin String Round-Up: Advanced vs. Intermediate vs. Beginner Strings

Violin String Round-Up: Advanced vs. Intermediate vs. Beginner Strings

Violin strings, like their host instrument, should be selected to match the player's ability. Just as you shop for the right violin based on where you're at in your musical development, so should you seek strings that match your playing level. 

 

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What To Look For In A Violin Teacher As An Adult Learner

What To Look For In A Violin Teacher As An Adult Learner

Finding the right violin teacher can be more challenging for adult learners than it is for children. For one thing, the balance of power is decidedly more equal; for another, adults often have a more difficult schedule to contend with as the result of work, home life, meeting children's extracurricular needs, etc. 

 

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Teacher’s Corner: 4 Strategies For Integrating New Students Into Your Orchestra

Teacher’s Corner: 4 Strategies For Integrating New Students Into Your Orchestra

School orchestras are often a tight-knit bunch. This is great for those on the inside of the bunch, but can be daunting for new members. Using successful strategies to integrate new students into the orchestra culture will create a more cohesive feel for your program, and it goes a long way towards making the orchestra's new arrivals feel more comfortable, accepted, and confident in their school experience at-large. 

 

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Upcoming Violin Competitions And Concerts This Winter

Upcoming Violin Competitions And Concerts This Winter

Late winter is already a busy time for so many people. Even so, there’s always time to apply to a violin competition or enjoy watching those who’ve already gone pro do their thing.

 

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5 Tips For Buying A Violin

5 Tips For Buying A Violin

Are you ready to purchase your first violin? Or, perhaps even more exciting, upgrade a  beginner violin to one that meets your more advanced abilities? If so, there are a few things you should know before you start your search. 

 

Read More

Artist Spotlight: Black Violin

Artist Spotlight: Black Violin

Previously, we posted an Artist Spotlight featuring Damien Escobar – a non-traditional violinist with classical music training that serves as a foundation for his hip-hop inspired music. Today, we're featuring Black Violin – a dynamic duo who also use their exceptional musicianship to produce a mashup of both classical and hip-hop genres. The group consists of viola player Wilner Baptiste (Wil B.) and violinist Kevin Sylvester (Kev Marcus).

 

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Update - The Latest Apps for Violinists

Update - The Latest Apps for Violinists

Learning to play a string instrument like the violin takes a lot of practice. During the first year of training in particular, beginner violin students can find it a challenge to cope with all of the new ideas. Not only must you learn new physical skills, if you’ve never studied music before, there are a number of new musical concepts to grasp, such as notation and intonation. These skills take time to develop. 

 

Read More

High-End vs. Low-End Violins – What’s The Big Deal?

High-End vs. Low-End Violins – What’s The Big Deal?

When you’re a newcomer to the violin market, it's easy to feel wary about selecting an instrument that ranges from $25 at a garage sale to $1 million dollars or more in aficionado auctions. So what's the difference between high-end and low-end violins?

 

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