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When one thinks of the instruments involved in jazz music, certain tools come to mind. The upright bass (or double bass) is one of them, thanks to the many great jazz bass performances over the years. Brass and woodwind instruments including the trumpet, saxophone, and clarinet are also considered jazz staples. A drum kit, of course, often rounds out the ensemble when jazz musicians get together to creatively improvise and perform.

 

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Learning to do anything new is humbling, especially for adults who are used to being masters of their own domain. When you start playing the cello as an adult, it’s important to find that balance of a “beginner’s mind” and a repertoire of musical pieces that inspire you to keep practicing, learning, and growing.

 

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The year-end concert is both a celebration as well as a bookend to the final days of the school year. This concert is especially poignant for senior students, who will be graduating and heading off to their new lives as college students or fully-fledged working adults. Thus, it makes sense to put special care into your concert program, selecting music that fits the level of your players’ musicianship and makes a lasting impression on the audience.

 

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Most people imagine summer camp as a “kid thing.” Music educators know summer break is a time for adult music camp, too – in the form of workshops, continuing education credits (CECs) or even working on those last graduate degree units.

 

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The Classical Period of music may have given its name as the popular descriptor for all of Western sophisticated instrumental composition, but its actual timeline is relatively short. All of the other delineated musical eras get at least a full century. However, the Classical Era is often cited as the latter half of the eighteenth century. At its longest, the Classical Era ran just seventy to eighty years, ending no later than 1820. Despite the Classical Era's short run, its impact on instrumental music has been enormous.

 

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It's never too early to start making plans for a musical summer. We've put together a list of 10 upcoming cello performances scheduled for this summer. No matter where in the United States you are, there's a fantastic concert at least as close as an awesome road trip.

 

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In today’s digital and media-centric era, you need to create a personalized brand to become a successful solo musician. If you’re new to the world of business, developing a brand may be a foreign concept as branding is typically the stuff of companies marketing products and services.

 

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There is a plethora of information available regarding proper violin and viola technique – from postural recommendations to proper fingering and bowing. Those are all helpful, but strong, nimble fingers are foundational to your ability to adhere to those recommendations.

 

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One of the most difficult challenges for adults taking on the role of beginner violin student is finding age-appropriate music. While children may be happy to play Row, Row, Row Your Boat and other classic nursery rhyme tunes, adults need and deserve something more inspiring to maintain a growing attachment to their new practice.

 

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We've put together a glorious Spotify playlist containing five hours of the best Classical Period music of all time. Let's be precise – the compositions on this list are from the Classical Period (roughly 1750 – 1820).

 

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Jazz: It's Not Just for Upright Bass Musicians

Jazz: It's Not Just for Upright Bass Musicians

When one thinks of the instruments involved in jazz music, certain tools come to mind. The upright bass (or double bass) is one of them, thanks to the many great jazz bass performances over the years. Brass and woodwind instruments including the trumpet, saxophone, and clarinet are also considered jazz staples. A drum kit, of course, often rounds out the ensemble when jazz musicians get together to creatively improvise and perform.

 

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10 Cello Compositions for Adult Beginners to Wow Your Friends

10 Cello Compositions for Adult Beginners to Wow Your Friends

Learning to do anything new is humbling, especially for adults who are used to being masters of their own domain. When you start playing the cello as an adult, it’s important to find that balance of a “beginner’s mind” and a repertoire of musical pieces that inspire you to keep practicing, learning, and growing.

 

Read More

Compositions to Wow Your Audience for a Year-End Concert

Compositions to Wow Your Audience for a Year-End Concert

The year-end concert is both a celebration as well as a bookend to the final days of the school year. This concert is especially poignant for senior students, who will be graduating and heading off to their new lives as college students or fully-fledged working adults. Thus, it makes sense to put special care into your concert program, selecting music that fits the level of your players’ musicianship and makes a lasting impression on the audience.

 

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Summer Workshops for Educators 2019 – Apply Now!

Summer Workshops for Educators 2019 – Apply Now!

Most people imagine summer camp as a “kid thing.” Music educators know summer break is a time for adult music camp, too – in the form of workshops, continuing education credits (CECs) or even working on those last graduate degree units.

 

Read More

The Classical Period of Music

The Classical Period of Music

The Classical Period of music may have given its name as the popular descriptor for all of Western sophisticated instrumental composition, but its actual timeline is relatively short. All of the other delineated musical eras get at least a full century. However, the Classical Era is often cited as the latter half of the eighteenth century. At its longest, the Classical Era ran just seventy to eighty years, ending no later than 1820. Despite the Classical Era's short run, its impact on instrumental music has been enormous.

 

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10 Upcoming Cello Concerts this Summer You Won't Want to Miss

10 Upcoming Cello Concerts this Summer You Won't Want to Miss

It's never too early to start making plans for a musical summer. We've put together a list of 10 upcoming cello performances scheduled for this summer. No matter where in the United States you are, there's a fantastic concert at least as close as an awesome road trip.

 

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The Violinist’s Guide to Creating Your Onstage Persona: How to Brand Yourself

The Violinist’s Guide to Creating Your Onstage Persona: How to Brand Yourself

In today’s digital and media-centric era, you need to create a personalized brand to become a successful solo musician. If you’re new to the world of business, developing a brand may be a foreign concept as branding is typically the stuff of companies marketing products and services.

 

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Adult Beginners’ Finger Exercises for Violin and Viola

Adult Beginners’ Finger Exercises for Violin and Viola

There is a plethora of information available regarding proper violin and viola technique – from postural recommendations to proper fingering and bowing. Those are all helpful, but strong, nimble fingers are foundational to your ability to adhere to those recommendations.

 

Read More

Age Appropriate Violin Songs for Adult Beginners

Age Appropriate Violin Songs for Adult Beginners

One of the most difficult challenges for adults taking on the role of beginner violin student is finding age-appropriate music. While children may be happy to play Row, Row, Row Your Boat and other classic nursery rhyme tunes, adults need and deserve something more inspiring to maintain a growing attachment to their new practice.

 

Read More

20 of the Best Classical Period Compositions of All Time

20 of the Best Classical Period Compositions of All Time

We've put together a glorious Spotify playlist containing five hours of the best Classical Period music of all time. Let's be precise – the compositions on this list are from the Classical Period (roughly 1750 – 1820).

 

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