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ometimes, string musicians get so set on becoming professional musicians that they forget to take a big-picture look at the variety of music-related careers available to them.

 

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Join In-Sook Diamond as she gives you a few tips on how to properly take care of your violin. Violins are very delicate and should be treated as such. Caring for your violin is important to keeping it sounding great, and to make sure it lasts a long time.

 

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Approach any circle of friends at random and you’ll find common interests. Maybe it’s gaming, or the Marvel or DC universe. Sports could be a common thread. Books, or culinary adventures, perhaps.

When it comes to classical music, though, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you’re the lone student in the group. And that’s fine! But wouldn’t it be fun if your non-musician friends knew more about your passion than your classes, hours of solitary practice, and that you care for your stringed instrument like a mother looks after her newborn?

 

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If you’re pursuing a life as a string musician, you’ll inevitably find yourself in an orchestra or music group with a challenging music director. As a consolation, we can report that some of the world’s greatest conductors of all time were considered irritable and difficult to work with.

 

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The Concertmaster plays an integral role in any orchestra. Achieving the level of Concertmaster (also called 1st Violinist or Section Leader, depending on the orchestra) requires exceptional talent and dedication, but it is also a public role. It requires that you work well with conductors have good leadership skills and that you’re comfortable serving as the public face of the orchestra when called upon.

 

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Join In-Sook Diamond as she demonstrates how to correctly tune a violin. This is an essential step for practicing correctly.

 

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If you ask people to list some well-known composers, Respighi isn't a name likely to be on anyone's list. Yet this Italian composer, whose life spanned the Romantic and Modernist eras of classical music, has been described as having an "undeniable brilliance as an orchestrator, his ability to conjure a kaleidoscopic range of crowd-pleasing colors and impressions from his instrumental palette."

It's time to get to know Ottorino Respighi.

 

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As someone with a serious appreciation for classical music, chances are you’ve been in the audience for your share of live performances. But, have you experienced a concert in any of the world’s most historic or interesting venues?

Some are architectural and artistic marvels. Others are cultural touchstones with a deep connection to some of classical music’s most brilliant and prolific figures. If visceral experiences are your thing, consider planning some trips to visit these must-see venus. Here’s the list. All you have to do is check them off!

 

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ith more than 600 compositions, including 22 operas, 41 symphonies and 27 piano concertos, the legacy of Mozart’s career is both enduring and endearing. The sad fact that one of the most brilliant composers and musicians the world has ever known lived such a short life – he died in 1791 at age 35 – is tempered somewhat by how prolific he was. Mozart’s work is regarded as among the most accessible to the untrained ear, yet still greatly revered by learned classical string instructors and students.

 

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If you aren't leaving music school with a diploma and a job offer, graduation time can seem daunting.

 

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What Careers are Perfect for Cellists?

What Careers are Perfect for Cellists?

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ometimes, string musicians get so set on becoming professional musicians that they forget to take a big-picture look at the variety of music-related careers available to them.

 

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How to Properly Care for Your Violin

How to Properly Care for Your Violin

Join In-Sook Diamond as she gives you a few tips on how to properly take care of your violin. Violins are very delicate and should be treated as such. Caring for your violin is important to keeping it sounding great, and to make sure it lasts a long time.

 

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How to Convince My Friends That Classical Music is Cool

How to Convince My Friends That Classical Music is Cool

Approach any circle of friends at random and you’ll find common interests. Maybe it’s gaming, or the Marvel or DC universe. Sports could be a common thread. Books, or culinary adventures, perhaps.

When it comes to classical music, though, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you’re the lone student in the group. And that’s fine! But wouldn’t it be fun if your non-musician friends knew more about your passion than your classes, hours of solitary practice, and that you care for your stringed instrument like a mother looks after her newborn?

 

Read More

How to Get Along with a Challenging Music Director

How to Get Along with a Challenging Music Director

If you’re pursuing a life as a string musician, you’ll inevitably find yourself in an orchestra or music group with a challenging music director. As a consolation, we can report that some of the world’s greatest conductors of all time were considered irritable and difficult to work with.

 

Read More

Career Path to Becoming a Concertmaster

Career Path to Becoming a Concertmaster

The Concertmaster plays an integral role in any orchestra. Achieving the level of Concertmaster (also called 1st Violinist or Section Leader, depending on the orchestra) requires exceptional talent and dedication, but it is also a public role. It requires that you work well with conductors have good leadership skills and that you’re comfortable serving as the public face of the orchestra when called upon.

 

Read More

How to Tune Your Violin

How to Tune Your Violin

Join In-Sook Diamond as she demonstrates how to correctly tune a violin. This is an essential step for practicing correctly.

 

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Artist Profile: Ottorino Respighi

Artist Profile: Ottorino Respighi

If you ask people to list some well-known composers, Respighi isn't a name likely to be on anyone's list. Yet this Italian composer, whose life spanned the Romantic and Modernist eras of classical music, has been described as having an "undeniable brilliance as an orchestrator, his ability to conjure a kaleidoscopic range of crowd-pleasing colors and impressions from his instrumental palette."

It's time to get to know Ottorino Respighi.

 

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10 Musical Venues You Have to See Before You Die

10 Musical Venues You Have to See Before You Die

As someone with a serious appreciation for classical music, chances are you’ve been in the audience for your share of live performances. But, have you experienced a concert in any of the world’s most historic or interesting venues?

Some are architectural and artistic marvels. Others are cultural touchstones with a deep connection to some of classical music’s most brilliant and prolific figures. If visceral experiences are your thing, consider planning some trips to visit these must-see venus. Here’s the list. All you have to do is check them off!

 

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Our List of Favorite Mozart Compositions for a Summer Afternoon

Our List of Favorite Mozart Compositions for a Summer Afternoon

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ith more than 600 compositions, including 22 operas, 41 symphonies and 27 piano concertos, the legacy of Mozart’s career is both enduring and endearing. The sad fact that one of the most brilliant composers and musicians the world has ever known lived such a short life – he died in 1791 at age 35 – is tempered somewhat by how prolific he was. Mozart’s work is regarded as among the most accessible to the untrained ear, yet still greatly revered by learned classical string instructors and students.

 

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Congratulations Music Graduate - Now What?

Congratulations Music Graduate - Now What?

If you aren't leaving music school with a diploma and a job offer, graduation time can seem daunting.

 

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