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Throughout your musical career, you will experience the thrill of concerts gone perfect, with each note played exactly as intended. However, you’ll also experience the opposite. There will be concerts where you make small mistakes – and there will probably be a concert or two where you make pretty big ones. You’re in good company. 

 

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The holiday season is here, and everyone has to do their part. As a bassist, it’s your joy to remind everyone how awesome the bass is. So whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced musician, here’s a list of holiday songs you can quickly master. Pick a few of them and make your holiday get-togethers a little bit cooler.

 

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Teachers are such an everyday presence in our lives, it can be easy to overlook all they do and take them for granted.

 

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Often, the string musicians we “spotlight” here at StringOvation were born into professional music families - for example, bassist Charnett Moffett and violist Tabea Zimmerman. These individuals were launched into their professional string musicians from a young age. That wasn’t the case for the Russian-born violinist, Philippe Quint. In fact, until his teen years, Philippe was determined to become a soccer star or a professional chess player. He even fantasized about a career as an astronaut. 

 

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As a music teacher, you’ll encounter everything from students who casually walk on stage, barely adhering to the concert dress code, and pull off magnificent performances to students so scared they tremble, get sick or flat-out refuse to perform altogether. Fortunately, there are things you can do to calm music students’ performance anxiety.

 

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Aaaah, the holidays. They’re magical, to be sure, and for most student musicians – the holidays also mean a solid chunk of vacation time. All that free calendar space is a well-deserved reward for surviving the busy concert season, and there’s no better way to spend it than binging on holiday entertainment. 

 

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‘Tis the holiday season to be sure, and that makes it an ideal time to host a holiday concert to raise funds for your music program. Raising funds, however, requires a positive difference between the amount of money you raise, and the money spent to give the concert in the first place.

 

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Let’s face it, after years of playing the violin or viola you get tired of the same ol’ holiday tunes. But, the fact of the matter is – holiday songs are typically what people want to hear and sing this time of year.

 

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While audience members have the luxury of bundling up to their hearts’ content, musicians playing outdoors aren’t so lucky during the winter months. You need to be strategic about the clothes you select to remain warm enough – but nimble enough – to play your instrument well.

 

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As we gear up for Winter Concert Season, your wardrobe may need a little revamping. Once you’ve joined the school orchestra or band, brush up on what the dress code requirements are for concerts and other public engagements.

 

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5 Mistakes To Avoid During A Performance

5 Mistakes To Avoid During A Performance

Throughout your musical career, you will experience the thrill of concerts gone perfect, with each note played exactly as intended. However, you’ll also experience the opposite. There will be concerts where you make small mistakes – and there will probably be a concert or two where you make pretty big ones. You’re in good company. 

 

Read More

12 Bass Songs For The Holidays

12 Bass Songs For The Holidays

The holiday season is here, and everyone has to do their part. As a bassist, it’s your joy to remind everyone how awesome the bass is. So whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced musician, here’s a list of holiday songs you can quickly master. Pick a few of them and make your holiday get-togethers a little bit cooler.

 

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Gifts For Music Educators

Gifts For Music Educators

Teachers are such an everyday presence in our lives, it can be easy to overlook all they do and take them for granted.

 

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Artist Spotlight: Violinist Philippe Quint

Artist Spotlight: Violinist Philippe Quint

Often, the string musicians we “spotlight” here at StringOvation were born into professional music families - for example, bassist Charnett Moffett and violist Tabea Zimmerman. These individuals were launched into their professional string musicians from a young age. That wasn’t the case for the Russian-born violinist, Philippe Quint. In fact, until his teen years, Philippe was determined to become a soccer star or a professional chess player. He even fantasized about a career as an astronaut. 

 

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How To Calm Your Music Students’ Performance Anxiety

How To Calm Your Music Students’ Performance Anxiety

As a music teacher, you’ll encounter everything from students who casually walk on stage, barely adhering to the concert dress code, and pull off magnificent performances to students so scared they tremble, get sick or flat-out refuse to perform altogether. Fortunately, there are things you can do to calm music students’ performance anxiety.

 

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Bingeworthy Holiday Entertainment

Bingeworthy Holiday Entertainment

Aaaah, the holidays. They’re magical, to be sure, and for most student musicians – the holidays also mean a solid chunk of vacation time. All that free calendar space is a well-deserved reward for surviving the busy concert season, and there’s no better way to spend it than binging on holiday entertainment. 

 

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How To Give A Holiday Concert And Raise Funds

How To Give A Holiday Concert And Raise Funds

‘Tis the holiday season to be sure, and that makes it an ideal time to host a holiday concert to raise funds for your music program. Raising funds, however, requires a positive difference between the amount of money you raise, and the money spent to give the concert in the first place.

 

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Cool Violin & Viola Songs For The Holidays

Cool Violin & Viola Songs For The Holidays

Let’s face it, after years of playing the violin or viola you get tired of the same ol’ holiday tunes. But, the fact of the matter is – holiday songs are typically what people want to hear and sing this time of year.

 

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What to Wear For A Winter Outdoor Performance

What to Wear For A Winter Outdoor Performance

While audience members have the luxury of bundling up to their hearts’ content, musicians playing outdoors aren’t so lucky during the winter months. You need to be strategic about the clothes you select to remain warm enough – but nimble enough – to play your instrument well.

 

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The Best Bets In Concert Wear

The Best Bets In Concert Wear

As we gear up for Winter Concert Season, your wardrobe may need a little revamping. Once you’ve joined the school orchestra or band, brush up on what the dress code requirements are for concerts and other public engagements.

 

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