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You did it! You applied, you interviewed – you may have even auditioned – and you’ve landed a summer internship. Good for you.

Now that you’re about to start (or have started), it’s important to note that your “landing” of the position is the beginning of a whole new journey: making the most of this opportunity so it propels you into the next phase of your education and career.

 

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Teaching someone with a hearing impairment how to play an instrument is not oxymoronic. It's challenging. But there's no reason to cut off people in this community from the rewards of learning an instrument. None of us are Beethoven, so let's not make the mistake of thinking it requires genius to bridge the gap between playing music and hearing what's being played.

 

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Most non-professional violinists replace their strings every 300 playing hours or so. That works out to about every three to six months. More serious students and professionals change strings more frequently.  Since this routine maintenance task takes place so often, it makes sense for musicians to learn how to do it themselves.

 

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Thanks to streaming technology, listening to music or watching concert videos has never been easier. We imagine your summer plans include spending quality time in a comfy spot with earbuds or headphones firmly in place, soaking up your favorite recordings.

 

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The good news is unless you’re in a group like Apocalyptica, you won’t need to replace your instrument’s bow hairs nearly as often as you need to change its strings. Even so, bow hairs break, wear out, and become sticky and dirty over time – all of which compromise bowing technique, as well as the quality of your sound.

 

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Among life’s simple pleasures, summer reading is right up there. Just the thought of relaxing in the sand, on the porch, or under a nice shading tree with some good titles is enough to make you wish for an endless summer. Here’s an eclectic list of six books for string students to enjoy. And if you are reading outside, don’t forget the sunscreen!

 

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The best way to learn to play the fiddle is the traditional way people have long learned – by listening to the music and figuring it out by ear.

 

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Violin pickups are the most affordable way to amplify the sound your violin makes without investing in an electric violin, or a violin with a built-in pickup. Pickups work wonders if you’re starting to play violin in rock, folk or jazz bands, where acoustic violins can’t be heard without one, and violin pickups also work well to amplify violins and other string instruments that play in the school marching band.

 

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It takes time and practice to learn how to use a violin pickup, as well as getting used to how your instrument will sound. In addition to amplification, in order for your violin to sound its very best will require minor adjustments on your part.

 

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When the student body takes their summer vacation, diligent music educators use the newly available time to update lesson plans and find new, inspiring sources for curriculum, activities, learning games, and technical classroom applications.

Summertime is study time for music educators. To that effort, we’ve curated this handy array of lesson plan resources as you continue developing your music lesson repertoire.

 

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How to Make the Most of Your Summer Internship

How to Make the Most of Your Summer Internship

You did it! You applied, you interviewed – you may have even auditioned – and you’ve landed a summer internship. Good for you.

Now that you’re about to start (or have started), it’s important to note that your “landing” of the position is the beginning of a whole new journey: making the most of this opportunity so it propels you into the next phase of your education and career.

 

Read More

Techniques for Teaching Students That are Hearing Impaired

Techniques for Teaching Students That are Hearing Impaired

Teaching someone with a hearing impairment how to play an instrument is not oxymoronic. It's challenging. But there's no reason to cut off people in this community from the rewards of learning an instrument. None of us are Beethoven, so let's not make the mistake of thinking it requires genius to bridge the gap between playing music and hearing what's being played.

 

Read More

How to Replace Your Violin Strings

How to Replace Your Violin Strings

Most non-professional violinists replace their strings every 300 playing hours or so. That works out to about every three to six months. More serious students and professionals change strings more frequently.  Since this routine maintenance task takes place so often, it makes sense for musicians to learn how to do it themselves.

 

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10 Summer 2019 Cello Concerts You Won't Want to Miss

10 Summer 2019 Cello Concerts You Won't Want to Miss

Thanks to streaming technology, listening to music or watching concert videos has never been easier. We imagine your summer plans include spending quality time in a comfy spot with earbuds or headphones firmly in place, soaking up your favorite recordings.

 

Read More

How to Replace Your Instrument’s Bow Hair

How to Replace Your Instrument’s Bow Hair

The good news is unless you’re in a group like Apocalyptica, you won’t need to replace your instrument’s bow hairs nearly as often as you need to change its strings. Even so, bow hairs break, wear out, and become sticky and dirty over time – all of which compromise bowing technique, as well as the quality of your sound.

 

Read More

Summer Reading for Student Musicians

Summer Reading for Student Musicians

Among life’s simple pleasures, summer reading is right up there. Just the thought of relaxing in the sand, on the porch, or under a nice shading tree with some good titles is enough to make you wish for an endless summer. Here’s an eclectic list of six books for string students to enjoy. And if you are reading outside, don’t forget the sunscreen!

 

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13 Popular Compositions for Fiddling Around

13 Popular Compositions for Fiddling Around

The best way to learn to play the fiddle is the traditional way people have long learned – by listening to the music and figuring it out by ear.

 

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5 Compositions Perfect For Using Your Violin Pickup

5 Compositions Perfect For Using Your Violin Pickup

Violin pickups are the most affordable way to amplify the sound your violin makes without investing in an electric violin, or a violin with a built-in pickup. Pickups work wonders if you’re starting to play violin in rock, folk or jazz bands, where acoustic violins can’t be heard without one, and violin pickups also work well to amplify violins and other string instruments that play in the school marching band.

 

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5 Tips for Using a Violin Pickup Well

5 Tips for Using a Violin Pickup Well

It takes time and practice to learn how to use a violin pickup, as well as getting used to how your instrument will sound. In addition to amplification, in order for your violin to sound its very best will require minor adjustments on your part.

 

Read More

Music Lesson Planning Sources

Music Lesson Planning Sources

When the student body takes their summer vacation, diligent music educators use the newly available time to update lesson plans and find new, inspiring sources for curriculum, activities, learning games, and technical classroom applications.

Summertime is study time for music educators. To that effort, we’ve curated this handy array of lesson plan resources as you continue developing your music lesson repertoire.

 

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