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Classical dance numbers, such as Swan Lake or The Nutcracker Suite, may energize formal ballet or ballroom dancers - but they aren’t likely to get 21st century audiences up on their feet. To achieve that goal, professional violinists need to expand their repertoire and add more contemporary dance numbers to the mix.

 

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Imagine what it must be like for someone attending their first classical music performance. From the perspective of the audience, they see and hear the musicians playing their instruments, and the back of the conductor, hands flying about. The uninitiated concert-goer might pick up on the cause and effect of a pointed baton or finger, and the music that follows.

 

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Being a multi-instrumentalist is a benefit in the music world. If you currently play the violin and are interested in branching out into other musical instruments or genres, it may be time to consider the mandolin.

 

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Yes, you're a busy music student. But you're a busy music student who wouldn't mind earning a little side cash. If you're going to invest your time and energy to earn some extra money, find a side hustle that will help you build your professional portfolio too.

 

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Think your current Facebook profile pic is good enough to use as a standard publicity photo? Think again.

Your publicity photos play a critical role in the development of your persona and brand, and the interest potential promoters, agents, and event planners have in your music services.

 

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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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Violin Pieces That Get People Dancing

Violin Pieces That Get People Dancing

Classical dance numbers, such as Swan Lake or The Nutcracker Suite, may energize formal ballet or ballroom dancers - but they aren’t likely to get 21st century audiences up on their feet. To achieve that goal, professional violinists need to expand their repertoire and add more contemporary dance numbers to the mix.

 

Read More

A Conductor's Job is More Than Waving a Baton

A Conductor's Job is More Than Waving a Baton

Imagine what it must be like for someone attending their first classical music performance. From the perspective of the audience, they see and hear the musicians playing their instruments, and the back of the conductor, hands flying about. The uninitiated concert-goer might pick up on the cause and effect of a pointed baton or finger, and the music that follows.

 

Read More

What Do the Violin and Mandolin Have in Common?

What Do the Violin and Mandolin Have in Common?

Being a multi-instrumentalist is a benefit in the music world. If you currently play the violin and are interested in branching out into other musical instruments or genres, it may be time to consider the mandolin.

 

Read More

Music School Side Hustles That Earn You Money and Build Your Brand

Music School Side Hustles That Earn You Money and Build Your Brand

Yes, you're a busy music student. But you're a busy music student who wouldn't mind earning a little side cash. If you're going to invest your time and energy to earn some extra money, find a side hustle that will help you build your professional portfolio too.

 

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Why You Need Great Publicity Photos

Why You Need Great Publicity Photos

Think your current Facebook profile pic is good enough to use as a standard publicity photo? Think again.

Your publicity photos play a critical role in the development of your persona and brand, and the interest potential promoters, agents, and event planners have in your music services.

 

Read More

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.

 

Read More

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.

 

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