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Forming personal connections is the Number One, best thing you can do as a music educator to bring out the best in your students. When students feel connected and seen by their teachers and mentors, they automatically invest more in their work.

 

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Learning to play the cello is a challenging yet rewarding. Whether you’ve recently made the commitment and investment to master this versatile, truly beautiful instrument or have been enjoying its delights for years, the right tools help you achieve your goals.

 

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Finding, applying, and prepping for the right music competition takes time. Now is the time to start looking for summer and fall competitions if you want to be sure not to miss any application or audition deadlines.

 

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Rosining your bow for the first time is a milestone of sorts for new string musicians. Prior to practicing and developing muscle memory, holding the bow and fingering the strings feels clumsy, but rosining the bow is something you can do with confidence.

 

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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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Secrets for Bringing Out the Best in Your Music Students

Secrets for Bringing Out the Best in Your Music Students

Forming personal connections is the Number One, best thing you can do as a music educator to bring out the best in your students. When students feel connected and seen by their teachers and mentors, they automatically invest more in their work.

 

Read More

Best Apps for Learning to Play the Cello

Best Apps for Learning to Play the Cello

Learning to play the cello is a challenging yet rewarding. Whether you’ve recently made the commitment and investment to master this versatile, truly beautiful instrument or have been enjoying its delights for years, the right tools help you achieve your goals.

 

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Upcoming Music Competitions: Are You Ready to Apply?

Upcoming Music Competitions: Are You Ready to Apply?

Finding, applying, and prepping for the right music competition takes time. Now is the time to start looking for summer and fall competitions if you want to be sure not to miss any application or audition deadlines.

 

Read More

How to Rosin Your Bow

How to Rosin Your Bow

 

 

 

 

Rosining your bow for the first time is a milestone of sorts for new string musicians. Prior to practicing and developing muscle memory, holding the bow and fingering the strings feels clumsy, but rosining the bow is something you can do with confidence.

 

Read More

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.

 

Read More

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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