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Prior to electricity and the advent of instrument amplification, violinists were “instrumental” at parties and dances because violins are one of the loudest, acoustic instruments out there. A single violinist (or a fiddle player or two) was a host needed to get dancers out on the floor – no matter the crowd. Keep in mind that, back then, most crowds at an average social event or gathering with music wouldn’t have topped more than 100 or 200 people.

 

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School is back in session. It can be exciting. It can also feel like you're about to start doing the same thing all over again.

Here are five music teaching strategies you can use that will challenge your students and you.

 

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Nurturing and supporting talented music students through high school, and then facilitating their launch to the best music school is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a music teacher. Deciding on which type of school to attend, and then which program is best for the individual student, can feel overwhelming to students and their parents.

 

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Composing is an important musical skill – and it’s worth mastering. While you may not create a piece worthy of the next Top 10 Songs For the Violin, the process of composing is a way to reverse engineer what you’ve learned as a musician. Plus, creating and working on compositions of your own provides a healthy respect for both contemporary and historical composers – it’s a complicated skillset.

 

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For all the attention given virtuoso musicians, where would any of them be without an extraordinary instrument?

If you've been a violin student for any length of time, "Guarneri" is a name you've heard. Now is the time to learn a bit more about this famous family of luthiers.

 

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For an artist with such eclectic tastes in music, there's one thing violinist Regina Carter doesn't much care for, and that's labels. When Carter, 53, transitioned her formal studies from classical to jazz, it set her on a path to musical discovery that she continues to explore.

 

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Standard music classroom organization consists of:

  • A chalkboard or whiteboard on a wall or two
  • The teacher's desk and some bookshelves in a corner
  • Room to store the instruments and related equipment
  • A big open space for chairs/risers and music stands.

However, there are other, cooler ways to organize your classroom space.

 

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Finding a roommate at a new school is an awkward endeavor. There's no getting around that. You have relatively little time to make a big decision.  Welcome to adulting.

At some schools your new roommate may be chosen for you.  This article focuses on the scenario that you will have control over who you live with.

 

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Considered the grandfather of jazz violinists, Stéphane Grappelli 1908 – 1997 was a French violinist who had a long, prolific career spanning into his late 80’s, and founded one of the first all-string jazz groups, the Quintette du Hot Club de France.

 

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Music school is an intense, exciting opportunity. Good roommate or bad roommate – how you handle your living situation will impact the quality of your experience. Learning how to handle a bad roommate situation is one of those life lessons best learned early. Since we want you to achieve everything you can while at the conservatory, here's our contribution so you can avoid having a dodgy roommate derail you.

 

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What is an Amp For My Violin and How Would I Use It?

What is an Amp For My Violin and How Would I Use It?

Prior to electricity and the advent of instrument amplification, violinists were “instrumental” at parties and dances because violins are one of the loudest, acoustic instruments out there. A single violinist (or a fiddle player or two) was a host needed to get dancers out on the floor – no matter the crowd. Keep in mind that, back then, most crowds at an average social event or gathering with music wouldn’t have topped more than 100 or 200 people.

 

Read More

5 Top Music Teaching Strategies

5 Top Music Teaching Strategies

School is back in session. It can be exciting. It can also feel like you're about to start doing the same thing all over again.

Here are five music teaching strategies you can use that will challenge your students and you.

 

Read More

Teacher’s Corner: How to Guide Your Gifted Students to the Best Music Schools

Teacher’s Corner: How to Guide Your Gifted Students to the Best Music Schools

Nurturing and supporting talented music students through high school, and then facilitating their launch to the best music school is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a music teacher. Deciding on which type of school to attend, and then which program is best for the individual student, can feel overwhelming to students and their parents.

 

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Update: Coolest New Apps For Musical Composition 2019

Update: Coolest New Apps For Musical Composition 2019

Composing is an important musical skill – and it’s worth mastering. While you may not create a piece worthy of the next Top 10 Songs For the Violin, the process of composing is a way to reverse engineer what you’ve learned as a musician. Plus, creating and working on compositions of your own provides a healthy respect for both contemporary and historical composers – it’s a complicated skillset.

 

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11 Facts You Should Know about the Guarneri Family

11 Facts You Should Know about the Guarneri Family

For all the attention given virtuoso musicians, where would any of them be without an extraordinary instrument?

If you've been a violin student for any length of time, "Guarneri" is a name you've heard. Now is the time to learn a bit more about this famous family of luthiers.

 

Read More

StringOvation Exclusive: Violinist Regina Carter Goes Wherever the Music Takes Her

StringOvation Exclusive: Violinist Regina Carter Goes Wherever the Music Takes Her

For an artist with such eclectic tastes in music, there's one thing violinist Regina Carter doesn't much care for, and that's labels. When Carter, 53, transitioned her formal studies from classical to jazz, it set her on a path to musical discovery that she continues to explore.

 

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Teacher's Corner: Cool Ways to Organize Your Music Classroom

Teacher's Corner: Cool Ways to Organize Your Music Classroom

Standard music classroom organization consists of:

  • A chalkboard or whiteboard on a wall or two
  • The teacher's desk and some bookshelves in a corner
  • Room to store the instruments and related equipment
  • A big open space for chairs/risers and music stands.

However, there are other, cooler ways to organize your classroom space.

 

Read More

Practical Tips for Finding a Good Roommate at Music School

Practical Tips for Finding a Good Roommate at Music School

Finding a roommate at a new school is an awkward endeavor. There's no getting around that. You have relatively little time to make a big decision.  Welcome to adulting.

At some schools your new roommate may be chosen for you.  This article focuses on the scenario that you will have control over who you live with.

 

Read More

The Life and Career of Jazz Violin Great Stéphane Grappelli

The Life and Career of Jazz Violin Great Stéphane Grappelli

Considered the grandfather of jazz violinists, Stéphane Grappelli 1908 – 1997 was a French violinist who had a long, prolific career spanning into his late 80’s, and founded one of the first all-string jazz groups, the Quintette du Hot Club de France.

 

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How to Live with a Difficult Roommate at Music School

How to Live with a Difficult Roommate at Music School

Music school is an intense, exciting opportunity. Good roommate or bad roommate – how you handle your living situation will impact the quality of your experience. Learning how to handle a bad roommate situation is one of those life lessons best learned early. Since we want you to achieve everything you can while at the conservatory, here's our contribution so you can avoid having a dodgy roommate derail you.

 

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