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If you’re in a university music program and you’re interested in a future career in music, now is the time to identify summer internship possibilities. Some of the most competitive internship programs are already reviewing applications and conducting interviews. Time is of the essence.

 

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The much-celebrated wedding website, The Knot, recently published a roster with some of the best love songs of all time. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we can’t think of a better gift for our string musicians than a list of romantic songs. All of them are contenders for serenading your love on Valentine’s or any other day.

 

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Wood continuously interacts with the moisture in the air around it. If the air is too dry, it will suck moisture out of your violin. A violin that's not surrounded by air in the target range of 45 to 55% humidity can mar your instrument. If your violin is too dry, it may experience temporary changes, like poor sound. A worse case scenario occurs when constant changes in the relative humidity damage your instrument badly enough to need repair. Not good.

 

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T he most successful concerts or performances typically balance two things from the audience: their listening and their active engagement. Playing songs that are easy to dance to, or that audience members can sing along to, is a wonderful way to get the audience more involved with your performance. Plus, violinists who inspire listeners to sing will innately connect more enthusiastically with the music as a synergistic effect of their audience’s appreciation.

 

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S tring musicians take great care with their posture and playing technique to prevent stress- or overuse injuries. Those who play the upright bass must take extra precautions before ever removing the instrument from the case due to its large, heavy, and cumbersome anatomy.

 

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Join Mimi Zweig as she covers the harmonics that are commonly missed. Learn her  tips to make sure you don't miss these shifts, in four major rules you should follow.

 

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A merican philosopher John Dewey believed, “There is no such thing as educational value in the abstract.” He also said, “Art is the most effective mode of communications that exists.”

As a music teacher and instructor, you’re already helping students communicate via their string instruments. Now, taking that experience out of the classroom and into the real world via field trips is a valuable way to translate the isolated classroom experience into a realistic perspective.

 

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Join Mimi Zweig and learn the techniques around the Up and Down Bow Staccato. Get some helpful tips and master the Up and Down Bow Staccato for yourself!

 

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A violin case is a must – so let go of any idea that cases are optional. The fragility of string instruments, particularly violins and violas, requires an extra layer of protection whenever the instrument isn’t in use.

 

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The string instrument family has the most significant number of "children" than any other group of instruments. Worldwide, there are more than 300 different instruments that are considered part of the string family. These range from the single-stringed diddly bow, which originated here in the United States and contributed to blues music, to the 88-stringed piano, which is considered both a string and a percussion instrument.

 

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Identify Your Summer Internship Now

Identify Your Summer Internship Now

If you’re in a university music program and you’re interested in a future career in music, now is the time to identify summer internship possibilities. Some of the most competitive internship programs are already reviewing applications and conducting interviews. Time is of the essence.

 

Read More

Top 10 Love Songs on the Violin

Top 10 Love Songs on the Violin

The much-celebrated wedding website, The Knot, recently published a roster with some of the best love songs of all time. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we can’t think of a better gift for our string musicians than a list of romantic songs. All of them are contenders for serenading your love on Valentine’s or any other day.

 

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How to Choose A Violin Case Humidifier

How to Choose A Violin Case Humidifier

Wood continuously interacts with the moisture in the air around it. If the air is too dry, it will suck moisture out of your violin. A violin that's not surrounded by air in the target range of 45 to 55% humidity can mar your instrument. If your violin is too dry, it may experience temporary changes, like poor sound. A worse case scenario occurs when constant changes in the relative humidity damage your instrument badly enough to need repair. Not good.

 

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Great Songs on the Violin for Sing-Alongs

Great Songs on the Violin for Sing-Alongs

T he most successful concerts or performances typically balance two things from the audience: their listening and their active engagement. Playing songs that are easy to dance to, or that audience members can sing along to, is a wonderful way to get the audience more involved with your performance. Plus, violinists who inspire listeners to sing will innately connect more enthusiastically with the music as a synergistic effect of their audience’s appreciation.

 

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Tips for Carrying Your Bass Without Hurting Yourself

Tips for Carrying Your Bass Without Hurting Yourself

S tring musicians take great care with their posture and playing technique to prevent stress- or overuse injuries. Those who play the upright bass must take extra precautions before ever removing the instrument from the case due to its large, heavy, and cumbersome anatomy.

 

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The Short Story Of Violin Shifts We Love to Miss But Shouldn't

The Short Story Of Violin Shifts We Love to Miss But Shouldn't

Join Mimi Zweig as she covers the harmonics that are commonly missed. Learn her  tips to make sure you don't miss these shifts, in four major rules you should follow.

 

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6 Great Ideas for Music Field Trips

6 Great Ideas for Music Field Trips

A merican philosopher John Dewey believed, “There is no such thing as educational value in the abstract.” He also said, “Art is the most effective mode of communications that exists.”

As a music teacher and instructor, you’re already helping students communicate via their string instruments. Now, taking that experience out of the classroom and into the real world via field trips is a valuable way to translate the isolated classroom experience into a realistic perspective.

 

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A Short Story About The Up and Down Bow Staccato For The Violin

A Short Story About The Up and Down Bow Staccato For The Violin

Join Mimi Zweig and learn the techniques around the Up and Down Bow Staccato. Get some helpful tips and master the Up and Down Bow Staccato for yourself!

 

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How to Choose a Violin Case

How to Choose a Violin Case

A violin case is a must – so let go of any idea that cases are optional. The fragility of string instruments, particularly violins and violas, requires an extra layer of protection whenever the instrument isn’t in use.

 

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What is Considered a String Instrument?

What is Considered a String Instrument?

The string instrument family has the most significant number of "children" than any other group of instruments. Worldwide, there are more than 300 different instruments that are considered part of the string family. These range from the single-stringed diddly bow, which originated here in the United States and contributed to blues music, to the 88-stringed piano, which is considered both a string and a percussion instrument.

 

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