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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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We've put together a glorious Spotify playlist containing five hours of the best Classical Period music of all time. Let's be precise – the compositions on this list are from the Classical Period (roughly 1750 – 1820).

 

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Springtime is busy for students, parents, schools, and communities, but don’t let spring fever cloud your future visions of summer music camps. Now is the time to apply or you could lose your prospective spot at some of the nation’s best music camps.

 

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nother list, another opportunity for people to debate who belongs on it. You can pick apart our list of the 10 Romantic Composers You Need to Know or you can stay here and let us know which of your favorite Classical era composers you think we've left off this list.

 

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Let the historians and musicologists argue over the exact start and end dates of the Romantic Era. What's important is that it was a looooooooong stretch of time full of amazing artistic output – including some of the best music in the Western canon.

 

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For pure violin motivation, here are some quotes from those musicians, conductors, and composers who know the instrument and its challenges best:

 

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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

20 of the Best Classical Period Compositions of All Time

20 of the Best Classical Period Compositions of All Time

We've put together a glorious Spotify playlist containing five hours of the best Classical Period music of all time. Let's be precise – the compositions on this list are from the Classical Period (roughly 1750 – 1820).

 

Read More

Great Summer Music Camps for 2019 - Apply Now!

Great Summer Music Camps for 2019 - Apply Now!

Springtime is busy for students, parents, schools, and communities, but don’t let spring fever cloud your future visions of summer music camps. Now is the time to apply or you could lose your prospective spot at some of the nation’s best music camps.

 

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10 Classical Period Composers You Need to Know

10 Classical Period Composers You Need to Know

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nother list, another opportunity for people to debate who belongs on it. You can pick apart our list of the 10 Romantic Composers You Need to Know or you can stay here and let us know which of your favorite Classical era composers you think we've left off this list.

 

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10 Romantic Composers You Need to Know

10 Romantic Composers You Need to Know

 

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20 Hours of the Best Music from the Romantic Era

20 Hours of the Best Music from the Romantic Era

Let the historians and musicologists argue over the exact start and end dates of the Romantic Era. What's important is that it was a looooooooong stretch of time full of amazing artistic output – including some of the best music in the Western canon.

 

Read More

18 Motivational Quotes for Violinists

18 Motivational Quotes for Violinists

For pure violin motivation, here are some quotes from those musicians, conductors, and composers who know the instrument and its challenges best:

 

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