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Students learning to play string instruments that are traditionally considered “classic” often mistakenly believe that they’ll be constrained to one genre of music forever. Yet, the boundaries of artistic expression are always expanding. New trends in string music constantly evolve as pioneers reach for new ways to create unique sounds.

 

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The viola is the classic middle child. Seemingly always overshadowed by the feistier “younger” sibling violin or its more authoritative-sounding older sibling, the cello.  Through it all, the viola is there, content to add its own unique depth to the family dynamic while receiving little acclaim.

 

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The appellation “New Music” for a contemporary musical genre can be considered either appropriately vague or graspingly proprietary. In one sense, “new music” can be defined temporally – any music that’s of recent vintage.  The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, now over 50 years old, showcases “works which are rarely more than a year or two old, and sometimes still wet on the page.”

 

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Today’s teachers face challenges like never before. Over-crowded classrooms, unrelenting budget cuts, and general underappreciation can eventually wear down the spirit and destroy the happiness you feel when you are helping others discover their musical ability. However, you can prevent stagnation, keep your professional fervor, and find more joy as a teacher by following these practical tips.

 

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Who doesn’t love the cello? No one, that’s who. Musicians have been doing magical things on this versatile instrument for centuries. YouTube doesn’t go back that far, but that hasn’t stopped us from putting together this list of amazing cello solos you must see (and hear) to be believed.

 

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Vivaldi, one of the Baroque era’s greatest composers, loved the violin. He wrote over 500 concertos, nearly half of them with solo pieces for violinists. So picking his top five greatest hits for violin was always going to be a difficult task. Inevitably, some people will be upset by a work that did or did not make the list.  However, there’s one point everyone can agree on: what’s in the top spot.

 

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Looking for some inspiration on your double string bass? The editors at StringOvation have compiled a list of some amazing string bass solos or duets that we thought would surely stir your imagination! They cross all music genres and let the string bass shine in all its glory!

 

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Summer has begun in earnest. In case you didn’t get enough inspiration from our first list of the “Top 11 Music Events You Shouldn’t Miss this Summer,” we’ve got more. Because really – can there ever be too much music in your life?  Yeah, we don’t think so either.

 

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Summer is around the corner, which means time to enjoy some of the world's best music festivals! If you're feeling super ambitious, you might think about volunteering at a festival. But if you want to relax and just enjoy the atmosphere and performances, that's alright, too.  Here are some of this summer's best music events to check out.

 

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As musicians, we're so inspired by music. We enjoy so many benefits as we learn and play music. Let's share the love. Seeing others get moved and inspired by the music they hear continues to motivate musicians. It's a virtuous cycle and we're the lucky ones to play who can get it started. Here are five ways you can inspire others with your music:

 

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Oct. 5 to 8: James Ehnes and the Nasville Symphony

Christopher Rouse – Symphony No. 5  Live Recording...

Oct. 7: The Piano Guys at the Spokane Arena

Cellist Steven Sharp Nelson and pianist Jon Schmidt produce...

Oct. 8 - NYSMTA Conference 2017

NY State Music Teachers Association Registration/info:...

Sept. 30 – Oct .1: Joshua Bell and the L.A. Chamber Orchestra

LACO’s 2017-18 season-opening program launches the...

Sept. 24: Yo-Yo Ma and the National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Gala Concert

Gianandrea Noseda leads cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Tony-winning...

Sept. 19 - 2Cellos in Concert, Cary, NC

Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park - Cary, NC 7 PM...

Sept 21-24: Hilary Hahn & The Dallas Symphony

Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 Flora Street, Dallas. TX...

August 3 – Pinchas Zukerman & The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL. 8:00 PM Zukerman plays...

What Are The Trends In String Music Today?

What Are The Trends In String Music Today?

Students learning to play string instruments that are traditionally considered “classic” often mistakenly believe that they’ll be constrained to one genre of music forever. Yet, the boundaries of artistic expression are always expanding. New trends in string music constantly evolve as pioneers reach for new ways to create unique sounds.

 

Read More

12 Amazing Viola Solos You Must Hear

12 Amazing Viola Solos You Must Hear

The viola is the classic middle child. Seemingly always overshadowed by the feistier “younger” sibling violin or its more authoritative-sounding older sibling, the cello.  Through it all, the viola is there, content to add its own unique depth to the family dynamic while receiving little acclaim.

 

Read More

Defining New Music

Defining New Music

The appellation “New Music” for a contemporary musical genre can be considered either appropriately vague or graspingly proprietary. In one sense, “new music” can be defined temporally – any music that’s of recent vintage.  The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, now over 50 years old, showcases “works which are rarely more than a year or two old, and sometimes still wet on the page.”

 

Read More

6 Ways To Find More Joy As A Music Teacher

6 Ways To Find More Joy As A Music Teacher

Today’s teachers face challenges like never before. Over-crowded classrooms, unrelenting budget cuts, and general underappreciation can eventually wear down the spirit and destroy the happiness you feel when you are helping others discover their musical ability. However, you can prevent stagnation, keep your professional fervor, and find more joy as a teacher by following these practical tips.

 

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Amazing Cello Solos You Must Hear!

Amazing Cello Solos You Must Hear!

Who doesn’t love the cello? No one, that’s who. Musicians have been doing magical things on this versatile instrument for centuries. YouTube doesn’t go back that far, but that hasn’t stopped us from putting together this list of amazing cello solos you must see (and hear) to be believed.

 

Read More

Vivaldi's Top 5 Greatest Hits For Violin

Vivaldi's Top 5 Greatest Hits For Violin

Vivaldi, one of the Baroque era’s greatest composers, loved the violin. He wrote over 500 concertos, nearly half of them with solo pieces for violinists. So picking his top five greatest hits for violin was always going to be a difficult task. Inevitably, some people will be upset by a work that did or did not make the list.  However, there’s one point everyone can agree on: what’s in the top spot.

 

Read More

13 Amazing String Bass Solos You Must Hear!

13 Amazing String Bass Solos You Must Hear!

Looking for some inspiration on your double string bass? The editors at StringOvation have compiled a list of some amazing string bass solos or duets that we thought would surely stir your imagination! They cross all music genres and let the string bass shine in all its glory!

 

Read More

10 More Music Events You Shouldn't Miss This Summer

10 More Music Events You Shouldn't Miss This Summer

Summer has begun in earnest. In case you didn’t get enough inspiration from our first list of the “Top 11 Music Events You Shouldn’t Miss this Summer,” we’ve got more. Because really – can there ever be too much music in your life?  Yeah, we don’t think so either.

 

Read More

Top 11 Music Events You Shouldn't Miss This Summer

Top 11 Music Events You Shouldn't Miss This Summer

Summer is around the corner, which means time to enjoy some of the world's best music festivals! If you're feeling super ambitious, you might think about volunteering at a festival. But if you want to relax and just enjoy the atmosphere and performances, that's alright, too.  Here are some of this summer's best music events to check out.

 

Read More

5 Ways To Inspire Others With Your Music

5 Ways To Inspire Others With Your Music

As musicians, we're so inspired by music. We enjoy so many benefits as we learn and play music. Let's share the love. Seeing others get moved and inspired by the music they hear continues to motivate musicians. It's a virtuous cycle and we're the lucky ones to play who can get it started. Here are five ways you can inspire others with your music:

 

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