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Playing classic, holiday favorites on your cello warms the hearts of your audience members. However, it’s also fun to add new and current holiday-themed songs to your playlist.

 

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The holidays are centered around tradition, warmth, and the making of memories – what better way to do that than playing your violin for children during the holiday season? We’ve put together a holiday playlist for you, with songs that are guaranteed to delight the children (and nearby adults) as you gather around the fire for screen-free family fun.

 

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It may sound a little corny, but this truly is “the most wonderful time of the year.” Everyone has a little more spring in their step. Brightly decorated homes and shops light-up the night, and if you live in a region where the weather turns cold, the crisp air and fall leaves are reminders that another year is drawing to a close. And the big, juicy cherry on top of the holiday time fruitcake is the abundance of concerts to help you celebrate the season and ring in a new year.

 

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For nearly half a century, Mimi Zweig has been teaching and inspiring young violin and viola students. A Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the director of the JSoM String Academy she founded in 1975, Zweig could be considered classical music’s version of Stella Adler.

 

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The holiday season is  a special time for making and sharing music. Often it is the first experience young string musicians have with playing in public or performing in front of others.

 

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Are you ready to add more holiday songs to your viola music repertoire? The following suggestions are categorized by beginner, intermediate, and advanced playing levels. These suggestions will be appreciated by your family, at public holiday functions, or if you’re interested in busking to earn some desired holiday cash.

 

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On one hand, there are no rules in art. Art is whatever the artist has created. But does that mean all art has merit? Some say no. However, there is plenty of room within that statement to reasonably argue whether a specific work of art has value. Delving deeper, we can easily accept that differences in opinion about artistic value are merely matters of taste. Such as, we can recognize the objective merit of a performance without personally enjoying or being moved by it.

 

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The holidays are right around the corner, so it’s time to make those gift lists. If you have a string musician in your life, the following eight gift ideas are right up his/her alley. We’ve done our homework and found great gift ideas - at a variety of price ranges - so your gifting respects your budget

 

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Are you looking for useful gifts for the music teacher in your life this holiday season? Your thoughtful gift will go a long way towards making your teacher feel appreciated and valued. Remember, there’s no reason to spend an excessive amount, as all teachers subscribe to the idea that “it’s the thought that counts.”

With that in mind, the following 13 gifts will express your gratitude to your music teacher this holiday season, and its usefulness will be appreciated.

 

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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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Update 2019: Best Holiday Songs for the Cello

Update 2019: Best Holiday Songs for the Cello

Playing classic, holiday favorites on your cello warms the hearts of your audience members. However, it’s also fun to add new and current holiday-themed songs to your playlist.

 

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20+ Violin Songs to Entertain Children During the Holidays

20+ Violin Songs to Entertain Children During the Holidays

The holidays are centered around tradition, warmth, and the making of memories – what better way to do that than playing your violin for children during the holiday season? We’ve put together a holiday playlist for you, with songs that are guaranteed to delight the children (and nearby adults) as you gather around the fire for screen-free family fun.

 

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Top 8 Holiday Concerts Not to Be Missed

Top 8 Holiday Concerts Not to Be Missed

It may sound a little corny, but this truly is “the most wonderful time of the year.” Everyone has a little more spring in their step. Brightly decorated homes and shops light-up the night, and if you live in a region where the weather turns cold, the crisp air and fall leaves are reminders that another year is drawing to a close. And the big, juicy cherry on top of the holiday time fruitcake is the abundance of concerts to help you celebrate the season and ring in a new year.

 

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StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig – The Petite Giant of String Pedagogy

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig – The Petite Giant of String Pedagogy

For nearly half a century, Mimi Zweig has been teaching and inspiring young violin and viola students. A Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the director of the JSoM String Academy she founded in 1975, Zweig could be considered classical music’s version of Stella Adler.

 

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2019 Update: Best Holiday Songs for the Violin

2019 Update: Best Holiday Songs for the Violin

The holiday season is  a special time for making and sharing music. Often it is the first experience young string musicians have with playing in public or performing in front of others.

 

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2019's Best Holiday Songs for the Viola

2019's Best Holiday Songs for the Viola

Are you ready to add more holiday songs to your viola music repertoire? The following suggestions are categorized by beginner, intermediate, and advanced playing levels. These suggestions will be appreciated by your family, at public holiday functions, or if you’re interested in busking to earn some desired holiday cash.

 

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Music Interpretation Across the Centuries

Music Interpretation Across the Centuries

On one hand, there are no rules in art. Art is whatever the artist has created. But does that mean all art has merit? Some say no. However, there is plenty of room within that statement to reasonably argue whether a specific work of art has value. Delving deeper, we can easily accept that differences in opinion about artistic value are merely matters of taste. Such as, we can recognize the objective merit of a performance without personally enjoying or being moved by it.

 

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Top 8 Gifts for String Musicians

Top 8 Gifts for String Musicians

The holidays are right around the corner, so it’s time to make those gift lists. If you have a string musician in your life, the following eight gift ideas are right up his/her alley. We’ve done our homework and found great gift ideas - at a variety of price ranges - so your gifting respects your budget

 

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Update 2019: 13 Gifts for Music Teachers

Update 2019: 13 Gifts for Music Teachers

Are you looking for useful gifts for the music teacher in your life this holiday season? Your thoughtful gift will go a long way towards making your teacher feel appreciated and valued. Remember, there’s no reason to spend an excessive amount, as all teachers subscribe to the idea that “it’s the thought that counts.”

With that in mind, the following 13 gifts will express your gratitude to your music teacher this holiday season, and its usefulness will be appreciated.

 

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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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