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When it comes to expressing emotion or setting a mood, string instruments are unmatched. Among them, the violin is perhaps the most versatile. That’s why violin music stands out so prominently in some of the most memorable film scores. It can mesmerize you and bring you to the edge of your seat in anticipation. Violin music is equally powerful when it comes to bringing a tear to your eye.

 

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Like many professions, the world of conducting was once an exclusive boys club. Although it is still male-dominated – and many prominent figures in classical music are speaking out about the gender gap – more female conductors than ever are breaking through that glass ceiling. Over the past decade, programs have been established at conservatories around the world to help create a pipeline that puts the baton in the hands of more women.

 

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Why wait until New Year’s Eve to make your resolutions? Now’s the time to begin crafting fun, reasonable, and easy-to-uphold resolutions (or intentions) that inspire you to be the best string musician YOU can be.

 

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Long before Mimi Zweig launched her ground-breaking website StringPedagogy, she developed a teaching style that blends her own ideas with her past teachers’ influences, as well as elements of other philosophies she admires. The result is a method that has helped guide generations of students to successful music careers as performers and teachers.

 

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ith Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a constant barrage of holiday-themed advertising aimed at consumers, it’s not too difficult to lose sight of the “reason for the season.” This time of year, many people include charity work with their traditional gift-giving. Working at a local soup kitchen or volunteering to serve meals at a shelter is a great way to give back for the holidays. Indeed, sharing your time and talents with others is one of the best ways to celebrate the season.

 

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As a string bass player, you spend so much time providing the foundation of harmonic percussion it’s easy to forget that bass players can play melody lines, too! The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to reclaim your place as a soloist – or as a featured instrumentalist in your ensemble.

 

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You’ve got your shopping done and the presents wrapped. The last note of that holiday concert has faded into the night. All that’s left to do is relax and enjoy the season. For many music instructors and students, this is also the time of year when you get an extended break. There’s no better time to gather together with family and friends for some quality binge-watching.

 

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Sooner or later, most people find themselves at a crossroads in their career. Mimi Zweig arrived there early. As detailed in part I of this three-part series highlighting Zweig’s career, she was already an accomplished violinist and violist at the age of 22.

 

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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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7 Top Violin Movie Soundtracks

7 Top Violin Movie Soundtracks

When it comes to expressing emotion or setting a mood, string instruments are unmatched. Among them, the violin is perhaps the most versatile. That’s why violin music stands out so prominently in some of the most memorable film scores. It can mesmerize you and bring you to the edge of your seat in anticipation. Violin music is equally powerful when it comes to bringing a tear to your eye.

 

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Top 5 Female Conductors

Top 5 Female Conductors

Like many professions, the world of conducting was once an exclusive boys club. Although it is still male-dominated – and many prominent figures in classical music are speaking out about the gender gap – more female conductors than ever are breaking through that glass ceiling. Over the past decade, programs have been established at conservatories around the world to help create a pipeline that puts the baton in the hands of more women.

 

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New Year’s Musical Resolutions

New Year’s Musical Resolutions

Why wait until New Year’s Eve to make your resolutions? Now’s the time to begin crafting fun, reasonable, and easy-to-uphold resolutions (or intentions) that inspire you to be the best string musician YOU can be.

 

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StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Pedagogy Style - Patience, Practice, and Freedom

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Pedagogy Style - Patience, Practice, and Freedom

Long before Mimi Zweig launched her ground-breaking website StringPedagogy, she developed a teaching style that blends her own ideas with her past teachers’ influences, as well as elements of other philosophies she admires. The result is a method that has helped guide generations of students to successful music careers as performers and teachers.

 

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Give Back For the Holidays - Perform At A Retirement Home Or Hospital

Give Back For the Holidays - Perform At A Retirement Home Or Hospital

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ith Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a constant barrage of holiday-themed advertising aimed at consumers, it’s not too difficult to lose sight of the “reason for the season.” This time of year, many people include charity work with their traditional gift-giving. Working at a local soup kitchen or volunteering to serve meals at a shelter is a great way to give back for the holidays. Indeed, sharing your time and talents with others is one of the best ways to celebrate the season.

 

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2019 Update: Bass Songs For The Holidays

2019 Update: Bass Songs For The Holidays

As a string bass player, you spend so much time providing the foundation of harmonic percussion it’s easy to forget that bass players can play melody lines, too! The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to reclaim your place as a soloist – or as a featured instrumentalist in your ensemble.

 

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2019 Holiday Movies for Musical Inspiration

2019 Holiday Movies for Musical Inspiration

You’ve got your shopping done and the presents wrapped. The last note of that holiday concert has faded into the night. All that’s left to do is relax and enjoy the season. For many music instructors and students, this is also the time of year when you get an extended break. There’s no better time to gather together with family and friends for some quality binge-watching.

 

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StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Roadmap to Success

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Roadmap to Success

Sooner or later, most people find themselves at a crossroads in their career. Mimi Zweig arrived there early. As detailed in part I of this three-part series highlighting Zweig’s career, she was already an accomplished violinist and violist at the age of 22.

 

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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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