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Teachers are such an everyday presence in our lives, it can be easy to overlook all they do and take them for granted.

 

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As the last of the graduation caps fall out of the sky and make their way back to the respective owners, music students' stomachs are aflutter. The big question of the day is, "What's next?" But with thorough preparation on your end, we're confident you'll find ways to begin earning your living as a musician. 

 

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Remember when you were nervous about surviving your first year of music school? Welcome to your last year, which brings a whole new level of nerves and questions as "Real World Adult Life" rapidly approaches. 

 

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A love of music and an interest in a particular instrument is a good start, but finding the right music teacher for yourself or your child is essential to cultivating a positive, lifelong relationship with the musician’s journey. A music teacher should be more than just the dictator of technical finesse and playing strategies, s/he should also connect on a personal level with the students – creating a safe, trusting and inspiring instructional environment in which the student can thrive. 

 

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The conductor is the most important figure in the orchestra, but the first violinist - also called the orchestral concertmaster - is a close second. For music students, the coveted "first chair violin" position is more about "being the best" than anything else. It's a consistently dangling carrot and the subject of much controversy and competition if orchestra or band teachers aren't diplomatic themselves.

 

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Summer is the perfect time to develop your professional skills in the music industry. With no classes taking the lion’s share of your attention and energy, summer jobs are opportunities to explore. You can try out a new musical experience for a few months. If it turns out not to be the right one – best to find out through a summer posting!

 

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Graduation is such an exciting time. Years of hard work are finally culminating in a well-earned degree and credential. Plus, you know, the parties are pretty good.

 

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As musicians interested in scholarships and acceptance into music school, the focus becomes narrowed to academics and musicianship. But there is another area that is important to consider in this social media-centered world – your very public online presence.

 

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Does being a fantastic strings player mean you're on the way to the top of the orchestral career ladder? Not necessarily.

 

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Putting together a demo reel is a must-do for any music student. You have so much to focus on and it seems your actual performance is just one piece of it. There’s everything from the acoustics and technical quality of the recording to what you’re wearing. You also need to think about whether you are legally recording the song you’re performing.  That’s right. You have copyright laws to consider as well. 

 

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Gifts For Music Educators

Gifts For Music Educators

Teachers are such an everyday presence in our lives, it can be easy to overlook all they do and take them for granted.

 

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Graduating From Music School This Year…

Graduating From Music School This Year…

As the last of the graduation caps fall out of the sky and make their way back to the respective owners, music students' stomachs are aflutter. The big question of the day is, "What's next?" But with thorough preparation on your end, we're confident you'll find ways to begin earning your living as a musician. 

 

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Strategies For Surviving The Last Year Of Music School

Strategies For Surviving The Last Year Of Music School

Remember when you were nervous about surviving your first year of music school? Welcome to your last year, which brings a whole new level of nerves and questions as "Real World Adult Life" rapidly approaches. 

 

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How To Find The Right Music Teacher

How To Find The Right Music Teacher

A love of music and an interest in a particular instrument is a good start, but finding the right music teacher for yourself or your child is essential to cultivating a positive, lifelong relationship with the musician’s journey. A music teacher should be more than just the dictator of technical finesse and playing strategies, s/he should also connect on a personal level with the students – creating a safe, trusting and inspiring instructional environment in which the student can thrive. 

 

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First Violin: Characteristics Of A Great Concertmaster

First Violin: Characteristics Of A Great Concertmaster

The conductor is the most important figure in the orchestra, but the first violinist - also called the orchestral concertmaster - is a close second. For music students, the coveted "first chair violin" position is more about "being the best" than anything else. It's a consistently dangling carrot and the subject of much controversy and competition if orchestra or band teachers aren't diplomatic themselves.

 

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9 More Best-of-Summer Music Jobs

9 More Best-of-Summer Music Jobs

Summer is the perfect time to develop your professional skills in the music industry. With no classes taking the lion’s share of your attention and energy, summer jobs are opportunities to explore. You can try out a new musical experience for a few months. If it turns out not to be the right one – best to find out through a summer posting!

 

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Checklist For Music Major Graduates

Checklist For Music Major Graduates

Graduation is such an exciting time. Years of hard work are finally culminating in a well-earned degree and credential. Plus, you know, the parties are pretty good.

 

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Do's And Dont's of Social Media for String Music Majors

Do's And Dont's of Social Media for String Music Majors

As musicians interested in scholarships and acceptance into music school, the focus becomes narrowed to academics and musicianship. But there is another area that is important to consider in this social media-centered world – your very public online presence.

 

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What Qualities Make For A Desirable Orchestra Member

What Qualities Make For A Desirable Orchestra Member

Does being a fantastic strings player mean you're on the way to the top of the orchestral career ladder? Not necessarily.

 

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How To Make A Reel of Your Performances Without Violating Copyright Law

How To Make A Reel of Your Performances Without Violating Copyright Law

Putting together a demo reel is a must-do for any music student. You have so much to focus on and it seems your actual performance is just one piece of it. There’s everything from the acoustics and technical quality of the recording to what you’re wearing. You also need to think about whether you are legally recording the song you’re performing.  That’s right. You have copyright laws to consider as well. 

 

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