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Summer music workshops offer learning opportunities for string players of all ages. School-aged students benefit from smaller groups, focused attention, and the enjoyment of meeting peers who share their passion for music. Adult students and string instructors benefit similarly, learning new techniques and correcting latent habits under the tutelage of masters.

 

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Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky is the most famous Russian composer of the 19th Century, although that acclaim didn’t come all at once. As with many composers who went unlauded in their own lifetimes, audience appreciation of Tchaikovsky’s works grew over an expanse of time.

 

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The violin is the undisputed leader of the orchestra. Anyone passingly familiar with music knows of the violin. But how much do you know about its origins and evolution?

 

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Before recorded music was possible, people had little control or options over the music they could hear. For many centuries, external powers like the church or aristocracy commanded music – they directed its creation and performance.

 

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Nurturing and supporting talented music students through high school, and then facilitating their launch to the best music school is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a music teacher. Deciding on which type of school to attend, and then which program is best for the individual student, can feel overwhelming to students and their parents.

 

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Finding a roommate at a new school is an awkward endeavor. There's no getting around that. You have relatively little time to make a big decision.  Welcome to adulting.

At some schools your new roommate may be chosen for you.  This article focuses on the scenario that you will have control over who you live with.

 

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Music school is an intense, exciting opportunity. Good roommate or bad roommate – how you handle your living situation will impact the quality of your experience. Learning how to handle a bad roommate situation is one of those life lessons best learned early. Since we want you to achieve everything you can while at the conservatory, here's our contribution so you can avoid having a dodgy roommate derail you.

 

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ollegiate-level academia is an entirely new arena compared with the average American high school experience. Even honor students and those who were star athletes and musicians in their local communities can feel out-of-their league when they hop into the “big pond” that is their University of choice.

 

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Private lessons are a smart way to hone your techniques and accomplish specific goals. For adult string musicians, private lessons may be the only way to fit lessons into a busy work and household schedule. For students, it can help to keep you at the edge of your learning curve, especially if your high school orchestra no longer challenges you.

 

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Rosining your bow for the first time is a milestone of sorts for new string musicians. Prior to practicing and developing muscle memory, holding the bow and fingering the strings feels clumsy, but rosining the bow is something you can do with confidence.

 

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2020 Update: Start Planning Your Summer Workshops Now

2020 Update: Start Planning Your Summer Workshops Now

Summer music workshops offer learning opportunities for string players of all ages. School-aged students benefit from smaller groups, focused attention, and the enjoyment of meeting peers who share their passion for music. Adult students and string instructors benefit similarly, learning new techniques and correcting latent habits under the tutelage of masters.

 

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Little Known Facts About the Nutcracker Suite and Tchaikovsky

Little Known Facts About the Nutcracker Suite and Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky is the most famous Russian composer of the 19th Century, although that acclaim didn’t come all at once. As with many composers who went unlauded in their own lifetimes, audience appreciation of Tchaikovsky’s works grew over an expanse of time.

 

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History of the Violin: Facts You May Not Know

History of the Violin: Facts You May Not Know

The violin is the undisputed leader of the orchestra. Anyone passingly familiar with music knows of the violin. But how much do you know about its origins and evolution?

 

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How the Ability to Record Music Changed the Music Industry

How the Ability to Record Music Changed the Music Industry

Before recorded music was possible, people had little control or options over the music they could hear. For many centuries, external powers like the church or aristocracy commanded music – they directed its creation and performance.

 

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Teacher’s Corner: How to Guide Your Gifted Students to the Best Music Schools

Teacher’s Corner: How to Guide Your Gifted Students to the Best Music Schools

Nurturing and supporting talented music students through high school, and then facilitating their launch to the best music school is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a music teacher. Deciding on which type of school to attend, and then which program is best for the individual student, can feel overwhelming to students and their parents.

 

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Practical Tips for Finding a Good Roommate at Music School

Practical Tips for Finding a Good Roommate at Music School

Finding a roommate at a new school is an awkward endeavor. There's no getting around that. You have relatively little time to make a big decision.  Welcome to adulting.

At some schools your new roommate may be chosen for you.  This article focuses on the scenario that you will have control over who you live with.

 

Read More

How to Live with a Difficult Roommate at Music School

How to Live with a Difficult Roommate at Music School

Music school is an intense, exciting opportunity. Good roommate or bad roommate – how you handle your living situation will impact the quality of your experience. Learning how to handle a bad roommate situation is one of those life lessons best learned early. Since we want you to achieve everything you can while at the conservatory, here's our contribution so you can avoid having a dodgy roommate derail you.

 

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How to Make a Good First Impression With Your Music Professors

How to Make a Good First Impression With Your Music Professors

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ollegiate-level academia is an entirely new arena compared with the average American high school experience. Even honor students and those who were star athletes and musicians in their local communities can feel out-of-their league when they hop into the “big pond” that is their University of choice.

 

Read More

How to Get the Most Out of Your Private Lessons

How to Get the Most Out of Your Private Lessons

Private lessons are a smart way to hone your techniques and accomplish specific goals. For adult string musicians, private lessons may be the only way to fit lessons into a busy work and household schedule. For students, it can help to keep you at the edge of your learning curve, especially if your high school orchestra no longer challenges you.

 

Read More

How to Rosin Your Bow

How to Rosin Your Bow

 

 

 

 

Rosining your bow for the first time is a milestone of sorts for new string musicians. Prior to practicing and developing muscle memory, holding the bow and fingering the strings feels clumsy, but rosining the bow is something you can do with confidence.

 

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