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Learning to do anything new is humbling, especially for adults who are used to being masters of their own domain. When you start playing the cello as an adult, it’s important to find that balance of a “beginner’s mind” and a repertoire of musical pieces that inspire you to keep practicing, learning, and growing.

 

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The year-end concert is both a celebration as well as a bookend to the final days of the school year. This concert is especially poignant for senior students, who will be graduating and heading off to their new lives as college students or fully-fledged working adults. Thus, it makes sense to put special care into your concert program, selecting music that fits the level of your players’ musicianship and makes a lasting impression on the audience.

 

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In today’s digital and media-centric era, you need to create a personalized brand to become a successful solo musician. If you’re new to the world of business, developing a brand may be a foreign concept as branding is typically the stuff of companies marketing products and services.

 

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The beauty of the internet is that it seems everything you could possibly want is just a few clicks away. That's mostly true, except now the challenge is having to sort through an overwhelming number of choices.

This applies to online sheet music sources. A simple Google search will return countless options, but who has time to sort through all that? We do, so you don't have to. Here are some great sources for sheet music, detailing what sets each one apart.

 

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There's no one, straight path to achieve technical proficiency and artistry with your instrument. Throughout your personal and, hopefully, professional development as a musician, you want to work with a variety of different people in different capacities. Working with practice partners is one of those paths that allow you to explore and grow in unexpected ways.

 

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Until you become world famous – and sometimes, even then – you’ll start as your own Public Relations agent. This means that in addition to maintaining digital marketing materials (website, social media accounts, YouTube channel, etc.), you’ll also need to create press releases and bios for upcoming concerts, engagements, and album releases. 

 

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In many ways, becoming a professional string performer means your public life is no longer your own. Everything you do and say, wear or don’t wear, record or publish becomes fodder for fans and critics to analyze, discuss, gossip about and blow out of proportion – without much you can do to stop it. This is why the integrity of your social media presence is so important. 

 

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Expressing yourself is part of developing a public persona, and this includes the clothes, accessories, colors, and costumes you select before taking the stage. In our post about developing a public speaking voice, we quoted Toastmasters International stating, “Your voice and your face are your public relations agents,” and we’d add that your fashion choices are part of that PR package as well. 

 

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Join In-Sook Diamond as she reviews different exercises you can use to strengthen your pinky finger in this video. It may not seem significant, but the pinky finger is important to proper form and mastery of bow techniques.

 

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Social media promotion is vital for getting large audiences to your performances. The best orchestras and musicians in the world take advantage of social media – why shouldn't you?

 

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10 Cello Compositions for Adult Beginners to Wow Your Friends

10 Cello Compositions for Adult Beginners to Wow Your Friends

Learning to do anything new is humbling, especially for adults who are used to being masters of their own domain. When you start playing the cello as an adult, it’s important to find that balance of a “beginner’s mind” and a repertoire of musical pieces that inspire you to keep practicing, learning, and growing.

 

Read More

Compositions to Wow Your Audience for a Year-End Concert

Compositions to Wow Your Audience for a Year-End Concert

The year-end concert is both a celebration as well as a bookend to the final days of the school year. This concert is especially poignant for senior students, who will be graduating and heading off to their new lives as college students or fully-fledged working adults. Thus, it makes sense to put special care into your concert program, selecting music that fits the level of your players’ musicianship and makes a lasting impression on the audience.

 

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The Violinist’s Guide to Creating Your Onstage Persona: How to Brand Yourself

The Violinist’s Guide to Creating Your Onstage Persona: How to Brand Yourself

In today’s digital and media-centric era, you need to create a personalized brand to become a successful solo musician. If you’re new to the world of business, developing a brand may be a foreign concept as branding is typically the stuff of companies marketing products and services.

 

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Great Sources for Sheet Music

Great Sources for Sheet Music

The beauty of the internet is that it seems everything you could possibly want is just a few clicks away. That's mostly true, except now the challenge is having to sort through an overwhelming number of choices.

This applies to online sheet music sources. A simple Google search will return countless options, but who has time to sort through all that? We do, so you don't have to. Here are some great sources for sheet music, detailing what sets each one apart.

 

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How to Choose a Practice Partner

How to Choose a Practice Partner

There's no one, straight path to achieve technical proficiency and artistry with your instrument. Throughout your personal and, hopefully, professional development as a musician, you want to work with a variety of different people in different capacities. Working with practice partners is one of those paths that allow you to explore and grow in unexpected ways.

 

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How To Write Your Press Release And Bio

How To Write Your Press Release And Bio

Until you become world famous – and sometimes, even then – you’ll start as your own Public Relations agent. This means that in addition to maintaining digital marketing materials (website, social media accounts, YouTube channel, etc.), you’ll also need to create press releases and bios for upcoming concerts, engagements, and album releases. 

 

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Dos And Don’ts For String Performers On Social Media

Dos And Don’ts For String Performers On Social Media

In many ways, becoming a professional string performer means your public life is no longer your own. Everything you do and say, wear or don’t wear, record or publish becomes fodder for fans and critics to analyze, discuss, gossip about and blow out of proportion – without much you can do to stop it. This is why the integrity of your social media presence is so important. 

 

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How To Express Yourself Onstage With Fashion

How To Express Yourself Onstage With Fashion

Expressing yourself is part of developing a public persona, and this includes the clothes, accessories, colors, and costumes you select before taking the stage. In our post about developing a public speaking voice, we quoted Toastmasters International stating, “Your voice and your face are your public relations agents,” and we’d add that your fashion choices are part of that PR package as well. 

 

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Pinky Strength Exercises That Improve Your Violin Playing

Pinky Strength Exercises That Improve Your Violin Playing

Join In-Sook Diamond as she reviews different exercises you can use to strengthen your pinky finger in this video. It may not seem significant, but the pinky finger is important to proper form and mastery of bow techniques.

 

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How To Use Social Media Effectively To Get People To Your Performances

How To Use Social Media Effectively To Get People To Your Performances

Social media promotion is vital for getting large audiences to your performances. The best orchestras and musicians in the world take advantage of social media – why shouldn't you?

 

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