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“Winning isn’t everything,” as the old saying goes, but it can set you up for more accolades down the road. Losing, on the other hand, serves a totally different but ultimately complimentary function on that same path to success. This is especially true in music competitions. While losing is certainly disappointing and perhaps even embarrassing in the moment, it can actually help to make you a better musician in the long run.

 

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You love classical music. Not only for its beauty but for the challenge of learning to play it well. However, every so often, you feel like you're in a rut.

 

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It's time for an update to our past articles of the best apps for learning to play the violin. You can find our original lists here and here. They are still amazing tools.

 

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Unless you’re a complete extrovert, making casual conversation at music receptions can sometimes feel intimidating – or something you have to survive, at best. Worst case scenario means mingling with strangers makes you nervous, anxious, or even fearful. Believe it or not, making casual conversation is something that improves with practice – just like playing your string instrument.

 

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Being a member of a string ensemble is a fun, creative, and challenging way to advance your musicianship. If you're not in one yet, consider forming your own string ensemble.

 

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Forming personal connections is the Number One, best thing you can do as a music educator to bring out the best in your students. When students feel connected and seen by their teachers and mentors, they automatically invest more in their work.

 

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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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How Losing a Competition Can Make You a Better Musician

How Losing a Competition Can Make You a Better Musician

“Winning isn’t everything,” as the old saying goes, but it can set you up for more accolades down the road. Losing, on the other hand, serves a totally different but ultimately complimentary function on that same path to success. This is especially true in music competitions. While losing is certainly disappointing and perhaps even embarrassing in the moment, it can actually help to make you a better musician in the long run.

 

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Start Fiddling Around: Learning to Play Folk Music

Start Fiddling Around: Learning to Play Folk Music

You love classical music. Not only for its beauty but for the challenge of learning to play it well. However, every so often, you feel like you're in a rut.

 

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Best Apps for Learning To Play The Violin: 2019 Update

Best Apps for Learning To Play The Violin: 2019 Update

It's time for an update to our past articles of the best apps for learning to play the violin. You can find our original lists here and here. They are still amazing tools.

 

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5 Tips for Easy Conversation at Music Receptions

5 Tips for Easy Conversation at Music Receptions

Unless you’re a complete extrovert, making casual conversation at music receptions can sometimes feel intimidating – or something you have to survive, at best. Worst case scenario means mingling with strangers makes you nervous, anxious, or even fearful. Believe it or not, making casual conversation is something that improves with practice – just like playing your string instrument.

 

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How to Market Your String Musical Group

How to Market Your String Musical Group

Being a member of a string ensemble is a fun, creative, and challenging way to advance your musicianship. If you're not in one yet, consider forming your own string ensemble.

 

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Secrets for Bringing Out the Best in Your Music Students

Secrets for Bringing Out the Best in Your Music Students

Forming personal connections is the Number One, best thing you can do as a music educator to bring out the best in your students. When students feel connected and seen by their teachers and mentors, they automatically invest more in their work.

 

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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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