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ometimes, string musicians get so set on becoming professional musicians that they forget to take a big-picture look at the variety of music-related careers available to them.

 

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Approach any circle of friends at random and you’ll find common interests. Maybe it’s gaming, or the Marvel or DC universe. Sports could be a common thread. Books, or culinary adventures, perhaps.

When it comes to classical music, though, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you’re the lone student in the group. And that’s fine! But wouldn’t it be fun if your non-musician friends knew more about your passion than your classes, hours of solitary practice, and that you care for your stringed instrument like a mother looks after her newborn?

 

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The Concertmaster plays an integral role in any orchestra. Achieving the level of Concertmaster (also called 1st Violinist or Section Leader, depending on the orchestra) requires exceptional talent and dedication, but it is also a public role. It requires that you work well with conductors have good leadership skills and that you’re comfortable serving as the public face of the orchestra when called upon.

 

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In the beginning, you learned the basics of violin bowing – a proper bow hold, keeping your elbow at a right angle with a relaxed wrist, and using a mirror to check your form. Now that you’ve arrived at the intermediate-advanced level, it’s time to step up your game.

 

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Traveling with a cello is more involved than traveling with its smaller violin or viola counterparts. For this reason, it’s worth thinking ahead when planning to take your cello along to summer music camp, a relative’s house, or off to your future college.

 

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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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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 play the cello is a challenging yet rewarding. Whether you’ve recently made the commitment and investment to master this versatile, truly beautiful instrument or have been enjoying its delights for years, the right tools help you achieve your goals.

 

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Finding, applying, and prepping for the right music competition takes time. Now is the time to start looking for summer and fall competitions if you want to be sure not to miss any application or audition deadlines.

 

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There is a plethora of information available regarding proper violin and viola technique – from postural recommendations to proper fingering and bowing. Those are all helpful, but strong, nimble fingers are foundational to your ability to adhere to those recommendations.

 

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What Careers are Perfect for Cellists?

What Careers are Perfect for Cellists?

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ometimes, string musicians get so set on becoming professional musicians that they forget to take a big-picture look at the variety of music-related careers available to them.

 

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How to Convince My Friends That Classical Music is Cool

How to Convince My Friends That Classical Music is Cool

Approach any circle of friends at random and you’ll find common interests. Maybe it’s gaming, or the Marvel or DC universe. Sports could be a common thread. Books, or culinary adventures, perhaps.

When it comes to classical music, though, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you’re the lone student in the group. And that’s fine! But wouldn’t it be fun if your non-musician friends knew more about your passion than your classes, hours of solitary practice, and that you care for your stringed instrument like a mother looks after her newborn?

 

Read More

Career Path to Becoming a Concertmaster

Career Path to Becoming a Concertmaster

The Concertmaster plays an integral role in any orchestra. Achieving the level of Concertmaster (also called 1st Violinist or Section Leader, depending on the orchestra) requires exceptional talent and dedication, but it is also a public role. It requires that you work well with conductors have good leadership skills and that you’re comfortable serving as the public face of the orchestra when called upon.

 

Read More

Different Bowing Techniques For the Serious Violinist

Different Bowing Techniques For the Serious Violinist

In the beginning, you learned the basics of violin bowing – a proper bow hold, keeping your elbow at a right angle with a relaxed wrist, and using a mirror to check your form. Now that you’ve arrived at the intermediate-advanced level, it’s time to step up your game.

 

Read More

Tips for Traveling with Your Cello This Summer

Tips for Traveling with Your Cello This Summer

Traveling with a cello is more involved than traveling with its smaller violin or viola counterparts. For this reason, it’s worth thinking ahead when planning to take your cello along to summer music camp, a relative’s house, or off to your future college.

 

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.

 

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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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Best Apps for Learning to Play the Cello

Best Apps for Learning to Play the Cello

Learning to play the cello is a challenging yet rewarding. Whether you’ve recently made the commitment and investment to master this versatile, truly beautiful instrument or have been enjoying its delights for years, the right tools help you achieve your goals.

 

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Upcoming Music Competitions: Are You Ready to Apply?

Upcoming Music Competitions: Are You Ready to Apply?

Finding, applying, and prepping for the right music competition takes time. Now is the time to start looking for summer and fall competitions if you want to be sure not to miss any application or audition deadlines.

 

Read More

Adult Beginners’ Finger Exercises for Violin and Viola

Adult Beginners’ Finger Exercises for Violin and Viola

There is a plethora of information available regarding proper violin and viola technique – from postural recommendations to proper fingering and bowing. Those are all helpful, but strong, nimble fingers are foundational to your ability to adhere to those recommendations.

 

Read More

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