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Like many professions, the world of conducting was once an exclusive boys club. Although it is still male-dominated – and many prominent figures in classical music are speaking out about the gender gap – more female conductors than ever are breaking through that glass ceiling. Over the past decade, programs have been established at conservatories around the world to help create a pipeline that puts the baton in the hands of more women.

 

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Long before Mimi Zweig launched her ground-breaking website StringPedagogy, she developed a teaching style that blends her own ideas with her past teachers’ influences, as well as elements of other philosophies she admires. The result is a method that has helped guide generations of students to successful music careers as performers and teachers.

 

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W hile holiday classics are "classic" for a reason, it can be mind numbing to play the same songs over and over, year after year. We understand your frustration.

Thus, one of our holiday gifts to you is this list of 10 modern holiday songs made just for string musicians. Yes, they're arrangements based on traditional carols, but at least they'll give you a break from the typical versions you've played for years.

 

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ith Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a constant barrage of holiday-themed advertising aimed at consumers, it’s not too difficult to lose sight of the “reason for the season.” This time of year, many people include charity work with their traditional gift-giving. Working at a local soup kitchen or volunteering to serve meals at a shelter is a great way to give back for the holidays. Indeed, sharing your time and talents with others is one of the best ways to celebrate the season.

 

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As a string bass player, you spend so much time providing the foundation of harmonic percussion it’s easy to forget that bass players can play melody lines, too! The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to reclaim your place as a soloist – or as a featured instrumentalist in your ensemble.

 

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Sooner or later, most people find themselves at a crossroads in their career. Mimi Zweig arrived there early. As detailed in part I of this three-part series highlighting Zweig’s career, she was already an accomplished violinist and violist at the age of 22.

 

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For nearly half a century, Mimi Zweig has been teaching and inspiring young violin and viola students. A Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the director of the JSoM String Academy she founded in 1975, Zweig could be considered classical music’s version of Stella Adler.

 

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A pps dedicated to musicians and violinists have made it easier than ever to practice, learn, and deepen their understanding of core music theory and technique – even when they’re on the go. Some apps are better than others, so we’ve sifted through the gamut and put forth our favorite apps for learning to play the violin.

 

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Does your violin sound a bit more nasal or tinny when you play it during the winter? Perhaps your instrument feels a bit tight, and you get more aggressive with it.

 

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The holiday season is  a special time for making and sharing music. Often it is the first experience young string musicians have with playing in public or performing in front of others.

 

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Top 5 Female Conductors

Top 5 Female Conductors

Like many professions, the world of conducting was once an exclusive boys club. Although it is still male-dominated – and many prominent figures in classical music are speaking out about the gender gap – more female conductors than ever are breaking through that glass ceiling. Over the past decade, programs have been established at conservatories around the world to help create a pipeline that puts the baton in the hands of more women.

 

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StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Pedagogy Style - Patience, Practice, and Freedom

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Pedagogy Style - Patience, Practice, and Freedom

Long before Mimi Zweig launched her ground-breaking website StringPedagogy, she developed a teaching style that blends her own ideas with her past teachers’ influences, as well as elements of other philosophies she admires. The result is a method that has helped guide generations of students to successful music careers as performers and teachers.

 

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10 Top Modern Holiday Songs For String instruments

10 Top Modern Holiday Songs For String instruments

W hile holiday classics are "classic" for a reason, it can be mind numbing to play the same songs over and over, year after year. We understand your frustration.

Thus, one of our holiday gifts to you is this list of 10 modern holiday songs made just for string musicians. Yes, they're arrangements based on traditional carols, but at least they'll give you a break from the typical versions you've played for years.

 

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Give Back For the Holidays - Perform At A Retirement Home Or Hospital

Give Back For the Holidays - Perform At A Retirement Home Or Hospital

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ith Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a constant barrage of holiday-themed advertising aimed at consumers, it’s not too difficult to lose sight of the “reason for the season.” This time of year, many people include charity work with their traditional gift-giving. Working at a local soup kitchen or volunteering to serve meals at a shelter is a great way to give back for the holidays. Indeed, sharing your time and talents with others is one of the best ways to celebrate the season.

 

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2019 Update: Bass Songs For The Holidays

2019 Update: Bass Songs For The Holidays

As a string bass player, you spend so much time providing the foundation of harmonic percussion it’s easy to forget that bass players can play melody lines, too! The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to reclaim your place as a soloist – or as a featured instrumentalist in your ensemble.

 

Read More

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Roadmap to Success

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig’s Roadmap to Success

Sooner or later, most people find themselves at a crossroads in their career. Mimi Zweig arrived there early. As detailed in part I of this three-part series highlighting Zweig’s career, she was already an accomplished violinist and violist at the age of 22.

 

Read More

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig – The Petite Giant of String Pedagogy

StringOvation Exclusive: Mimi Zweig – The Petite Giant of String Pedagogy

For nearly half a century, Mimi Zweig has been teaching and inspiring young violin and viola students. A Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the director of the JSoM String Academy she founded in 1975, Zweig could be considered classical music’s version of Stella Adler.

 

Read More

2019 Update: Best Apps For Learning To Play The Violin

2019 Update: Best Apps For Learning To Play The Violin

A pps dedicated to musicians and violinists have made it easier than ever to practice, learn, and deepen their understanding of core music theory and technique – even when they’re on the go. Some apps are better than others, so we’ve sifted through the gamut and put forth our favorite apps for learning to play the violin.

 

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How Does Cold Weather Affect Your Violin?

How Does Cold Weather Affect Your Violin?

Does your violin sound a bit more nasal or tinny when you play it during the winter? Perhaps your instrument feels a bit tight, and you get more aggressive with it.

 

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2019 Update: Best Holiday Songs for the Violin

2019 Update: Best Holiday Songs for the Violin

The holiday season is  a special time for making and sharing music. Often it is the first experience young string musicians have with playing in public or performing in front of others.

 

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