Advice for Youth and Student Auditions

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post giving advice to professional violinists doing orchestral auditions.  Well, now it's time to get the kids involved.  Student auditions happen many times during a child's violin education.  There are auditions for school orchestra seating, all-region orchestras (in the US), all-state orchestras…

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Back to School Violin Supply List

It's time for the kids to go back to school which means it's time for violin lessons to get started again.  Every violin student needs certain supplies for his or her lessons.  Read on for the best back to school violin supplies updated for 2016. Instruments Every violin student needs…

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The Practice Room is Your Laboratory

Let's be honest, no one likes to practice.  The best violinists in the world don't love getting into a room and working for hours on little snippets of repertoire.  Unfortunately, the practice room is where we work and improve.  Practicing is necessary, but if you've read anything else I've written…

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The Care and Feeding of your Violin Teacher

Choosing a violin teacher is an important process in finding the perfect match for your abilities.  A good teacher will work with what you have, not engage in a futile attempt to get you to do something uncomfortable.  A good teacher will be patient most of the time, but tough…

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Dos and Don’ts of Playing Gigs

Gigs come in many different forms; weddings, symphony work, corporate functions, pit orchestras, and many more.  Below are six tips that every musician should follow so he or she will not only be successful, but get hired again.  For purposes of this article, I will assume you are a freelance…

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