Chamber Music – The Best Way to Play

There are three basic categories of classical music that performers can choose from - orchestral music, solo music, and chamber music.  Obviously within those categories are infinite sub-categories and genres, but when we perform, we do so in one of those three ways.  I have loved chamber music since the…

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5 Music Collections Every Advanced Student Needs

As a violin student goes from cute-for-playing-for-neighbors-and-relatives to serious advanced student, the music he or she needs increases.  Below, I give you the five absolutely essential sheet music collections that every serious violin student needs.  There are no elite violinists in the world that haven't studied these works or learned…

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The Mount Rushmore of Classical Music

We often hear about the "Mt. Rushmore of......" when it comes to many things.  Usually it's sports-related (the Mr. Rushmore of baseball hitters, etc.), or even music (the Mt. Rushmore of bands).  Here is my Mt. Rushmore of classical music composers (rewritten from a lost blog post of a few…

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