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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Long Layoff – Getting Started Again!

For those of you just joining us, I usually post 2-3 times every month.  You may have noticed an almost two month layoff.  Hopefully you did because that means you actually visit here regularly :).  I enjoy creating new content and updating my site regularly but sometimes life takes over…

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How to Learn Your Music Without Your Instrument

Surely one can't actually learn music without practicing it on the instrument in a practice room.  Well, that is only partly true.  Yes, you have to have your instrument and you have to practice with it to learn music, but there are so many things that can be done with…

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Parents and Violin Lessons – How to Help

No matter what method is being taught to a child, the parents still play a key role in that child's success.  As a teacher, I teach Suzuki method with my youngest and beginning students.  I stress the parents' role from the beginning.  One or both parents must be involved in…

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How to Stay Healthy and Keep Playing

As the summer wound down this year, I had a really hard time staying healthy.  I had the stomach flu at the beginning of August, followed by a cold later that month.  Then came the stomach flu again (this time without the fever and chills) in September.  Had I been…

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