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My Teaching Synthesis for Violin Beginners

Based on teacher training from the perspectives of Mimi Zweig (Suzuki/Rolland synthesis) and Mark O’Connor (American music with Suzuki-style progression), plus study of standard pedagogy reference works by Ivan Galamian and Simon Fischer (Dorothy Delay’s methods), and experience using a variety of method and repertoire books, I have settled on...

Case: Closed

Last spring when I bought a new violin, I needed a new case to put it in too. I love the looks, protection and accessories provided by high-end cases (BAM, Musafia) but NOT the price tags! On the other hand, I have plenty of experience with cheap cases with...

Book review: “The Talent Code”

I read a fascinating book over the summer: “The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle. Subtitle: “Greatness isn’t born, it’s grown. Here’s how.” The book takes you on a wide-ranging journey to talent “factories” like a run-down tennis gym in Russia, a run-down indoor soccer arena in Brazil, a run-down...

Don’t get grounded; know your rights

Traveling with your fiddle this summer? Know your rights as an airline passenger! Don’t get stuck on the tarmac like these guys (caution, mild language in video inside the article). In 2012, Congress passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which states, “An air carrier providing air transportation shall permit...

What color is your violin?

If you’ve enjoyed using the Shar string chart to pick out the perfect strings for your instrument, you’re going to like this tool also! I found this graphic at selectviolins.com and I have found it useful to refer to when shopping for a new violin. Print out several copies and grade...

Nationally Certified Teacher of Music

I have just received my NCTM designation from the Music Teachers National Association, the oldest association for music teachers in the U.S. (since 1876). What does this signify? I produced a 60+-page document along with over 4 hours of video to complete the Teacher Profile Projects required of applicants...

10,000 Hours

by David R. Shanks, from Science Spectra, 1999, Number 18. Above: Cumulative amounts of practice achieved over their lifetime by different groups of violinists in a study by Ericsson, Krampe and Tesch-Römer (Psychological Review, 100, 363-406, (1993)). By the age of 20, the best musicians at the Music Academy...