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Teaching vibrato

Being intentional with vibratoRecently I’ve talked to both teenage and adult students regarding being intentional about playing with vibrato. While practicing three octave scales, I’ve noticed students slipping in and out of playing with vibrato. Rather than dictating having them play one way or the other, I’ve talked to students

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Preparing for a concert

All in one weekThis past week I prepared my private students, my public school students and myself for multiple concerts. I wouldn’t recommend booking so many concerts with so many different groups in the same week. At this time of the year, however, it is nearly impossible to avoid some

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Performance anxiety – Shake it Off

A familiar topicIt’s a week in which almost all of my students will perform. During a time when I was taking a lot of auditions, I remember feeling the competition among other musicians was really a war of nervous systems. I learned much later on this was somewhat true. Some

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Point of contact

Where the bow touches the stringIt’s hard to convince students that they’re not getting their best possible sound and the cause is how they’re moving the bow. Once a piece is somewhat memorized, I tell students to watch the bow instead of their left hand which frequently requires a lot

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In memoriam

A passingI did not write a blog post last week. It was the first time since January 2021. My mother passed away last weekend. If you have read many of my posts, you would be aware that I have a complicated relationship with my mother. I put this in the

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Teaching time

Tempo literacyLately I’m surprised at the lack of understanding of time signatures even among my private students some of whom study piano in addition to violin. For a while I have focused on the technical and spacial aspects of using the bow to produce sound through the full duration of

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For teacher colleagues too!

It’s that time of the yearI’m finding myself relying heavily on my teacher colleagues. We’re getting into school concert and studio recital season. We still need to practice for our own concertizing. Meanwhile, we’re planning the teaching and performing for our summer music programs and getting our students ready for

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A musical spring cleaning

The rite of springtimeHere we are – Printemps finally here! To me, springtime means more daylight, less bulky clothing and an abundance of pastels. There are lots of new sounds – birds singing, children playing, baby animals scurrying and the sweet scent of flowers blooming. Like pairing a fine wine

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Praise for Perlman

A lovely programLast night I had the pleasure of attending a recital performed by violinist Itzhak Perlman at the The Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford, CT. It was a program of  LeClair, Beethoven, Schumann, Smetana, Kreisler as well as other show pieces for the encore. Perlman played to a

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Dear new orchestra member

So thrilled you’re hereYou not only contribute your beautiful music but also inspire us with your musicianship. Many of us have been playing in this ensemble since before you were born. We marvel at your level of excitement, especially when you get to perform a masterwork for the first time. Regretful

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