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Red Shoe Company: An Arts Collective on a Mission of Happiness!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Nov 9, 2017 2:06:04 PM

Violinist Teagan Faran’s unique vision combines great music, virtuosic performance, artistic collaboration and community involvement. Red Shoe Company is the product of this vision. SHAR is proud to support this incredible ensemble of talented and dedicated musicians, in concert on Sunday, November 19. Don’t miss it! Read more about Teagan Faran’s Mission of Happiness, in her own words...

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Topics: Chamber music, String Community, Performance

Your Musical Mental Map

Posted by Guest Blogger on Nov 8, 2017 10:29:59 AM

Learning to play an instrument is about hand positioning, technique, practice, and hard work. This careful training leads to muscle memory and tonal recognition. Mastery in playing an instrument requires additional skills well beyond even these.  Dr. Melissa Gerber Knecht, our guest blogger, is Professor of Music at Hillsdale College. Dr. Gerber has studied the development of pattern recognition in the human brain and the critical role this plays in achieving mastery of the instrument. Her recent book, Developing Your Musical Mental Map, is based on this research, and provides a useful guide for teachers and students seeking to achieve breakthrough improvement.

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Topics: Teaching, Music Theory, books, Pedagogy

"A Heavenly Length" by Arnold Steinhardt

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jan 11, 2016 10:41:24 AM

The Guarneri String Quartet (photo by Erwin Fischer) and Charles Avsharian

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Topics: Chamber music, Schubert, Arnold Steinhardt

The Pros and Cons of Online Violin Lessons

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jan 16, 2015 2:20:00 PM

When I saw an email from Lee Jin Rui about writing a guest blog for SHAR, I almost deleted it. “Is this spam?” I thought. But after navigating to Jin’s violin lessons website, I thought, “Hey, online lessons are something our customers might want to think about. It’s a part of the educational landscape now.” So I invited Jin to write an honest pros and cons article about online lessons. Below you’ll find Jin’s take on the advantages and disadvantages of remote learning.

Technology has affected all aspects our lives, and music is no exception. While some may bemoan the loss of a more personal (and analog) world, there are some changes that students can benefit from. It used to be that those living in a remote area had to drive areas for violin lessons—but now, with online teaching, this is no longer the case. A broadband connection is especially helpful in this regard, as it provides people with an opportunity to get over the limitations set by their geographical locations.

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Topics: Violin, Teaching, Online Lessons

Happy Birthday, Niccolo Paganini!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Oct 27, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Niccolo Paganini
October 27, 1782 - May 27, 1840

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Topics: Sheet Music, Paganini, Romantic, Composers

Happy Birthday, Arnold Schoenberg!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sep 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Arnold Schoenberg
September 13, 1874 - July 13, 1951

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Topics: Composers, Schoenberg, 20th Century

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Claude Debussy!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 28, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Claude Debussy
Born August 22, 1862, Died March 25, 1918

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Topics: Classical, Composers, Debussy

Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 25, 2014 12:54:00 PM

Leonard Bernstein
August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990

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Topics: American Classical, Bernstein, Composers

Which Bass Bag Is Right For You?

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 25, 2014 12:14:00 PM

If you play the bass, you’re going to need a bass bag. Here at SHAR we carry a few different bass bags, but here is our advice on which ones to consider.

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Topics: Bass, Travel, Bass Bag

Suzuki Teacher Training Journal, 2014

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 11, 2014 4:35:00 PM

Alexandra Ostroff, one our Customer Service Leads, talks about her experience this past week at the Phoenix Phest Suzuki Teacher Training seminar. Alexandra is clearly developing into a talented teacher; what I love most about her blog post is how open she is to learning from those around her. 

This past week I took some time away from my desk and returned to Phoenix Phest in Ypsilanti, MI to continue my education in teaching the Suzuki Method. This blog entry will share some of the highlights for me from this week’s institute.

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Topics: Suzuki, Beginner Violin, Education, Teaching

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