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"Halloween Special" from In the Key of Strawberry

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Editor's Note: The following blog post originally appeared on Arnold Steinhardt's blog In the Key of Strawberry and is republished with permission. Steinhardt is the founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet and the author of two books: Violin…

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String Teachers: Students Need a Breakthrough? Part 4: Breaking Through Physical and Mental Barriers

Thursday, September 28, 2017

In the previous part of this blog series on teacher-made solutions to common string student obstacles, there were four books featured that are very useful for helping students feel motivated to practice well. In this part, two different kinds of books…

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A Violin Teaching Method Alone Is Not Enough

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The ability to explain complex and difficult concepts in a way that can be clearly understood and successfully acted on is the hallmark of great teaching. Combined with motivation, student success is assured!

Every teaching method has its merits,…

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Easy Gift Ideas for an Advancing String Player! (Part 2)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Some people are difficult to shop for, and some are near impossible. If you're lucky, the person has an interest or a hobby that you'd love to support by gifting them something related. The only problem is that you might not be sure what that…

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How the Finissima Violin mute Can Help You Finesse Your Tone Color

Thursday, June 30, 2016

We live in a fast-paced society these days. Gone are the days where children would play outside until being called in for dinnertime. Few people make elaborate dinners each day from scratch, complete with a homemade dessert. We’re all a little…

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Teaching to Read, but never to Write?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Music is an artificial creation. Often described as the highest form of art, it has nothing close to a natural existence but for the songs of birds and the movement of the planets. Its structure, elements, and substance are all born from human…

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"Dear Dr. Arnie" from In the Key of Strawberry

Monday, April 07, 2014

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

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