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New AT SHAR 2016: Violin and Viola Cases, Electrics, and Accessories

Friday, August 26, 2016

Since 1962, SHAR has been making new products available to string players every year. The fall season is usually when we debut most of our new products in preparation for new school years, concert seasons, and holidays! This year is no exception with…

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An Invitation to O'Connor Method Alumni From the Ann Arbor Workshop

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Today's guest blog is from Val Jaskiewicz, the Vice President of Merchandising at SHAR Music. Val has been a tireless champion of alternative styles here at SHAR and was instrumental in bringing Mark O'Connor and Pam Wiley to Ann Arbor for a teacher…

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Mark O’Connor Has a Dream for American Violinists

Thursday, August 30, 2012

We'd like to welcome our newest SHAR Apprentice James Engman to the SHAR Music Blog! James studied violin performance, physics, and math at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and he hopes to use his degrees to excel in instrument repair. What we…

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What Is the Difference Between a Violin and a Fiddle?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

With Mark O'Connor's workshop and concert in Ann Arbor fast approaching, we thought we'd share a quick blog post that answers the most timeless question of them all: What exactly is the difference between a violin and a fiddle?

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Exploring Home: The Mark O'Connor Orchestra Method

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

We were overjoyed to read this guest blog from Melinda Rice, a violinist and teacher for the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles Program at EXPO (which is a partnership between the LA Philharmonic, Harmony Project, and the LA Department of Recreation and…

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Learning to Jam: The O'Connor and Suzuki Methods

Friday, June 29, 2012

I've been thinking a lot lately about Mark O'Connor's blog articles, especially his most recent ones "The American Violin" and "Suzuki Has Gone Fiddlin'." The comments section of Mr. O'Connor's blog, especially the "Suzuki Has Gone Fiddlin'" article,…

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The O'Connor Method: Joy, Creativity and Cool Cabbage!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Our guest blogger Ashley Liberty teaches violin at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Florida in addition to maintaining an impressive performance career in which she's been Concertmaster for the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and…

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Don't Panic: We Have Last-Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We try to quell your rising holiday panic by sharing a few gift ideas.I have a confession to make: after work today, I still have three Christmas gifts to buy. Tomorrow, I'm flying home to North Carolina. Every year, I do the same thing. I start…

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Classical Music in America

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More this week on hybrid styles in American "classical" music.I've still got Mark O'Connor, the fiddler, composer, and Grammy winner, on the brain. Thinking about his upcoming concert at West Bloomfield High School in Michigan (as well as his…

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This American Voice: Mark O'Connor's Upcoming Concerts

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mark O'Connor's approach to American classical music is not just innovative – it's democratic.

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