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For Violinists, How Young Is Too Young to Go Pro?

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mar 12, 2012 9:41:00 AM

Thanks to Nerisssa Nields for another thoughtful blog post about the adventures of being a Suzuki Mom. In today's post, Nerissa describes how her daughter Lila busked – without realizing it was illegal!  in the Charlotte Airport. In recounting the story, Nerissa grapples with the complications that face the young, ambitious violinist. In her words, "when, if, and how" do we decide to earn a living from "the gift" of our talent?

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Topics: Suzuki, Violin, Performance, Beginner Violin, Parents

The Ice Cream Pedagogue

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Mar 9, 2012 9:55:00 AM

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Topics: SHAR Apprentice, Violin, Performance, Classical Music, Beginner Violin, Education

The Miranda July Generation

Posted by Joe Chapman on Feb 20, 2012 9:18:00 AM

Music and arts education programs matter because they engage the bizarre and beautiful creativity of Generation Y.

So, I've been thinking about education recently. Entries on the joys and trials of being a Suzuki Mom have flooded my inbox (send more!), and my colleague Alberta, a fine violinist and writer here at SHAR, just posted an entry last week on the sacrifices and payoffs of studying and playing the violin.

The entries on this blog, however, aren't reflective of the dominant opinion on most school boards. No surprise there. Arts education can't really compete with the sciences, and I'm not sure if they've ever been able to compete. Certainly these days most of the rhetoric from President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan has centered on the sciences. When Obama and Duncan talk about our test scores dropping behind Scandanavian countries or China, it's usually in the sciences. Administrators value reading, but not reading as a way to make art: more so, they care about reading skills because the savvy use of language is necessary to get ahead.

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Topics: High School, Performance, Parents, Education

We Need a Violin Solo for the Next Super Bowl Halftime Show

Posted by Joe Chapman on Feb 13, 2012 9:42:00 AM

This week I finally talk about the Super Bowl and Madonna's halftime show. I'm both fascinated by and suspicious of the spectacle we witnessed, and so I ask, What's the value of the solo performance? And what sort of armor do we put on when everything in our culture is grandiose and awe-inspiring? If you'd like to contribute to our blog -- as a parent, teacher, or player -- email me at joec@sharmusic.com.

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Topics: Violin, Performance, Classical Music, Wagner

A Meditation on the Sibelius Violin Concerto

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Jan 27, 2012 9:37:00 AM

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Topics: Violin, Sibelius, Schubert, Performance

The Future of Classical Music: To Divulge the Beauty

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Jan 20, 2012 9:45:00 AM

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Topics: Violin, Performance, Classical Music

Mark Wood "Electrify Your Strings" Event, May 25, 2011

Posted by Rachel Krueger on May 27, 2011 3:29:00 PM

Kudos to Mark Wood and the Tecumseh, MI orchestras for an exciting, eclectic, energetic concert at the Tecumseh High School gym last night.  Mark performed with 320 TSO students, featuring hits such as “Yellow Submarine,” “Live and Let Die,” and Ozzy Osborne’s “Crazy Train.”  Middle school teacher Amy Marr performed a rousing rendition of “Toss the Feathers” in collaboration with Mark before a finale of Aaron Copeland’s Hoedown.  Many of the students, sporting various hair color highlights and Electrify Your Strings t-shirts in celebration of the concert, were a respectful group who thoroughly enjoyed the experience and Mark’s fantastic performance.  I appreciated Mark’s congeniality to the families, friends, and students of the TSO orchestras and the dedication of his first solo not only to the sponsors of the event and those in the audience, but to his parents, who were instrumental in support of both Mark and the arts.  While my right eardrum may not recover for a few days, the line of students over 100 feet long waiting for autographs 20 minutes after the concert speaks to the impact Mark had on Tecumseh and the fabulous orchestra program there.  What a memorable and well-planned concert.  Congratulations to Mark, teachers Amy Marr and Michael Bough, and the talented students of TSO!

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Topics: Mark Wood, Performance

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