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The Indie Invasion of Classical Music

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

              (photo by Georg Schroll)I'm not sure if anyone out there in the vast, interstellar space of the Interwebs read the Sunday article in the New York Times Magazine on Jonny Greenwood, the Radiohead guitarist and composer extraordinaire.The article…

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Why Do We Cry When We Listen to Music?

Friday, March 02, 2012

I'm not sure if you all follow Alex Ross's music blog The Rest Is Noise but today I came across a post that has my brain in a tailspin. In a good way.Ross's post is titled "The Appoggiatura Imbroglio", and whatever the words "appoggiatura" and…

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The Miranda July Generation

Monday, February 20, 2012

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!),…

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

Monday, February 13, 2012

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…

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Are Stradivarius Violins a Big Scam?

Thursday, February 02, 2012

In today's post, I ask the big question: is the string community just fooling itself by paying so much for Stradivarius cellos and violins? If you'd like to contribute to our blog -- as a Suzuki parent, player, or teacher -- email me at

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Notes from a Suzuki Mom: Not the Model Suzuki Mom

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

For today's post, Nerissa Nields from Massachussets shares a story in response to Megan Crownholm's Suzuki Mom entry "When the Student is the Teacher." What I find especially exciting in Nerissa's entry is the way she closes the post: after a tough…

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Notes from a Suzuki Mom: When the Student is the Teacher

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Today, we're posting our first customer blog! And it's a charming, lovely story from Megan Crownholm in Germany about the frustrations and joys of being a Suzuki mom. If you'd like to contribute to our blog, email me at A big thanks…

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What's in a Name? Everything for SHAR's John Cheng Violins

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

In this week's blog post, I quote from Romeo & Juliet and talk about the stink eye, Apple computers, and globalization. Then I share praise for our John Cheng line of violins from Strings Magazine. Intrigued? Read on.

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Become a Guest Blogger for SHAR

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Your wildest dreams just came true: we're taking submissions for our blog. Write a blog entry for us and share tips and stories with other teachers, students, and musicians. Have your say. Speak your mind. But first check out the details below.Call for…

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Would Stephen Colbert Make Fun of SHAR's 50th Anniversary?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

SHAR is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. I can't help but get all self-conscious about the celebrations and wonder how Stephen Colbert would respond to institutional birthdays. I also admit that SHAR is a good and decent company after all and…

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