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Notes from a Suzuki Mom: Strengthening Family Bonds Through Music

Friday, September 14, 2012

We've had some great discussions on our blog about the value of a music degree, the difficulties of earning a living as a string player, and the importance of early music education. But what we haven't talked about is how much playing music can bring…

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Used Violins – The Best Deal?

Friday, August 31, 2012

Getting set up with a good instrument when you first start out can be confusing, stressful, and expensive. If you are on a budget, finding the most bang for your buck can be even more overwhelming. What to do?? Before you delve into the realm of

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Suzuki Teacher Training at Stevens Point: Part 2

Monday, August 13, 2012

We're grateful to have Lucy Lewis, a trained Suzuki teacher and doctoral student in musical arts at the University of Iowa, share a series of blogs about her experiences at American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Every…

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A New School Year Full of Opportunity, Not Frustration

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Paula Leshkevich has been a member of SHAR’s Educational Sales Department for over four years. Having taught in both private and public schools, she understands many of the challenges facing instrumental music teachers today and works to help…

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Suzuki Teacher Training at Stevens Point: Part 1

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

We're grateful to have Lucy Lewis, a trained Suzuki teacher and doctoral student in musical arts at the University of Iowa, share a series of blogs about her experiences at American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Every…

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Are You a Creative String Player?

Monday, August 06, 2012

We're very pleased at SHAR to share our first guest blog from the talented violinist and educator Christian Howes. Although a classically-trained musician, Mr. Howes made a name for himself in the New York jazz scene in the '90s, playing with…

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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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Notes from a Suzuki Mom: Alignment Enlightenment

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I'm in awe of Nerissa Nields's latest post for our music blog. It's perhaps a cliche these days among teachers and parents to say – however true it may be – something like "My students (or daughter) actually teaches me." Nerissa certainly borrows…

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Shinichi Suzuki – The Man and the Violin Method

Friday, June 01, 2012
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