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Friendship and Love of Music: An Interview with Hayley Murks

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Each year, Strings Magazine awards a $3,000 scholarship (plus $1,000 to spend at SHAR) to a deserving young musician. The Edith Eisler Scholarship is a much-needed and generous award, one named in memory of a dedicated musician and contributor to

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"Colburn School Commencement Address" by Arnold Steinhardt

Friday, June 07, 2013

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

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The Importance of Music Education

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Since our blog's been on a hiatus over the winter, it's been some time since we've had a chance to post one of Nerissa Nields's blogs. How we've missed her! And this blog is especially welcome since it addreses a subject near and dear to many of us…

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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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My Invaluable Music Degree

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

In May of this year, we shared an article with our email subscribers titled "The Value of Music Degree." The article argued that a music degree, while it may not lead directly to a job, is still worth earning because of how much it can enrich one's…

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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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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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Making It: My Life as a Working Musician

Thursday, August 02, 2012

In May of this year, we shared an article with our email subscribers titled "The Value of Music Degree." The article argued that a music degree, while it may not lead directly to a job, is still worth earning because of how much it can enrich one's…

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