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The Conservatory Audition Process

The Conservatory Audition Process

Congratulations! Determining what you would like to pursue as a major in your collegiate studies is a big decision! When you choose to major in music, you open up a...

How to Get Musically Motivated

Every musician has a story of when they felt discouraged by their own lack of improvement, and therefore, felt unmotivated to practice. It is important to remember that progress is...

Orchestra Etiquette

Orchestra Etiquette

Whether you’re an adult beginner joining a community orchestra or the parent of a young child selected the first time for an All County or other regional orchestra, there are...

How to Prepare for an Orchestra Audition

How to Prepare for an Orchestra Audition

Whether you are a young student, seasoned amateur, or a professional, there are steps you can take to ensure you are properly prepared for a successful orchestra audition. Good planning...

Gear Pegs on Violins

Gear Pegs on Violins

A type of peg that is becoming increasingly more common is the gear peg. More similar to pegs on guitars than that of other bowed string instruments, gear pegs are...

Upgrading Your Instrument

Upgrading Your Instrument

So, you want to upgrade your instrument. This is a big step, and it may be an emotional one as well. The relationship between player and instrument is intimate, and...

Violin String Tension - Why does it matter?

Violin String Tension - Why does it matter?

By Erica Garcia You have probably read on your string package ‘medium tension’. You might have even read, ‘high tension’. Not much thought was placed into these words, and your...

What is the Suzuki Method?

What is the Suzuki Method?

by Erica Garcia You’ve heard of it, you’ve seen the books, you’ve seen small children playing various instruments to a high level, but who was Suzuki and what is the...

History of the Modern Symphony Orchestra

History of the Modern Symphony Orchestra

Playing in an orchestra is a beloved experience for a classical musician at any level. For students, they may play in a private youth orchestra, in addition to their school...

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