Thankful for Music Education
By Christine Suter
NY is a state that has always had many strong school orchestra programs and for that reason I’m thankful to have grown up here. Even though it seems like a million years ago, I can still remember when I was in third grade and the sixth grade orchestra played a concert for us in our school gymnasium. After the concert the conductor demonstrated for us how each instrument was played and how it sounded. We were then invited to sign up to learn how to play one of the instruments and I immediately chose the violin. I was lucky in that playing the violin came naturally to me and I was always able to play songs by ear. I also remember that I always wanted to play everything faster than it was meant to played, which is probably why I love fiddle music so much.
This presentation is free of charge and will be open to the public, no registration required. For more details, please visit the South Huntington Public Library web page at: www.shpl.org.
Last weekend The Long Island Violin Shop held a concert of the students in our lessons and chamber music programs. It was the second concert to have been held at the Steinway & Sons Piano Showroom in Melville and it was a great success. We're so lucky to be able to hold our concerts in such a wonderful space.
My name is Jessie Moran and I am a cellist who teaches at The Long Island Violin Shop. As a student of the Crane School of Music, I had the privilege of studying for one week at the University of Cienfuegos, Cuba.
From gaining a greater command of notes and rhythms to dabbling in the art of music composition, musicians have found a great number of applications for music theory. Studies in written music theory begin with note and rhythm reading, and this is especially beneficial to new string players. A greater command of notes and rhythms will allow budding musicians to read music with more fluency. Among other things, this enables them to focus on building their own, personal brand of musical expression.