"Thankful for Music Education" - By Christine Suter

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.

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Master Violin Maker Charles Rufino posing with violin in his shop

The Art and Lore of the Violin: A Presentation by Charles Rufino

The Art and Lore of the Violin
A Presentation by Charles Rufino
Thursday, August 2nd, 7pm
at The South Huntington Public Library
Master Violin Maker Charles Rufino has delighted audiences for years with his witty and enlightening illustrated lecture, The Art and Lore of the Violin, a  journey through time and cultural history, illuminating the early history of the violin and how its development interacted with social and cultural forces. Many rare, beautiful and hard-to-find images illustrate the development of the King of Instruments and provide iconographic evidence of its growth. Mr. Rufino brings his lifelong study and passion for the violin, music, and art to his presentation, which is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

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:
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Review of Charles Rufino's Masterclass: "Instrument Repair for the String Educator"

Review of Charles Rufino's Masterclass: "Instrument Repair for the String Educator"

"As teachers, we have to be prepared for all kinds of unthinkable situations and be able to effectively react in the moment! As string teachers, add the unthinkable instrument damages to that list! I highly recommend taking this summer course if you are interested in string instrument repairs, and I especially recommend it to sharpen your know-how skills to be able to fix problems on the fly! From strings breaking to seams coming unglued, all aspects of making the instruments playable again will be covered and this course is time well spent with a very enjoyable group of colleagues!" - Catherine Colquhoun - Westbury Middle School Orchestra Director
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Our Three Strings Teachers

LIVS Concert on May 6th 2018

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.

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Should I have An Instrument Before I Meet My Teacher?

Should I Have An Instrument Before I Meet My Teacher?

You do not need an instrument in-hand before meeting your teacher. In most cases, especially for first-time students, your teacher will want to assist in finding the right instrument for you. This is especially true when renting an instrument, as your teacher may have preferences as to the shop you rent from. Many times, your teacher will have long standing relationships with Luthiers or Music Shops.
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Circle of Fifths for Music Theory

What Are the Benefits of Learning Music Theory?

CircleofFifthsFrom 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.

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