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An Interview With a Music Teacher

An Interview With a Music Teacher

We though it would be fun to interview a music teacher to see what teaching has been like since the shift to remote learning. The following is an interview with Ms. Bonnie Foti who teaches music in the Commack School...

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"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: www.shpl.org.
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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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Leprechaun Fiddler

Irish vs Scottish Fiddling

Both the Irish and the Scottish share a rich history of fiddle music, and to the untrained eyes and ears it is often difficult to grasp the differences between the two types of fiddling. It's sort of like hearing one language but with two very distinct accents. 

There are many tunes that you may think are Irish, Leprechaun Fiddlerwhich are in fact Scottish, and vice versa. This is due to centuries of intermingling between the two cultures. A perfect example of this is Mrs. McCloud’s Reel, which is popular in Ireland and thought by many to be an Irish reel, but in fact, it came from Scotland and was originally called Mrs. MacLeod’s Reel.

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Josh Corwin Heads Out to Colorado

Josh Corwin Heads Out to Colorado

One of the newest hires at the LIVS, Josh Corwin, headed out to Colorado two weeks ago for the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park. He's been playing viola in a Beethoven string quartet and a Prokofiev quintet, as...

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