Smashing violins

Lets hope the violin used for this picture was just a cheapie ebay one!

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Violince – Humorous Violin series of videos

This is funny sort of mini-series. There are several episodes and I reccomend them. You’ll get some giggles out of it.

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3 arrested stealing a Stradivarius violin

With all the stories of stolen, lost and broken Stradivarius violins, it makes one wonder if the owners of said instruments shouldn’t just lock themselves in a room, and never leave, only playing behind bullet proof glass. It seems taking your violin anywhere with you is rolling the dice of fate!


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Three people were arrested for stealing a 1.2 million-pound ($1.85 million) antique violin from an internationally acclaimed musician while she stopped for a snack at a London sandwich bar, Brit…

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Sentimental violin accessory

What a nice idea. A way to keep a little of your first (or favourite) violin with you.

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Renowned violinist holding workshops in Taiwan

Anyone in the area should check this out. Great opportunity.

As Taiwan’s national news agency, the Central News Agency (CNA) provides Taiwan’s latest breaking news and information on politics, cross-Strait relations, economy, science, technology, sports, health, culture, and more.

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Resources for Music Teachers

A music teacher can be a godsend. Founts of knowledge, a good music teacher can make you think the very spirit of Apollo has been implanted into them, without all the Greek tragedy drama…we hope.  Music teachers serve as an imperative part of culture, inspiring and distributing the knowledge of music to generation after generation.

However, sometimes you just run out of ideas, and getting your student to simply play some sheet music often doesn’t cut it. Especially if you are a new teacher, finding your way can be overwhelming. So, compiled below are some online resources for music teachers, to help lighten your load a little, inspire your own lesson plans and help you to spread the love of music.

 

  • http://www.blanksheetmusic.net/ – This site is just a quick and simple way to get blank printable staff paper.
  • http://www.onlinepracticerecord.com/default.aspx – This can be a handy tool for keeping track of your students practice times. It’s totally free, and once your student has registered the can log in how much time they spend on any given day practicing their instrument. This site also allows them to compare how often they practice to other students in the area and email their practice records to their teacher. This helps you to avoid having to deal with being handed mass amounts of messily scribbled paper records. If you required a parent to sign off on the record then the student can simply print it off and have their parent sign.
  • http://www.stringskills.com/default.asp – I think stringskills.com is super handy for picking out exercises and skill specific songs, and inspiring your own lesson plans. It’s categorized into several different sections, depending on the topic of study, and the exercises are created for violin, viola, cello, and bass. Highly recommended.
  • http://www.mtosmt.org/index.php – This is a great free online music theory journal published by The Society for Music Theory. The current issue and past issue are all there. It comes out several times a year, and contains a range of essays, articles and reviews.  It’s not string specific, but is still a good free resource for staying up to date on music theory and such. The ore informed you as a teacher are, the better you can pass on that knowledge to your students.
  • http://mwatsonmusic.com/documents.html#viola – some simple printable scales and flash cards available for violin, viola, cello and bass.
  • http://www.hickorytech.net/~cshirk/k-12music/ – An enormous resource list for music educators. Very thorough, and separated into sections for band teacher, vocal teachers, orchestra teachers, classroom music teachers, and a general music educator section. A handy first stop if you’re looking for a specific resource.
  • http://www.samedaymusic.com/library–musicteacherresources – Another resource list. Not as thorough as the one above, but still a good one to know.
  • http://www.violinonline.com/, http://www.violaonline.com/, http://www.celloonline.comhttp://www.stringbassonline.com/ – These sites are a great resource to direct your students to as an assistant to home study. They contain scales, technique building exercises and some history. Especially handy is the interactive fingering charts, for when your students are just starting out.
  • Also, see this post, about other free resources. It can help point you in the direction of some extra avenues to find freebies.

Animato Strings itself can also be a handy place for lesson resources. With a wide selection of sheet music, introductory manuals and theory books, there is a plethora of inspiration and knowledge right in store or online, for great prices.

 

Do you have any more music teacher resources to share? We’d love to know!

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Fungas violin comparable to a Stradavarius?

I never would have thought of using fungas to make a violin sound better. Quite ingenious, definitely something to keep an eye on.


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From Yahoo! News: A Stradivarius is the best violin a player could ask for thanks to a very specific biological reaction in the wood used to construct them during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. But a new study reveals that fungus might be the trick to making new violins that sound nearly identical.Â

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Violin Seized by Customs

Yet another story of violinists having a hard time with customs. Does anyone else see a re-occuring theme here? Hard to travel hassel free with a violin these days, it seems.

Belgian violinist Yuzuko Horigome said her $1.27 million Guarnerius violin was seized by German customs officials while she was passing through the country.

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Violin Illusions

You know you’re addicted to the violin when you start seeing them everywhere!

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Jeremy Eichler – opinions on the classical violin sound

Always good to know that there are people in the world with unique opinions trying to take the violin foward. Got to say, we still love our classical sound all the same, though 🙂


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At a time when the modern conservatory system has rendered technical virtuosity a commonplace, Tetzlaff is distinguished by his deep musical empathy-his ability to open a window onto a composer’s inner life.

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