Learning How to Play as an Individual

My dear readers, Today’s article is not going to be about wedding music, music lessons, or Maestro Musicians in the news. Rather, I simply wish to speak to you from the heart about my experience as a concert violinist. It is my hope that you can take my principles and apply them to your own […]

Trott Melodious Double Stops Nos. 3-4

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Why Traditional Music Lessons Matter

I recently came across the blog of pianist Emily Fransen. Fransen holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Music at the Delgado Community College in Louisiana. She is also a piano teacher at the Hall Piano Company in Metairie, LA. Fransen has an interesting post which is a commentary on Nine Inch Nails founder Trent […]

Music Lessons and Engineering

Many of my readers do not know that when I was 18 I had to make a crucial decision between engineering and music. I was offered a position in the University of Michigan’s undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, in addition to a position at New England Conservatory’s bachelor of music in violin performance program. As […]

The Language of Music

Today I was teaching one my violin students Handel’s “Chorus” from Judas Maccabaeus. For those of you who don’t know the piece, it starts out with a rich beautiful theme with long notes. The violinist then plays a middle section of a lighter nature, followed by a return to the opening theme. I wanted to […]

Instrumental Music Instruction and the Brain

This morning, I read Dr. Perri Klass’s New York Times article called “Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits”.  The article was originally published on September 10, 2012 and validates what many musicians and music lovers intuitively know – the fact that instrumental music instruction and general music lessons teach life skills which transcend the classroom. […]