How to Practice the Violin and the Creative Process

Are you a beginning violin enthusiast who needs guidance on how to practice the violin? This article and the accompanying video below is for you! In my approximately 13 years of teaching the violin, I have seen my students benefit from the many skills that transcend the lesson and the classroom. Arguably, the most important lesson taught that […]

How to Choose the Best Violin Shoulder Rest

Today, we delve dangerously close to a hot topic in the violin world – it involves the violin shoulder rest. Rather than commenting on the pros and cons of this unwinnable battle (see the 101 comments on violinist.com about this if you don’t believe me), I will use the space below to talk about what […]

Learn About the Violin?

Are you considering Violin Lessons in the Boston area? The violin is an instrument that is versatile, complex, and magical. This bowed stringed- instrument has been around since ancient times, but among the most famous of the more modern prototypes was invented by Antonio Stradivarius in 1644–1737 in Cremona, Italy. The violin is an instrument with four strings […]

Music Lessons Instill Self Actualization

Dear music teachers, performers, students of music, and parents, Today I approach you with a principle that is often so overlooked in our music lessons and practice sessions that it is akin to mistaking the forest for the trees. It is a principle so important and vital that it is perhaps the most positively life-changing  […]

The First Violin Lesson

What Parents and Students Should Know Seasoned and successful teachers and performers of the violin know that one of the most important necessities of decent playing is good posture. I personally believe that good posture is much of the be all and end all of good technique, since the principles of playing well are all […]

Playing the Violin Like a Singer

I was reading the blog of Pittsburgh-based violinist Roy Sonne and came across a fantastic article called “How can I play like a singer?” Those of you who have listened to our podcast interview of violinist Roy Sonne know that his wife is a professional singer and that Mr. Sonne has accompanied many vocalists in […]