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 about this if you don’t believe me), I will use the space below to talk about what […]

When to Start Violin Lessons

Approximately two days ago, an old friend of mine reconnected with me, asking if I thought that her five year old girl might be ready for the violin. After giving her my advice, it occurred to me that there must be many parents out there who need help deciding when to start violin lessons! Please […]

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 […]

How to Play the Violin

Hello violin players and classical music enthusiasts! My name is Dr. Daniel Broniatowski and I am a violin teacher and performer based in Boston, MA, USA. You have most likely come to this page because you were looking for information about how to play the violin. I have taken the liberty of posting around 30 […]

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 […]