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 […]

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 […]

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 as Self-Expression

One of the things that fascinates me the most about music is its ability to serve as a conduit for self-expression. To some, this realization is as obvious as apple pie. Yet, we often forget that we each have our own tune just waiting to be unleashed. In today’s world, music is often relegated to […]

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  […]