Jupiter from Holst’s “The Planets”

This suite movement is one of my favorite orchestral pieces. It is both out of this world sounding (hence the name “Jupiter”), but also takes on a wild-west mood that sounds almost like the soundtrack to a covered wagon excursion in the 1800’s (to my ears and imagination!). It has such familiar themes and includes the…

Andrew Bird: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Andrew Bird takes violin playing to another level. With his classical background, he plays with such creativity and brilliance. His whistling, singing, strumming, and playing are all so unique and enjoyable. For me, I have learned how big and deliciously creative the world of violin can be with artists like Andrew Bird. Enjoy!

Leia Zhu: Young Violinist with an Amazing Imagination

I came across this violinist (as I’m sure, MANY people have) yesterday and have been amazed by the talent of such a young girl. The violinist’s name is Leia Zhu and she’s 10 years old. She’s playing the Paganini Violin Concerto and giving the context, practice advice, and interpretation in these two separate videos. I’m…

Downloadable Practice Charts

Struggling to get your student to practice? Here are some helpful printable practice charts (and a few theory worksheets) for your family to use for lessons! Developing the discipline to practice (even when you don’t want to!) is an important skill to acquire as a musician. Also, you can check out their blog here, which…

Suzuki Book 1 Lyrics

Here’s lyrics for Suzuki Book 1 to sing along at home! These tunes can help you learn and memorize the melody at home as you listen to the CD so that you can quickly learn new songs on your violin!

Detache Bowings: All The Strings Article

All violinists yearn for a smooth, clear tone. Beginners often have a hard time producing a nice, clean tone because there are so many factors to be thinking through as a beginner. The beginner has to constantly think about feet positioning, left arm posture, right bow arm posture, left wrist out, straight bows, correct bow…

Why Group Music Classes?

This year I will be starting to teach supplemental group Strings Classes. Group classes are fantastic for students who are already taking private music lessons because they help reinforce many skills that the student would not otherwise develop! When I started my violin lessons years ago, I was put into a group strings orchestra and participated in this…