Category Archive: Music Education Blog

Posting by Craig and guest educators about music education, music appreciation and mentoring children and students.

Performance Opportunities for Upcoming East/West Classical Music “Fusian” Concert

Music Fusian NW Premiere Performance, a concert with Western and Eastern classical music, will be held at The Old Church in Portland on Jan 13, 2019, 2:30-4pm. We invite local musicians to apply for this performance opportunity. Application deadline is approaching, please visit https://m.facebook.com/musicfusiannw/ for details. Thank you for your support! Have a great weekend, …

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6 Mental Benefits Of Playing The Violin For Children (Backed By Science)

Special guest blog by Neil Nguyen Learning an instrument, especially the violin early gives your children many decisive benefits, both mentally and physically. More importantly, these benefits won’t fade but last long throughout their lives. Knowing deeply about these benefits will help you have a better sense of how important violin learning is and have …

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How to keep kids practicing through the summer

The sun is out and the clouds are gone. Hooray! This is the summertime creed of Oregon kids who have to run between raindrops for most of the winter. With school out and kids out and about it is sometimes hard to generate enthusiasm for strings practice. Here are some tips to beat the summertime …

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Why is a Cello not like a Toaster Oven?

(I have updated and reposted this blog piece from a few years ago because I think it is good information to review) That is because a cello is not anything at all even remotely like a toaster oven – not in the least! That should be very obvious but you would be surprised how often …

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The Little Shop That Could

I like the people who do business with us to also know a little about us. Roxanne and I have been musicians for most of our lives. We have also been making music together for over 40 years. Over the years I’ve worked in a number of different music stores beside my own. Fifteen years …

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The Best Part of My Job

“She has been bugging me for a year to get a violin and lessons. I wanted to make sure that she was serious but she hasn’t let up.” I don’t know how many times I have had a statement like that from a parent about their child. I’ve also had probably just as many adults …

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Well Why Not???

It is the first week in January. We are just far enough into the new year to either be grateful that the holidays are over or be a little down…because the holidays are over. The Christmas lights are winking out throughout the neighborhoods (though there are a few stalwarts that will let them glow for …

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Over 100 Violins, Violas, Cellos and Basses Available in Stock

Currently we have an inventory in excess of 100 instruments available for sale and most are also available for rent. If you check our products pages you will see a sample of what we have. I believe that our selection and prices are outstanding. I spend up to two hours setting up each instrument personally …

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FYI, FAQs and Salient Points

I often hear the same questions or comments repeated by many of our customers so I thought that I would dedicate a blog entry to address them. This may help you in your violin journey, cello quest or it may just be of interest to you. Comment: We don’t know anything about violins (violas, cellos, …

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The Infamous Violin Shaped Object

I had a call from a young lady the other day. She was having trouble keeping her brand new violin in tune. I asked if we had sold it to her. She said no but asked if I would look at it anyway. Of course, I said yes. It was a glossy black violin – …

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