Category Archive: Music Education Blog

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

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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Important String Player Resources in Greater Portland

Here in the greater Portland metro area we have some excellent resources for string players. I will also list some links to the best of our our local ensembles, orchestras and luminaries. Violin, viola, cello and bass Teacher list: I have to start by tooting our own horn. We have a very good teacher resource …

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In Praise of Personal Preference and Musical Tolerance

I grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s. There were not 70 different Billboard music charts like there are today – Adult Alternative, Hot Country, Mainstream Rock, R&B/Hip Hop, etc. You could hear a pretty good cross section of different types of music on your single favorite AM station. But music elitism seems to be …

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“So What’s in it for Me?”

I usually try to find tidbits of information for this blog that you might find interesting but I thought that this time I would mention some reasons you might benefit by choosing Allegro Violin for your next instrument rental or purchase. Ultimately, it’s all about you and your needs and so It is okay for …

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