Category Archive: Music Education Blog

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

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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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Craig & Roxanne at Allegro Violin

We hope that you have a Marvelous Christmas Season and Very Happy Holidays. May the season be filled with joy and warmth for you. We want to send out special thanks to all those who have worked with us this last year. Have a great time with friends, family and co-workers. God Bless. Craig and …

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

Currently we have an inventory in excess of 100 instruments avaliable for sale and most are also available for rent. We expect a big influx of customers as we approach the Christmas Season and may run low on some sizes and models. Reserve yours soon while we have our best selection. If you check our …

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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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“We Love the Scott Cao STV017!! …You can’t have it back, sorry.”

I recently received a text from a customer. We had shipped them one of our Scott Cao student violins. They paid for it in advance but asked for a little time to try it out. We had agreed to give them 10 days in which they could try it out and keep it or return …

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