Category: Music Education Blog

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

How to Adjust a Bridge – Critical Information

All advancing string players need to know how to adjust their bridges. The youngest of players should probably put off learning this task off until they are old enough to accomplish it with a reasonable degree of success, which means that it incumbent upon parents of young players to learn the procedure as well. Archtop …

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Elephants for Breakfast, Violins for Lunch

As we enter into summer we are seeing quite a few new faces at our shop – younger and older – that want to take up violin, viola or cello as a new project for the summer. For students it is a convenient time with school out and for older adults it is just a …

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Spotlight on our Teacher Resource Page

I wanted to give a quick heads-up for our Teacher and Music School Resource Page which is accessed from our menu bar near the top of the page. We have tried to make this one of the most complete teacher lists in the Portland metro area. These are all great qualified teachers for you or …

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Kudos to Five Star Guitars – 2016 SBA Small Business Persons of the Year

On behalf of Allegro Violin and Music (as well as our local musicians) I would like to send a shout out to our good friends over at Five Star Guitars in Hillsboro. The US Small Business Administration has awarded the owners, Geoff Metts, Jeremie Murfin, and Johnpaul Simonet, the title of 2016 Oregon Small Business …

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Allegro’s Greatest Hits Part 1

I have been writing our Allegro Violin music blog for several years. I typically spend several hours writing each blog piece and I try to make the entries informative and entertaining. I thought that it might be fun to go back and review some of our previous entries and hit some high points. These are …

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Between the Flags and Dots

We have a great and rich tradition in western classical music. From my vantage point it seems to be alive and well today on planet Earth and also in our little corner of the world here in the Pacific Northwest. Performances of the Oregon Symphony at the Schnitz (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall) and also smaller …

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The Cello Curmudgeon

I could have just as easily entitled this piece Violin Vexation. I thought that I would briefly revisit some important themes that I have touched on before centered on bowed strings and related to adult education, children’s education, maintenance and ownership. These points make bring your some insight but your mileage may vary. Enjoy. #1) …

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A Tale of Five Concerts

I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and New Years and ditto for those of you who celebrated other holidays such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. It just stopped snowing outside and it is January 3rd so not in time for Christmas or New Years but close! I was fortunate to be able to attend a …

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Top 10 Reasons Children Should Learn an Instrument

  Here are my top ten reasons for children to learn to play a musical instrument. These include practical child development reasons such as mental development and social maturity and more aesthetic and emotional reasons that relate to your child’s quality of life now and in the future as an adult. 1) It will get them away …

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Sherwood’s Voices

I wanted to do a shout out to the Voices for the Performing Arts Foundation in Sherwood, Oregon. The VPA foundation exists to promote the arts through grants, scholarships and various performance programs in the community. The VPA fields Seven youth choirs, an adult community choir, a musical theater program and a orchestra/strings program. Their …

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