Category: Music Education Blog

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

A Poet’s Premier – 2018 National Tree Lighting

One of the joys of my job is finding out that a young person who obtained an instrument from our shop did something very special with it. A few years back a student, whose parents rented a bass from us, used it in a KFC commercial that aired nationally. Recently, I found out that one …

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Concert Review: 2Cellos at the Moda Center 2/7/2019

Roxanne and I were able to attend the 2Cellos concert at the Moda Center, Theater of the Clouds last Thursday. I had not seen them live before but I’ve watched their videos. For those unfamiliar with the Croatian duo they are comprised of classically trained Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser. They are definitely of a more contemporary …

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Upright Basses now in stock from $899!

We finally got our basses in from backorder. We have a great selection of Uprights for you to choose from: Great playing student model for $899. Blond corner bass with deep sound for $990. Solid carved wood Bergamo bass for $1450.  Limited supply.  We expect to run out before Christmas. We also have rent-to-own on …

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Home of the Lifetime Trade-Up

The number one question that parents have when they come us is, ”what do we do when our child outgrows this instrument.” Many advancing students also want to know if there are options when they want to move to a more advanced instrument down-the-road. All the instruments that we rent or sell come with a …

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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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