Category: Music Education Blog

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

Open Auditions for Portland Youth Rock Orchestra

(I thought that you might be interested in information from an organization in PDX that is combining traditional orchestral instruments with contemporary instruments for young people. This is from our friend Willow Goodine: arranger, film composer, director and mentor with the organization. Check it out.) Now holding auditions for the Portland Youth Rock Orchestra! We …

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We Have CELLOS!!

We have Cellos in stock as well as Violins, Violas and Upright Basses; currently available in all popular sizes for purchase or rent. Availability may occasionally dip in some sizes as the season progresses so make your appointment ASAP – (503)702 7254.

What is your Motivation?

I ran across a very interesting article in the August 2015 issue of Strings Magazine by double bassist Barry Green. I thought I might purloin …er, summarize a few of his ideas and maybe add a few of my own. Mr. Green says that the most powerful music that we encounter has a strong emotional …

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7 Reasons Why Summer is a Great Time to Learn to Play

Early Summer time can be a hectic time here at our shop. Not only do we have a lot of returns on rentals from the end of the school year but we also have a number of new students who are learning to play for the first time so musical instruments are going in and …

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The Beauty We Miss

This is a very interesting true story. A while back an average looking young man was playing violin in a train station in Washington DC. It was a cold winter morning and the man was busking – playing for change and small bills. He didn’t create much of a stir – people do this kind …

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Violin and Orchestra Quotes, Jokes and Quips

(I’ve gathered these from around the net.) A violist and a friend were sitting in a coffee shop drinking coffee and watching the news on the TV on the wall. As they watched, the news anchor came on and said, “15 Brazilian soldiers were killed today…” The violist looks wide-eyed in horror at his friend …

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All in the families – The Amati and Guarneri Luthier Clans

A while back I did a little blog piece on the life and work Antonio Stradivari (1644–1737). It is appropriate that I began with him because he is not only the world’s most famous maker of violins and cellos but he probably the most famous instrument maker of all time – with apologies to Henry …

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Don’t Panic!! Coping with issues with your violin or cello

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” Swedish Proverb “A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.” John Lubbock “If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” E. Joseph Cossman “Any concern too small to be turned into …

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Resolutions You Should Make

Okay, Okay – I know that blog pieces on New Years Resolutions can be a little cliche but work with me here. It does not mater if you are a master or a novice in music. If you are a journeyman musician you probably have wanted to take your music to the next level; if …

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Suzuki’s Big Idea

I’ve been reading and interesting book of late. It is titled “Nurtured by Love” by Shin’ichi Suzuki and it is his autobiography, of sorts, along with some of his philosophy of teaching and life thrown in. To be candid, I don’t know that I agree with every bit of it. There is some eastern mysticism …

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