Category: Music Education Blog

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

Pain is Not Gain (Part 2) Tips for Playing Pain Free 1/29/2014

I am finally getting around to keeping my promise about doing the second part of this article. I covered shoulder rests and chin rests in the last part so I will only touch briefly on those here. I’ll add a disclaimer that if you are experiencing significant to profound pain while playing or afterwards you …

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1/4/2014 A Bright New Year and Yadda Yadda

Okay, so I can’t even do the “New Year – New Beginnings” post without just a tad bit of eye rolling and a wry grinning even though I do think that some periodic refection is not a bad thing. Ultimately, what we are about at Allegro Violin is fostering success in people who are learning …

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12/3/2013 Pain Is Not Gain – Part One

My wife used to be a dental assistant. Most of the dentists that she worked for tried to minimize the discomfort of their patients as much as possible but at least one she knew seemed to be oblivious to his patient’s discomfort or at least it appeared that way to her. Some old school dentists …

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11/21/2013 One Free Month’s Rent on Violins and Violas!

From now until the end of the year we are offering one free month of rental on either a violin or viola of any size. New First Time Rentals Agreements Only. This includes both our straight rent and rent-to-own programs. You must mention this blog post at the time your rent to qualify. Not good …

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10/17/2013 Musings on the Cello

The Cello was a late comer to the violin family. The earliest ones we know of were built around the middle of the 16th century and the first mention of the violoncello in print was in 1556. The instrument was first called the bass violin then violoncello which literally means “big little violin” in Italian. …

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9/26/2013 The Jet Airplane Analogy

I may have already mentioned this analogy in an earlier posting but I want to give you the full treatment here. I try to tell this story to every child that gets an instrument from our shop. Feel free to use it if it works for you. I get a lot of positive feedback especially …

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8/29/2013 Zombies Triumphant!

One of the advantages of writing a blog for your own business is that you can veer a bit off topical as long as you stay in the same universe as you major purpose. In my case that would be music education and enrichment. I do need to issue a couple disclaimers here. First, I …

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8/9/2013 At what age should I start my child in music lessons?

Ah yes, that is the question. It is one that has been debated and discussed frequently by both parents and educators. We recently had an excellent guest blog entry on our site from our friend and local violin teacher Christine Goodner about pre-school children and music. I would highly recommend that you go back in …

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Scott Cao is Here!

…or we should probably say his violins are. Allegro Violin and Music is highly honored to have been chosen as a dealer for Scott Cao Violins. Scott Cao is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his instruments. These are amazing instruments that sing and respond very well to the bow. They also look fantastic …

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6/26/2013 Got It Pegged – Solving Tuning Instability

My blog entry today is about slipping pegs. I have been discussing a bit more philosophical subjects of late like how to have greater success as a string musician or how to help and encourage your children as they learn to play. But it is difficult to be successful as a musician if you can’t …

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