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It’s a collision of music and dance unlike anything you ever may have witnessed.

The Del Sol Quartet is gearing up for next round of QuartetFest, a performance and teaching seminar held in June and July at the New York home of Yvonne Wu and Howard Chung. At the two four-day sessions, 32 eager kids, ages 8 to 18, will be working hard to learn their individual parts during the San Francisco Bay Area-based ensemble’s annual quartet coaching sessions. Violist Charlton Lee reports that for the... Continue

Added by Greg Cahill on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:48am – Star ratings

Looking to brush up on your string jazz skills?

The Stanford Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Camp and Jazz Residency Program—which takes place in Palo Alto, California, on the Stanford University campus from July 31 through August 5—will feature an all-star lineup of violin, viola, cello, and bass faculty that includes includes violinist Jenny Scheinman, cellist Dana Leong, and violinist Victor Lin.

All three are are alumni of the Stanford Jazz Camp.

For double bassists, the lineup is just as... Continue

Added by Greg Cahill on Jul 11, 2011 at 2:13pm – Star ratings

The Manhattan School of Music in New York City has announced the inaugural session of the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute to be held January 2-6.

Four to six string quartets, from North America, will have the opportunity to take part in the intensive sessions. Eligible quartets must show proof of having performed together for at least one year and are required to submit a CD or DVD recording documenting performances of two to three pieces representing different periods.

In addition to... Continue

Added by Greg Cahill on Sep 29, 2011 at 3:56pm – Star ratings

Good practicing starts with good planning. And planning starts in the mind, but it need not stay there.

A written record of intentions and outcomes—of what succeeded and what didn’t—can be a precious source of insight and self-guidance.

Barry Green, author of the enduringly useful book The Inner Game of Music (Doubleday Press, $21.95), has developed a pocket-size Inner Game of Music Lesson Journal for his students. In one compact notebook, there are places for listing the student’s... Continue

Added by Tom Heimberg on Dec 22, 2011 at 11:31am – Star ratings 1 reader comment

Mixing passion with practicality can be a confounding thing, as string teachers well know. Of course, violin teachers enjoy the professional delights of encouraging their students’ love of music and guiding them toward musical success, but most will admit that doing so with a full stomach and in comfortable surroundings remains a priority.

And so they must find a balance between their calling and their business, which elicits a number of difficult questions. How to gather enough students, how... Continue

Added by on Jan 12, 2012 at 1:53pm – Star ratings


Here's another excerpt from our upcoming 25th anniversary edition. It's one of 25 player tips culled from our extensive archives at


Most contests are judged by professional musicians and have similar judging criteria: common categories include rhythm, clarity, level of difficulty, creativity, and intonation. Rhythm deals not only with making sure the contestant stays in time, but also with how much drive the performance has. Clarity deals with the how clean the... Continue

Added by on Jan 18, 2012 at 1:55pm – Star ratings
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