Hans Jensen's Advice on Competitions

"Competitions are a great way to motivate students and give them a sense of purpose in their individual studies. More than anything it provides an opportunity to create and work towards clearly-defined goals, which is an essential component of learning. As a teacher, however, it is important to guide students so that they only enter competitions that align with their level of playing. Younger students should start with smaller local competitions; as they gain more experience, they could ...

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How do you know when you have found a good violin teacher?

Nathan Cole is an active teacher and performer in the violin world. Here is an article he wrote about finding the right violin teacher. Everything he has written -- while not absolute -- is still very thoughtful and comes from years of experience within the world of violin. http://artistworks.com/blog/what-to-look-for-in-a-violin-teacher

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Music, you and me

Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination..." (Plato). (Wordsworth Dictionary of Musical Quotations, 1991, p. 45).

The ancient Greek philosophers gave music the highest place among the greatest achievements of the human existence. So did the Christian theologians of the so called 'Dark Ages' and the ground breaking thinkers of the Enlightenment and beyond.

But should we? Should we consider music a sort of drug th...

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