Heather Case

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Name: Heather Case
Date registered: January 4, 2011


Heather started playing violin in the public school system in the third grade. She continued through college where she studied music education. Currently, she teaches orchestra as an after school program for three Portland grade schools and performs with a local symphony in Beaverton, Oregon.

Latest posts

  1. Under a rest — December 28, 2011
  2. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! — November 8, 2011
  3. Beginner Basics: Where to get started — September 26, 2011
  4. Shopping list — Rulers, pencils, and… violin strings! — August 15, 2011
  5. Playing violin shouldn’t be a pain in the neck — July 4, 2011

Most commented posts

  1. Beginner Basics: Where to get started — 2 comments
  2. Sheet music is just a click away — 1 comment

Author's posts listings

Dec 28

Under a rest

I usually try to write a blog that is somehow useful or insightful. However, I’m afraid this blog only raises more questions than provides answers, and I’m hoping someone will be able to offer some help. The most difficult part of this is to admit a piece of my musical immaturity. I answered a call …

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Nov 08

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Some might say that it’s too early to be thinking about Christmas, but this is the best time for everyone to dig out all of the Christmas music and get prepared for this year’s festivities! Make it a family activity and “wow” everyone at the family, work, or neighborhood gathering! Everyone in my family plays …

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Sep 26

Beginner Basics: Where to get started

Your kid just came home from school and announced that he wants to join orchestra. How did THAT happen, especially since nobody else in the family has ever touched a stringed instrument before? Basically, your child has three to four choices, depending on the orchestra program — violin, viola, cello, or bass. What makes these …

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Aug 15

Shopping list — Rulers, pencils, and… violin strings!

Back to School. As a mom, it means I “get” to take my kids shopping for new clothes and school supplies. But, for music students, it also means getting ready for a new season/year of rehearsals and performances. Now is the best time to make sure your instrument is ready for hours of play. You …

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Jul 04

Playing violin shouldn’t be a pain in the neck

We always enjoy talking to our customers on the phone or through email about their future instrument purchase. One question we always ask is if someone needs a shoulder rest. The most typical response is, “Do I need one?” We usually explain that it is up to the instructor. But, at Kennedy Violins, we are …

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Jun 06

Wood v. Carbon Fiber bows

Whoever thought that space age technology would be something that I would apply to my life as a classical musician? But, here I am, faced with a big decision over wood v. carbon fiber. I have discussed before that I’m always trying to find a way to make my violin sounding better and stronger without …

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May 10

Road trip — KV style

Last Friday, we packed up the van and drove to Hood River, Oregon — in the heart of the Columbia River gorge just outside of Portland. We set up our new booth at the Columbia Gorge Fiddle Contest, where we were also a sponsor. Friday night kicked off the event with a performance by The …

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Apr 12

Strung out on strings

The best thing about a broken violin string is getting to put NEW strings on. The options for strings are vast, so how do you choose which strings are the best for you? That really depends on the type of sound you are looking for and the playing situations you find yourself in, not to …

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Mar 15

Sheet music is just a click away

What I like about playing my violin is that it is really a “social” instrument. I don’t consider myself a soloist, but I do enjoy making all different kinds of music at various levels with other people. I practice not only to improve my own abilities but also to contribute to the success of a …

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Feb 21

Find a teacher, find a friend

One of the best things you can do when starting a new instrument is to find a great teacher. That will make the biggest impact on any new player — even if it is for a few lessons to get you started. At least, you will be up and running properly and in the right …

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