Category Archive: Gigging

Feb 24

Music Careers for Your Personality Type

Are you wondering where you might best fit in your local music community? Check out this infographic shared with us by Emily Parker with collegematchup.net. As you’ll see, the multi-faceted music industry has a place for all personality types! Source: CollegeMatchup.net Tweet

Jun 03

Forget the Map at Home!

A Guide to Improvisation, by Katie Lubiens Improvising? That sounds scary! Making up the music as you go? But where’s the sheet music? Who even improvises anyway? As a classical violinist, these were all questions I asked myself when confronted with the thought of improvising.  I never was taught to improvise.  As classical musicians, we always …

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Feb 10

How to Keep Classical Music Alive

How can we keep classical music from ending up six feet under? (Photo by Ben Salter) There are plenty of saucy articles floating around questioning classical music as a dying art, such as these treasures: “Classical music in America is dead” by Mark Vanhoenacke, slate.com “Classical Music Is Not Dead” by Matthew Kassel, The New …

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Dec 30

New Year’s Resolutions: A Musician’s Guide to Self-Improvement

Happy New Year! (Photo by William Warby) Making New Year’s resolutions is a social trend that has become more popular throughout the last century. Is becoming a better musician on your self-improvement checklist for 2014? To help you in your quest to take your performance to a new level, here is a MUSICAL interpretation of …

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Dec 02

Music for Parties: Live & Otherwise

I like throwing parties. But I also suffer from a condition I call “Gatsby Syndrome.” Symptoms include behaviors such as delighting in the act of throwing parties; hoping that one’s favorite people will attend such parties; lacking a desire to socialize or receive attention at such parties; finding distractions during parties such as tending to …

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Apr 01

The Musician’s Résumé – Part 2: Writing & Distributing

In “The Musician’s Résumé – Part 1: Getting Started” on our Kennedy Violins blog, we brainstormed ideas on how to get started with a musical résumé. Now that we know the direction we’re headed, it’s time to put it all together. ____________________ WHAT TO INCLUDE Keep in mind that your résumé should include a combination of …

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Mar 29

The Musician’s Résumé – Part 1: Getting Started

In a previous post on our Kennedy Violins blog, “How to Find Gigs: Musical Networking,” I talked about ways to make connections within a music community when searching for performance opportunities. Diving further into the networking process, I want to zone in today on a specific and powerful networking tool: the musician’s résumé. DO I …

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Feb 12

A Brief History of the Serenade

With Valentine’s Day less than 48 hours away, you might be sweating bullets trying to come up with some way–any way–to impress that special someone. Well, I’m going let you in on a little secret. There is nothing that wins someone over like MUSIC. Sure, you could always gift your sweetheart a violin. But it’s …

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Dec 21

Stereotypes & Misconceptions Part I: Classical Music is for Rich People

Some strange kind of stigma has become associated with classical music, and I want to get to the bottom of it. It isn’t unusual for stereotypes about classical music and its listeners or performers to exist; after all, there are similarly plenty of opinions out there about Twilight-loving teenagers, Bronies, Trekkies, band geeks, and people …

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Nov 26

Tidings of Comfort and Joy: 10 Ways to Tune Up the Holidays

The debate continues. The tension increases. Individuals and societies pit themselves against each other over THE question, yes, that question: when is it too early to start listening to Christmas music? Whether you crank up tinsel-tunes before Thanksgiving, after Thanksgiving, or sometime in July, one truth remains: music brings meaning to the holidays. Unlike any …

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