Category Archive: Instrument blogs

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 11

February=FREE T-Shirts!

With every violin, viola, or cello that you purchase during the month of February, we will send you our “Music Pulse” T-shirt for FREE! Plus, we are including a FREE CodaBow upgrade with each Anton Gerard Violin Outfit.  Visit our website for more special deals. Tweet

Aug 20

Photo Contest is BACK!

And, it’s better than ever! For our 4th annual photo contest, we wanted to shake things up a bit. This year, we have one theme:  Orchestra Life.  Yep, whether you are a beginner in a school program or a professional in a symphony, it’s time to knuckle down and practice, practice, practice.  We want to …

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Jul 31

Wood & Water: What If My Violin Gets Wet?

“Earth!” “Wind” “Fire!” “Water!” The Power Rangers were on to something when it comes to nature’s elements. These substances, while so simple, can wield great power alone and in combination with each other. At Kennedy Violins, you’ll find water not only for drinking, but on hand in the process of working on violins. Water plays a …

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Apr 23

A GUIDE TO TEACHING CHILDREN MUSIC – Principle 2: “Self-Initiated Learning vs. Imposition”

“Children learn best when the learning is self-initiated, arising from their own curiosity and interests, rather than imposed on them.” – Aletha Solter, Ph.D., “Principles of Learning” Newton hit the nail on the head with his third law of motion: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Try verbally or physically trying to …

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Apr 15

A GUIDE TO TEACHING CHILDREN MUSIC – Principle 1: “The Ability and Desire to Learn”

“All children are born with the desire and the ability to learn.” – Aletha Solter, Ph.D., “Principles of Learning” THE ABILITY TO LEARN Young students come to lessons at Kennedy Violins with minds like blank slates.  From the start, children are born with brains like sponges—you’ve heard the comparison before. Sounds, sights, movements, and smells engage the brain …

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Apr 15

A GUIDE TO TEACHING CHILDREN MUSIC: An Interpretation of Aletha Solter’s “Principles of Learning”

As parents, teachers, and musicians, we hope to guide both our children and students to learn in the most effective way. But how can we encourage a desire to learn discipline to practice enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment when teaching children to play an instrument? Quite often children equate practice with punishment, experience boredom during …

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Apr 06

Celebrating the Game of Thrones Season 4 Premiere

We have a few Game of Thrones fans in our office, and we’re pretty excited about the Season 4 premiere — which is on RIGHT NOW! Because we’re so psyched, the Kennedy Violins’ staff presents a special performance of the Game of Thrones theme music. Enjoy! Tweet

Mar 11

Kennedy Violins Concerts: Young Artist Debut Winners Perform Thursday, March 13, 2014

Kennedy Violins is thrilled to present four of Metro Art’s 20th annual Van Buren Concerto Competition winners in concert! Enjoy this special preview this Thursday, March 13th, at the Kennedy Violins Recital Hall before the Young Artists Concert on April 1st, 2014 at 7:30pm in the Newmark Theatre, See you Thursday! Tweet

Feb 17

History Preserved: Guarneri, Amati & Stradivarius Violins

This weekend I had the great opportunity to travel to New York City and spend time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was especially excited about their wing dedicated to musical instruments with some incredible stringed instruments on display, including original violins by makers Stradivari, Amati, and Guarneri as well as other 16th century …

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