Category Archive: Performance Opportunities

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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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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Nov 25

Gift Ideas for Classical Musicians

Christmas.  Don’t stress. Yes, it’s coming. Yes, there may be expectations to meet–real or imagined. Either way, gift-giving should be a pleasant activity; preferably, not something that leaves you popping Advil to keep your holiday-stress-induced migraine at bay. Music is a great gift in so many forms. If you’re wondering what to get the classical musician in your …

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Nov 13

Running the Recital Marathon

It can be done. (Photo by Paul Sableman) I’m not a fan of sports metaphors, so you’ll have to excuse this extremely obvious comparison. But I started running recently and spent the weekend seriously contemplating the concept of the Marathon. And during that contemplation, I was surprised to find myself simultaneously reflecting on my experience …

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Aug 20

Decisions, Decisions: Should I Major in Music?

Working for Kennedy Violins, I am constantly immersed in music–and I like it that way. There was a time in my life, though, when I reached a crossroad that would determine exactly how music might, could, or would be a part of my future. It’s a crossroad many young musicians face. As high school wound …

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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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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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