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StringOvation- new online publication for string players

  Ever find yourself wondering how to deal with stage parents? Or whether or not there were apps just for…

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Does Music help you Concentrate?

  Music is wonderful.  It can make us feel almost any emotion.  It can make us dance, make us cry,…

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An Icelandic Treasure; The Music of Ólafur Arnalds

The year was 2010 and a conversation about movie soundtracks and classical music prompted my friend to ask the question,…

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Why Does Repetition Work in the Music We Love?

Repetition.  It’s a tool used to memorize, hone skills, and make lasting impressions.  In many cases though, repetition causes fatigue…

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Ellen or Jimmy?

Justin Timberlake decides whether Jimmy Fallon or Ellen DeGeneres should win this round of the lip sync battle:    …

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Appalachian Spring

In 1944 Aaron Copland, the quintessential American composer, and Martha Graham, one of the most famous American dancers and choreographers…

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This is how you play like Mozart…

Maxim Vengerov shows a young student how to play like Mozart. Apparently it’s all in the smile…  

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“15 Things Classical Musicians Are Tired of Hearing”

Several of these have some truth to them despite the rebuttals…but still funny!

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How many classic albums can you identify by their cover?

I got about 9 out of 14 right :/ Can you beat me? Here’s the quiz.

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A flowery quiz!

Good at trivia? How about opera trivia? Check out this quiz, even if you don’t know any of the answers…the…

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What if Peeling an Orange Led to the Shape of a Violin’s F-hole?

Considering the f-holes of the Amati ‘King’ cello and playing with food led Andrew Dipper to on a possible path…

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Pub Sing @ Nick-a-Nee’s!

Come to the second Providence Pub Sing at Nick-A-Nee’s starting at 5pm this Sunday, May 3rd. All are welcome! What is…

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts presents the Punch Brothers

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Glen Hansard on Musicianship and Jason Molina

                          Listen to the interview on NPR here. …

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What Armand is Listening To:

Rhode Island based band Eat Crepes. “You Complete the Circuit.”

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How Many Female Composers Can You Name?

Consider yourself a historical music buff? Show off (or brush up on…) your knowledge of female composers with this quiz…

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What You (Maybe) Didn’t Know About Perfect Pitch

Is perfect pitch something you are born with or something you can learn? (I hope it’s the latter…) Check out…

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Composing for Film and Fictional Place

For Wes Anderson’s latest film, the Grand Budapest Hotel, composer Alexandre Desplat took on the task of creating the musical…

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Love Songs: NPR’s Countdown to Valentine’s Day

In honor of everyone’s favorite (or least favorite) heart-filled holiday, NPR asked its listeners to send in their favorite romantic…

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The Stray Birds on NPR’s Mountain Stage

From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, folk trio the Stray Birds consists of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charlie…

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TED Talk: How Sampling Transformed Music

In this TED talk, DJ-musician-producer Mark Ronson explains the purpose and storytelling behind sampling.    

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20 Gig Tips from Thelonious Monk

“Just because you’re not a drummer, doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep time.” Read the full list and article…

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What Dennis is Listening to:

Coeur de Pirate. “Comme des Enfants”  

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iTunes: Going the Same Way as the CD?

                With cheap and easy-to-use music streaming programs like Pandora and Spotify on…

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The evolution of plants…and violins?

Do instruments, like leaves, respond to and change due to their environment? After working extensively on plant morphology, researcher and…

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History of Western Music…in 7 Minutes

Spanish artist Pablo Morales de los Rios artistically narrates the evolution of Western music in less than seven minutes.

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Music for Concentration?

We all have our work playlists, the same 25 (or more) songs we zone out to while staring intently at…

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An Interview with Yo-Yo Ma (from On Being)

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Classic Marx Brothers Piano Duet

No explanation needed. Just watch and laugh.

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“When the soloist and the conductor don’t get along.”

   

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One Man Band – Pixar Short!

This is a hilarious Pixar short about two street musicians who compete for a little girl’s coin, only to later be…

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Some of these are actually quite surprising…

  Which Famous Musicians Actually Wrote These Popular Songs? Yay, Buzzfeed!  

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Tracing Jascha

This is an amazing portrait of Jascha Heifetz, taken by LIFE photographer Gjon Mili. Mili attached a light to the…

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Watch Where You Bow!

  From: Stock Photos of Violinists

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From Stock Photos of Violinists

“The only time when it’s probably ok to beat the conductor to the downbeat.”

  “The only time when it’s probably ok to beat the conductor to the downbeat” – Stock Photos of Violinists…

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A look inside an instrument…

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