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 violinists? Or what sort of careers are available to you or your child as a musician?

Connolly Music has launched an online publication just for those of us who find ourselves consumed by all things strings- and those of us who are just starting out. Filled with tips and information about everything from learning the basics to who’s hot in the music industry now, String Ovation seems to be the resource we’ve all been waiting for.

StringOvation.com is devoted to music teachers, string musicians, and string music aficionados. Its mission is to help its readers deepen their knowledge and expertise as musicians as well as their appreciation of string music.”

Why we love it: lists of current string musicians who are “keeping it cool”, tools for inspiring students to keep with it, practical tips on things like string-shopping, instrument insurance, career options and the science of violins.

Dudamel at halftime!

LA Times reporter Mark Swed writes “…in this divided country of ours, one of the big divides is the phony distinction between pop culture and, for want of a better word, classical.”

 

 

Dudamel is conducting his Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) tonight during the Super Bowl halftime show, a move that will hopefully help bridge the gap between “high” and “low art,” and that will shine a light on the need for more music education in this country. Read the article here.

 

 

Happy Birthday Yo Yo Ma!

What is your proudest accomplishment? Do you practice a lot? Those are some of the questions Strings Magazine recently asked Yo Yo Ma. The Magazine honored the 60 year old cellist with an extensive interview, including additional commentary from his sister, and a member of the Silk Road Project who was only a little girl when Ma first performed in China.

Ma comments on his relationship with music, his views on music in society, children, education, and many other topics. His views regarding musical education, or rather the questions he asks about the way our society values, or does not value, art, are very thought provoking.

“And what are educational systems based on? Where did our high school subjects come from? Our studies are from 1910, so [do] we need to reboot that? How does art fit into that, how does that fit into arts funding and science funding? What are we educating our children for? Is it a transactional thing? Do you pay that money in order to get better jobs or is there something about education that is different?”

Read the whole article here.

Master of the Queen’s Music!

Judith Weir

Judith Weir is going to be the next master of the Queen’s music! She is the first woman in the position, and is pledging to work towards creating compositions that will enhance music education throughout England. To learn more about this interesting role, and what Weir is going to do with it, read this article: Judith Weir prepares to be a radical master of the Queen’s music.

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