Category Archives: Learning Music

Fiddle/Viola Time Scales by Kathy and David Blackwell

It is so difficult to find accessible and and engaging scale books for students but I think I have found it in Kathy and David Blackwell‘s Fiddle Time Scales and Viola Time Scales!  Filled with fun doodles, these scale books … Continue reading

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Practicing Tips for My Students

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from my students and their parents about practicing.  Sometimes practicing just is not fun, sometimes it creates a lot of arguments at home, sometimes my students just don’t do it, period.  I … Continue reading

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Addressing The Violin/Viola Set Up

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Recently, I have been thinking a lot about the set up of violin and viola players.  One would think that to improve as a musician, one must practice, practice, and practice – which is entirely true, but it is also … Continue reading

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My teacher, Angela Svendsen

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As the seventh anniversary is approaching of my mentor’s death, I wanted to reflect on my first violin teacher, Angela Schuster Svendsen. I started studying with Angela when she first arrived to in Vancouver, newly married and newly minted with … Continue reading

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Learning to Read Music

Music is commonly referred to as “the universal language,” reflecting the magical way sound overcomes linguistic barriers and listeners can share a common feeling, despite if the listener speaks English, Spanish or Urdu.  What isn’t so universal, nor automatically intuitive, … Continue reading

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