How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain

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Like most of us, I really enjoy listening to and watching Ted Talks and TED-ED videos. Many articles and lecturers have described in detail how learning music can benefit children, but sometimes the verbiage becomes so dense that people quickly lose interest before digesting what the author has poured into the body of the article.

The video we are sharing is a wonderful visual depiction of exactly how musicians benefit from playing music. It’s appropriate for students in ...

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Tips to Overcome Upper String Problems

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If you or a student is having certain issues when playing violin or viola, take time to read this. Other students, teachers, professors, and artists have gone through the same struggles and have learned the best techniques to master these areas:

Uneven, rough tone: If there is a wavy, inconsistent sound from bowing, it all has to do with the lack of “teamwork” between the right elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, and fingers. All of these must be moving at different ranges ...

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Making Music Lessons Interesting

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Teachers, Do you have students losing interest in their lessons? All is not lost! One of the main causes of their disinterest is that they may be starting to struggle because the level of difficulty is increasing too fast for them. We, as teachers, may feel that they need to be progressing at our acceptable rate, but they may not always be putting in the necessary amounts of time and practice needed for their level. Then we start ...

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