April 11, 2021

I teach because I want children going off into the world feeling confident, knowing that hard work, practice, listening, trial and error, failure and success has earned their own “thumbs up”, regardless of any outcome of an audition, interview, exam, or performance. Artificial rewards have no value compared to really…

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April 9, 2021

“Why does someone with your credentials teach? Especially beginners?” This is the question I have repeatedly been asked over the years, quite a bit lately, so I thought it deserved some good attention in a blog. The greatest contribution that I make to this world comes through sharing knowledge, experience,…

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April 5, 2021

As artists, musicians, composers, writers we all thrive in creativity. Studying and understanding what came before us gives us inspiration, the reason it is so important to familiarize ourselves with the past in order to bring something new into play. Max Richter’s “Reimagining Vivaldi”, a very beautiful and contemporary take…

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Connection, the Essence of Creativity

March 28, 2021

“But this is not the sickness unto death. Fulfillment comes from bringing forth that which is within you, connecting to that which is greater than you, everywhere, that which is God, and in grounding oneself in love for the whole world. The sickness unto death is the despair that comes…

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Amy Beech “The Gaelic Symphony”

March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s interesting how much our focus determines our reality, and what we perceive as “truth”. St. Patrick is known because he apparently drove the snakes out of Ireland. I’m not sure that Ireland was ever really known for it’s snakes, more likely it is a metaphor…

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“On the Nature of Daylight”

February 17, 2021

“On the Nature of Daylight”, a beautiful work by Max Richter. Aside from the phenomenal composition and playing, it reminds me of the duality of all things. Daylight shimmers with beauty, hope, and illumination of truth. Daylight can also reveal pain, suffering, untimely or unwanted parts of life that are…

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Happy Birthday Mozart!!!

January 27, 2021

It’s hard to know where to start with Mozart. In such a short life he created such a multitude of glorious music! His birthday truly deserves much more of a tribute than any one post will allow. I happen to love his String Quintet K. 593. Written fairly late in…

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Happy Belated Birthday Max Bruch!

January 7, 2021

For Max Bruch, one of my favorite composers, Happy Belated Birthday! I loved learning his Violin Concerto in g minor when I was a teenager, have had the pleasure of performing, teaching, and conducting this work many times since, and it has influenced not only my understanding of violin technique,…

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Footprints in the Snow

January 3, 2021

Footprints in the Snow… all music on some level is based on either a song, a dance, a story, an image or landscape. There is very little that is truly original or creative, of more importance, most artists in all genres base their work on the inspired history that they…

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A Musical Gift… Psalm 104

December 26, 2020

For my students, one of the joy’s of music is the understanding it brings us, through study and performance, of other cultures, ancient and new! I looked for instrumental settings of Hanuakkah songs I learned as a child with my neighborhood friends, but couldn’t really find any performances that I…

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