Pencil work

Never be embarrassed about writing whatever you need to write on your music. (As long as it’s in pencil, of course!.. ) Here’s one of Yehudi Menuhin’s Bach scores – many years of loving attention to this music on display in the markings here!

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What Makes a Great Music Teacher?

(Originally posted here:  http://www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/09/29/what-makes-a-great-music-teacher/   ) Greatness in teaching is just as rare as greatness in any other profession. Although it’s impossible to offer a prescription of qualities in order to cultivate great music teachers, understanding these qualities can give all would-be teachers a standard of excellence to strive for, and guide schools and parents toward what

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Good news

Now I am hereby declare that I am certified St.John First Aid trainee! This one of the things you get to NEVER use (which I hope will be true), please take care of yourself at all times, wash your hands as often as possible and stay safe!  Ta-daaaaa!

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These Photos Show How Steinway Makes Its Famous Grand Pianos

(Originally posted here:  http://petapixel.com/2016/02/09/photos-show-steinway-makes-famous-grand-pianos/  ) Founded in Manhattan in 1853, Steinway & Sons is widely considered to be one of the greatest piano makers in the world. Its grand pianos grace the world’s grandest stages and are played by the best pianists. Architectural photographer Chris Payne visited the company’s factory at One Steinway Place in Astoria, New York, and created beautiful photos that document how raw materials are turned into some of the world’s finest musical instruments. His project is titled “Making Steinway: An American Workplace.”

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Guinness record for longest orchestra career

(Full article is here:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3436176/All-bass-Bassist-87-earns-Guinness-World-Record-having-longest-tenure-orchestra-71-YEARS.html  ) Little’s now in her 71st season with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is a bassist. Her 87th birthday took place February 2. Little’s streak spanning more than seven decades has earned her a Guinness World Record ‘for longest tenure with an orchestra,’ according to the Washington

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7 Reasons Why People Who Play Music Are More Likely To Be Successful

(Originally posted here:  http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/7-reasons-people-play-music-likely-successful/   ) If you look carefully, you’ll find musicians at the top of almost every industry. Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, plays the guitar. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. The hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner is a pianist who took

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A 19th-Century Vision of the Year 2000

En L’An 2000 was a series of French images created by Jean-Marc Côté and other artists that imagined what life would be like in the year 2000. According to the Public Domain Review, the artworks were first produced in 1899 (for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris) and subsequently in 1900, 1901 and 1910. They were first

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R.I.P.

I truly believe that David Bowie didn’t die. I think he just flew on his own planet. Rest in peace, I hope one day we will actually understand who you were and what you were saying.

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My little genius

Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present you my 5 yo student, who is not only incredibly talented in violin (and keep surprising me for 2 years I know him), but also is multi-talented person: Andre Cubatka, “Harbor Bridge Firework” Canvas, oil.   2015 Guggenheim Museum (well, maybe one day):

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Mona Lisa: hidden portrait found underneath

A French scientist claims to have discovered a hidden portrait beneath Leonardo Da Vinci’s most celebrated masterpiece, the Mona Lisa. Pascal Cotte, the co-founder of Lumiere Technology in Paris, says he has used reflective light technology to uncover an image of another woman, who is looking off to the side and not smiling, in contrast to the Mona Lisa’s

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