Music Education Blog
July 16, 2020
How to Deal with Stage Fright How to Deal with Stage Fright
by Jennifer Vose and Sofia Ferrari

Discover the causes of and solutions to stage fright. Stage fright affects many musicians, preventing them from fully expressing their abilities and making them enjoy music during performance. A read recommended for all musicians, students and teachers included.

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March 29, 2019
5 Classical Pieces for Spring by 4 famous composers 5 Classical Pieces for Spring
by Sofia Ferrari

Springtime's vibrant colors, pleasant sounds, and enchanting scents bring joy and excitement, which are often expressed through music. What are the most beautiful and lively classical pieces that express spring's lighthearted spirit, and were their composer's lives just as cheerful? Read this article to find out the history behind some of the most famous repertoire for spring.

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February 15, 2019
U.S. Presidents: More Musical Than You May Think U.S. Presidents: More Musical Than You May Think
by Jennifer Vose

Presidents Day, here in the U.S., was initially established to celebrate the birthdays of George Washington (1st president) and Abraham Lincoln (16th president). Nowadays, honoring the legacies of U.S. presidents often takes a backseat to long-weekend getaways and big sales on everything from cars to washing machines. To help bring the focus back to our nation's presidents, we thought it might be interesting to explore the intersection of music and presidents. It turns out that our presidents had fascinating preferences, talents, and contributions to music that might surprise you.

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February 8, 2019
45 Disney Love Songs for Valentine's Day and Beyond 45 Disney Love Songs for Valentine's Day and Beyond
by Sofia Ferrari

Here is a list of love songs from well-known Disney movies, complete with lyrics, information, references, and links to corresponding digital sheet music right here on Virtual Sheet Music. Whether you want to have fun playing popular tunes yourself or need to motivate a child to practice more, this is a handy list of useful information.

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December 6, 2018
What can we do to interest youth to classical music? Brief History of Christmas Carols
by Sofia Ferrari

Have you ever wondered about the origin of Christmas carols and the history behind them? This article take you in a journey through time from Jesus Christ's birth to the modern era. Explore the fascinating history of Christmas caroling and its profound effect on the human spirit.

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November 2, 2018
What can we do to interest youth to classical music? Youth and Classical Music
by Jennifer Vose

If you've attended a classical music concert recently, you may have noticed too many empty seats, as well as an under-representation from the under 50 crowd. Or, if you're a teacher, perhaps your attempts to introduce students to classical music are too often met with a chorus of moans and groans. Classical music can be a tough sell among today's youth, which raises concerns about the future of this art form that has, thus far, stood the test of time. With this article we try to find solutions to the Classical Music crisis.

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October 4, 2018
What Motivates Musicians to Practice? Do You Really Need a Music Teacher to Play an Instrument?
by Sofia Ferrari

If you want to learn to play an instrument, but are not sure whether you need a music teacher or not, this article is for you. Undoubtedly nowadays we have technologies capable to help us to learn pretty much anything without the help of a real "human-being" (YouTube, specialized websites, apps, etc.), but is it really the case? Well, that depends mostly by your goals and your motivation.

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March 1, 2018
What Motivates Musicians to Practice? What Motivates Musicians to Practice?
by Jennifer Vose

Having talent and desire to play music are only part of the equation. To improve, progress, and truly enjoy yourself as a musician, having the motivation to practice regularly and effectively is absolutely essential. But just like with anything else in life, motivation to practice can ebb and flow from day to day, so finding ways to spark motivation on days when motivation is in short supply is a-must for the musician's toolbox. Read this article to learn more about what motivates musicians of all skill levels and instruments to practice.

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October 20, 2017
Is Music Really Good for the Brain? Is Music Really Good for the Brain?
by Jennifer Vose

Undoubtedly, most of us have entertained the notion at one time or another that if we listen to music, like that of Mozart, we might do better in school, be more productive and creative at work, or even become smarter. If so, we can all admit to being mesmerized by the Mozart effect - the belief that listening to Mozart's music, in particular, can lead to enhanced intellectual and cognitive capabilities. In the mid-1990s, even the governor of Georgia was so moved by this theory that he allocated money in the state budget for nearly every newborn to be sent home from the hospital not only with essential baby supplies and nervous parents, but a CD of Mozart's music as well...

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November 18, 2016
Christmas Performance Guide Christmas Performance Guide
by Fabrizio Ferrari

It's simple. Just ask yourself: How to get ready for a dazzling, impressive Christmas music performance? What music should you play? What's the best way to practice for the performance? How can you avoid freaking out in front of the audience?

Well... I'm here to guide you and answer your questions with this fun, practical manual that I'm sure will make your Christmas performance a blast!

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Joost Vanbrussel on June 21, 2020 @2:15 pm PST
The topic I would like you to tackle is MUSIC AND EMOTION. Are there any special devices, tricks, always returning ways, technique of composing, in order to cause an amotional effect with the listener. May the musician add emotion to a emotionless composition?.Are there special periods in musical history in which the composers explicitly wanted to create emotions. How did they do it?, Or does the listener simply project his own feelings of the moment into the particular composition?
Thanks for all the interesting articles and videos! What a service!
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on June 21, 2020 @4:54 pm PST
Dear Joost, thank you very much for your posted comments and suggestions.

We'll definitively consider writing an article on the topic you suggested. I am sure other people would be interested in that.

Please, keep the great feedback coming, we look forward to improving our service for you, even more!

Enjoy your stay Smiley Face

All the best,
Dennis * VSM MEMBER * on October 6, 2019 @12:32 pm PST
Do you have anything on coping with arthritis in playing the violin. In particular: first finger left hand pain.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on October 6, 2019 @4:36 pm PST
Thank you Dennis for your inquiry.

Unfortunately, we have no articles nor videos about coping with arthritis, but it may be a good topic for our Music Experts to tackle in an upcoming video of theirs.

In the meantime, I'll be happy to help you with that if you like. I am a professional violinist, so I can help.

Is there anything, in particular, you'd need help with? Any particular piece, or passage? Or is your inquiry just asking for help in general in playing/practicing with the violin?

Please, let me know.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

All the best,
Nev Barter on March 5, 2019 @10:37 am PST
Matching pitches to enable guitar and alto saxophone to play together

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