Concert pianist, piano teacher, and piano historian Robert Estrin, brings to you his enthusiasm and expertise in this exciting series of videos for pianists of all levels: from beginning to advanced students. His passion shines through in these entertaining, informative videos, where he takes you on journeys into the world of the piano that are sure to inspire your own study of this beautiful instrument. No matter what your repertoire, Robert's tips and suggestions are sure to elevate your playing and enjoyment to the next level.
From Founder and First Violinist of the New York String Quartet, to Director of Chamber Music at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, William Fitzpatrick has taught many of today's leading violinists and chamber musicians. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Ms. Dorothy Delay and was an assistant to both Robert Mann and Claus Adam of the Juilliard String Quartet. William is today the Henri Temianka Professor of Violin at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music which is located on the campus of Chapman University in Orange, California, and he is the Founder and Director of MusiShare and the MusiShare Young Artist Program. Besides being frequently Invited to give Master Classes in the US and abroad, he has also published several books through MusiShare
, Amazon and as well as on Virtual Sheet Music
Associate Professor of Violin at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX, Todd Ehle brings his expertise in advanced violin playing to a series of videos made exclusively for VSM. You might know Todd as ProfessorV
from his highly-popular YouTube channel, where he has uploaded hundreds of violin instructional videos. Having studied with many of the world's best-known violin teachers, Todd has that special touch for helping advanced violin students refine their technique and stand out from the rest.
Whether you're a child or a child-at-heart, violin teacher, Lora Staples, comes to you in this exciting series of videos made especially for beginning violin and fiddle students. With her expertise in teaching beginning students the basics of violin and fiddle playing, Lora is sure to provide you or your child with the foundation for advancing to the next level of playing and beyond. With so many similarities in the techniques of playing violin and fiddle, your tutorials from Lora will give you the tools you need to play well on either instrument. Even advanced students will find Lora's approach to teaching the basics fresh and exciting; the perfect refresher for anyone looking to brush up on techniques learned long ago!
Equally at home on stage and in the teaching studio, Mary-Elizabeth Brown has enjoyed parallel careers as concert violinist and pedagogue for more than 15 years. In addition to being the Founder and Director of Strings Around The World Inc. and maintaining a busy private studio, she has facilitated workshops worldwide, consulted on string music curriculums and taught at number of Suzuki Institutes. In concert, she has delighted audiences around the world and earned accolades for her "ability to unfold bittersweet magic" (Rhein Main Presse) and "perfect command of her instrument" (Florsheim Zeitung). She has been concertmaster of the critically-acclaimed chamber orchestra Sinfonia Toronto since 2007, and nowadays she's concertmaster at the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra in Canada. Passionate about building strong foundations, this series of videos presents helpful tips and exercises for beginning students, Suzuki violinists and established players alike.
Joseph Mendoes first discovered his love for the cello while participating in his local public school's music program, and he hasn't stopped since. Over the years, Joseph has studied at some of the most prestigious music schools, such as the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California, and USC's Thornton School of Music, where he received a scholarship and the USC Chamber Music award in 2004. He has studied under the expertise of such teachers as Doris Savery, Richard Naill, and Ronald Leonard; and has received guidance from such giants in the cello and chamber music worlds as Heinrich Schiff, Orlando Cole, and the Emerson and Ysaye String Quartets. Today, Joseph is a member of the Riverside Philharmonic, and teaches where it all began - at the Colburn School.
Florence Estrin embodies the perfect combination of world-class performer and excellent teacher. Florence's flute journeys have taken her from New York City, where she studied at Music and Art High School, to teaching at University of Evansville in Indiana, to sunny Orange County California, where she is currently an active performer. Florence has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; and at age 19, performed the virtuoso Ibert Flute Concerto to great acclaim with the 92nd Street Y Orchestra in New York City. Whether teaching fellow professional woodwind players or beginning flute students, Florence believes strongly in the value of building a strong flute-playing foundation; and in the importance of students learning and appreciating the entire flute family, not just the standard flute.
Flutist Erin Spencer is an educator, performer, and arranger based in Colorado Springs. She owns and operates Spencer Music Studio and coaches young musicians at Mitchell High School and Parker Performing Arts. Erin also performs with the Pikes Peak Flute Choir and arranges music for her students and flute choirs across the country. Erin earned her Master of Music Degree in Flute Performance and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri. Erin has also performed with the Missouri Symphony, the 9th Street Philharmonic Orchestra, and as principal of the Columbia Civic Orchestra. Erin displays her versatility and breadth of skill by performing in musicals and recording videos for her YouTube channel. She especially enjoys the collaborative aspect of participating in the pit orchestras for musicals.
A native of Seoul, Korea, Jaimie Lee Mendoes started her musical studies on the piano at a very young age with the help of her mother, who was a pianist and composer. Later, at 8, she ventured out to the flute. After a few years of study, she was admitted to the prestigious Yewon School of the Arts and moved onto Seoul Arts High School. At the age of 13, she had her debut performance with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra playing Devienne's Flute Concerto No. 8 during the philharmonic's tour in Korea. When she was 20 she came to the United States, where she studied the flute with Maria Tamburrino, Jill Felber, and Jim Walker. Jaimie hopes that her videos for Virtual Sheet Music will inspire many by giving them the tools and motivation that they need to improve.
Dr. Rebecca Sherburn is the Director of Vocal Studies and an Associate Professor of Voice at Chapman University in Southern California. Sherburn's international performances include the role of Carlotta Giudicelli in Phantom of the Opera with the Neue Flora Theater Hamburg as well operatic repertoire with German State Theaters in Oberhausen, Gütersloh, Osnabrück and Aachen. National engagements include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, New York New Music Ensemble, newEar of Kansas City, Los Angeles Master Chorale, South Florida Master Chorale, William Hall Chorale and many others. She has two CD releases with Albany Records, Paul Creston Songs 2014, and Love, the Fair Day, a compilation of chamber music by composers of the Second New England School, 2017. Her scholarly work is published by the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, and the College Music Society. A native Californian, she received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California.
Adrian is a professional conductor and violinist from Regina, Canada. In 2001, he started his studies at the National Conservatory of Music of Mexico, where he studied violin, voice, conducting, and theory. In 2005, Adrian moved to Canada to continue his studies in violin and conducting at the University of Regina and completed a Master's of music in instrumental conducting in 2018. In September 2013, Adrian was appointed Music Director of the Regina Community Orchestra and is currently the president of the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association. Since 2015, Adrian has been the assistant conductor for the University Orchestra at the University of Regina. He co-founded Concertino Regina, a chamber music group that promotes upcoming talented musicians in the city. Adrian is an active member of the music community in Saskatchewan as an educator, performer, and conductor.
Music and Education Talks - Discussions and debates to improve music in our lives
After a music degree from Oxford and a post-grad from Edinburgh, Stephanie has spent the last 15 years working in Italian international schools. From developing study programmes for all age groups to writing orchestral/vocal arrangements, international teaching has taken her way beyond those initial violin and piano origins of (frankly!) long ago. Her videos reflect this with generic topic choices that inspire all, whether professional, amateur, young or old, to get involved and share in the debate. Besides doing occasional VSM videos, she writes musicals, has an online general music instruction programme (KnowHowMusic) and, like the late Yehudi Menuhin, regularly practices Iyengar yoga (though this is where the similarity ends!)
After 28 years in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Roy Sonne took early retirement in order to devote himself to an ever-increasing number of musical projects and interests. He created the "School Of Violin Artistry" which offers Instructional videos for violin students. The focus is "Finding the Pathway between technique and musical expression." He maintains a large private teaching studio in his home in Mt. Lebanon, PA. He does clinics and workshops for High School string players and also for community orchestras in the Pittsburgh area. He also gives recitals, chamber music, concertos, and conducting appearances in the Pittsburgh area. He founded "Orchestra on the Hill," an after school music program based on the spectacularly successful El Sistema program from Venezuela. He periodically visits Bolivia to where he organizes workshops and musical events to develop a high level of string playing in that country.
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