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Deep Dive
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It's frustrating and disheartening when all our preparation in the practice room doesn't make it out onto the stage. Instead of presenting the polished piece we've been performing in the comfort of our room, we're suddenly overcome by hyper-drive vibrato, ...

How-To
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Even if we've developed a functional bow hold and good bowing arm mechanics, our bow can still slide around sometimes, creating airy and scratchy tones when we're simply trying to get through our piece. If this sounds familiar you've come to the right ...

Teacher Question
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This question was from a violin teacher who felt she needed to stop her students each time they made a mistake in order to fix each issue as it happened. She didn't want to let anything slide, for fear of them developing bad habits, or being seen as ...

How-to
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It's holiday time! Why not give the gift of comfort to yourself, your child, or your student, with a more suitable chin or shoulder rest! In this episode, violinist/violist, teacher, and host Laurel Thomsen shares the factors we need to consider when ...

Exploration
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I've noticed many music teachers starting to market themselves with the word "coach" instead of "teacher." The change seems to have become particularly prevalent since the Covid-19 pandemic forced the world's music teachers online, ...

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Laurel Thomsen

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Based in Santa Cruz, California

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