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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 ...

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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 ...

Musician Tips
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In this last installment of my Music Careers series, we explore music careers that are more "behind the scenes," as well as a few that don't neatly fit into other categories. Despite not necessarily placing us in the spotlight, most could ...

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Ever wonder why certain violin and viola strings seem easier to sustain a nice bow bounce on than others? I have a theory and hope you'll enjoy this deep dive into how to create spiccato consistency string to string. As we find with both hands in fact, ...

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In this episode we enjoy a fascinating conversation with Russian born violinist and educator Michael Dvoskin about the differences between violin training in Russia versus the United States. Michael also shares his story about immigrating to America, ...

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Laurel Thomsen

Violin, Viola, Vocals
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