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In this episode of the Violin Geek Podcast I chat with Dr. Cora Cooper, professor of violin, viola, chamber music, and string pedogogy at Kansas State University, and the editor of "Violin Music By Women" and "Viola Music By Women," graded anthologies of almost entirely unknown, but wonderfully inventive and enjoyable pieces by women composers. Dr. Cooper and I discuss her inspiration for the project and she shares some delightful stories about her search for material and the process of compiling the volumes. We gain tips for presenting and integrating new music into the teaching studio, and insight into her approach towards helping students identify technical challenges and practice more effectively when there's less time.

Links mentioned:

Violin Music By Women website and blog, including sound files for the volumes:

Purchase the anthologies plus much more at Sleepy Puppy Press:

Tips for integrating the first book of the violin anthology into a Suzuki method approach:

Mary Cohen's "Violin Technique in Practice" book:


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