Susan Kirchhausen, violist
CHOOSING AN INSTRUMENT:
http://www.kevinleeluthier.com/violin_info/values.htm (excellent information!)
WHERE TO RENT / PURCHASE a quality instrument:
JOHNSON STRING INSTRUMENT: www.johnsonstring.com Newton Centre, MA
STAMELL STRINGED INSTRUMENTS: www.stamellstring.com Amherst, MA
ACOUSTIC STRINGS of NEW ENGLAND www.acousticstrings.biz Keene, NH
ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT for violin and viola students:
A shoulder rest of some sort. You may test out different models at most string shops. 90% of my students find that the Everest is the most comfortable. They come in different sizes & colors. Black is standard for older students and adults. While kids are on fractional instruments pick a favorite color!
A folding music stand. Consider how tall your child might grow to be when making your selection.
These two items will help to ensure proper set-up.
LOCAL INSTRUMENT REPAIR
DAVID SIEGEL: email@example.com 832-880-5777 Millbury, MA
ANGEL HERNANDEZ: www.facebook.com/ahdviolins Holden, MA
JOHNSON STRING INSTRUMENT: www.johnsonstring.com Newton Centre, STAMELL STRINGED INSTRUMENTS: www.stamellstring.com Amherst, MAA
MICHAEL HARTERY: firstname.lastname@example.org 978-500-8848 Concord, MA
ATTEND LOCAL CONCERTS (students may contact me for discount code)
AUDITION FOR YOUTH ORCHESTRAS
Rivers Youth Orchestras
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras
NEC Youth Symphony
Groton Hill Music Center
ARTICLES IN SUPPORT OF YOUR WONDERFUL DECISION TO GIVE YOUR CHILD MUSIC LESSONS:
USEFUL LINKS FOR STUDENTS:
Music Theory - quiz yourself on note names and more
Metronome - keep it steady!
Glossary_of_musical_terminology - look up that unfamiliar term
Musical Glossary for Kids - thank you to the mini-maestros for their suggestion!
YOUTUBE - listen to the pieces you are studying, watch masters of your instrument, find pieces you'd like to learn, learn technique
GAMES FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS:
Games! (brought to you by the New York Philharmonic)
Tonal Energy (for help with intonation! Also has a metronome)
Metronome (for rhythmic precision)
Musical Terms (when vous ne parlez pas francais, but are working on a piece by Debussy...)