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: 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: 978-500-8848 Concord, MA
ATTEND LOCAL CONCERTS (students may contact me for discount code)
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
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...)