Best wishes to Olivia for her conducting debut tonight at 7 pm at Baines MS! Olivia will be conducting the top Baines orchestra (Honors) and then performing in the orchestra (viola, first desk!). Olivia has also been chosen for a special duet performance this evening. Congratulations, Olivia!
We’re delighted to share our recent collaboration with Greg Childress and The Music Educator Podcast! Mobile users, click through to your browser to view links and listen to Episode 14: The Power of Parents! The Music Educator Podcast is also available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
We’re thrilled to announce the first in a series of events for Kids Aren’t Lazy in collaboration with Kawai Piano Gallery and celebrated violinist Gary Levinson! Mobile users, click through to your browser to view the details on this exciting collaboration. Kawai is making a limited number of free tickets available, so click HERE to reserve space for your family!
“Kawai Piano Gallery Dallas invites all musical families to join them Saturday, April 13th from 1 – 3 pm as they host bestselling author and violinist Lauren Haley for a masterclass and discussion of her book, Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation and Talent Through Music.
With an emphasis on communication, Kids Aren’t Lazy empowers even the busiest parents with breakthrough strategies for advancing children’s musical proficiency and cultivating healthy behavioral patterns in all areas of study.
Meet Lauren on April 13th discover how to:
-Address the root of musical struggles while developing new levels of focus, critical thinking, and self-direction in your child
-Prepare young musicians for peak performance and fear-free creativity
-Harness the power of routines to work for your entire family, and understand how parental actions, well beyond words, shape your child’s ultimate potential
Kawai is offering Dallas families a limited number of free tickets to this can’t-miss event, so go to www.TryKawai.com and click on events to RSVP before space runs out! See you April 13that 1 pm!“
We’re excited to let everyone know that Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music will be available from all four Lisle Violin Shop locations! Lisle has stores in Houston, Pasadena, the Northwest, and Katy. Mobile users, please click through to view the details.
This week we’re speaking with Molly H. on what it took for her to make the top HS Region Orchestra (Symphony) just one year (!) after starting viola. Molly began playing the violin at age 6 and often leads The Sugar Strings in their performances around Sugar Land. In addition to playing violin and viola, Molly runs her own piano studio for young musicians.
You study three instruments in addition to your academic subjects! What’s your best piece of advice for other young musicians who want to pursue multiple areas of expertise?
Enjoy it! Don’t let your music just become a grade or a requirement. I feel the most accomplished when I can share my skills and bring joy to others!
How do you balance nerves and confidence in auditions and performances?
Before the region audition, I put positive affirmation statements on notecards, to tell myself I was prepared and would do well! At the audition, tried to block out all the other players and focus on being mentally prepared. At performances, I try to enjoy the music as much as I can and trust my muscle memory and all the hard work I put in!
Leading up to your audition, what was your practice schedule like?
When the music first came out, I made goals to have much of the music memorized fairly quickly. About a month from the audition, I increased my practicing to at least two hours a day. It was definitely challenging, but I found a drive within me. I had worked so hard, I couldn’t just give up! I knew that every minute I worked could be the difference of getting in or not.
Does your viola have a special story behind it? Tell us your favorite things about your instrument and why you chose it.
I really like my viola’s rich tone and, since it is only 14 inches I can switch between violin and viola. It’s an antique made in 1893 and I enjoy thinking of all the people who have heard it played!
What new pieces are you looking forward to adding to your repertoire this year?
I am looking forward to adding both viola and violin peices this year! I am currently preparing Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata on my viola.