Keith Richards “you’re always learning about this thing everytime you pick it up” 


​Jasha Heifetz "There is no top. There are always further heights to reach."


J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, spoken by Albus Dumbledore "Ah, music, he said, wiping his eyes. A magic far beyond all we do here! And now, bedtime. Off you trot!"


Daniel Levitin, This is Your Brain on Music (2006) "The story of your brain on music is the story of an exquisite orchestration of brain regions, involving both the oldest and newest parts of the human brain, and regions as far apart as the cerebellum in the back of the head and the frontal lobes just behind your eyes. It involves a precision choreography... between logical prediction systems and emotional reward systems. ...it reminds us of other music we have heard, and it activates memory traces of emotional times of our lives. Your brain on music is all about... connections."

B.B. King​ “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” 

Pat Metheny "Listening is the key to everything good in music.” 


J.S Bach "It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself."












Caring for Your Instrument

 Tips to keeping your instrument happy, safe and well fed (well, maybe not that last one:) 


  • Clean your violin or viola and bow with a soft cloth after every use to avoid build-up of rosin on the varnish. 
  • Never touch the horsehair on the bow with your fingers as this will make it oily and take away its power to make sound!
  • Never leave your instrument where it can be sat on, stepped on or knocked to the floor. 

           i.e sitting on a chair, laying on a couch, left on the floor...

  • Pack it in its case if you are stepping out of the room or if you are done practicing for more than a few minutes.
  • Always keep your violin or viola away from heat (radiators, gas or electric heaters) and out of the cold or open window.
  • Never leave your instrument in a hot or cold car for a long period of time. 
  • Never leave your instrument in an unattended car.  Most insurance companies do not cover theft or damage to an instrument in an unattended car. Simply take it with you, it's your friend! 

Youngest String Quartet Ever! Smooth Criminal 


Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival - Information and Registration  http://kiwanismusictoronto.org/


TSYO (Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra) Information about Auditions and Registration

http://www.tso.ca/en-ca/Youth-Programs/Toronto-Symphony-Youth-Orchestra/tsyo-auditions-registration.aspx


Online Music Sheet Music Library http://imslp.org/


Mel Bay's Fiddle Website - Free Fiddle Lessons and Tips http://fiddlesessions.com/


http://www.timkliphuis.com/  Incredible gypsy jazz and classical violinist  from Holland. Check out his Tuition books, DVDs and videos website!


48 GYPSY JAZZ PLAYLISTS  http://8tracks.com/explore/gypsy_jazz/hot/1



Practice Tips from Pros

STEPHANE GRAPPELLI TRIO - The Cosmopolite Concert 

Roberto Diaz - Walton Viola Concerto

Artosphere Festival Orchestra

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Joshua Bell - Brahms VIolin Concerto @ London, Proms 2013