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SCMEA - Music Makes Me...

Posted by Craig Cook on Dec 8, 2014 1:50:00 PM

Announcing the 2014/2015 SCMEA Advocacy Video Contest

Music Makes Me ...

The Long Island Violin Shop is proud to support SCMEA's Advocacy Video Contest for 2014-2015. This is a great opportunity for teachers and students to let the world know how important music education is in your school. Winning videos will be played at the All-County Concerts in March. Your video may also be posted to the SCMEA Advocacy Page, the SCMEA Facebook page, and the SCMEA YouTube page.
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Catch The Spirit - Revelle Products & Thomastik Infeld Spirit! Strings

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Dec 2, 2014 12:01:00 PM

The Long Island Violin Shop is proud to offer a special promotion featuring Revelle Products, and Spirit! Strings.

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Topics: Products

LIVS 2014 Extended Holiday Hours Calendar

Posted by Craig Cook on Nov 25, 2014 10:03:00 AM

Hello LIVS Family and Friends! We want to ensure that you have every opportunity to get that something special for the one you love this holiday season. We've extended our normal hours through the end of December, have added a few Monday's to the mix, and are giving our employees a much deserved break on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. 

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Topics: Events & Happenings

Violin of the Month - John Juzek

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Nov 1, 2014 2:30:00 PM

John Juzek Master Art

Legend has it, John Juzek (1892-1965), a Czechoslovakian luthier who worked in Prague during the early 20th century, scoured demolition sites to find aged tone woods from ancient houses and churches dotting the countryside. A maker and business man, the Juzek label was applied not only to his own creations, but those crafted by local shops that produced instruments to his exacting specifications for American export.

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Topics: Violin of the Month

Staller Center's "Orchestra to the Orchestra" Free Concert Series

Posted by Craig Cook on Oct 6, 2014 2:00:00 PM

We recently received a letter from the Staller Center detailing their upcoming "Orchestra to the Orchestra" program designed to introduce middle and high school age music students to the greater community of orchestra players on Long Island.

We think this is a great program and a fantastic opportunity for you young musicians out there to see live orchestral music. Keep reading to find out all the details...

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Dalcroze Eurhythmics - Little Bodies In Musical Motion

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Sep 2, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Stony Brook's Mini Musicians

On Saturday mornings for the past fifteen years, the basement of Stony Brook University's music department has resounded with the voices of children singing, clapping, jumping in the air, and laughing as Dorothea Cook leads them through their weekly Dalcroze Eurhythmics class. Seated at the piano, “Miss Deede” says: "Listen to my music. When I play in a major key, move to the music freely. When it switches to minor, find a partner and clap along with my pattern." 

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Topics: Strings Smart's - Education

A Bittersweet Goodbye to The Long Island Violin Shop

Posted by David Wong on Aug 8, 2014 4:01:00 PM

David Wong - Moving On...

I left my Teaching Assistant position in the music department at Amherst College in 2009, the year after I graduated. Amherst was an enjoyable five years of learning, making friends, and discovering more about myself, but left me a little confused about what would come next. As the drive home to Long Island that I’d taken countless times came to an end, I was struck by the realization that “real life” was about to start. I had no job lined up, just the inclination to do something “music-related,” which, in the 2009 economy, was a pipe dream.

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Topics: Artist Interviews, Events & Happenings

Playing Their Music: A Personal Account of Bringing Electric Violin into the Schools

Posted by David Wong on Jul 24, 2014 12:00:00 PM

The clock strikes 9:00 AM. First period orchestra has just begun. Some eyes are half opened, with heads in hands and elbows on knees, instruments are being tuned, bows tightened, and I’m standing at the front of the room, ready to present my electric violin workshop to a room full of string players. I begin playing the latest song from Top 40 singer Ellie Goulding and see a change in the faces of these students; eyes widen, the corners of their mouths turn upwards, and there is noticeable elevation of the room’s energy. Something about hearing “their music” on “their instrument” is invigorating, eye-opening, and offers a new way of approaching what they’ve already spent several years mastering.

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Topics: Strings Smart's - Education

Music Education, Creativity, and Nicola Benedetti

Posted by Amanda Hartman on Jul 11, 2014 4:32:00 PM

It’s a brilliantly sunny autumn afternoon in Nassau County on Long Island in the mid-90s. I’m four years old, taking the school bus to kindergarten in a blue floral dress and my favorite pink jelly sandals.  I’m playing my usual game of pretending I’m a writer, typing away on my keyboard—the backrest in front of me. Children are shouting and pulling each other’s pigtails while the bus driver yells at them to remain seated. So distracting. Some people have serious work to do.
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LIVS Welcomes Our Fabulous Intern-Violinist

Posted by Amanda Hartman on Jun 27, 2014 3:10:00 PM

We are thrilled to welcome our summer intern, and talented violinist, to the Long Island Violin Shop team. Cameron started playing the violin at the age of four, and began his studies with Marilyn Smith at C.W. Post on Long Island, currently LIU Post. Four years later, he transferred to The School for Strings in New York City with Ecaterina Gerson, then moved over to The Juilliard School.  He currently studies with Ann Setzer and has performed at numerous events, including the All-County Music Festival, where he served as concertmaster, Steinway Hall, where he has given many concerts alongside his two brothers, Charlie and Christopher (cellist and pianist, respectively), Carnegie Hall, and the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony, where he has also served as concertmaster. Cameron enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, and playing videogames.

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Topics: Artist Interviews, Events & Happenings