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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

Virtual Violin Thoughts of Friday the 13th: Post #1

Posted by Amanda Hartman on Jun 13, 2014 1:00:00 PM

There is a book on the shelf of our Great Room, called “Resonance Boxes: The Art of the Violin Case”, which features the work of over fifty Israeli artists who decorated old, discarded violin cases, made of chipped wood, worn leather, and metal. Before the modern era of Musafia cases, velvet padding, silk blankets, temperature and humidity control, GPS tracking, and suspension technology, many cases of old were simply coffin-shaped boxes stuffed with rags to prevent rattling. Yet, as the curators of “Resonance Boxes” did, I still find that there is something mysterious, strange, and whimsical about those weathered, clunky wooden boxes.

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Topics: Luthier's Corner, Strings Smart's - Education, Artist Interviews, Events & Happenings

An Evening of Dance, Music & Song!

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

Huntington Center for Performing Arts & Long Island Ballet Theater present:

Spring Gala 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014 @ 7pm
Long Island High School for the Arts
239 Cold Spring Road, Syosset, NY


All Tickets - $25
Buy Now


Experience the joy of live music & electic dance styles performed by the
teaching artists and students of Huntington Center for Performing Arts.

LIBT's Coppelia Suite choreographed by David Fernadez
Featuring Violinist Innesa Tymochko (EMI Recording Artist)

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Topics: Events & Happenings

Summer Music Lessons @ LIVS Studio

Posted by Estefan Cortez on May 29, 2014 4:20:00 PM

Hello LIVS Friends!

I hope the school year is wrapping up smoothly and that you are looking forward to the joys of summertime. As the Long Island Violin Shop's education coordinator and primary cello teacher, I would like to offer any help I can provide, and encourage your students to stay in the habit of practicing and reading music in order to grow musically and creatively, especially on this long break from school lessons.

I am thrilled to be offering weekly summer music lessons at the shop, with a focus on keeping your child’s practice skills charging ahead so that he or she is advancing throughout the summer. Whether you're interested in Violin Lessons, Viola Lessons or Cello Lessons, the LIVS has steallar teachers who can guide you on your path to proper technique, enhance your music reading skills and further you're love of music.

If you, or your child, are interested in private music lessons please contact me at the Long Island Violin Shop and I will be happy to help. We can schedule lessons here at our Studio, or assist you to find a great teacher in your area. We have a huge database of violin teachers, viola teachers and cello teachers across the nation, and we would be happy to pair you with a qualified, LIVS approved professional.

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Topics: Events & Happenings

Studio Series: An Evening in Italy

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Mar 12, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Saturday, April 6nd at 5:00 PM in our Great Room
8 Elm Street, Huntington 11743
Doors open at 4:45
discount tickets available in advance

The LIVS is proud to host “An Evening in Italy,” feauring the music of cellist Amy Camus and violinist Gabriel Schaff, and the poetry of Annabelle Moseley and Carolyn Raphael. For more information on the performers, or to reserve your spot by purchasing a ticket in advance, visit the String Poet web site.

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Topics: Events & Happenings

The Passing of Carl F. Becker

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Feb 4, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Carl F. Becker  1920-2013

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Topics: Events & Happenings