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Aaron Dworkin's Orchestral Oasis
Poetjournalist-in-Residence

Aaron Dworkin's Orchestral Oasis

 In tandem with Shar Music®, Aaron has created a group of poems that relate to classical music, his own life and experience, and the universal process of making art. Aaron Dworkin is a Poetjournalist, Social Entrepreneur, Performing Artist, Author, Filmmaker, Philanthropist, and Professor of Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. In the weeks ahead, we’ll be sharing Aaron's poetry frequently on our Shar Music®  Blog, our YouTube Channel and our Social Media accounts, so be sure to stay tuned! Follow Shar Music: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharmusic_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SharMusic TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@shar_music Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sharmusic/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/SharMusic_ ___________________ ABOUT:  Aaron Dworkin is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and was President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts.; he is a current Professor of Arts Leadership and Fellowship at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, as well as the founder of the Sphinx Organization, a non-profit dedicated to the development of young Black and Latino classical musicians. He has recorded and collaborated with a diverse range of artists from around the world, including Yo-Yo Ma, Damien Sneed, Anna Deveare Smith, Damian Woetzel, and Lil Buck. He is a best-selling author and the writer of the poetry collection They Said I Wasn’t Really Black. https://www.aarondworkin.com/  ABOUT: Shar Music® Founded by musicians, for musicians. Shar Music® is a market leader in North America, and your best source for violin family instruments – violin, viola, cello, and bass – as well as strings, bows, sheet music, cases, and accessories. Our focus and our mission: making music accessible to everyone.
cover of wee violin method book for young violinists
Educational Corner

Deep Diving into Crystal Boyack's "Wee Violin" Curriculum

Wee Violin is a collection of 33 traditional tunes from around the world that Boyack put together over a period of five years, designing a curriculum to support "Pre-Twinkle" beginners ages three through seven.
With Cold Weather Comes Great Responsibility: A Guide to Humidification
Educational Corner

With Cold Weather Comes Great Responsibility: A Guide to Humidification

As the weather gets colder, make sure you're thinking about instrument humidification to prevent any cracks or open seams. Follow along as we look into the various humidification systems available.
Perfect Gifts for the Suzuki Student (And Their Parents!)
Pop Culture & Lifestyle

Perfect Gifts for the Suzuki Student (And Their Parents!)

Suzuki Students are some of the most hardworking and disciplined little string players out there. Here are a few gift ideas to help show your love for the Suzuki Student in your life this holiday season.  
A woman playing violin at a wedding
Fun & Entertainment

5 Popular Songs for a Winter Wedding—and 5 Unconventional Ones to Try

For more adventurous couples, the winter time and the holiday season can make for a magical wedding. For players, this means that a more creative approach to your wedding repertoire can make the ceremony and reception stand on its own against any holiday. 
Gift Ideas to Celebrate the Teacher in Your Life
Fun & Entertainment

Gift Ideas to Celebrate the Teacher in Your Life

Teachers spend so much time with us, and for many string students that means for a large part of our lives. Here's how to show your appreciation for a teacher this year, whether you are a student or parent looking to show your support. 
Aaron Dworkin's "Practice, Practice, Practice"
Poetjournalist-in-Residence

Aaron Dworkin's "Practice, Practice, Practice"

This month's poem is all about practice: the importance of routine, the serenity of solitude, the celebration of commitment to your craft.
Eloise Hellyer with student
Product Reviews

Eloise Hellyer on the Principles of Teaching Music

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, are a teacher yourself, or you want to learn more about how a teacher approaches violin pedagogy, 1 Teaches 2 Learn is for you. 
Yu Kai Sun Reviews the Performa Violin Shoulder Rest
Product Reviews

Yu Kai Sun Reviews the Performa Violin Shoulder Rest

Violinist Yu Kai Sun struggled with performance-related injuries until she found the perfect shoulder rest. "When I picked up the Performa Padauk Wood Violin Shoulder Rest, it felt as if I found "the one."
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