Excellence in Preservation Awarded to Potter Violins

We are honored to have been selected to receive the Excellence in Preservation Award from Montgomery Preservation Inc. in Maryland for preservation, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of our historic building! Previously dubbed the “Blair Mansion Inn,” the building has been a landmark fixture on the sliver of land between Blair Road and Eastern Avenue for […]

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Teacher Appreciation Day 2019

Join us for all or part of this special day on September 8th, 2019 and find inspiration for the start of the 2019 – 2020 academic year!  There will be a catered lunch, and guest speakers will offer insightful workshops. RSVP is required. Register here! Presentations: (click each to learn more) 10:15am: Introduction Catered Lunch Break […]

Violin Sizing

Violin, Viola, and Cello Sizing – A Guide for Teachers

Violin, Viola, and Cello Sizing One of the most eagerly anticipated changes that growing students look forward to is changing sizes in their instrument. While the current instrument is regarded as an “old friend,” the rewards of fuller and more dynamic sound will usually serve to overcome the feeling of loss. With violin and viola […]

Hearing Protection for Musicians

Hearing Protection for Musicians

Hearing Protection for Musicians Hearing protection is often an issue overlooked by many musicians. More frequently, you see musicians in rehearsals wearing earplugs silently being judged by others for the large colored plugs sticking out of their ears. However, there are a few options now available that offers a discreet method to protect hearing without dampening […]

Apply to the National Philharmonic Summer String Institutes

National Philharmonic Summer String Institutes This summer, join National Philharmonic principal players and other distinguished faculty for a challenging and exciting week of chamber and orchestral music. While Summer String Institute students work on ambitious repertoire to develop true professionalism, they also enjoy the camaraderie and the adventure of creating great music. In a day-camp […]

bow rehairs

How often should I rehair my bow?

Bow Maintenance and Rehairing The schedule for routine bow maintenance is poorly understood by the very players who need it the most. In addition to the hair wearing out, the process of the hair stretching and changing the length can throw off the balance of the bow leading to poor or unexpected performance. “I’m pretty […]

Tips on selecting a new bow

Tips on selecting a new bow

Tips on selecting a new bow Finding the perfect violin, viola, or cello bow may seem daunting, but these tips will help aid you in your endeavor. In selecting a new bow, we suggest you consider the following to help your decision: flexibility, balance, wood vs. carbon fiber, investment value, tone, and response. Bow Qualities […]


Brewster Competition for Strings

H. Stevens Brewster Jr., Memorial Competition for Strings We are thrilled to announce we are sponsoring the Brewster Competition for Strings presented by Montgomery County Music Teachers Association and American String Teachers Association of MD/DC. Dates and Eligibility: Competition Date: Sunday, May 5th, 2019 Deadline: April 1st, 2019.  Applications postmarked after that date will not be accepted. […]

winter violin maintenance

Winter Violin Maintenance: Protect Your Instrument

Change of Seasons… The man standing in front of me has both worry and frustration taking turns crossing his face. “We just bought this violin a few months ago, we spent a lot on it and my daughter is very careful with it. She says she didn’t do anything…” the unspoken accusation hangs in the […]

Summer Music Camps

Why are summer music camps important? Parents often ask, “What can I do to get my kid to the next level?” One answer is sending them to one of the many week-long summer music camps. First of all, it is crucial to identify if the parents are actively participating in their children’s music education and […]