Blog

Blog


Summer Camps and Institutes

Parents often ask me, “What can I do to get my kid to the next level?” This one simple question incorporates so many assumptions that it is not always easy to answer. The first thing I am going to ascertain is whether the parents are actually participating in their children’s music education and supporting it […]


Johansen International Competition

The Johansen International Competition for Young String Players Ages 13–17 (JIC), established in 1997, is sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation. The JIC is made possible through the generosity of a Charitable Trust established by the late Anna Storch Johansen of Falls Church, Virginia. Mrs. Johansen was a violinist and a Life Member of the Friday Morning […]


Getting Started

Getting Started

Beginning the Journey: Should You Rent or Buy? One of the common frustrations voiced by teachers over the years; “Johnny is such a good student; he is already in Book IV, but his parents still have him playing on a rental”. Usually, this situation is arrived at by accident. Rental companies offer an apparent “Good […]


Local Music Camps

Local Music Camps

Landon Music in Summer  www.landon.net 301.320.1044 Paul Rolland String Method Workshop at George Mason Univ.  Register: www.potomacacademy.org John S. Martin Levine Honors String Quartet Program (students age 14-19) www.levineschool.org/ Traditional Irish Fiddle Classes Mitch Fanning, Director 301.565.3657 www.ccepotomac.org


Learn About Instruments

Learn About Instruments

A World of Difference How many different kinds of violins are there? Even many seasoned professionals may find the variety and styles of instruments available today bewildering. The best student instruments were invariably made in Germany. Today, the available supply of nice, quality, inexpensive instruments has never been more abundant. In areas of the world […]


Instrument Care Guide

Instrument Care Guide

Potter’s Instrument Care Guide Care of the Violin, Viola, Cello or Bass Regular attention to the following will help keep your stringed instrument in the best playing condition. These are the things YOU can do… Protection Always keep your instrument and bow in its case or bag when it’s not in use. Make sure the […]


Kitchen Table Workshop Series

Kitchen Table Workshop Series

LEVEL I – Selecting and Caring for Bowed Stringed Instruments Audience: Parents, Students, Educators Length: 55 minutes Fee: Travel and lodging expenses; Tuition-free for Educational Organizations This lecture provides an overview of the history and care of stringed instruments. Included in the discussion is an analysis of how violins, violas, cellos and bases are constructed […]