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 […]

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 […]

Johansen International Competition

Competition Overview The Johansen International Competition for Young String Players is sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation. The JIC takes place once every 3 years. The next competition will take place March 14–17, 2018, in Washington, DC. Please direct all questions regarding the application process to Prizes include $67,000 in cash awards, plus possible performance opportunities that […]

rent or buy a violin

Renting vs Buying – Tips for New Violin Parents

Renting vs Buying. Beginning the Journey… So, your child is going to start lessons, and you have no idea where to get them an instrument and if you should rent or buy a violin. You are not the first parents to face this question, and the answers are pretty simple. At first, the decision always […]


Violin makers and the expanding industry

Where are violins made? Even many seasoned professionals may find the variety and styles of instruments available today bewildering. The best student instruments were invariably made in Germany. But today, the available supply of inexpensive quality instruments has never been more abundant. In areas of the world with a rich tradition of fine craftsmanship, from […]