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Thanks for Making Me Practice, Mom

June 24, 2018, 2:05 PM · I started this article as a Mother’s Day present for my mom. I wanted to thank her for making me practice my violin as a kid. She had three young children who all played string instruments. We had two bedrooms and a converted den for the five of us in our faculty apartment. She sent each child to a separate room with an egg timer and instructions to practice for 30 minutes. (The duration increased as we aged, but was never draconian.)

Mom made practicing as natural as eating a healthy breakfast, playing outside, or reading a book. It was simply something you did each day. No discussion. No debate. No drama. As such, I simply accepted it as a part of my routine. There was no focus on winning a competition or award. No concern about looking good on a college application. No talk of working toward a profession in music. Practice was integrated into my daily activities. No different than brushing my teeth or combing my hair.

As I got older and had a child of my own, I was amazed at how my mother seemed to have figured out so many things about maintaining a family at such a young age. She was 19 when she married my father, and by the time she was 24, she’d given birth to her three children. She was the core of our family. The one who got us ready for school, cooked, cleaned, organized schedules, cared for us when we were ill, made sure we practiced. In short, everything. Keep reading...

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'Not Giants, But Windmills' for Viola Ensemble, by Garth Knox border=0 align=

'Not Giants, But Windmills' for Viola Ensemble, by Garth Knox

June 19, 2018, 7:01 PM · Here is a live performance from the American Viola Society Festival 2018! Composer Garth Knox wrote "Not Giants, But Windmills" for the festival, on commission from the American Viola Society. Before the performance he explains his inspiration: Don Quixote!

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 235: Patricia Kopatchinskaja; William Hagen; Primrose Viola Competition Finalists border=0 align=

The Week in Reviews, Op. 235: Patricia Kopatchinskaja; William Hagen; Primrose Viola Competition Finalists

June 18, 2018, 5:01 PM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja led the Ojai Music Festival.

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