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student resources

Information for Students and Parents 
Essential Materials for Students









 music stand







 cleaning cloth


Useful Materials (optional)




shoulder rest




nail clipper

Parts of the Violin
Musical Note Values


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Staff Lines

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Learn Your Notes!

Here is a good online site where you can quiz yourself on note reading. 

Violinists:  Make sure you select 'Treble Clef', and '2 ledger lines' before you begin.

Violists:    Make sure you select 'Alto Clef', and '1 ledger line' before you begin.

Have fun!


Recommended (and my favorite) Recordings


Composer:  Tchaikovsky

Piece:  Violin Concerto

Artist: David Oistrakh

Composer:  Beethoven

Piece:  Violin Concerto

Artist: Zino Francescatti

Composer:  Mozart

Piece:  Sinfonia Concertante

Artists:  Itzhak Perlman (violin)Pinchas Zukerman (viola)



Various composers and pieces

Artist:  Jascha Heifetz

Composer:  Mendelssohn

Piece:  Violin Concerto

Artist:  Nathan Milstein

Composer:  J.S.Bach

Pieces:  Violin Concertos

Artist: Henryk Szeryng

Composer:  Vivaldi

Piece: The Four Seasons

Artist:  Giuliano Carmignola


Various composers and pieces

Artist:  Itzhak Perlman




Composer:  Brahms

Piece:  Violin Concerto

Artist:  Jascha Heifetz

Composer:  Bruch

Piece:  Violin Concerto No. 1 in G-

Artist:  Anne-Sophie Mutter

Composer:  Paganini

Piece: Violin Concerto No. 1

Artist:  Leonid Kogan


Composer:  Schubert

Piece:  String Quintet in C major

Artists: Emerson String Quartet and Mstislav Rostropovich

Recommended DVDs


The Art of Violin

David Oistrakh:  Artist of the People

Great Violinists of the Bell Telephone Hour

The Art of Conducting




Heifetz & Piatigorsky historical video footage

Beethoven's Eroica Symphony

Narration by Michael Tilson Thomas

Local Classical Music

Southeast Michigan is a superb place to see outstanding live classical music performances.  If you wanted to spend a special day or evening to see a performance, I would suggest exploring the following options:



The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra



 The University Musical Society    


The Detroit Symphony Orchestra


The Michigan Opera Theater