Over the years, I have drawn outside inspiration to play from... 4 primary sources. 

  1. New Songs : Nothing is sweeter than when you get to the level of a piece of music you've been admiring. The Brahms Violin Concerto was my great aspiration; the one I'd quite after learning. The irony of course is that I've since studied it 3 times! Create this for your child by building a library of great violin recordings and listen to them regularly.
  2. Performances : Seeing a great performance gives me adrenaline. I heard Johnny Gadelsman perform all six of Bach's Solo Sonatas and Partitas last night. It took me several hours to come down from my high and I'm fully stoked to practice today! Sign up for local email newsletters of your symphony, chamber music society, even local music schools. Commit to one concert per month to see maximum effect.
  3. Playing with Friends : Duets, Quartets, Orchestras... harmony; both literally in terms of pitches and metaphorically, being around people who share your love of music. Join a Suzuki group class, make dates to play duets with friends, find out about auditions in spring for fall youth orchestra programs, GO TO CAMP! or a weekend Suzuki Festival.
  4. Poetry 

Invitation to Play

Here's where I'm starting : December 14, 2014 I had my final recital as a student at Boston University, in partial fulfillment of my Performance Diploma. I have an incredible studio of families to teach, but the other half of my musical soul needs an outlet.

Confession : I have trouble motivating myself to practice. I'm a very goal-oriented person, which I think is a fine attribute, so long as the aspirations are attainable. Historically, mine tend to be along the lines of, "get into the finest orchestra in the world." I came remarkably close, then the injuries that come with blind ambition slowed me down and forced some major personal reflection and lifestyle changes. I'm a better violinist and person for it, but damn it was hard.

So... it's true what they say : get your violin out for 10 minutes, or commit to running for 10 minutes, and often that alone inspires more practicing, more exercise. I also want to be as authentic as possible with my students; if I don't practice daily, why should they? Hopefully this continues to enrich my musical life and manifests as a positive environment. So far, I'm having a lot of fun.

BTW, you're invited to play! Leave a comment if you wanna join and we can celebrate this time next year! 

Happy Practicing!