Music Students

Research has shown that taking music lessons can help improve other areas of your life – academic, social, and physical skills. It helps develop discipline and patience and boosts your self-esteem. Whether you’re a child taking lessons privately or at school or an adult who has always wanted to learn to play an instrument, we have plenty of good advice for students of all ages.

  • How long should you rent your violin for?
    These days, many music shops have instruments available for rental in addition to purchase. Johnson String Instrument is no exception.
  • How to Expand Flexibility In Your Bow Hand
    When it comes to playing string instruments, flexibility training is key.
  • Ear Training for String Players
    For some string players, ear training is the least favorite part of their music education.
  • How To Set Your Child Up For Success On The Violin
    Learning to play an instrument is a great way to provide enrichment to your child while helping them develop important skills.
  • How Much Should You Practice Playing Cello?
    If you’re new to practicing playing the cello, it may be difficult to determine how much rehearsal is enough.
  • How is Violin Rosin Made?
    Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned violinist, there are certain essential violin accessories that will improve your performance when playing the violin.
  • The School Orchestra Instrument Selection Guide
    For many young musicians, choosing from a selection of school orchestra instruments is like a rite of passage.
  • What is a Clef?
    One of the things that can seem most daunting about PLAYING music is learning to READ music.
  • Planning Your Career in Music After College
    It’s that time of the year when college seniors are looking forward to being handed their diplomas and branching out into their chosen field.
  • Buying vs. Renting Instruments for School Orchestra
    If you have a child in primary school, you can typically expect them to begin learning to play music in an ensemble around the 4th, 5th, or 6th grade.
  • How Much Do Violin Lessons Cost?
    Many people are taking up new hobbies these days to entertain themselves during quarantine, and learning an instrument is a popular choice. Taking up violin is a good option for people who want to practice discipline, posture, motor skills, and focus.
  • Cello Size by Age Range
    If your child has expressed an interest in learning to play the cello, you’ve probably already been confronted with the issue of size. Even the smallest cellos are large instruments and they are not one size fits all.
  • How to Play the Violin with Small Hands
    Small hands or shorter fingers don’t need to stop you from learning the violin. There are steps you can take to make playing violin with small hands a bit easier and help prevent overuse injuries.
  • Improving Finger Dexterity for Violin
    Any musician that plays a string instrument knows the importance of finger dexterity. When you start learning to play violin, you are using finger muscles that haven’t been developed yet.
  • The Violin Callus Guide: Perfect Calluses With Less Pain and Without Blisters
    An important part of learning to play the violin is building violin calluses on your fingers.
  • What to Bring to Music Camp
    With summer on the horizon, many parents are looking into different camps and activities to occupy their children. There is a wide selection of summer camps for all kinds of kids, but music camp is a favorite of many. And for good reason, since playing a n instrument is a great way for children to learn discipline, develop their motor and cognitive skills, and start to think creatively.
  • Your First Violin Class; What You Need and What to Expect
    How exciting! You (or someone in your family) has decided to take the plunge into playing the violin. You may wonder whether taking violin lessons is something that should be considered. The answer is a resounding “yes.”
  • Should You Buy or Rent a Viola?
    If you are interested in learning how to play a string instrument, you’ve probably considered the cost involved in picking up a musical instrument such as the viola.
  • How Much Do Violins Cost for Kids?
    Every parent wants to see their child nurtured into becoming a well-rounded individual, and no child’s education is complete without exposure to the arts.
  • Can Adults Learn to Play the Violin?
    Many adults think that to learn to play the violin you have to be a young child.

Additional Resources

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Located in Newton, Massachusetts, Carriage House Violins is the instrument sales division of Johnson String Instrument.

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Johnson String Project

A charitable foundation whose goal is to provide high-quality instruments to children who live in under-served communities and who are participating in El-Sistema-inspired programs in Massachusetts.

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