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Remote Learning Center

Our collection of resources to help you make the most of practice time during the "shelter in place" era. We'll add to this section regularly, so check back often.

Just because your child can't attend school in person, or take music lessons right next to a teacher, doesn't mean they can't improve on their instrument. But we understand the challenge! That's why we've put together this growing selection of tools.

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Resources to help you progress

  • How to Find More Violin Gigs
    At a time when in person gatherings are rare, it may seem like a waste of time to search for new violin gigs.
  • How to Motivate Kids to Practice Their Instrument
    Your child has been begging you to take music lessons, and you have finally said “yes.” They chose their instrument. You found a music teacher, created a practice space in your house, and purchased the instrument.
    Audition pieces for Massachusetts Music Educators Association and Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association.
  • 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.
  • Teaching An Instrument Is Fun And Rewarding -- Here’s How To Do It
    Teaching another person to play a musical instrument can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. It’s a great way to share your knowledge and experience as well as your love of music. Watch your students grow and progress at mastering their instrument.
  • 3 Easy Ways to Teach Music in Your Homeschool Curriculum
    As more and more people are homeschooling their children, it is important that parents have the resources to raise well rounded, intelligent human beings. But homeschooling shouldn’t stop with academic studies. In addition to all the core subjects your child will learn such as math and science, they should also engage in creative pursuits such as art and music.
  • Violin Hickeys
    It seems innocuous at first, just a small mark. But suddenly it’s drawing the stares of your friends, family, and strangers on the street. You have a violin hickey.
  • Bad Violin Habits to Break Now
    Developing bad violin habits can affect the range and clarity of the notes you're able to coax out of the instrument. Along with creating a subpar sound, if you don't practice proper body alignment and technique, the result can be chronic injuries to the muscles and tendons that are being over-stressed.
  • When to Change Violin Strings
    An important aspect of musicianship is taking excellent care of your instrument, which includes knowing when to change violin strings. Your strings should be replaced, at minimum, every 9-12 months, but there are too many variables to assign an exact timeframe. Keep in mind that the only real downside to replacing your strings too soon is the cost, while waiting too long can actually result in a number of negative consequences.
  • How to Find Musical Inspiration in Isolation
    With all of us navigating shelter in place orders, it can be easy to slip into a rut of monotony and isolation. This can also make staying motivated difficult, but there is no better time than now to find inspiration in isolation. Whether you’re picking up a new skill or honing an old one, a creative hobby can help keep your mind sharp.
  • Musicians Continue Collaborating Online While Social Distancing
    As we navigate through society during the coronavirus, there are many questions about what the future of entertainment and live music will look like. Some social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders may have been eased, but many concerts, festivals, and other live musical events are still cancelled -- at least for the near future. So, musicians collaborating online have found new ways to connect with one another and their audiences.
  • 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.”

JSI Videos

How to Size a Child for a Violin, Viola, or Cello
How To Change A Violin (Or Viola, Or Cello) String
How To Use Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass Bow Rosin

Additional Resources

Carriage House Violins

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

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Whether searching for a job, learning about the "Mozart Effect," looking for a summer music camp, or choosing the right instrument string, you need look no further.

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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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Helpful "how to" videos and useful information about JSI and the products and services we offer.

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