Another May Violin Class Open Mic!

Back by popular demand, we’re continuing last Sunday’s Open Mic this Sunday, March 28, at 2 p.m. Those of you who couldn’t attend or play are welcome to join us. Those of you who played are welcome to come cheer on your violin pals. If you’d like to play again, do it.

And for proof that I come by it honestly, I’m posting a photo of my first Polish Dance, circa 1970. The costume and elves were required.

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May Violin Class Zoom Open Mic! Sunday, March 21, 2021 and Bruce’s ChamberMusicLab Master Class Saturday, March 20.

Please join our class at noon to play, listen, or hang out! Some of you are ready with pieces to perform, both with or without accompaniment, and some of you are just beginning pieces. All are welcome, including parents, grandparents, friends. Just pass on our teaching link or email/text me…

Possibly works by Bach, Corelli, Vivaldi, Spendiarian, Bruch, Shostakovich, Mollenhauer, Severn, and others… (did someone say Schradieck?)

Also, Saturday morning, March 20, please join Bruce’s chamber music master class at the Rivers School Conservatory. Invite your friends and family to watch the 11AM ChamberMusicLab Master Class given by CMLab Director Bruce Coppock, with Adalia Wen, Wesley Zhu and Andrew Kim playing Mendelssohn’s D minor trio on the RSC Facebook page. You do not need to be a Facebook member to join.

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Your Grandteacher’s students


In the 1980’s I studied with Taras Gabora, who maintains an active violin studio in White Rock, British Columbia. He invites you to hear his students give a recital soon; I’ll be sure to post the link when it becomes available. This from him:



             Sunday March 7, 4:00 pst


Taras Gabora, Professor of ViolinOberlin College, Emeritus_McGill Unversity, MontrealConservatoire de MontréalVancouver Academy of MusicFounder, Casalmaggiore International Festival,


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Gabora Studio Class Recital

Here is the information about the recital today, March 7, 2021

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 891 4841 7382
Passcode: march7
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May Violin Class Zoom Recital, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020

What a terrific dress rehearsal! See you Sunday, Nov. 22 at 1:30, with your various methods of accompaniment, including those of you playing without. Please check to make sure your transmission is as good as possible, including your distance from the router. I’m looking forward! Share our teaching link with anyone you’d like to invite.

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Braginski Report: Five for Five for Meriel Bizri

August, 2020
Our Meriel has joined the violin class of Nora Chastain in Berlin at the Universität der Kunst.
She was also accepted by the Hanns Eisler Academy and the Barenboim-Said Academy, both in Berlin. Also the New England Conservatory. Oh, and Juilliard.

The world is her oyster.

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Virtual lessons

Dear Students and Parents,

I hope you are all doing well.  I admire how you’re bearing up with huge life changes, and continuing to flourish as violin students.

With a little less than a month left in our semester, we all need to generate one more big energy burst to have a great spring finish.   Now that we have done several weeks of classes online, we have the experience to have learned what we can do to improve the experience.  Most of these are simple things to do, and will truly enhance our experiences in class and in private lessons.

1. This clip is from The Royal Academy of Music in Denmark and describes how Zoom audio settings can be maximized for music lessons. It is about turning on original sound and turning off computer modifications and the auto setting of the microphone:

2.   Please do not take class either on a phone or tablet.  The sound (especially) and picture are simply unacceptable;  from now on workshop participants must take class on laptop or desktops.  This will ensure that you are on a wifi connection, rather than cellular. Please get set up with your computer in a steady position on a table or bookshelf that you cam play into comfortably. Make sure that the light is not behind you. Please position your child and music stand so that I can see both hands on all parts of the bow and violin on the student’s right side.

3.  More than anything music is about sound, and computers are not designed for high quality sound capture or reproduction. Without some help from external speakers and microphone, the sound is distorted, grating and unpleasant.  For very little expenditure, there are two things you can do to help with this.  Both will be very good investments in the quality of your learning and listening experiences.

3a.  Use an external plug-in speakers — at the least desktop speakers, but preferably higher quality computer plug-in or bluetooth speakers, which are readily available for as little as $50-75.  There is a huge selection and any of them — even the cheapest– will be a huge improvement over computer speakers.

3b.  Use an external (usually USB) microphone.  The internal microphone on computers (don’t even talk about the mics on phones and tablets!) are very low quality and pick up a mere fraction of the sound you make on your instrument.  Please consider investing in an external microphone — this will be useful to you far beyond the current situation, because it will dramatically increase the quality of any recording you make for auditions in the future. The one that is highly regarded in the Snowball — two models, Ice and Blue — both available for electronics dealers for less than $90.

If you will do these few things, we will be able to make a big improvement in the quality of the class experience.  I look forward to a terrific end of semester.

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Summer in Italy 2020

Please be in touch for details!

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Project STEP video

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Hi Students and Parents,
I’ve been wondering about how much music you’re listening to. Much as you can’t learn a language without hearing it, it’s impossible to learn the violin without hearing music.
I’ve been working on individualized playlists that can be part of a regular listening habit including your piece assignments. Just go to and log in the way I’ve explained. Then go to Playlists/My Playlists. Any questions about that, please just call. I promise it is legal and approved. In some cases the pieces I’ve chosen are the original songs that inspired the violin pieces. In other cases, I’ve chosen some favorite recordings and/or players. Have fun with any and all of them.

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