Love Nurtured Music Studio
11882 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75243
Love Nurtured Music Studio
In an interview with Pinchas Zukerman in 1992, the great 20th century violinist, Nathan Milstein confessed that this Liszt’s “Mephisto Waltz” arrangement was the absolutely most difficult piece he had ever played.
Here is a video of Milstein’s arrangement of this piece, Alexander Skwortsow playing it (circa 1985):
Students ages five through eighteen years old will learn violin/fiddle repertoire, Jazz improvisation, ensemble playing and performance skills.
The workshop is open for Suzuki violin students in late book 1 through advanced levels and will consist of repertoire building, ensemble, and group sessions.
We will work on Fiddle, Broadway, Movie, and Pop repertoire, such as:
Who: Suzuki violin students ages 5-18 (beyond Perpetual Motion in Book 1)
When: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Where: Love Nurtured Music; 11882 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75243
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost: $20 per student
Reg. Deadline: July 7
For more Information, contact Rigo Murillo.
I’m excited to have all our young violinists learn and play more Fiddle and non-classical repertoire!
I have posted MUSIC, VIDEO & AUDIO PRACTICE RESOURCES here (below).
We will play our Fiddle, Broadway, Movie, and Pop repertoire:
Twinkle Variations and Theme (Yes, we will play them, too) —
Twinkle Rock — Practice Music MP3 Below —
Boil’em Cabbage Down – Easy (Murillo) — Download Sheet Music — Practice Video Below —
Boil’em Cabbage Down – Advanced — Download Sheet Music — Practice Video Below —
Cripple Creek – Easy — Download Sheet Music — Practice Video Below —
Cripple Creek – Intermediate — Download Sheet Music —
Cotton Eyed Joe – Advanced — Download Sheet Music — Practice Video Below —
Red Wing (Fiddle Club) — Download Sheet Music —
The Frost Is All Over — Download Sheet Music —
Liza Jane/Bubble Gum Polka — Download Sheet Music —
The Little Pickle/Highlander’s Jig (Scottish Tunes) — Download Sheet Music — Practice Music MP3 Below —
The Irish Washerwoman — Download Sheet Music —
Saint Anne’s Reel — Download Sheet Music —
John Ryan’s Polka — Download Sheet Music —
Cattle Call — Download Sheet Music —
Cuckoo’s Nest — Download Sheet Music —
Millionaire’s Hoedown — Download Sheet Music —
Star Wars — Download Sheet Music — Goofy Video Below —
Tomorrow (Annie) — Download Sheet Music —
Fiddler On The Roof (Broadway) — Download Sheet Music —
If your child can go, he/she can participate by playing whichever tunes are mastered. I will be working with the students on this repertoire over these weeks.
My First Christmas eBook for Violin – Violin Solo (Download)
Ten popular Christmas carols arranged for beginning violin students. This solo violin collection features finger and bow markings for easy learning and a Playing guide with all notes played in the book. Arranged by Rigo Murillo.
Jingle Bells (Chorus)
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Good King Wenceslas
The Infant King
Up On The Housetop
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
We Three Kings
Away In A Manger
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Violin Playing Guide (Guide sheet)
If you started piano lessons in grade one, or played the recorder in kindergarten, thank your parents and teachers. Those lessons you dreaded — or loved — helped develop your brain. The younger you started music lessons, the stronger the connections in your brain.
Feb. 12, 2013 — If you started piano lessons in grade one, or played the recorder in kindergarten, thank your parents and teachers. Those lessons you dreaded — or loved — helped develop your brain. The younger you started music lessons, the stronger the connections in your brain.
A study published last month in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that musical training before the age of seven has a significant effect on the development of the brain, showing that those who began early had stronger connections between motor regions — the parts of the brain that help you plan and carry out movements.
This research was carried out by students in the laboratory of Concordia University psychology professor Virginia Penhune, and in collaboration with Robert J. Zatorre, a researcher at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University.
The study provides strong evidence that the years between ages six and eight are a “sensitive period” when musical training interacts with normal brain development to produce long-lasting changes in motor abilities and brain structure. “Learning to play an instrument requires coordination between hands and with visual or auditory stimuli,” says Penhune. “Practicing an instrument before age seven likely boosts the normal maturation of connections between motor and sensory regions of the brain, creating a framework upon which ongoing training can build.”
With the help of study co-authors, PhD candidates Christopher J. Steele and Jennifer A. Bailey, Penhune and Zatorre tested 36 adult musicians on a movement task, and scanned their brains. Half of these musicians began musical training before age seven, while the other half began at a later age, but the two groups had the same number of years of musical training and experience. These two groups were also compared with individuals who had received little or no formal musical training.
When comparing a motor skill between the two groups, musicians who began before age seven showed more accurate timing, even after two days of practice. When comparing brain structure, musicians who started early showed enhanced white matter in the corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fibres that connects the left and right motor regions of the brain. Importantly, the researchers found that the younger a musician started, the greater the connectivity.
Interestingly, the brain scans showed no difference between the non-musicians and the musicians who began their training later in life; this suggests that the brain developments under consideration happen early or not at all. Because the study tested musicians on a non-musical motor skill task, it also suggests that the benefits of early music training extend beyond the ability to play an instrument.
“This study is significant in showing that training is more effective at early ages because certain aspects of brain anatomy are more sensitive to changes at those time points,” says co-author, Dr. Zatorre, who is also the co-director of the International Laboratory for Brain Music and Sound Research.
But, says Penhune, who is also a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development, “it’s important to remember that what we are showing is that early starters have some specific skills and differences in the brain that go along with that. But, these things don’t necessarily make them better musicians. Musical performance is about skill, but it is also about communication, enthusiasm, style, and many other things that we don’t measure. So, while starting early may help you express your genius, it probably won’t make you a genius.”
The above story is based on materials provided by Concordia University.
Journal Reference: C. J. Steele, J. A. Bailey, R. J. Zatorre, V. B. Penhune. Early Musical Training and White-Matter Plasticity in the Corpus Callosum: Evidence for a Sensitive Period. Journal of Neuroscience, 2013; 33 (3): 1282 DOI:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3578-12.2013
Credit: © Image Source IS2 / Fotolia
By Rigo Murillo
I often see that successful music students and parents always manage to be well prepared for performances, auditions, and weekly lessons. They always have what they need when it comes to books, accessories, and all that’s needed to have a nice lesson time. But even the best well-intentioned student and parent may forget a thing or two that should be in their music tote bag. Even Yehudi Menuhin, the famous violinist of the twentieth century wrote in one of his books about what every violinist should have in his/her violin case.
For starters, here is a “musician’s tote bag kit” for you to think about:
String players, please add these:
I am sure that getting all these applicable accessories and necessities will make your practicing more consistent, successful and pleasant. It will at least impless your music teacher when an emergency comes up.
Because of our high-quality instructional program and un-compromised commitment to excellence, we have families from all over the metroplex coming to take violin lessons at our program. Don't sacrifice excellent Suzuki music education!
These are some areas where our Suzuki music families drive from: