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Vlog, New Year’s Day, 2024

A fella’s will….

You have to have a pretty strong will to study an instrument, because of how long
it takes, and how difficult it is to master any given instrument. The journey in itself is what makes it interesting.  No instruction, schooling, teacher, nor equipment can outdo or surpass one’s will and passion when it comes to music.  It is very much a struggle within yourself to understand yourself. In this journey comparing oneself to another is a pure
waste of time.

When you begin your studies, it takes awhile for you to find a groove, a routine, a
practice habit.  It comes after much trial and error. I don’t always love practicing;
however, at times, I cannot imagine better things to do with my time. I remind
myself if this is not a struggle, I would be bored. Practicing is very therapeutic and
organic alone time to yourself to find your creativity, a time well spent.

“Talent” is a very peculiar word, some people have “advantages” I would say.
Encountering numerous people, musicians, and students, I seldom come across
pure “talent”, don’t even know what is;  however, often I do come
across pure will and self control, and that brings success. Effort,
perseverance, courage to mess up and get up, like in all things is what will make
you come close, and you have your whole life to do it. Pick up your instrument, try
again, and don’t forget to enjoy the fruit of your labor.

from Stephanie’s Corner

Musical studies….what is and how long does it take?

Whether you sign up for piano, violin, or cello lessons, it is not just instrumental playing
you sign up for. Educated teachers will always offer both instrumental instruction and
musicianship because in essence one cannot have one or the other. Oftentimes I get
students that come with much advanced piece of music and ask if they could play this
song, this would be their ideal instruction. That is equal to someone who is just learning
to read and write, that they want to read for example “War & Peace” by Leo Tolstoy. You
can read it, nothing is impossible, but what about comprehension and interpretation.
What good is it just reading letters and words? It is important to read, play, and study lots
of music that is adequate to your level. Experienced teacher can guide and will have
knowledge of repertoire which they can introduce to you that will take you to that next
level. It is this guidance that is critical to your understanding of music and playing.
Musical studies is a lifetime work, takes a very long time, one grows with it, one must be
patient with oneself.

From Stephanie’s Corner…(Which instrument?)

Here are few tips if you are wondering what instrument you or your child should sign up for.  When determining what instrument you would like to begin your musical journey with, keep in mind your hearing/listening ability plays a big role.  Regardless if you have a perfect pitch, relative pitch, or you are tone deaf, your journey should and will begin with ear training. 

If you can recognize and create a musical note from the thin air, you have a perfect sense of pitch or a very good relative pitch, then you should opt for voice or string instrument lessons.  If you need ear training, if you need to rely heavily on a relative pitch in order to recognize a musical sound, then I suggest playing the piano for awhile, begin learning comprehensive musicianship on a keyboard/piano until your ears are well trained rather than opting for instrument such as a violin or cello where it is entirely up to you to create a sound from scratch without help of any reference or frets, etc.  Piano is a wonderful basic building instrument which will help you branch out and apprehend other instruments of your choice. 

Music Corner in West Raleigh is well situated off of Avent Ferry Road on the border of Cary/Raleigh.  We are very close to Combs Elementary, Athens Drive HS, and NC State U.  We are a home studio who welcome students including homeschoolers of all ages and levels.  We offer individual piano, violin, viola, cello, and voice lessons and group string lessons.  We are open from 9 am to 8 pm daily.  All are welcome, let’s make some music!


Advanced Violinist Studies at Music Corner focuses on comprehensive training of young and talented violin students. Traditional and modern repertoire (solo, chamber music, and orchestral rep) is utilized to further their technique and musicality.  Along with weekly one-on-one lessons, weekly studio class and monthly masterclasses take place at the studio for students to perform for each other and to welcome each other’s musical and artistic perspectives.

The aim of the program is to encourage students to acquire very high level of violin technique, explore different genres of music, share and play chamber music with fellow instrumentalists, and train one’s performing abilities amidst a very supportive and highly creative atmosphere.  The program consists of weekly singular and group lessons, studio classes, and a monthly masterclass.  The masterclasses are open to the public.  AVSM is an ongoing program throughout the year.

Acceptance to the program is based on an audition and a trial period.

For further information, inquire within the studio.