Metropolitan Conservatory
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Overland Park Studio & Recital Center
11806 Quivira Rd., OP, KS 66210
Olathe Lessons Annex (Inside KC Strings)
15208 S. Blackbob Rd., Olathe, KS 66062

RESOURCES

 

Checkout the resources for online learning below! 

This page will be updated continuously with additional helpful material.

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How to Tune

How to Tune (Google Doc) Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

How to Tune Your Violin (Youtube)

How to Tune your Guitar (Youtube)

How to Change Your Own Strings

 

Practice Challenges (with Prizes!)

coming soon!

FREE Virtual Recital on April 18

We will host the recital through ZOOM meeting software on Saturday, April 18.  The recital will be broken into shifts of approximately 10 performers each and up to 90 "guests".  Each recital "shift" will be only about 30 minutes long, to make online viewing easier.

Recital Sign Up Deadline:  April 13

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Apps/Tech for Home Practice

 

Acapella:  Acapella allows musicians to record and mix up to 9 different instrumental parts to create a professional looking and sounding video.  Similar videos can also be created with iMovie and Adobe Audition.

The free version of the Acapella app allows you to record content up to 1 minute long.  The paid version allows for longer videos. 

Record yourself playing multiple instruments or connect with friends to play "together" even while apart.   

Sample:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq8iiLnXLTA

Shooting & Editing Multi Screen Video Covers

Practopus: Track, supplement, and reward practice/progress with Practopus!

Metronome Apps

Best Orchestra Specific Tuning Apps           More- Best Tuning Apps

 

Setting for Improving Sound Quality in ZOOM Lessons

ZOOM in Music Mode- Royal Academy of Music

 

Vibrato & Technique Videos

Violin Vibrato- Left Hand Only     

Violin Wrist Vibrato 

Violin Vibrato-Introducing the Bow

Violin- Relieving Tension in Shoulder, Arm, and Hand

Violin- Using the Wall to Make Sure Your Bow is Straight

 

Sasha Ono Cello Technique YouTube Channel

The Magic of Scales

 

 

Inspirational, Educational, or Silly Videos

Mandalorian Cello Cover

Rotterdam Philharmonic Ode to Joy

Down to the River to Pray- Virtual Choir

Bach Cello Suite No. 2 + Essential Voices - Created w/ iMovie

Bach’s cello suites are of course, unaccompanied. This artist added harmonies where Bach implied them- actually playing the overtones and exploring the missing layers of chord structure. He used iMovie’s picture in picture feature to make this video. The Acapella App would be a great tool to make a similar video if you don’t have iMovie.  Maybe you could try this with a snippet of Bach while practicing at home!

Virtual Mendelssohn String Quartet- posted by KC local, Chai-Fei Lin

Cups - Owl City Fireflies Play Along for Kids- Kaboom Percussion

Silly Cello Puppets

Interesting Facts About Bow Hair

Songs of Comfort- Yo Yo Ma plays Dvorak

Talented Brothers Playing Coldplay at home in Italy

I Wish You Love by 6 year old Guitarist/Vocalist

Viola Pasadoble

Ghostbusters Play Along for Beginners

Stayin' Alive Beginner Play Along

Free Educational Performing/Visual Arts Links

The Berlin Philharmonic's Digital Concert Hall is now free for everyone!

Nelson Atkins Remote Tour- Queen Nefertiti

Fun Sheet Music & Printables

TV Movie & Pop Medley for Violin, Viola, or Cello

Mozart's Tabletop Duet (Lay this page on a table.  Play one side while a sibling plays from the other direction.  Or, record yourself playing both parts and mix with Acapella, iMovie, or Adobe Audition.)

Printable Violin & Viola Scales (1, 2, & 3 Octave Options)

Free Handouts & PDF Files for Strings Teachers & Students