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Doesn't it make sense to teach beginner violinist's something about Baroque performance practice? Rachel Barton Pine thought so / Violinist.com

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With all the Baroque music that we teach beginning violinists, doesn't it make sense to teach them something about Baroque performance practice? Violinist Rachel Barton Pine thought so, when her daughter, Sylvia, started taking violin lessons and going through the Suzuki books several years ago. The Suzuki books contain quite a lot of Baroque pieces -- the Bach Minuets, Lully Gavotte, Vivaldi concerti, the Bach Double...the list goes on. This presents so many opportunities to introduce students to early music practices -- but how to go about doing so?

Once Pine starting looking into it, she discovered that there are early music education programs and ensembles springing up all across the United States, and they seem to be a big hit with young musicians. Last month, Pine shared her own experiences with Sylvia, and she also brought together a group of teachers and students from Baroque programs around the country to talk about their programs and to perform at a workshop called "Baroque for Beginners and Beyond" at the American String Teachers Association conference in Albuquerque, N.M.

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