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Bittersweet Performances

June 8th, 2015 by Katherine Moller

As part of my studio, I run a group called the Fredericton Fiddle Orchestra. At the moment this is a group of 8 women who play fiddle and piano. We like to play a mix of Old Time, Celtic, and Oldies. We have performed at various venues over the years, but the one that we […]

Any of you who are regular readers will know that I am a huge advocate of practicing music slowly. My students hate hearing me say “Let’s work on this passage slowly with a metronome.” Two of my favourite learning tools together! A couple of my students have been performing solos in the local music festival […]

A lot of times I notice that my students like to start a piece over from the beginning again when they make a mistake. This is not the most effective way to practice, and will lead you to playing the beginning of the piece very well, but not having mastered the rest of it. If […]

I offer both group and private lessons through my teaching studio. Which is better? Well, as with so many questions, it all depends on what you want from your lessons. Group Lessons – Pros Social aspect – It can be nice to learn in an environment where you get to interact with other people instead […]

I recently heard a 5 year old student of mine talking to her mom as she walked away from lesson one day. Her lesson that day had not gone as well as usual, possibly because she was tired and possibly because she had not managed to practice as much as usual during the week. “I […]

I happen to love Christmas. There are a lot of commercial aspects that I don’t like, but I love the decorations, I love the fact of getting to see my family, and I love the music. Yes, I love the music. I know that I have heard, and taught, Silent Night many times over, but […]

Tips & Tricks: Paralyzed by Perfection

November 3rd, 2014 by Katherine Moller

I was recently teaching one of my adult classes about playing double stops. My students told me that they were finding it difficult, and that they found that their violins did not sound very good. I asked them to play (together, not individually) while I listened. They looked panicked as they realized that I was […]

Music Awards: What Does it all Mean?

September 22nd, 2014 by Katherine Moller

I have recently been nominated for 5 Music NB Awards. The last time I was nominated for an award, a columnist called me to get a reaction and I was stumped. “What does this nomination mean for you?” That was the big question. Since getting the news about these most recent nominations I have been […]

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''Celtic fiddle with a classical twist:
the heart and soul of a fiddler, the artistry and finesse of a classical violinist.''