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The New Normal? Reflections on Remote Music Lessons

By Miranda Wilson

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons (with apologies to Jacob Ochtervelt)

I was an early adopter of remote music teaching, so when the you-know-what hit the fan a couple of months ago, I knew I wanted to do something to help teachers who hadn’t taught using a videoconferencing platform before.

Musicians are a smart and resourceful bunch, and after a few initial freak-outs, most studio teachers I know adapted well and are now confidently teaching over Zoom, Skype, or another online platform.

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The Only Thing Better Than A Cello Is…

By Miranda Wilson

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There’s simply nothing more fun than playing cello ensemble music. The cello’s range is vast — bigger than those of the other members of the bowed strings family — and when you get a bunch of cellists together, you can have the highest and lowest voices of an ensemble at the same time as that glorious all-cello tone.

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Everything I Know About Marriage, I Learned From Chamber Music

By Miranda Wilson

The pandemic is getting really old, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I devote significant amounts of my daydreaming time to the things I’m going to do “when this is over.”

The thing that comes to mind first, and the thing I’ve missed the most, is playing chamber music.

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Editions of Bach’s Cello Suites…How Do I Choose One?

By Miranda Wilson

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Just as there are a lot of different ways to be a cellist, there are a lot of different ways to play Bach’s Cello Suites. I’m often asked what I think is the best edition of the Cello Suites, and there’s no clear answer. How do you decide, when at last count there were more than 100 editions to choose from?

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4 Ways to Improve Your Musicianship In Isolation

By Miranda Wilson

Bored, lonely, anxious, and panicking in self-isolation? Yeah, me too. I wish I could go all “silver lining” about the pandemic of 2020, but I can’t really think of one. This is just rough, and that’s all there is to it.

That said, one of my favourite sayings keeps coming into my head. “You can’t control other people’s actions, but you can control how you respond to them.” What would happen if we replaced “other people’s actions” with “the current horrifying crisis”? Whether we like it or not, we currently have an opportunity for reflection, self-study, and study in general. So…

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Remote Music Lessons for the Low-Tech Teacher

By Miranda Wilson

We’re in the middle of a global pandemic, and it’s uncharted territory for all of us. What will we do if we can’t work or go out? We musicians are panicking over cancelled concerts, plane tickets we already paid for, and lost sources of income that we were counting on.

Most of us in the music business have multiple streams of income, so it’s now more important than ever to keep our teaching businesses up and running.

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The Year I Read 56 Books (Not Including the Ones for Research)

By Miranda Wilson

How I want my house to look one day.
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Like many academic types, I have to read so much for research that I often run out of time for reading for pleasure. It isn’t just that I miss reading, I also miss being informed about subjects other than music. So this year, I decided I was going to make time for reading non-music books.

I can hear you splutter “Make time?!?!”

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