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FREE VIOLIN MASTER CLASS WEBSITE
Created by Kurt Sassmannshaus
|The largest and most complete
violin master class website in the world will receive its official launch
on September 17, 2004. VIOLIN MASTER CLASS (http://www.violinmasterclass.com)
has been created by Kurt Sassmannshaus, chairman of string department
at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and son of the renowned German
violin pedagogue Egon Sassmannshaus. Offered as a completely free resource,
it is the single most comprehensive violin method website ever.
Violinmasterclass.com is a ground-breaking global educational project.
It's the first website that shows the most important principles and techniques
of violin playing via streaming media. Just click to see movies that clearly
demonstrate motions, right on your computer. If a picture is worth a thousand
words, then streaming media, direct from a web site, is worth ten thousand
words! Best of all, the site, which cost nearly a million dollars to create
and produce, will be free of charge to the user.
The templates for the structure implemented for each technique are easily
understood and intuitive: definition(s), exercises for different levels
(beginner, intermediate, advanced), master classes and finally, brilliant
performances by Sassmannshaus's own students at the Starling Preparatory
String Project and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of
The viewer will be invited to watch lessons and master classes in a progression
of difficulty addressing very specific technical skills. The extreme close
ups of left or right hand techniques help to clearly show the important
elements of each skill. This site is ideal for violinists who wish to
learn from a "remote" master teacher, Kurt Sassmannshaus, with
the guidance of his/her own teacher. The site is also a useful resource
for teachers, parents, and industry professionals. Even young conductors
wishing to learn more detail about violin techniques will find the information
valuable. Future plans include sections devoted to the pedagogy community,
and on-line contests!