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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 ( 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. 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 Music.

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!


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