Reference Books for Violin Playing:

Principles of Violin Playing & Teaching” by Ivan Galamian.

  1. The pictures and the examples are valuable references.
  2. Conclusion chapter “A few words for the teacher” helped my teaching.
  3. Postscript “Galamian in the studio” presents keys on practicing. Continue reading Reference Books for Violin Playing:

Self Improvement in Violin Playing

Today, Vivaldi is recognized as the master of the violin concerto and the featured image is the Greek neighborhood of Venice where Vivaldi lived and worked. (

(I). My Journey as An Amateur Violinist

I have taken private violin lessons in my teenage years. My teacher, Mr. Liu Chen was a member of the Taiwan Provincial Symphony Orchestra. He is very kind and patient. He guided me through the Suzuki books and a few concertos. My teacher demanded a lot on basics besides the Suzuki books, such as the scales and the etudes. My mother imposed very strict rules on my practicing schedule. Therefore, I have established solid skills. Continue reading Self Improvement in Violin Playing

A Resource for Music Education

The National Arts Centre opened its doors on June 2, 1969, as a gift to all Canadians in celebration of the country’s 100th birthday. It was Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, who in the 1960s recognized the need and desire for Canadians to showcase excellence in Canadian performance arts – music, English and French theatre, dance, and variety. Come visit us at Canada’s National Arts Centre located in the heart of Ottawa, Ontario and on the web at
It is always a challenging task for the elementary school teachers to find class materials in music education, particularly the classical music. Canada’s National Arts Centre has provided “Vivaldi and The Four Seasons Teacher Resource Kit” that can be free download from their web site.

This unique resource not only presents a world of classical music that is fun, interactive, and relevant, it also provides class materials for the students to learn about the “four seasons” through music, language arts, social studies, science, visual arts, and drama.

NTU Chamber Group 2008 Annual Recital

NTU Chamber group historically hosts an annual recital of remembrance & Thanksgiving to serve the community. The annual recital provided an opportunity for the students to perform in public. It provided a platform for the musicians to learn from each other and the event also served as a social gathering for the parents and the teachers. Besides annual recital, the group performed in churches, in Chinese festivals and homes of the group members and friends. Sometimes, the group was invited to perform in supporting the recitals from the other musical groups. Continue reading NTU Chamber Group 2008 Annual Recital