Cami Shaskin

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This blog is about all things violin. It is meant to educate, inspire, and provide resources for parents, teachers, and students. The author takes full responsibility for the viewpoints expressed here. In instances where she quotes ideas from others, she pledges to cite her sources as fully, responsibly, and accurately as possible. Topics will include book reviews, technique tips, entertaining anecdotes, quotes, jokes, educational findings, instrument care suggestions, violin in the news, repertoire lists, etc.

Cami J. Shaskin graduated with her master's degree in Music Education in 2008. Violin has always been her primary instrument, since beginning private lessons at age five. See for her music résumé, or click on Spotlights for historical recordings. Cami has enjoyed an array of experiences in writing, from penning award-winning articles as a journalism staff writer in high school, tutoring peers at BYU's Writing Center, earning a Writing Fellows scholarship and a minor in Language and Computers, and later becoming a published author. She recently picked up web programming as a hobby, earning a certificate in Web Programming and Development from the local community college. This blog has been a collaborative effort between her and her husband, who is a Web Developer by profession. Together, they designed and coded this blog and its original content "from scratch."


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Impact for Life
30 Dec 2021

Forgive the crudeness of this explanation, but I’m grateful for all the “non-flashy” people who have made a lasting impact in my life. If this has happened to you, too, chances are, these people aren’t the neighbors, co-workers, family members or friends your world typically revolves around. These aren’t people you try to impress. Sometimes you don’t even know their name.

It’s the Brother in your ward who takes you grocery shopping after you have surgery and revolutionizes the way you shop ever after. It’s the new roommate who recommends a personal hygiene item that really works, and from then on, you don’t buy anything else! It’s the relative who whips up a recipe one day that becomes one of your go-to dinners decades later; it’s the friend you visit who introduces a new game that becomes not just your favorite, but a staple for your whole family for years to come; it’s the perfect stranger who’s simple greeting renews your hope in humanity during a tough time; it’s the student who gets excited during an average classroom lesson you’re teaching and makes you excited to be a teacher. It’s the Bishop’s son in your singles ward who asks out the cashier from Target, and when they get engaged, you have renewed faith that there truly are awesome guys out there and romance is still alive. And it’s a stand partner who mentions in passing an apparently accepted rule of violin technique that you never heard of, but changes the way you play from that point on. Such positive impact from such ordinary folks!

These “non-flashy” people spread their influence in quiet ways. But the difference is felt, seen, and heard, and will impact me for a lifetime—probably beyond.

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