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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Music During Covid
04 Aug 2021
Gotta give a shout-out to all the HS students participating in Solo/Ensemble Festivals during a pandemic. They truly have it harder than most students in past years, for a number of reasons:

1) Performing in a mask is hard, not just because it feels restrictive, but it makes it harder to breathe freely, may fog up eyeglasses, and makes it nearly impossible to see your violin as well.

2) In preparing to record your solo or ensemble, you may, depending on private teacher policies, have only had the option of online lessons. (As a private teacher myself, I don't prefer teaching online, because I can't walk around and view my student from different angles, I never know if the parent is actually there taking notes, I can't mark something in the music for the player, the lag in the various apps makes it difficult to play together, the dynamics in a piece don't always come through the technology accurately, and I can't manipulate a student's arms or hands at all, which can be helpful for a beginning player.)

3) When you pre-record a video for judges, true, you can re-record before submitting it if you mess up. But this also means that since the judge doesn't have your music in front of them when watching it (complete with measure numbers), they can't write down as you go, "You were out of tune in measure ten." In fact, they are allowed to back up the video when they notice something and say instead, "At 2:06, you were out of tune." Talk about scrutiny and pressure to be perfect throughout!

I've seen a lot of great performances as a judge in the state of Utah in 2021. My hat goes off to you, as the saying goes!

As students overcome unique and difficult challenges with music and technology that are nothing to sneeze at, it goes without saying that they're going to be better and better as time goes on!

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