The Johnson String Project

The Johnsons have  a long history of serving music programs throughout the state. Though Johnson String Instrument already serves a growing number of El Sistema-inspired programs, we have been searching for a way to better serve these and other programs that cater to culturally under-served communities. Founder Carol Johnson discovered in conversations with various program directors that many have a hard time getting enough funding for the instruments they used as well as their upkeep. … Read more

El Sistema in Massachusetts

This post discusses El Sistema-inspired programs located in Massachusetts. For more information about El Sistema in Venezuela and the United States, please see our previous post, What is El Sistema?

 

Eight of the country’s registered El Sistema programs are located in Massachusetts, with the majority being in the Greater Boston area. Programs are located in Boston, Somerville, Cambridge, Roslindale, Pittsfield, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain. Each program serves a different type of … Read more

What is El Sistema?

The idea of El Sistema has been entering conversations about American music education. The title is tossed around and linked with success stories of famous musicians such as Gustavo Dudamel. A simple internet search provides inspirational videos and images of joy and triumph. There exists, however, some confusion over what exactly El Sistema is. The simplest answer: It is an idea. With roots in the impoverished barrios in Venezuela, it is an idea that has … Read more

Announcing the Launch of the Johnson String Project!

Johnson String Project LogoJohnson String Instrument is proud to announce our partnership with the new non-profit organization the Johnson String Project. You can find more information on the Facebook page and in the press release below. Keep following our blog to learn more about El Sistema and the Johnson String Project.

Johnson String Instrument Launches Lending Library

Johnson String Instrument, a leading online resource for stringed instruments, has created the Johnson String Project (JSP), a charitable foundation whose … Read more

Gut Feeling: A Look at String Players of the Past

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Welcome to our blog  about stringed instruments, players, and composers of the Baroque period!

We at Johnson String Instrument and Carriage House Violins are very interested in early music and period instrument performance practice, and hope this blog will be a valuable resource for our readers. We will present regular blog posts for you to learn about stringed instruments, string players, and composers throughout the periods of music history.

If you are a player interested … Read more

Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli

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Arcangelo Corelli (1683-1713) is one of the eighteenth-century’s best-known violin players and composers. Although Corelli wrote a limited number of pieces, his compositions are a very important contribution to the violin repertoire, and greatly advanced violin technique. He composed 6 collected works, including sonatas for violin and basso continuo, trio sonatas (a multi-movement piece for 2 violins and continuo), and concerti grossi (a 3-movement concerto for more than one solo instrument and … Read more

Cellos & Cello Bows Exhibit!

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Carriage House Violins has designated March 2015 as Cello month and will be offering an expanded selection of cellos and cello bows for sale.

Selected cellos and bows are now on display in our Contemporary Cello & Cello Bow Exhibit, featuring some of today’s finest makers (see below). For trial information, please contact our cello sales consultant Robert Mayes at rmayes@carriagehouseviolins.com or 617-262-0051 ext 306. If you are shopping for a cello or … Read more

March is Cello Month!

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It’s Cello Month at Carriage House Violins!

Throughout the month of March, Carriage House Violins—Johnson String Instrument’s sales division—will host a number of exciting events especially for cellists. Lectures, performances, and an instrument exhibition are among the upcoming events, all taking place in the concert hall at Carriage House Violins in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts.


Cello Month Events

Click here to visit the Cello Month page on the Carriage House Violins website to see … Read more

Guitars & Other Fretted Instruments

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Welcome to The Guitar Shop at Johnson String Instrument!

CHV.118_rob+guitar-kid_11x6While JSI’s excellent reputation for providing quality bowed instruments to aspiring string players has long been known (since 1976!), we want to spread the word about the success of our relatively new fretted instrument division: JSI’s Guitar Shop.

With the opening of The Guitar Shop in 2012, the Johnson family returned to their folk roots, recalling their very first music shop called the Columbus Folk Music … Read more

More Gifts for Musicians!

We hope your holiday shopping is going well!

With last-minute shopping pressure starting to build, we thought we’d provide some more ideas for gifts for the musicians on your list.

All of the great gifts listed below are now on sale during the Johnson String Instrument Holiday Sale! You can also find selected violins, violas, cellos, and bows on sale for 10% off at Carriage House Violins, plus sheet music, CDs,Read more

The Johnson String Instrument Blog

Greetings, string-playing fans!

Welcome to Johnson String Instrument’s blog site, a place where information about stringed instruments and accessories, players and teachers, concerts and events, and more will be shared!

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Gifts for Musicians – JSI’s Holiday Sale!

Our halls are decked and all is merry and bright here during the Holiday Sale at Johnson String and Carriage House Violins!

Our friendly and knowledgable staff is here to help with gift ideas for musicians on your list. If you are in New England, we hope you can visit our beautiful new space in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts!

Make an appointment to try violins, violas, cellos, and bows in our private trial rooms or Read more