2 Million Hits in January, 2005 Violin Website Develops a Tremendous Following - violinmasterclass.com Created by Kurt Sassmannshaus

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The Wall Street Journal says of http://www.violinmasterclass.com, Â?Not only invaluable to actual violin students, this Web site can be tremendously useful to anyone with an interest in the mechanics of violin technique.Â? Overwhelming public enthusiasm confirmed the usefulness of the single most comprehensive violin pedagogy website Â? more than 2 million hits in January, 2005!

The Wall Street Journal says of http://www.violinmasterclass.com, “Not only invaluable to actual violin students, this Web site can be tremendously useful to anyone with an interest in the mechanics of violin technique.” Overwhelming public enthusiasm confirmed the usefulness of the single most comprehensive violin pedagogy website – more than 2 million hits in January, 2005!

Since its high-profile launch at New York’s Le Cirque on September 17th, 2004, http://www.violinmasterclass.com has enjoyed a steady stream of visitors, making it a whopping 7 million hits since its inception! On the press front, the website has been hailed by the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Time Out New York Kids, Germany’s NPR - Bayerischer Rundfunk, and Cincinnati Enquirer, and warmly received by journalists who attended pilot demonstrations in London, Munich, Aspen and New York.

Such a phenomenon is certainly a rare achievement for any classical music education website. But because of http://www.violinmasterclass.com’s comprehensive, communicative and non-profit design, people ranging from a parent in rural China to a six-year-old in Florida can easily use the website for everything they need to know about violin playing.

Subscribers can join the free website’s many forums covering topics from ‘Violin Literature’ to ‘Teen Fiddlers,’ and put in any violin-playing related inquiries directly to Prof. S – Kurt Sassmannshaus. Further benefits include regular newsletters about competitions, performances and community news. To date, there are more than 2,000 subscribers worldwide.

The website looks to serve the global music community with its first translation in Chinese in the immediate future. German and other languages to follow.

http://www.violinmasterclass.com expresses utmost gratitude to Shar Music Products and the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation for their support.

Alongside this project, Professor Kurt Sassmannshaus will inaugurate the first Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, China (July 15 – August 14, 2005). The Academy will provide stellar faculty and comprehensive music training to 80 talented music students from all over the world. The application is now open.

More About Violinmasterclass.com:

The largest and most complete violin master class website in the world received its official launch on September 17, 2004. VIOLIN MASTER CLASS (http://www.violinmasterclass.com) 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.

Violinmasterclass.com 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 is 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.

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