Care & Repairs for String Educators
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Care & Repairs for String Educators

January 23, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of Care & Repairs for string teachers and stringed instruments.

 Yoga for Music Educators with Baxter Bell and Kitchen Table Repairs with Dalton Potter 

For classroom and studio teachers of stringed instruments

 12:30-2:30 pm Sunday January 23, 2021 (Two sixty minute sessions)

Location: Potter Violins, Takoma Park (And Virtual Option)

Free for ASTA Members $25 for Non-Members

Register HERE

Yoga for Music Educators with Baxter Bell

This session will be an accessible yoga practice designed for the unique challenges faced by today’s music educators. It will include yoga poses, breath exercises and simple meditation practices to get you feeling better in your body and more vibrant in your mind! You will need to be able to get up and down from the floor to participate.
What you need: an open space, a yoga mat (optional), a strap of some sort (a belt could work), a firm blanket or large towel and a firm chair with a back (no wheels!)
Baxter Bell, MD, has been playing violin since age 5 and teaching yoga for over 20 years (Baxter Bell Yoga @ He combines his love of music, his understanding of health, and his experience with yoga to create powerful experiences for your well-being. Baxter is also co-author of the book Yoga for Healthy Aging.

Kitchen Table Repairs with Dalton Potter

This lecture provides an overview of the history and care of stringed instruments. Included in the discussion is an analysis of how violins, violas, cellos and bases are constructed including the materials used as well as varying styles of construction, history, countries of origin, and how these variables affect the need for regular maintenance. The presentation will cover what common products are most effective for the control of humidity, keeping the tuning pegs working smoothly, and the basics of soundpost adjustments, bridges, and the various different kinds of strings. There will also be a review of bows, bow maintenance, and differing styles and materials involved in bow construction. Finally, there will be a 10 minute question and answer period that is open to audience discussion of repair topics. The presentation also will include insider tips on shopping for instruments and an overview of the effect of the internet on the music business.

Dalton Potter, owner and president of The Potter Violin Company in Bethesda, Maryland, has been building and
 repairing stringed instruments for more than 30 years. The Potter Violin Company is the largest purveyor of bows and bowed stringed instruments in the Mid-Atlantic region and among the largest shops of its kind in the country. Dalton has written and spoken extensively on the importance of quality instruments in early string music education and maintains a close relationship with many institutions nationwide, including the American String Teachers Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He is the author of Kitchen Table Violin Repairs, an emergency manual for string players and teachers. In addition, he takes great pride in being an active and supportive member of the strings community by sponsoring local orchestras and speaking at workshops, camps, and universities around the country



January 23, 2022
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


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