About Annette Brower
Annette is the founder of Prelude Strings. She earned a B.A. music degree, studying violin, from Brigham Young University. After moving to Orange County, CA and doing a bit of informal research, she determined the community needed a string orchestra for students as young as eight years old. Prelude String Orchestra started in 1994 as a 10 week class through the Tustin parks and recreation department. Eight violinists and two cellists attended the audition and all were accepted. Currently, enrollment is capped at 90-100 students divided between two string ensembles. At the 20th anniversary concert a colleague said, "Amazing that you have been doing this for 20 years!" Her response, "I just kept showing up." That's her philosophy. Just keep showing up. Keep trying. Her love is teaching. She has studied violin pedagogy extensively and has a busy private violin studio.
Some people only dream of meeting their favorite violinists, I teach mine.
Be kinder than necessary. Everyone you meet is facing some type of battle.
I was made to work. If you are equally industrious, you will be equally successful. J. S. Bach
We’re developing the ability to set goals and self-monitor progress towards them. Prioritize. Manage time. Be patient. Persevere, and develop a high tolerance for frustration. Become self-motivated. Solve complex problems. Concentrate. Focus. And remain resilient in the face of setbacks and adversity. Nao Kageyama
“Art isn’t about finding inspiration, it is about discipline. Through this discipline and production of work, you become inspired and inspiring to those around you.”
—Nina K. Fitzpatrick
HARD WORK BEATS TALENT
DOESN'T WORK HARD.
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IF IT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU,
YOU WILL FIND A WAY.
YOU WILL FIND AN EXCUSE.
"Talent can be equated with promise, but you've got to do something with
that promise. You need to have the discipline to really work at what you
do." -- Itzhak Perlman
To send light into the darkness of the men’s ears – such in the duty of the artist. – R. Schumann
To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable. – Ludwig von Beethoven
Talent counts for much, but effort counts for more. - John Singer Sargent
Excellence is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle
Slow practice-fast progress.
Fast practice-slow progress.
No practice-no progress.
Benefits from musical study:
Respect for others and self
Give and receive praise
Give and receive constructive criticism
Attention to detail
Value of repetition
Appreciation of the Arts
Value of the Arts in society
Learning to set goals
Problem Solving – learning to break down a problem into manageable steps
Awareness of beauty
Fine motor skills
Consideration and support of peers
Think first, then act
Joy of Mastery
When it comes to violin, what is more important than talent? Here are a few things:
Attention to detail
Support and encouragement from family or peers
Opportunities to perform
Opportunities to play with others
Courage to fail
Courage to succeed
- Laurie Niles