“The Creation: Trio for Erhu, Cello, and Piano”

I am happy to announce the successful premier performance of one of my newest compositions! It was so exciting to have the opportunity to write for the beautiful Chinese instrument, the erhu. I am grateful to the members of the Los Angeles Composers Collective who brought the piece to life!

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The Benefits Of Playing Music When You Retire

This article was written by a fellow musician and friend to whom I had the great privilege of teaching violin. It is my hope that by sharing this article more retired adults will be inspired to become involved in the arts.

The Benefits Of Playing Music When You Retire

by Bernice Greenstein


Being retired is usually leaving the fast lane.
For some people it’s a time to stop for a while.
For others, it’s finding opportunities to continue
your life’s passions.

My passion has always been music.

I was lucky to have a piano in my home when I
was a child.  The pleasure of learning how to play
this instrument has been a never-ending journey.

It’s been said, “That we use both sides of our brain
when we play the piano.”  I think playing any musical
instrument is very beneficial.  You can be as creative
as want to be.  The sense of accomplishment is very
rewarding.

Being retired is a wonderful time to renew your skills
at playing an instrument that you haven’t played in a
long time.

Several years ago, I fulfilled a dream.  I learned how 
to play the violin.  It has given me the wonderful
opportunity of joining a beginning orchestra at
La Verne University.

The La Verne Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of
Dr. Danielle R. Nahas, and conducted by Emmanuel Lagumbay.

Being in this orchestra has given me a connection and a feeling
of belonging to a group of people.  The sense of acceptance
is very special.  Age doesn’t matter.  Actually, it makes me feel
younger, participating with younger students.  By striving together,
we are reaching for the same goal…which is to make beautiful
music.
Bernice Greenstein (pictured second from the left) at a LVSO outreach event in 2015
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“Violin for Self-Enrichment” (Online Violin Lessons)

Hello everyone! I’ve started to continue my online violin lesson series, “Violin for Self Enrichment”! Here are the first two videos in the series. I’ve added a page for the lessons here on my website so that you can access them any time at daniellerosariaviolinist.com/violin-for-self-enrichment. If you have any questions about playing the violin, please feel free to contact me here by leaving comments or by emailing me at drdanieller8@gmail.com.

This introduction to playing the violin, “Violin for Self-Enrichment”, an online lesson series dedicated to helping those of you who want to learn something new, specifically playing music on the violin. Enjoy learning how to play violin with Dr. Danielle Rosaria and her assistant Amy Rose!

This intro “Phase 1” includes how to prepare the bow and violin for playing as well as some basic techniques.

This “Phase 2” video is the second in the online violin lesson series with Dr. Danielle Rosaria. Here we learn how to play notes using the left and right hands together.

In this “Phase 3” lesson, we learn the first half of the Ode to Joy melody by Ludwig van Beethoven.