Vena Johnson

Vena is an American professional violinist and teaching artist with a passion for collaborative music and performance art. After studying, teaching, and freelancing in the greater-Philadelphia region for 10 years, Vena set off to travel the world with her violin. Her travels have almost always intersected with her passion for music performance, bringing her to Italy, Ireland, the Middle East, Nepal, India, China, and Japan, where she currently resides.
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Tips for Choosing and Buying a Violin Bow

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20 Easy Pop Songs to Learn on the Violin

When learning the violin, you might feel like you spend all of your time learning technique and “academic” music - scales, etudes, and formal pieces. While these are absolutely essential building blocks...

Ways to Get Out of the Practice Room

Could you imagine a baseball player who only practiced in a batting cage but never played a game? What about a musician who practices diligently but rarely performs and plays with others?...

Tips to Improve Violin Tone

Tone is basically the quality of sound that you produce. “Bad tone” is all too familiar - the scratchy, dull violin sound that is, as some would say, not unlike a cat...

Tips for Improving Intonation

Nothing could be more frustrating than being told by teachers and peers that you “need to improve intonation,” without really being taught how to do this. Hearing proper intonation is something that...

Staying Motivated When Learning Something New

Sure, it’s easy to be motivated to practice in the beginning stages of learning a new instrument or piece of music. The freshness of the new frontier has enough intrigue to keep...

How Much Does a Good Violin Cost?

When shopping for a new violin, it can be overwhelming to make a decision with so many options amongst so many price ranges. There are so many factors to consider, including the...

How to Tell if a Violin is Good Quality

These days, it’s easy to find a Stradivarius sticker slapped inside any violin and this may seem like an indicator of good quality. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Tips for Choosing and Buying a Violin Bow

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