Ifshin Violins


Ifshin Violins is pleased to host a special Crowden School Fundraiser

Saturday, March 4, 2017
at Ifshin Violins: 6420 Fairmount Ave, El Cerrito, CA

Please join us for a special Food & Wine Benefit Reception!

Support the Crowden School's 2017 music tour to Chicago and Cleveland.

General admission tickets are available for $75. Buy advance tickets here


List of San Francisco Bay Area violin, viola and cello teachers offering private lessons in a variety of styles.

Please contact the teachers directly for information on studio location, rates and policies.

(photo by Sophia Wilson)


We've compiled a list of the youth orchestras that we know of in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. If you know there is a youth orchestra/youth chamber group we've missed, let us know! This is a public resource; we have no guarantee of accuracy, nor do we have any particular affiliation.


Here is our annual list of some of the amazing summer camps and programs available in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California! Check out the websites of such perennial favorites as Cazadero, Crowden, Valley of the Moon, and many many more!

There's a summer music program out there for all of you; young or young at heart.


We now require appointments for bow rehairs. You may call us at (510) 843-5466 or email info to schedule an appointment. Please read this article for more information on our bow rehair policies.


Find the perfect gift for the string player in your life!



Our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.


The Mystery of Origin

For 200 years, German luthiers supplied musicians with serviceable and affordable stringed instruments. Yet their story remains largely unknown.

Richard Ward examines part of the fascinating history of German violin making before World War I.


Friday, November 18, 4 to 6 pm

Jeremy Cohen, violininst/composer, will demonstrate how to use his duet books for violin or viola in your lessons.


Finding the right-size fractional instrument requires a good ear for tone

In spite of chronic loss of funding for our schools and subsequent elimination of music programs, it seems as if more young children than ever are playing stringed instruments. In this article, Richard Ward discusses what to look for and how to look for smaller instruments...


Learn to cultivate good violin-shop relations.

Richard Ward (from an article originally published in Strings Magazine) discusses finding and keeping a good working relationship with a violin repair shop; includes criteria for choosing a shop, and useful pointers on etiquette...


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