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Miss He's Violin Stadium in Shenzhen City, China

After sending our newest accessory color choice out into the world, we eagerly awaited confirmation that we had made the right choice.

A recent visit to Ms. He's class of beginning violin students gave us the answer to our question:

Yes, the girls love Purple Raspberry!

Violin class shows Things 4 String Bow Hold Buddies bow holds 


Miss He and her beginning violin class show Things 4 Strings Bow Hold Buddies violin bow holds

Miss He and her lovely class of violin students.

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Headed to Beijing?

Come meet Things 4 Strings® accessories at Location 4D#11!


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Things 4 Strings® accessories at Palm Music Expo 2015 in Beijing

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Je serai bientôt à Paris pour assister à Musicora : trois jours de présentations, de concerts, de rencontres, de conférences et d'ateliers pour les professionnels de la musique et le grand public ( ) ! Ce serait un plaisir de vous y rencontrer, sur le stand de Sebim. Je soutiendrai mes accessoires pour archet Things 4 Strings® ... Les trois premiers membres LinkedIn qui s'arrêtent au stand et viennent me dire bonjour recevront un échantillon gratuit. 

Let's Meet at Musicora! Paris: February 6-8 

Soon I will be travelling to Paris to attend Musicora: three days of showcases, concerts, meetings, conferences and workshops for music professionals and the general public (! 
It would be a treat to meet you there, at Sebim's lutherie stand. 
I'll be there with my Things 4 Strings® bow accessories -- and will have a free sample accessory to the first three LinkedIn contacts to stop and say hello! 


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kudoscollageforclaire600pixel.jpgAmerican String Teachers Association Kudos Award to Ruth Brons


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Things 4 Strings® bow hold accessories, an idea born from two string teachers with over 75 combined years of  teaching experience, achieved manufacture five years ago this month. This feat alone practically qualifies as a miracle!

Ruth Inspects Bow Accessories

These popular accessories are now in use by teachers and students in all 50 United States and over 60 countries. Wow!

The governments of the United States, the European Union and Mexico have awarded our teaching tools eight patents and design registrations, with additional patents pending. Amazing!

In our own state of New Jersey, Things 4 Strings LLC has been selected to be honored this year by the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of NJ  and the Annual NJ Family Business of the Year Awards, and was named winner of the 2013 Invention Lives! in West Orange Contest. We are honored!

Our 100,000+ social media following provides a joyous daily reminder that our music education efforts are indeed a string world community project!  

We offer our sincerest Thank You to all teachers who have adopted Things 4 Strings® accessories into their beginning curriculum!

We also send some overdue #shoutouts of immense gratitude to our invaluable core team:





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Originally posted on 2012-10-08 by Monica Call

Dear Things 4Strings Folks,

I just wanted you all to know how much I appreciate the Cellophant as a teaching tool.

I teach at a state university as well as have a studio in my home.

The students in both studios have really embraced the Cellophant bow hold helper.

My college students say that it helps them to remember their good bow hand position all of the time which helps to curb hand, wrist, and finger fatigue when practicing for long hours.

Also, the Cellophant has become a "badge of honor" for my cello majors.

Some of the violinists and violists have asked if there is a bow help for them.

I have referred them to your website. My students in my studio at home also have enjoyed the Cellophant.

They range from 6 years old to 36.

For years and years I have gerryrigged various things to help my students learn a beautiful and relaxed bow hold.

Some students have succeeded in doing so while others have struggled with this problem off and on (sometimes mostly "on").

Your product has given these students such a sense of accomplishment.

A proper bow hold is no longer a chore to remember and struggle with.

I can't thank you enough for your product.

I will be recommending your fish and Cellophants to my colleagues and students in my pedagogy courses at the university.

Keep up the good work!  


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Keely Blaikner's High School Orchestra

I was at the ASTA National Conference in Kentucky last week and I bought one of your Deluxe Teacher Kits from your display booth.

It was the only one you had and it was used to prop up the other kit that you were using.

When I returned to school this past week, I tried the Bow Buddies on my HS students' bows to try and break their bad habits.

It was amazing how my HS students took to using your frogs and elephants. I am buying more to help more of my students.

Some even agreed to sign them out for a week to practice at home with.

They loved how comfortable the Buddies were and helped them to relax their holds.

I love it because there is so much less explaining and moving of fingers that I have to do with my students.

Less time wasted and more time instructing...perfect! AND the students are learning the correct way to hold their bow after so many years of bad habits developing.

Love your products!

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Mondomusica New York 2014


For three glorious days, our string world was all under one roof in NYC: makers, players, instruments, dealers, teachers, artists, presenters!


More from the event Video Gallery here!



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Originally posted 2009-08-23 on by Martin Steinberg

Cellist Martin Steinberg, in Carnegie Hall, endorses Things 4 Strings® CelloPhant® accessories

Cellophant is a fantastic device that's fun to look at and to touch and painlessly teaches students how to hold the bow.

My students have benefited enormously from using Cellophant.

It has saved lots of time at our lessons so we can spend more time to making music.


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Originally posted on 2011-06-27 by Martha Yasuda

Violin teacher Martha Yasuda endorses Things 4 Strings® Bow Hold Buddies® accessories

The Bow Hold Buddy combines FUN with RESULTS as their product tackles the age-old problem of holding the bow correctly.

The clever physical mold is easy for students to grasp, which drastically reduces the amount of time that teachers need to spend on correcting the bow hold in a typical violin or viola  lesson.

Students also enjoy the novelty of the product and the available colors.

Highly recommended necessity for beginners through Suzuki book 3 in my studio!

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Originally posted on 2011-06-27 by Martha Morehart

Violin teacher Martha Morehart endorses Things 4 Strings® Bow Hold Buddies® accessories

Exceeds all expectations!

Bow Hold Buddies dramatically reduce the time it takes students to master a proper bow hold.

Students' energy can go into other challenges.

Quicker progress, MORE FUN!!!


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When Things 4 Strings© accessories are removed, do students maintain their good bow holds?


Of course, student bow holds need monitoring/refining until....always!

But for most students, yes, when the time has come for their Things 4 Strings© accessory to be removed from their bow, the hand has learned the basics of what to do.

(See Length of Use FAQ post here.)

This is especially true for kinesthetic learners;  visual learners may require a more thorough bow hold re-explaination once the accessory is removed.

Aside from the bow hold help, three significant additional benefits of the accessories to a beginner are:

1) the relaxed bow hand translates into a more relaxed bow arm.

A relaxed bow arm much easier to work with and train!

2) the re-allocation of lesson minutes previously devoted to bow hold correction.

How many minutes of each beginner's lesson are typically spent on bow hold correction/explaination? 

Multiply those minutes by a year's worth of lessons, and you can quickly realize the accessory's value in recovered lesson time.

For example, in a studio offering 30 thirty-minute lessons per year, the re-allocation of just 5 minutes per lesson adds up to the equivalant of 5 entire extra lessons per year!   

3) the absolute removal of a major source of frustration in the beginning player experience.

When a fine teacher corrects a bow hold multiple times in a lesson (which is a situation that can occur for....years!), the message is the student percieves is NOT:

"Oh, how lucky I am to have such a fine teacher who cares so much about my future as a musician!

But rather, the student may well be thinking:

"There is something difficult about playing this instrument and I am not very good at it....."

Experienced teachers know that less frustration leads to a better learning situation.



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 California Bound!

California bound


Things 4 Strings LLC president Ruth Brons, and fellow teacher (and daughter!) Rozie Dumas are heading to California in July. Check Twitter account @Things4Strings for news of visits with our favorite violin shops!

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Meet Things 4 Strings® accessories at Summer NAMM 2015!

Summer NAMM 2015

Heading to Nashville? 

Be sure to stop and say "Hello!" at the booth of our USA distributor, Metropolitan Music - Booth #705. Thank you, Rob Juzek and Sokol Nikaj!

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AUSTA: Australian String Teachers Association Conference 2015

AUSTA: Australia String Teachers Association

Our friends "down under" will find Things 4 Strings® accessories well represented by our Australian distributor, The Sydney String Centre. Thank you, Douglas Glanville!

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PAMA (Performing Arts Medical Association) presents Things 4 Strings® Accessories

PAMA: Performing Arts Medicine Association

Since its founding in 1989, the  Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) is an organization comprised of dedicated medical professionals, artists, educators and administrators with the common goal of improving the health care of the performing artist. Members of PAMA are professionals in fields that include research, education, and clinical practice. Many have written books and articles to inform and educate other professionals and performers.

We are proud to announce Things 4 Strings® bow accessories will be presented at PAMA's upcoming conference, Countdown to Curtain: Maximizing Artistry and Injury Prevention Onstage and Behind the Scenes.  Performing arts therapists from  Minneapolis' Performing Arts Medical Clinic, specializing in injury prevention and management for musicians’, hope to share awareness of our products with the performing arts medicine community.  Ruth Brons will be on hand for their workshop on “Adaptive equipment & instrument modifications for the string instrumentalist.”   Therapist Julie Liebelt is  "very interested in how Bow Hold Buddies® and CelloPhant® accessories assist appropriate biomechanics and ergonomics for string instrumentalists." 

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Why Summer is a Perfect Time to Sign Up for a Music Teacher’s Helper Free Trial

I have been thrilled using MTH (Music Teacher's Helper) for over 10 years now.  This fabulous service, designed by former studio teacher Brandon Pearce, allows me to easily and efficiently manage a host of lesson studio administrative tasks, allowing me to focus on productively juggling lessons, performing commitments and Things 4 Strings LLC. In addition to my prior MTH blog post, here are some more great points to consider now that summer is here.

For many private lesson music teachers, summer is a slower time of year. That’s why it’s a perfect time to be productive about managing your studio for the upcoming busy season. If you aren’t a current user of Music Teacher’s Helper (or haven’t heard of MTH!), let’s examine why right now is a perfect time to take advantage of a free trial.

Girl and dog all packed in car for summer vaction

Gradual adoption

It’s easy to add a student, schedule a lesson, then automatically invoice using our software. But that’s just the “tip of the iceberg” with what you can do. You may want to learn about the lending library, repriotore tracker, mileage input, and any number of other features that enhance the studio experience for you and your students. And there’s lots of great training support to do just that. With written articles, video tutorials, recorded webinars, and even personal setup support, you can go at your own pace to familiarize yourself with the features that you will be using for your studio. If summer is indeed a slower time, now is your chance to set up your studio administration for a smooth busy season.

Add Content to Your Free Studio Website

Music Teacher’s Helper provides professional website themes for you to choose from that you customize with a logo and content. Build exposure and credibility with a website just for your studio.

Doing this over the summer will give you time to focus on what content you’ll want to include.  You can add links, videos, and pictures easily. No website experience needed.

Every studio website also has a blog feature. Have you created a Facebook or Twitter account to promote your studio but struggle with what to post? Blogging helps market your studio because they show up in search engines like Google and can be spread across multiple social media networks. Good content gets shared and drives visitors to your studio website, where they’ll learn more about your services.

No Long-Term Commitments

Monthly pricing plans allow you to move up or down based on how many students you currently have in your studio. There is even a forever free plan available for up to five students. And waiting list or former students do not count towards that total.

Do you know which students are coming back at the end of the summer? Add them into the software now as a former student and convert them to active with a click of a button. Since you already added their information, lesson rate, etc., just schedule them on the calendar. They can then receive email lesson reminders (we have different profiles for child and adult students), a custom invoice with option to pay with a credit card, and after the lesson, you can type notes about how they did for yourself, or allow the student/parent to see the notes as well.

Summer vacation is a time for you to recharge and refocus as you prepare for another group of students. If you set up Music Teacher’s Helper now, you will be able to concentrate more on teaching your students in the fall.

Click Here For MTH Website: Signup for Free Trial Today!


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Success for Things 4 Strings® Accessories: PALM Music Expo 2015 in Beijing, China

Things 4 Strings® Sales Agent Jerrie Zhao helps young girl with her first violin bow hold!

The Leading Pro Audio, Light, Music & Technology Exhibition on China's most prestigious stage, the PALM Expo 2015 in Beijing continued a long heritage from the successes from 23 successful past annual shows.

Things 4 String® bow accessories are proud to have part of this event servicing the thriving markets in Greater China.

Above, our Sales Agent Jerrie Zhao presented our popular line to the 62,000+ industry attendees -- including one of the world's newest and cutest violinists!


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Things 4 Strings® accessories at Palm Music Expo 2015 in Beijing

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Adult Violin Beginner Franco Esteve Tweets Thanks

What a pleasure to hear from one of the growing population on adult beginners, as we did today on Twitter! Indeed, Ruth initially developed Things 4 Strings® accessories for the benefit of the students (mostly children) in her own studio. But very soon after our launch, the enthusiastic adult beginner community wrote to us that we needed to offer our bow hold aids in a special color just for them: Concert Black!

Adult violin beginner Franco Esteve endorses Things 4 Strings Bow Hold Buddies teaching aid


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Carla Trynchuk, Professor of Music, Andrews University: Special Needs Violin Student

We love helping typical beginners, tho' special applications especially warm our hearts. We are thankful to Carla for sharing this:

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