Practicing an instrument can take many different forms. Everyone is familiar with the most common type of practicing: playing scales, etudes and performance pieces. What many people overlook, however, are technique and strength exercises. These exercises can’t always be found in books, and some of them don’t even require you to be holding your instrument. […]
About Thornton Cline
Thornton Cline is the author of four books: Band of Angels, Practice Personalities: What’s Your Type?, Practice Personalities for Adults, and Cline’s first children’s book, The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Violin.
Thornton Cline has been honored with Songwriter of the Year twice in a row by the Tennessee Songwriters Association for his hit song “Love is the Reason” recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck and Gloria Gaynor.
Cline has received Dove Award nominations as a project writer and Grammy Award nominations for Music Educator.
Thornton Cline is an in-demand author, teacher, speaker, clinician, performer and songwriter. He is a registered Suzuki violin teacher with the Suzuki Association of Americas.
Cline teaches piano, violin and guitar at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his wife and two children.
Entries by Thornton Cline
The recital is one of the most anticipated events in the life of a classical musician or student. Many students will spend months–or even the better part of a year–preparing for their recital. Such focus is admirable, but it can blind a person to other rewarding performance opportunities. Many times these missed opportunities could have […]
Did you know that only one to three percent of students that play music will go on to play professionally? Does that mean that the other 97 to 99 percent who have studied violin should be considered a “waste of time?” Absolutely not. I continually remind students and parents that I am not trying to make students professionals, but my […]