For Immediate Release

Filling an Educational Gap: Mazas Etudes Study Aid Recording Released in Time for All-State Auditions

Violin teachers and students now have easy access to a professionally produced audio recording of some of the most widely studied violin etudes.

REXBURG, Idaho – April 24, 2017 – In time for All-State violin auditions, Dr. Lisa McNiven just released “Mazas Etudes Spéciales, Opus 36: Book 1 for Violin” on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD Baby, Google Music Store, and also her website The inspiration to pursue the recording came while teaching a private lesson. “One of my students asked me if a recording was available to help her prepare for All-State auditions,” relates Dr. McNiven. “I told her there really wasn’t, and soon after decided to do a recording project to create the product and fill that gap in violin education.”

To celebrate the release, McNiven is offering a 17% discount (through Aug. 31) to help students prepare for the 2017 auditions through her shop at, using the coupon code ALLSTATE17.

Until now, a professionally produced audio recording of the etudes for use as a study aid was not commercially available and easily accessible as a stand-alone product. Dr. McNiven produced the album along with her husband, Tyler, who did the audio engineering and mastering on the project. Currently, the physical CD is only available at Distributors who wish to carry the physical CD are encouraged to use the contact page at to request copies.

“I’m very pleased with the recording of the violin etudes,” said Lisa, “and it was gratifying being able to pass along the album to the student who originally asked me. I hope it is able to assist many other students in their studies.”

Dr. McNiven and her husband are now producing “Mazas Etudes Spéciales, Opus 36: Book 1 for Viola” for CD and digital download and anticipate its release in the Fall of 2017.

Press Contact:
Tyler McNiven