AUSTA Patron Richard Gill Honoured
AUSTA patron Richard Gill has recently received an Arts Leadership Award.
Angus McPherson’s article, recently published in Limelight tells the story.
There’s more to it than notes and tunes
Is there any value in learning a stringed instrument? As teachers we try to inspire, and make lessons enjoyable. So much time, effort and money is spent in learning to play. Surely there is more to it than simply learning notes and tunes? How may we help our students get the most out of learning and doing the best they can? The scope of this topic is extensive. However a few factors that are of musical and non musical benefit to the student bear special mention. It takes time to get to know our students. I have found that apart…
The Joys of Teaching Beginner Violinists
Teaching beginner violinists is an incomparable, stimulating and enjoyable occupation. Each child is uniquely individual; every day produces new challenges and rewards. The last four decades have seen great improvements in beginners’ material.The Paul Rolland project, Sheila Nelson, Phyllis Young, Suzuki and Colourstrings have produced a wealth of interesting and challenging ideas and materials. The teaching program for the young child should be fun, stimulating and highly organised by very experienced teachers or by comprehensively trained young teachers with access to mentoring. The first years are the most important in the violinist’s education process. Prior aural and rhythm training before…
How to improve String Technique and Musicianship
(in just twenty minutes a day!) Music, perhaps more than any other human activity, enlists the synthetic cooperation of intellect, creativity and athleticism. As a physician and psychotherapist who spent nearly a decade working with students of classical music, I was deeply impressed by this inextricable interrelationship between mind and body. Eventually I devised a method of practice designed to enhance the technical and musical abilities of string players, and I am pleased to reintroduce it here for Stringendo readers. First, a few general observations. Listening closely to string players one can over time distinguish superior from inferior technical ability…