Conference Session Notes
Notes from the National Conference Sessions are being updated progressively.
New today, session notes for the Violin Forums (1.5 & 2.5) and the Set UP For Success Forum (3.4).
Go to the Interactive Program to link to the notes.
Practice and Parents
The ideal of most parents of musical children is be involved with practice in ways that maximises usefulness and minimises interference. No one knows your child the way you do – this can be a help but also a hindrance when it comes to music practice. Most teachers agree that for children of primary school age, and sometimes older, parental attendance at lessons and assistance with practice makes a big difference to the child’s rate of development. The single best thing parents can do to help their child is to be genuinely interested in their child’s music lessons. Communicate the…
How I Teach The Bass
My teaching methods have changed markedly over the years, partly through experience but also from my solo work and commissioning many new works for double bass. Three of my teachers (Laurence Gray, Bronwen Naish and František Posta) have had an important influence on my approach, each bringing different perspectives to the instrument and allowing me to develop my own style from their excellent examples. I began teaching whilst still a student at the Royal College of Music in London and have combined it with my career as a soloist, chamber musician and publisher. I quickly realised how much I enjoyed…
Do I feel like Practising?
Practising is what we do for ourselves. It is solitary. It is where we work in harmony with ourselves and teach ourselves everything we will ever know. A good outside teacher is essential, and skills are learned in lessons. However it is that time on our own, where we make those skills our own, through our own brains and our own instincts – that makes the instrument our friend and the skills second nature; money in the bank to be drawn on at will. Practising is a luxury. Students often fail to realise this. In the full hormonal bloom of…