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.
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…
New book violin for adult learners
Compiled and arranged by Margaret Schlink here at last is an adult-friendly beginner book! Suitable for the first year of learning it includes a variety of adult-friendly pieces of different genres, clearly laid out pages with logical technical and musical development, and a duet book. Sample pages may be viewed on www.facebook.com/adultviolinclasses, as well as information about classes. Margaret Schlink is a violin/viola teacher with a special interest in teaching adults. She teaches individual lessons (to all ages), holds group classes for adults and is the founder/director of Perth Scottish Fiddlers. The book costs $35 plus P&P and is available by…
I teach what I needed to learn
How would you make progress with this challenging student? Let’s call her Ruby. She appears to have no natural rhythm at all and doesn’t register much difference between crotchets, quavers and semiquavers, but hopes that a clomping foot tap will keep her on track. Never mind that the foot slows when passages look black. Intonation is a blur. Aural, harmony and theory? Blank looks. What would you do with Ruby? Pass her to another teacher? Suggest ballet instead? Not so hasty. She may have hidden depths – or blocks. She is a slow developer.I know. I was like that. My…