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…
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…
AUSTA NSW Report May 2018
NSW Report May 2018 We have had a quiet start to the year as we have had a change of president and some new committee members so we have had a lot to learn very quickly. We have a busy few months ahead, with our annual String Festival in June and a pedagogy talk by Goetz Richter in May. Some highlights of the year which are already planned are masterclasses with Robin Wilson and Julian Smiles, and a viola day with Roger Benedict. Caron Chan is going to give an AMEB workshop in July and we are hoping to have…