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Loreta Fin 2018 Conference notes retraction
It has come to my attention that one of the papers I authored and presented at the 2018 AUSTA National String Conference in Perth and included on the AUSTA Website Resources page was flagged as problematic with regards to copyright and permission of some elements of the content. The paper indeed contained images that acknowledge the author Barbara Barber, but did not thoroughly refer to copyright, and indeed permission had not been sought from the author for the use of the images in the paper. My intention in including the images was simply to support the concepts and make delegates…
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…