AUSTA VIC – Double Bass for Non-Bass Players: March 2018
Australian Honours for Elizabeth Morgan AM
AUSTA Founding Chair and Patron, Elizabeth Morgan has been recognised in the 2013 Australian Queen’s Birthday Australian Honours List with an AM (Member of the Order of Australia). Most ‘AUSTA-LIANS’ and others in the string community know Elizabeth Morgan as a highly respected trailblazer in the area of string playing and music education in Australia. In a career spanning half a century, she has also been a performer, conductor, clinician, adjudicator, editor and consultant. Elizabeth’s efforts have been a major influence in advancing musical culture in Australia. Not only has she spearheaded numerous campaigns that have improved the quality of…
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…
My Pupil, My Friend
“Hi, I’m your new Professor! Tell me all about yourself!” This is surely a daunting moment for a student (especially at Conservatoire level); he or she may well be living away from home for the very first time and struggling on the leading edge of adult life. The realization may have arrived that turning to fiddle and bow as one’s main avenue of expression and progress coincides with a change in learning. Now it is mainly the student who invests the effort to work and learn rather than receiving instruction from his teachers. This leads me to my main point….