AUSTA News 2017

Trade opportunities at the AUSTA 2018 National Conference

November 27th, 2017 by Gina De Francesco

Bookings can now be made for trade tables at the Conference.Full or half tables are available.  For details see the traders page.Conference Sponsors:Principal SponsorMajor SponsorDinner Sponsor Tourism Sponsors

Enrolment for the 2018 National Conference is now open

November 27th, 2017 by Gina De Francesco

The Australian Strings Association National Conference will be held at Trinity College East Perth from Saturday 7th to Tuesday 10th July 2018.Details can be found on the conference pages of the website.Conference Sponsors:Principal SponsorMajor SponsorDinner Sponsor

Password and Log in problems?

September 24th, 2015 by Gina De Francesco

We have had a few people report that they are having difficulty logging in and/or resetting their passwords.We are working on resolving the issue, meanwhile, if you are having problems please email to have your password reset manually.

Australian Honours for Elizabeth Morgan AM

May 12th, 2015 by Brendan Joyce

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...

How to improve String Technique and Musicianship

May 12th, 2015 by Emanuel E. Garcia, MD

(in just twenty minutes a day!)

Music, perhaps more than any other human activity, enlists the synthetic cooperation of intellect, creativity and athleticism. As a physician and psychotherapist who spent nearly a decade working with students of classical music, I was deeply impressed by this inextricable interrelationship between mind and body. Eventually I devised a method of practice designed to...

‘Let It Flow!’

May 11th, 2015 by Justine Marsden

Have you ever played your instrument and become so completely immersed in its sound that it becomes a purely sensory experience? This is essentially what happens when you are ‘practising-in-flow’, a skill developed by German violinist/psychologist Andreas Burzik to help musicians both practise and perform. Recently I spent a day with him in Bremen (Germany) learning this technique.By practising-in-flow...

How I Teach The Bass

May 11th, 2015 by David Heyes

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...

The Joys of Teaching Beginner Violinists

May 11th, 2015 by Ros Hurst

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...

Violinopedia: a fun way to learn to play the violin

May 11th, 2015 by Julien Dupont

Teaching young children is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging experiences. How does one best introduce music and the violin to the child? How does one encourage a child to practise regularly? How does a teacher ensure learning is retained and reinforced from one lesson to the next?A new violin method has been created to answer these questions...

The left hand – harnessing the power of the thumb

May 11th, 2015 by Keith Crellin

Professor Jan Sedivka, who had few peers in his knowledge of the workings of the left hand, left an important legacy of thought on the subject. Here are some of his ideas on tackling the problem of left hand asymmetry. Gleaned from my experience in teaching as his assistant for ten years and also from the video tapes he...

I teach what I needed to learn

April 11th, 2015 by Ruth Bonetti

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...

String Teaching in Groups

April 11th, 2015 by John Quaine

The teaching of stringed instruments in groups is both well established and widespread in Australian schools as in many other parts of the world. There are a number of reasons for choosing to teach strings in groups such as budgetary constraints, timetabling and staffing efficiency, integration into the school curriculum, as support and extension activities for individual tuition, ensemble...

My Pupil, My Friend

April 11th, 2015 by Christopher Wellington

“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...

Practice and Parents

April 11th, 2015 by Barbara J Gilby

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...

There’s more to it than notes and tunes

April 11th, 2015 by Elizabeth Morgan

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...

Do I feel like Practising?

April 11th, 2015 by Charmian Gadd

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...