AUSTA News 2017

Hone your iPad and tablet skills!

August 1st, 2017 by ACT Chapter

Over the next few months, Katie Wardrobe from Midnight Music will present some live online training sessions for all members of AUSTA. All AUSTA members will hear about this via email very soon. Time to join AUSTA and keep up with the latest that technology can support us with as teachers, musicians and students! Photo - AUSTA National President...


Helen Tuckey visiting Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne for Viola events

June 22nd, 2017 by Gina De Francesco

AUSTA National President Helen Tuckey will be visiting Brisbane to meet with the AUSTA Q committee on Sunday June 25 and for an AUSTA Q viola day Monday June 26Details and bookings here:  https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=291368.  Helen will be in Cairns June 27 - July 1st, and available to meet local AUSTA NQ members. On July 9 she will be in...


String Teacher’s Workshop with Stephen Chin

July 17th, 2016 by Gina De Francesco

St Michael's Collegiate School are pleased to announce that string pedagogue Stephen Chin will be giving a free teacher workshop and introduction to his new beginner method for all string instruments: "My First Pieces." 09:30 - 11:00am, Saturday 30 JulySt Michael's Collegiate Performing Arts Centre Please register interest with Charlie McCarthy charles.mccarthy@collegiate.tas.edu.au 


AUSTA Tas Workshop and General Meeting

July 17th, 2016 by Gina De Francesco

String Teaching Workshops and General MeetingPresented by AUSTA Tasmania 2:30pm – 5pm | Sunday 24 July 2016Scots Church and G.A Wood Hall, 29 Bathurst Street, Hobart.Entry by donation to Scots Church. AUSTA-Tasmania invites all string teachers and professional players for another afternoon of teaching workshops followed by a general meeting, cuppa and cake. Please bring your instruments and bright ideas while we...


A ‘study trip’ to the East-Helsinki Music Institute

July 14th, 2016 by David Sanzone

Lecture presented by David Sanzone, Conservatorium Masters Candidate11am | Friday 29 July 2016Lecture Room 113, Conservatorium of Music5 Sandy Bay Road, Hobart.Free Entry


AUSTA Tasmania String Teacher’s Workshop with Stephen Chin

July 14th, 2016 by AUSTA Tasmania

String Teacher's Workshop with Stephen Chin St Michael's Collegiate School are pleased to announce that string pedagogue Stephen Chin will be giving a free teacher workshop and introduction to his new beginner method for all string instruments: "My First Pieces." 09:30 - 11:00am, Saturday 30 JulySt Michael's Collegiate Performing Arts Centre Please register interest with Charlie McCarthy charles.mccarthy@collegiate.tas.edu.au


AUSTA Tasmania String Teaching Workshops and General Meeting

July 14th, 2016 by David Sanzone

String Teaching Workshops and General MeetingPresented by AUSTA Tasmania 2:30pm – 5pm | Sunday 24 July 2016Scots Church and G.A Wood Hall, 29 Bathurst Street, Hobart.Entry by donation to Scots Church. AUSTA-Tasmania invites all string teachers and professional players for another afternoon of teaching workshops followed by a general meeting, cuppa and cake. Please bring your instruments and bright ideas while we...


Maureen Higgs Obituary

February 9th, 2016 by Bronwyn Higgs

Maureen Higgs, who passed away peacefully, on Sunday 10th January, 2016 at the age of 85 years lived an exuberant, colourful and sometimes eccentric life enriched through her artistic talents and her sociability. Throughout her life, she exhibited a passion for the arts, both performing and visual, which manifest in her various roles as collector, performer, artist, administrator, fund-raiser...


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 admin@austa.asn.au to have your password reset manually.


Robert Pikler Remembered

May 12th, 2015 by Robyn Brookfield

I was fortunate to be a student at the NSW Conservatorium of Music in the mid 1960s when the Sydney String Quartet was formed .Robert Pikler had just resigned from his position as Principal Viola in the Sydney Symphony to play viola in this new group, and he became Senior Lecturer of Violin and Viola and conductor of the...


Today’s Foremost Violists

May 12th, 2015 by Robert Harris

My nominations, inviting debate, are Helen Callus, David Aaron Carpenter, Roland Glassl, Yuri Gotlibovich and Antoine Tamestit, violists I first heard ‘live’ at International Viola Society annual Congresses, annual gatherings next happening at the Eastman School in Rochester, New York, 30 May to 3 June 2012. My list of discoveries could be longer; such players are of so high...


Before the Chinrest

May 12th, 2015 by Stanley Ritchie

Interview with Stanley Ritchie

Mary Nemet: Stan, it was great to meet with you again on your recent visit home and to mull over some age-old string conundrums.I’ve now read your book, Before the Chinrest and it answers many, if not all of the question marks hanging over Baroque performance. After three decades as a modern violinist, holding prestigious...


How to optimize the sound and playability of your instrument!

May 12th, 2015 by Hugh Withycombe

Does your instrument sound like it used to? Is it overly susceptible to changes in temperature or humidity? Has it got what it takes to triumph in your upcoming performance opportunity? These issues and more can be addressed with your luthier: whilst technique plays a great role in sound production, the part played by your instrument itself should not...


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...


Two New AMEB Viola Repertoire Books

May 11th, 2015 by Robyn Brookfield

I was pleased to be invited to be the Syllabus Consultant of two more volumes in the AMEB Viola Series 1. The Grade 5 and 6 books accompany the newly revised and expanded Syllabus for Viola that appears in the 2011 Manual. The previous Viola Syllabuses published in the 2006 and 2010 Manuals may still be used in 2011...


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