AUSTA News 2019

ASQ student special offer expires February 15 2019

January 2nd, 2019 by Helen Tuckey

Inspire the young musicians in your life with a free subscription to the Australian String Quartet in 2019!The ASQ is dedicated to inspiring future generations of Australian music makers. As an educator or parent/guardian of a music student, when you purchase a standard ASQ 2019 Subscription, you will receive a free student subscription to gift to a student musician...

Bach & the New Kids on the Block

September 28th, 2018 by James Charles

Starring Paul Wright and the WAAPA String Camerata 

Thursday 4th and Friday 5th OctoberThe Camerata will perform ravishing chamber music and gorgeous solo works by JS Bach and others - including Albinoni/Giazotto’s beloved ‘Adagio’ (made famous in the film ‘Gallipoli’), along with music by Ottorino Respighi, Mark Summer and Gerald Finzi.

North Qld Celebration of Strings

September 6th, 2018 by NTH QLD Chapter

Celebration of Strings 2018

5 Exciting Orchestras!

Workshops Friday 19 October - Sunday 21 October

culminating in a Concert on Sunday 21 October 3:00 pm 

Open to String Students up to Year 8 at School

Registration: Bookings close on Friday 21st SeptemberFor further information contact: Stephen Frewen-Lord -

AUSTA WA Calendar

August 20th, 2018 by WA Chapter

To subscribe to the electronic calendar of string events in WA visit this link

AUSTA Patron Richard Gill Honoured

August 8th, 2018 by Gina De Francesco

AUSTA patron Richard Gill has recently received an Arts Leadership Award.Angus McPherson's article, recently published in Limelight  tells the story.Read the article

Conference Session Notes

August 3rd, 2018 by Gina De Francesco

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.

AUSTA NSW Report May 2018

May 11th, 2018 by NSW Chapter

NSW Report May 2018We 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...


May 10th, 2018 by ACT Chapter

We have had a fairly quiet start to the year with just one event so far. We held a Bowing Workshop with Rosemary Macphail presenting a session called ‘To Bounce or Not to Bounce – That is the Question?’A variety of violinists, both teachers and students and some cellists came and found that 2 hours disappeared very quickly when...

AUSTA Tasmania – upcoming events

May 10th, 2018 by TAS Chapter

AUSTA Tasmania has the following events planned for the coming months.As registrations open, they will be published under events.  Keep the dates free and register early so you don't miss out. String Teachers Forum – Bow strokes and technique. Date/Venue TBC. Fee: FREE EVENT. Info: Join professional teachers and players in discussions of specific bow strokes and how to approach...

Western Australian Youth Strings (WAYS)

March 22nd, 2018 by WA Chapter

WAYS has two vibrant and thriving orchestras for children between Years 3-8. WAYS and Junior WAYS provide an opportunity for children to start their orchestra-playing journey in a friendly, inspiring environment while achieving great musical and personal heights. Instruments: Violin – Viola – Cello – Double Bass Musical Directors: Mr Ashley Arbuckle OAM – WAYS; Ms Sarah Clare – JWAYS (Junior/Emerging) Check back...

WANTED! Young fiddlers! (and cellists too)

February 7th, 2018 by WA Chapter

Perth Scottish Fiddlers is looking for our more young players for our 2019 season! This is a great opportunity for younger players to have some fun playing lively and engaging music. Scottish and folk music has inspired many great composers throughout history and is a lively and continuing tradition with many excellent young players and composers.We meet once a...

New book violin for adult learners

February 24th, 2017 by WA Chapter

Compiled and arranged by Margaret Schlink here at last is an adult-friendly beginner book!Suitable for the first year of learning it includes a variety of adult-friendly pieces of different genres, clearly laid out pages with logical technical and musical development, and a duet book. Sample pages may be viewed on, as well as information about classes.Margaret Schlink is...

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...

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...