AUSTA News 2020

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


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...


AUSTA ACT Report

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


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.


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


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...


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


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 Franti


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


The left hand

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


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


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

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...


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