Trade opportunities at the AUSTA 2018 National Conference
Bookings can now be made for trade tables at the Conference.
Full or half tables are available. For details see the traders page.
There’s more to it than notes and tunes
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 they can? The scope of this topic is extensive. However a few factors that are of musical and non musical benefit to the student bear special mention. It takes time to get to know our students. I have found that apart…
Violinopedia: a fun way to learn to play the violin
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 and approaches learning from a child’s perspective. What does a child enjoy most in the world? Playing games and having fun, of course! Violinopedia has taken the essential material of the first year of violin study and presented it as…
Practice and Parents
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 attendance at lessons and assistance with practice makes a big difference to the child’s rate of development. The single best thing parents can do to help their child is to be genuinely interested in their child’s music lessons. Communicate the…