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Outside the comfort zone
‘It is a grounding experience to place yourself in the shoes of your students, even if only for 25 minutes!’ Practising what you preach I am a firm believer in practising what you preach, and sometimes this can lead me into some potentially stressful situations. Within my work as a teacher this means that I tend to practise at least as regularly as my students, including scales, studies and exercises; I keep myself active as Read More
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Musical Nourishment
20 December

Musical Nourishment

What led us to teach in the first place? ‘Those that can’t, teach!’ How many times have you heard this said over the course of your career? To be honest, it is a saying that really annoys me. The reasons that I teach are many and varied, but at their centre lies a love of music making, string playing in particular, and a major desire to pass on this love to others; and my skill Read More
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What is a Hub?
13 December

What is a hub?

The autumn edition of ‘arco’ (vol 44 no 4) has a lengthy article by Matthew Gunn (Cambridgeshire), in which he outlines the role and impact of a Music Education HUB – ‘From the Hub- making music education matter’. This article is well worth reading in full, but here are some of the essential points made within it. The pre Hub musical climate in the UK In the first section of his writing, Matthew talks about the Read More
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Approaches to String Teaching - Colourstrings
In autumn 2011, the ESTA UK magazine ‘arco’ started a series of articles exploring the various teaching methods that were then in vogue in the UK. Many of these methods and approaches are highly successful and form the backbone of teacher training and practice in this country, and indeed across the globe. Given how important these systems of string education are, it seems pertinent to outline the main ones in order to enthuse new teachers Read More
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Approaches to String Teaching - Suzuki
In autumn 2011, the ESTA UK magazine ‘arco’ started a series of articles exploring the various teaching methods that were then in vogue in the UK. Many of these methods and approaches are highly successful and form the backbone of teacher training and practice in this country, and indeed across the globe. Given how important these systems of string education are, it seems pertinent to outline the main ones in order to enthuse new teachers Read More
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