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Musical Nourishment

Musical Nourishment

Dec20
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

What is a Hub?

What is a hub?

Dec13
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

Approaches to String Teaching - Colourstrings

Approaches to String Teaching – Colourstrings

Nov27
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

Approaches to String Teaching - Suzuki

Approaches to String Teaching – Suzuki

Nov21
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 use of graded examinations in teaching?

The use of graded examinations in teaching?

Nov12
With the autumn edition of ‘arco’ out (vol 44 no 4), it was interesting to see the article ‘2020 ABRSM string syllabus – development in progress’. In it, five of the string consultants for the new examination syllabus outlined their views on the enormous task set for them to suggest