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Care of your instrument Event

Care of your instrument

Oct25
The founder of the European String Teachers Association, Yehudi Menuhin, in his book ‘Violin-six lessons with Yehudi Menuhin’ (Faber and Faber), includes a short appendix at the back entitled ‘Care of the violin and Bow’. In it, he makes some sensible suggestions, including: Never let rosin or dust accumulate on

The role of the ‘method’ in string teaching

The role of the ‘method’ in string teaching

Oct24
As a string teacher in the 21st Century, one can draw upon the vast array of published methods currently available in print to use in a teaching practice. Many prefer the term ‘approach’ as they encompass a philosophy of teaching rather than a strict methodology. The main objective of any

Communication and the role of the instrumental teacher

Communication and the role of the instrumental teacher

Oct23
The instrumental teacher holds a very individual position within a student’s experience of formal education. The one to one or small group relationship can be unique in the student’s experience of teacher-pupil relationships. This relationship can be used to positive advantage by the teacher, becoming a very important outlet of

Making music and the power of teamwork

Making music and the power of teamwork

Oct18
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. – Helen Keller As musicians, particularly those of us making chamber music or playing within the string sections of any orchestra, the concept of teamwork has become second nature. One only has to look at simple children’s stories

Why Teaching with ESTA

Illuminate to Assimilate

Oct11
CASE 1 You’re at home preparing for a really important presentation for work. You think you’re good to go when your dad walks into the room and asks you what it’s about. You start telling him about, but it has now turned into a full-fledged rehearsal for D-day. A couple