Mary Cohen

CREATING MUSICIANS, NOT JUST PLAYERS

Sunday 12th February 2017 York

10am-3.30pm

EVENT SOLD OUT!

 

Session 1: An address to teachers by Mary Cohen

Discussing the importance of chamber music as in integral part of musical learning and not just as an added extra.

Session 2: Chamber Ensemble Masterclass with Mary Cohen

A masterclass for young chamber ensembles. Teachers, parents and pupils are invited to observe as Mary guides each chamber ensemble though their performances and introduces strategies to aid musical learning and development. 

Session 3: String Ensemble with both pupils and teachers (parents welcome to observe). All ages and abilities welcome.

Mary will be available after session 3 for individual discussion and her publications will be available to purchase throughout the day.  Delegates shall also receive a promotional code to purchase material through the Faber Music Store website for a limited time only.  http://www.fabermusicstore.com

 

Lunch and refreshments are included in the price!

 

Important information for delegates at time of booking

  • Delegates will need to bring string instruments to the event.
  • Teachers should arrive at 10.00am
  • Pupils arrive at 11.45am
  • Non-ESTA members shall receive a promotional code for half-price membership fees when booking this event.(Standard membership £80.00)
  • Bookings can be made via the ESTA website.School or parents will need to make bookings on behalf of children through the website.
  • Lunch and refreshmants are included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    MARY COHEN was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where she went on to win many prizes.  She studied violin with Jaroslav Vanecek and John Ludlow, chamber music with David Parkhouse, and composition with Stephen Dodgson, as well as leading the First Chamber Orchestra and giving recitals with her piano trio.  An interest in contemporary music was sparked off in teenage years when, in the viola section of the National Youth Orchestra, she worked with Pierre Boulez.

    After graduating, Mary became a member of the 1st violin section in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, when Simon Rattle was Principal Conductor.  In the 1980s, Mary set up a full time teaching practice, providing pupils of all abilities with chamber music opportunities alongside individual or group lessons.  

    She has always composed for her pupils and now has over 60 volumes in print (published by Faber Music Ltd), ranging from beginner to advanced level.  In addition to her publications in the Faber Music catalogue, downloadable digital material is also available in http://marysmusiccupboard.epartnershub.com/  (Mary’s Music Cupboard), to buy and print out straight away. 

    Mary’s compositions are regularly set by major examining bodies and used for music festivals world wide – and enjoyed just as music, of course! Many of her compositions centre on technical requirements and limitations specific to particular levels of players’ development.  But whatever instrument or combination of instruments she is writing for, she always likes her pieces to sound and feel like ‘real music’. Audiences often comment on ‘the pictures’ that Mary’s music paints in their heads.  Many of her works for orchestral education departments include optional elements of lighting, stagecraft, and simple dramatic choreography.  She loves to use the acoustic qualities of each specific venue, and her Dalcroze background helps her to utilise the dramatic potential of each unique space.

    Mary is regularly invited to give seminars and workshops in the UK and abroad (including Australia, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Spain, and Italy).  For many years she has worked as a syllabus consultant and contributor for the major exam boards. From the earliest pilot stages of the ABRSM Music Medals, she was lead string consultant, template designer, commissioning editor, and also one of the composers.

    Mary believes that learning to play an instrument should be set in the context of a broad musical and cultural experience.  She enjoys teaching all ages and ranges of ability.  Many of her pupils have gained music scholarships and played in The National Children’s Orchestra and The National Youth Orchestra; some have gone into the music profession, but she is equally proud of the pupils who take many years to work through the most basic of early stages.

    As well as using computer music processing software herself, she finds it useful as an occasional resource in lessons, particularly to develop a practical, ‘hands on’ understanding of music theory, and to encourage children to compose.  But she is equally happy to take on simple composition projects with pupils using pencils and blank paper!

    Passionate about chamber music, Mary introduces ensemble playing from the very first term of instrumental lessons, combining the introduction of new skills with social music-making. She set up String Quartets From Scratch (SQFS), a chamber music club for 5- 19 year olds, which ran from the early 1990s to 2014.

    As well as their normal weekly programme of individual lessons and chamber music ensembles, SQFS groups took part in several international exchanges (including a composition project), and played in a contemporary music concert on Radio 3. One group was involved in a science/contemporary music project with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, which included SQFS players each writing two short movements, combining to make a 20-minute suite about life in a world famous magnetic resonance centre.  Another group undertook a two year-long ‘Mentoring’ project, partner funded by a Bernarr Rainbow grant from the Institute of Education, University of London.

    From hands on experience with SQFS and pupils in other settings, Mary has written a great deal of string chamber music and string ensemble material, much of which is published by Faber Music Ltd. This includes 2 volumes of Superduets, Dance Duets, 3 volumes in the Quartetstart series, Winter Soundscapes, and also The Pied Piper’s Revenge.

    Mixed chamber music commissions for more advanced pupils, published by Faber Music Ltd, include At the edge of time (18 linked pieces for flute, viola and xylophone), and a movement for piano trio …and Janus stands in the doorway of time, written for the 2011 ESTA international conference in Falun, Sweden.

    Commissioned for Intermediate Orchestra and Narrator, The Legend of Baldr serves as an ‘Introduction to Orchestral Instruments’.  Premiered in Sweden in 2014, it is available for hire (with sectional rehearsal scores and notes) from the Faber Hire Library. A short documentary about it can be found at http://www.fabermusic.com/repertoire/legend-of-baldr-the.

    As well as violin, viola, and piano, Mary plays the cello, and for several years directed a small choir. She is frequently commissioned in the UK and abroad to write simple, achievable, approachable music for pupils and amateurs - in string ensembles, varied chamber music ensembles, small orchestras, and also for piano, solo instruments with piano, and choirs.

    Mary enjoys writing articles for the ESTA magazine, Arco.  A recent article about working creatively with a ‘differently abled’ pupil was also translated for the Swedish Arco magazine.

  • Details and Costs

    Venue:

    The Mount School York

    Dalton Terrace

    York

    YO24 4DD

     

    Price:

    ESTA Members £25.00

    Non-ESTA Members £35.00

    Student ESTA Members £15.00

    Non-ESTA students £25

    Child, under 18 £10.00

     

    Timetable:

    10.00am – 10.30am Arrival and coffee

    10.30am – 11.45am Session 1

    11. 45am – 12.00pm Break

    12.00pm – 1.15pm Session 2

    1.15pm – 2.15pm Lunch

    2.15pm – 3.30pm Session 3

    Lunch and refreshments included

  • Timetable

    Timetable:

    10.00am – 10.30am Arrival and coffee

    10.30am – 11.45am Session 1

    11. 45am – 12.00pm Break

    12.00pm – 1.15pm Session 2

    1.15pm – 2.15pm Lunch

    2.15pm – 3.30pm Session 3

    Lunch and refreshments included

    NB

    Important information for delegates at time of booking

    • Delegates will need to bring string instruments to the event.
    • Teachers should arrive at 10.00am
    • Pupils arrive at 11.45am
    • Pupils who wish to take part only in the string ensemble in the afternoon should arrive after lunch at 2.15pm.
    • Non-ESTA members shall receive a promotional code for half-price membership fees when booking this event.(Standard membership £80.00)
    • Bookings can be made via the ESTA website.School or parents will need to make bookings on behalf of children through the website.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Conditions of Booking.

    Booking is open to members and non-members of the European String Teachers' Association. For details of membership of ESTA(UK) please contact the membership secretary or visit our ESTA Benefits page.

    In case of illness or other circumstances beyond our control we reserve the right to alter advertised presenters but will inform you if this proves necessary.

    The European String Teachers' Association accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to instruments or personal belongings. You are strongly advised to provide your own insurance for instruments and other possessions.

    ESTA reserves the right to take photographs and video content. If you have any objections please email sheila@estastrings.org.uk

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