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Allcomers Strings Summer School

15-20th August 2014

Allcomers Strings Summer School
15th - 22nd August 2014
High Melton, Doncaster, Yorkshire

Exhilarating, inspirational, life changing. Unmissable!

A string summer school with a real difference. Run in partnership with CoMA Contemporary Music Summer School, it offers:
· More than 40 orchestral, workshops and masterclasses options
· Opportunities for instrumentalists, voices and composers of all standards
· Exceptional rehearsal spaces including a theatre and Saxon Church
· A full festival programme of evening concerts and cabarets
· Day visitor, camping, ensuite mansion and hostel options
· Easy transport via Doncaster

Tutors Stuart Hazelton, Robin Michael, Darragh Morgan (strings), Matthew Sharp (strings and
music theatre) Joby Burgess (percussion) Michael Finnissy (composition) Rolf Hind and
Adam Swayne (piano) and James Weeks (voices)

Further information, application forms and enquiries info@allcomersmusic.com
and www.coma.org/summermusic


ESTA Summer School

10th August 2014

ESTA Summer School

ESTA returns to Dean Close School to present the 2014 ESTA Summer School on 10th August until 15th August.
Come and join us for a fabulous week of learning from some of the UK's most prestigious teaching faculty.
Be inspired! Bursaries are available so don't let the cost put you off. Click here or copy and paste address for details: www.estastrings.org.uk/findout/bursary-funds.php or email philip@estastrings.org.uk.

Click on the following link for full details

www.estastringsevents.org/2014


Kay Tucker workshop

2nd March 2014

Join us for a workshop on the 2nd of March run by Kay Tucker, creator of Stringbabies.
She will present an overview of her holistic approach which enables children to learn to play, read music and compose from as young as 3 years of age. Although originally intended for the 3 to 6 year age range, Stringbabies has been more widely used with older learners (including adults) and also as a way in to music literacy for children with reading difficulties and some special needs. Over the past decade, Stringbabies has become increasingly used throughout the UK and abroad and has twice been shortlisted for the Rhinegold Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

In her presentation, with video footage, Kay will demonstrate how children as young as 3 years can learn to read music, sing, play and compose and how the Stringbabies framework is flexible enough to work alongside other approaches and existing repertoire. Teachers will be able to understand why Stringbabies has gained a strong reputation for enhancing sight-reading and aural skills.
There will be something of value for teachers of all age students, not just those with a specific interest in early years. Feel free to bring an instrument if you wish, although it is not necessary, but do come prepared to get involved in singing a few 'fun' songs and creating/performing your own compositions along the way!

Please feel free to bring your instrument and join in! Come for the whole series or pick and choose between the sessions.

Workshops will be held in London, 2.30 to 5.30 at the Primrose Community Centre, 29 Hopkinsons Place, Fitzroy Road, London NW1 8TN

Prices and booking form available via www.estastringsevents.org


Mary Cohen workshop

9th march 2014

Join us for a workshop on the 9th of March run by Mary Cohen.
“If we regard playing with pupils as playing with fellow musicians (albeit embryonic ones), we will enjoy playing, the pupils will enjoy playing with us, and a virtuous circle is formed.”
In Sweden a few years ago, the organiser of a chamber music week remarked, ‘I don’t know what happens to these keen, lively students when they start teaching full-time, often they seem to lose their ability to play as musicians’. Mary’s reply was, ‘Well, perhaps they aren’t teaching as musicians.’
Mary will be discussing teaching strategies, learning styles, and materials for violin, viola and cello.

Please feel free to bring your instrument and join in! Come for the whole series or pick and choose between the sessions.

Workshops will be held in London, 2.30 to 5.30 at the Primrose Community Centre, 29 Hopkinsons Place, Fitzroy Road, London NW1 8TN

Prices and booking form available via www.estastringsevents.org


Kathy Blackwell workshop

16th March 2014

Join us for a workshop on the 16th of March run by Kathy Blackwell.
Learning a string instrument in the early stages can be very demanding, but building general musicianship skills can be just as important in developing a young player into a young musician. This workshop presents imaginative ideas designed to develop general musical skills as well as specific aspects of technique in a young string player. It includes pulse and rhythm games, ideas for teaching left- and right-hand techniques, activities to build listening/aural and pitch-reading skills, and a variety of easy, motivational pieces.
This workshop is suitable for all violin, viola, and cello teachers of beginners looking for ideas to help build confidence and success in their pupils.

Please feel free to bring your instrument and join in! Come for the whole series or pick and choose between the sessions.

Workshops will be held in London, 2.30 to 5.30 at the Primrose Community Centre, 29 Hopkinsons Place, Fitzroy Road, London NW1 8TN

Prices and booking form available via www.estastringsevents.org


Caroline Lumsden workshop

23rd March 2014

Join us for a workshop on the 23rd of March run by Caroline Lumsden.
Caroline will take you through pre–instrumental games, both action songs and rhythm training and onto beginner instrumental group teaching. She will demonstrate how incorporating rhythm, pitch and sight-reading games alongside technical ones leads to a positive child and develops a well -rounded musician.
Through fun rhythmic repertoire, inspired by and sometimes written by pupils she will show how quickly beginners are able to hold their own line and play in parts, learn theory through composition from the start and read music, unconsciously, often before they can read books.

Please feel free to bring your instrument and join in! Come for the whole series or pick and choose between the sessions.

Workshops will be held in London, 2.30 to 5.30 at the Primrose Community Centre, 29 Hopkinsons Place, Fitzroy Road, London NW1 8TN

Prices and booking form available via www.estastringsevents.org


Angela East workshop

30th March 2014

Join us for a workshop on the 30th of March run by Angela East.
This session will start with some questions about methods in general and why Angela has chosen the Suzuki method. She will include the features that she likes and then ask if there are any downsides and how one might compensate for them, control them or use them to one’s advantage.
Since parental involvement is key to the method, Angela will talk about the course that she has designed for parents, which constitutes the first term’s tuition and which can be especially useful for parents of children who are learning in school, as they will not be present in the lessons.
The Suzuki repertoire is prescribed, so Angela will talk about how she incorporates other repertoire into her teaching and in particular how we might use her book, Play Baroque!

Please feel free to bring your instrument and join in! Come for the whole series or pick and choose between the sessions.

Workshops will be held in London, 2.30 to 5.30 at the Primrose Community Centre, 29 Hopkinsons Place, Fitzroy Road, London NW1 8TN

Prices and booking form available HERE


Pathways in Teaching

March 2014

This March ESTA is offering five Sunday afternoon sessions for string teachers to further examine some of the many pathways in teaching. Each session will be presented by one of the UK’s leading instrumental string educators, and are designed for those wishing to investigate and/or improve their knowledge and teaching skills. Sessions will be held at the Primrose Hill Community Centre, London.

All string teachers, with or without their instruments, are welcome. People can book for the whole series or pick and choose between the sessions. For further information or to book please visit www.estastringsevents.org

• 2nd March: Kay Tucker creator of Stringbabies, presents an overview of her holistic approach which enables children to learn to play, read music and compose from as young as 3 years of age. Stringbabies has also been used as a way into music literacy for children and adults with reading difficulties.

• 9th March: Mary Cohen ‘Creating musicians, not just players’. At her Pathways in Teaching session Mary will be discussing teaching strategies, learning styles, and materials for violin, viola and cello.

• 16th March: Kathy Blackwell. This workshop presents imaginative ideas designed to develop general musical skills, as well as specific aspects of technique, in a young string player. It includes pulse and rhythm games, ideas for teaching left- and right-hand techniques, activities to build listening/aural and pitch-reading skills, and a variety of easy, motivational pieces.

• 23rd March: Caroline Lumsden will take you through pre–instrumental games, both action songs and rhythm training, and onto beginner instrumental group teaching. She will demonstrate how incorporating rhythm, pitch and sight-reading games alongside technical games leads to a positive child and develops a well -rounded musician.

• 30th March: Angela East is a Suzuki method teacher. Her session will explore ‘Why Suzuki?’ and her reasons for teaching this way. She will also discuss the downsides and how one might compensate for them, control them or use them to one’s advantage.


“Teaching music through the body and the voice”

3rd & 10th February

“Teaching music through the body and the voice”
A COURSE FOR TEACHERS OF PRE-SCHOOL & INFANT CHILDREN
by NIKHIL DALLY
Monday, 3rd February and Monday, 10th February, 2014, 1.45 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Bracknell Open Learning Centre, Bracknell, Berks.

For full booking information, please go to www.dally.org.uk/TeachersCourseFeb2014.pdf.

N.B. Booking closes on 20th December, 2013, so please book soon!

Here is some feedback from a previous course I offered in Bracknell:

“The best course I’ve ever been on. The most fun and the most useful. The only course that I feel will significantly impact on my teaching.”
Emma Barker, music co-ordinator, Bracknell

“This at last is the best musical approach I’ve encountered.”
Gillian Hodgson, Principal, ABC Pre-School, Ascot


Pro Corda VIOLIN

16 - 20 February 2014

Pro Corda VIOLIN
Venue: Leiston Abbey, Suffolk
Dates: 16 - 20 February 2014
Director - Darragh Morgan
Masterclasses - Kenneth Sillito and Jack Liebeck
Following a hugely successful
pilot, Pro Corda Violin returns
with an intensive five day course
during the spring half term
break in 2014. Course Director
violinist Darragh Morgan ‘agile,
incisive and impassioned’ BBC
Music Magazine, is again joined
by Sebastian Mueller, Professor
at Guildhall School of Music and
Drama. Masterclasses will be
given by Kenneth Sillito, former
Artistic Director, Academy of St
Martin in the Fields and the young
violin wizard Jack Liebeck. Creative
workshops and a new piece will be
developed by award winning Irish
composer and musical animateur
Brian Irvine.
Alongside masterclasses, individual
daily violin lessons will focus on
technical issues, effective practice
methods, core repertoire and
approach to the “live concert
experience”. Ample practice
sessions will be built into the daily
timetable. The Violin Ensemble will
cover repertoire from the Baroque
genre to the present day.
To apply, please complete the
booking form overleaf or use the
online form at www.procorda.com.

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Cellos at Belle Serre Summer 2014

Summer 2014

Belle Serre, home of international cellist Lowri Blake, offers an idyllic setting for Cellos at Belle Serre, 2014.
Set in five acres of gardens and woodland, with magnificent views of the Montagne Noire, Belle Serre offers an idyllic environment for an intensive cello week in south-west France, with cellist Lowri Blake. Lowri will be giving daily individual and group tuition in an informal atmosphere.

Summer Week 1: Tuesday 15 - Tuesday 22 July
Summer Week 2: Saturday 26 July - Saturday 2 August
Summer Week 3: Tuesday 5 - Tuesday 12 August
(Week 3 is for advanced cellists)

A varied daily schedule will include individual tuition, duo repertoire with superb resident pianists, group technical workouts and ensemble playing with Willemijn Knödler and Susan Urbita, chamber music sessions with a guest musician each week, and discussions about all aspects of cello playing. The aim is to study hard in a house party setting, with time to relax too, basking in the sunshine around the pool or taking long shady walks in the surrounding countryside.
Full details of each week's schedule will be posted on www.busyline.blogspot.com shortly.

Courses 1 and 2 are for all levels. Amateurs, students and professional cellists are all welcome. Course 3 is for advanced cellists only. Participants in 2011-2013 came from all parts of Europe and from the USA, Japan, Australia and Mexico -
a truly international fest!

The summer courses run for one week (18.00 arrival on the first day, 10.00 departure on the final day), with a concert given by participants on the last evening of the course.

The cost, to include all tuition, meals and accommodation is €930. Non-residents are charged at €760 including lunch and supper each day. Camping at Belle Serre: €830, including all meals. Non-playing guests sharing a room with their partner are welcome to join us for the week, at €650.

Visit www.cellosatbelleserre.com for full details and booking information.


25TH INTERNATIONAL COLOURSTRINGS SYMPOSIUM

26th July - 1st August

25TH INTERNATIONAL COLOURSTRINGS SYMPOSIUM
organized by
the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music
Kecskemét, Hungary
26 July – 1 August, 2014
Teachers of violin, viola and cello are welcome to join us
in this jubilee occasion of Colourstrings courses.
Language of the course is English
and Hungarian for Hungarian participants.
Early bird application deadline: 1 May, 2014
More information (faculty, prices, accommodation, etc.)
and online application will be available
at www.colourstrings.hu after 15 October, 2013.
Contact us at: office@kodaly.hu


ESTA National Event

17th November 2013

ESTA National Event

A Day with David Le Page

Harrogate Ladies' College, Clarence Drive, Harrogate, HG1 2QG.

Would you like to play orchestral music and new arrangements with other ESTA members while learning about different teaching techniques from the new President of ESTA? Would you like to bring your students along to play alongside you and other ESTA members? If you would like to spend a day with David Le Page and other likeminded string teachers all willing to learn new techniques and different repertoire, don’t miss the ESTA National Event on 17th November 2013 at Harrogate Ladies' College, Clarence Drive, Harrogate, HG1 2QG. The day will feature works for string orchestra and new arrangements by David Le Page. We will end the day with a performance of the rehearsed orchestral repertoire and a short performance by David Le Page. If you have written a method or have other products which you would like to share with other string teachers, then this event gives you a unique opportunity to do so. To reserve table space contact iananstee@estastrings.org.uk as soon as possible. Space is limited and we will offer a strictly first come, first served allocation of the available space. Space will only be available to those who book in advance. Yorkshire ESTA teachers: if you have violin or cello pupils (between grades 5 and 8) you would like to be considered to perform at the master classes, please send details with pupil's name, instrument, age and work to be performed by Friday 25th October. Successful applicants will be notified by 1st November. There are 3 places available of 20 minutes each on violin and cello. Applicants must also participate in the orchestra day. Please email Alison Major alison@chevinmusic.com for application form for pupils under 18 who would like to join the orchestra day
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autumn conference
TIMETABLE:

10.00 Arrival Registration - tea/coffee
10.30 Orchestral play through conducted by David Le Page
11.30 tea/coffee + trade stands
12.00 Orchestral play through conducted by David Le Page
13.00 Lunch + networking + visit trade stands
14.00 Masterclass (students under 18 should attend as observers - hopefully all adults will too!)
15.00 tea/coffee + trade stands
15.30 Orchestral play through conducted by David Le Page
16.15 Break
16.30 Performance to parents and guests of participants. Short performance from David Le Page.
17.00 Close of Event

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Soundbox

Tuesday 17th september 2013

Talks and Lecture recitals

Soundbox, Museum Piano Gallery, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, NW1 5HT

Tuesday 17th September 12.30-2.00pm

Tuesday 8th October 12.30-2.00pm

Tuesday 29th October 12.30-2.00pm

Tuesday 26th November 12.30-2.00pm

Free, no tickets required

Soundbox is a series of events inspired by the Academy’s Museum and collections. Presented by Viotti Lecturer in Performance Studies, violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved, the events explore the historical and contemporary relationships between performers, composers, instruments and instrument-makers.

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