Violin musings

My own musings/students’ comments about violin playing in general

Some light hearted archaeology humour…just because

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, British scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago. Not to be outdone by the British , in the weeks that followed, an American &hellip Continue reading »

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Singing Time – learning a new song (with a bouncy die)

I am helping out with our Ward’s Singing Time until the end of January as the Music Leader has gone to Hawaii (lucky her!!!).  We were asked to do a Christmas musical item in Sacrament Meeting however only had 3 weeks to learn something.  I chose to do a Medley of ‘When Joseph Went To Bethlehem’ and &hellip Continue reading »

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Nurturing Creativity

A friend shared this talk by Sir Ken Robinson at the 2006 TED Conference on ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity’.  He talks about the need to nurture creativity and why it is so important.  Usually we focus on the academic side of things – Maths, Science and English.  Dance, Drama, Music and the Visual Arts are pushed right &hellip Continue reading »

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Booked up with a waiting list

Well, that’s it folks, I can’t take on any more students apart from those already on my waiting list, but I’m not sure how long they’ll be waiting for (hopefully not too much longer - there are only a few on that list now).  I have to wait until any of my current students move or &hellip Continue reading »

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The Dig Challenge

To start next year off, my exam students are going to face a few challenges.  Ten of them to be exact. I want to make sure they are on track with their examination work and they’re having fun at the same time.  A lot of my students are still learning to set their own personal &hellip Continue reading »

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Cheap violins – are they worth it?

This great post by Laurie Niles points out the difference between ‘Violin Shaped Objects’ and ‘real violins’ beautifully, complete with pictures. What price (in US dollars) should we be paying for a decent student violin outfit? What should the fingerboard be like? What should the bridge be like? What can I look for in a sound post? &hellip Continue reading »

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Thought of the day…

Ever get the feeling the more you learn about music, the more you realise you don’t know and have yet to learn? So long as we’re going onwards and upwards, that’s a good thing!

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Christmas in Australia

Christmas in Australia is quite different from a white wonderland.  It is usually quite hot, we have a BBQ, a swim in the pool and hope that the bushfires don’t come any closer. Halloween’s almost here.  Time to think about Christmas in the studio now, so I have started collecting more things to add to &hellip Continue reading »

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How are YOU presenting your lessons?

I was recently reminiscing about a teaching course I attended a while ago which wasn’t specifically about teaching music, but teaching in general. Our course instructor had a gorgeous cake next to her.  She asked us if we wanted a piece of this ‘to die for’ cake.  Of course we all said “yes”.   She proceeded to hand out &hellip Continue reading »

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Music Practise at home: Motivational charts and stickers

Why do I spell ‘Practise’ with an ‘s’ instead of a ‘c’?  Because practise with an ‘s’ is the verb whereas practice with the ‘c’ is the noun.  A verb is a doing word, and so our students/children should be physically practising rather than just talking about it. I’ve been putting up a few helpful &hellip Continue reading »

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