Australian Violin Pedagogy Conference Program 2008
April 18-20

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Conference Presentations (Archived)

Conference Program

Friday, April 18 2008

3 pm Registration
3.15 pm Session 1: Charles Dancla, the last representative of the Classical French Violin School
Elisabeth Mitchelmore, Sydney Conservatorium
The study of the works of renowned teacher-composers can significantly expand the technical and musical development of a violin student.In this presentation, a selection of Dancla’s works suitable for various stages of development will be analysed and related to the current AMEB syllabus in order to demonstrate how the students’ learning can be expanded and enriched by a purposeful selection of learning material. Some pieces for two and four violins will be discussed that can inspire students and teachers alike in their endeavour to learn, improve and play.
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4.15 pm Session 2: Violin Intonation: a practical approach
Janet Davies, Sydney Conservatorium
This session will explore intonation issues confronting even advanced players, and outlines some practical ways for teachers to assist students in dealing with them.
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5.15 pm break
5.30 pm Session 3: String programs in disadvantaged areas
Fintan Murphy, Monash University, Melbourne
This paper compares three music programs: El Sistema in Venezuela, Sheila Nelson at the Inner London Education authority and "Music 4 all" in regional Australia. The sessions describes their success and discusses their effect on tertiary music education.
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6.30 pm complimentary drinks
7.30 pm Dinner: Quay Seafood Chinese Restaurant
Unit 2, 2 Alfred Street, Sydney
Bookings are essential
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Saturday, April 19 2008

9.30 am Session 4: Expressive Possibilities
Robin Wilson, Australian Institute of Music/ Sydney Conservatorium
Is expressive musicality innate? This session will raise questions about the nature of musical expression and the possibility of its development in the string player. It will look at factors that influence expressive capability, such as personality, imagination and conceptualisation, and survey various techniques, such as the use of art and literature as a means of developing these factors.
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10.30 am Session 5: Teaching violin in regional communities
Andrew Baker, Orange Regional Conservatorium of Music
This paper presents results of a survey taken from teachers through NSW and include discussion of  topics such as professional development opportunities, trends in repertoire use, student - parent engagement, relevance and importance of ensemble programs and competition in regional communities. I will look at prevailing methods used (suzuki, colour strings etc), examination system supported AMEB or trinity, fees charged and the use of video conferencing lessons with a view to developing teaching method in regional areas.
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11.30 break
11.45 am Session 6: Colourstrings: an overview
Yuri Djachenko, Brisbane
Dr. David Banney, Newcastle
This session introduces the colourstring method, invented over 30 years ago in Finland by the Szilvay brothers and widely used to success internationally. The presenters will give an overview of the scope, context, technical and musical sequence and repertoire of Colourstrings, and examine the use of Colourstrings in Australia. The session includes the presentation of student performances.
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  lunch (own arrangements)
2 pm Session 7: Professional development for the string teacher
Philippa Paige, Sydney Symphony, Sydney Conservatorium
This session will present some of the findings from my recent research study of Australian string teachers. String teachers’ diverse professional development needs and preferences will be considered in the light of their backgrounds in instrumental training, performance experience, pedagogy training and teaching context.
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3 pm Session 8: How to prevent injury: health issues for string players
Professor Earl Owen, Sydney
Musicians' health is an important issue for developing and professional musicians alike. In this session, Professor Earl Owen, pioneer in micro-surgery and a leading international authority on musicians' health will introduce the significant physical concepts that musicians should respect when playing or teaching a string instrument.
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4.30 pm Session 9: Portrait of a creative analyst: A guide to inspirational teaching
Dr. Susan Collins, Newcastle Conservatorium- University of Newcastle
Some years ago I reconstructed the violin/piano manuscripts of Australian composer Raymond Hanson. What I learned of this ‘pioneer’ musician/composer and his music illustrated to me an inspirational style of learning and teaching that emerges as Hanson’s intuitive version of what is now known as “constructivist pedagogy”. I call it the “riddle principle”. This seminar seeks to explore the “riddle” as a catalyst for creativity, with the intention of nurturing a pioneering quality in students that will ensure their continued artistic development.
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5.30 complimentary drinks
6.30 pm Dinner: Phillip's Foote Restaurant
101 George Street, The Rocks
Bookings essential
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Sunday, April 20 2008

9.30 Session 8: Teaching early music principles to students of modern instruments
Dr. Marina Phillips, Australian Institute of Music, Sydney
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10.30 am Session 9: Freedom to Play: Technique as timing
Goetz Richter, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Violin playing is often described in static terms, through posture and position. It is frequently taught according to view and phenomena are described by how they look. In this session I will propose an alternative paradigm to this fundamental approach. I will argue that violin playing can become much easier if we conceive it as a dynamic performance in time where actions and recoveries are processed and sequenced serially. This involves a simple phenomenological description of physical coordination verified through feel which can be applied to all levels of learning involving temporal sequences of action and recovery. Akin to walking and running or riding a bicycle, any resulting position or posture of violin playing is in fact  constituted by movement and processes of coordination.
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11.30 break
11.45 am Session 10: Forum on Practice
Roundtable discussion
Practice is fundamental to the development and conditioning of violinists. However, what type and quantity of practice is most productive? When does practice become unproductive or dangerous? How can students improve their practice- what works and what does not? What does the literature say on practice?
This forum will explore these questions and more through the different responses from teachers at the conference and with the assistance of a panel of experts.
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1 pm Conference closes
Lunch: Museum of Sydney Cafe
Bookings essential
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