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Ariane Todes selects her favourite stories and interviews from The Strad website and beyond

Focus Monday, 05 May 2014

Engaging uncommitted parents with their child's music lessons

Teacher Talk: your string teaching questions answered by our panel of experts

What do you do when parents of little beginners have no interest in the lessons or supporting the child’s learning at home? I really struggle with this at the private school where I teach....

Focus Friday, 02 May 2014

How to advise a student that music is not the right career

Just like anyone in a close working relationship, teachers and students sometimes have to have difficult conversations. Vicky Hancock finds out how pedagogues handle some of the trickiest topics

The continually evolving partnership between teacher and student is complex. It requires compromise and understanding – rather like a marriage or relationship. And during their time together, ...

Focus Thursday, 01 May 2014

From the Archive: advice for second violinists

Intelligent, modest, self-controlled, sympathetic: a description of all good second violinists from The Strad's May 1914 issue

It stands to reason that not everybody can play first fiddle — not only in the orchestra but in the ordinary affairs of life — but it is a conspicuous fact there are always many more candidates...

Focus Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Ask the Experts: playing violin in the second position

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to a panel of experts

In the fifth of the series, five string pedagogues from a range of teaching backgrounds discuss a violinist's concerns about playing in the second position.Do you have a burning...

Focus Thursday, 24 April 2014

Double bass beginners should play in all left-hand positions

Bassist Tom Martin, who is interviewed for the May issue's Ask the Teacher, tells Pauline Harding why double bass beginners shouldn't restrict themselves to playing in the lower positions

Many students have had poor training before they come to college: perhaps they learnt with someone who doesn’t play the bass, or they taught themselves. I spent years teaching myself, and a lot...

Focus Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Where should string players look when performing from memory on stage?

Teacher Talk: your string teaching questions answered by our panel of experts

Where should violinists look when they are performing from memory on stage? DANIEL ARSHAVSKY, ATLANTA, US

GÉZA SZILVAY Performing from memory on stage...

Focus Monday, 21 April 2014

How well did Shakespeare know the violin?

The word ‘violin’ never appears in Shakespeare’s plays, but he left tantalising clues that he knew the instrument well. To mark the Bard's 450th anniversary this month, we republish an article by John Dilworth from 2009

It has to be said straight away that the connection between the Bard and the violin is tenuous. The word ‘violin’ never appears in all his work, as far as I can find out. Viols, lutes, trumpets...

Focus Thursday, 17 April 2014

Rules for successful buskers

Summer provides the richest time for musicians to make money from impromptu outdoor performance. Experienced buskers tell David Kettle how they go about it, and why the rewards can be greater than you might expect

If you pass someone playing a stringed instrument for money in the street, or in a station, what’s your reaction? Do you think, ‘Poor guy – he’s obviously not good enough to ...

Focus Wednesday, 16 April 2014

How to memorise music for performance

With the right concepts and skills, any musician can successfully learn music by heart, as Gerald Klickstein explains

Is memorising worth the effort? For most musicians, it probably is. Not only do performers report feeling greater artistic freedom when playing from memory, but audiences also prefer memorised solos...

Focus Wednesday, 09 April 2014

6 tips for launching a music career after graduation

As hundreds of young string players leave college in a few months, music careers expert Angela Myles Beeching hands on advice for life after graduation

In a rapidly changing profession, unemployment and the difficult economy are always on people’s minds, yet with change in the marketplace comes new opportunities. Today’s emerging string...

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