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Must all orchestral string sections sound the same?
Group instrumental lessons can provide opportunities not offered by one-to-one teaching
Could listening to Beethoven be the answer to feelings of anger and isolation in the modern world?
Are lesson plans helpful for one-to-one instrumental lessons?
No music student should be ashamed of failure
Listening to recordings can be an unhelpful way to learn well-known repertoire
Instrumental teachers should discourage competition among their students
Sound quality should be the main focus of string teaching
Are competition juries too easily swayed by young talent?
Should we expect high moral standards from leading musicians?
Why are string players today so afraid to use portamento?
Should today’s string quartet playing be more liberated and instinctive?
Too often, performance presentation skills are left in the lap of the gods
For musicians, Europe is in our DNA, so how will Brexit affect the UK’s musical life?
Is it ever acceptable for professional musicians to play for free?
Too many young double bassists prioritise solo technique over orchestral expertise
A grounding in music theory can help performance
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