Guides

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String Courses 2021: Start your course hunting here!

2020-05-18T14:13:00+01:00

Before you start combing through the string courses listed in this guide, take a look at these suggestions to help find the course that’s right for you

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Joy, warmth and humour: Natalie Clein on Haydn Cello Concerto in D major

2021-09-16T11:43:00+01:00

In this extract from the September 2021 Masterclass, cellist Natalie Clein guides players through the opening of Haydn’s virtuosic work

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Ask the Teacher - Mark Bjork

2021-09-15T12:30:00+01:00

The Suzuki teacher trainer and violin pedagogue advises students on how to keep the attention of a class, and emphasises the importance of repetition

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How to practise a piece – 3 stages of learning

2021-09-14T09:25:00+01:00

Junior Guildhall violin professor Ivo Stankov continues his series on how to practise efficiently and effectively with tips on approaching new pieces

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5 simple exercises to use when teaching young children

2021-09-13T13:47:00+01:00

Suzuki teacher Edward Kreitman shares important musicality exercises to incorporate into lessons with young beginners, in this extract from the September 2021 issue

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6 technical ways for improving your practice

2021-09-07T08:30:00+01:00

In the second of a four-part series of blogs, violin professor at Junior Guildhall Ivo Stankov offers advice on how to practise efficiently

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The 3-points practicing routine: Description - Action - Result

2021-09-01T14:16:00+01:00

In the first of a series of blog posts, violin teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior department Ivo Stankov outlines his motivation for creating the Violin Tips Practice Guide

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The Strad Podcast Episode #2: Maja Bugge’s five tips for teaching improvisation

2021-07-08T10:45:00+01:00

Cellist Maja Bugge shares some helpful ways to incorporate and explore improvisation in lessons

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10 tips for a successful orchestral audition

2021-03-23T12:00:00+00:00

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Brant Taylor offers advice to candidates hoping to succeed in that all-important orchestral audition

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Orchestral audition masterclass on Don Juan at Royal College of Music

2020-05-09T13:44:00+01:00Rpt

Morgensterns in partnership with the Musicians’ Union present a string audition masterclass on Don Juan at The Royal College of Music in London

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Bridging the gap from Conservatoire to becoming a professional musician

2019-08-28T16:53:00+01:00

Cellist Mary Elliott-Rose on her finding her professional self through chamber music, and creating opportunities for others at the Cowbridge Music Festival

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5 tips for conquering performance nerves from 5 solo string players

2019-05-21T15:54:00+01:00

Artists share their wisdom on battling the fear monster, as featured over the last five years of The Strad

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10 tips for a successful conservatoire audition

2019-01-28T12:41:00+00:00Rpt

Mark Messenger, head of strings at the Royal College of Music, reveals what conservatoire audition panels are looking for