String Courses 2021: Start your course hunting here!


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


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


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


Ask the Teacher - Mark Bjork


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


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


5 simple exercises to use when teaching young children


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


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


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


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


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


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


10 tips for a successful orchestral audition


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


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

All the 2018 Seminar participants with Mary Elliott-Rose, Artistic Director (lower left)

Bridging the gap from Conservatoire to becoming a professional musician


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


5 tips for conquering performance nerves from 5 solo string players


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


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