Professional Development lies at the heart of good teaching. Share experiences and pedagogic insights into teaching and playing.
10am – Registration
10.30am – 11am Welcome from John Shayler followed by Keynote Speech – Nicola Benedetti – “Combining excellence with inclusivity”
Nicola devotes a significant part of each season to education visits and workshops and is an active supporter of organisations and individuals advocating the importance of music – and other expressive arts – in education. More and more is being added to the already huge amount of credible and evidence-based research showing that the impact of music as part of the learning process for young people not only enriches their lives by exposing them to music making and listening but also improves concentration, teamwork, discipline and confidence.
11am – 12.15pm The Physicality of Playing – a teachers perspective. With Nicola Benedetti & Natasha Boyarsky
“Musicians are athletes as well as artists; the necessary physical stamina is prodigious”. Nicola Benedetti & Natasha Boyarsky discuss the importance of how we use our bodies when playing. Nicola draws from her personal experiences as a young student learning about sound, intonation, position and the physicality of playing.
12.45pm ESTA AGM
1.45pm – 3.15pm Repertoire session for Upper Strings with Nicola & Natasha
The concept of combining an exercise and study, and its relationship to a piece of music. Nicola & Natasha will focus on examples of how the organised build up of practice material relates to a piece of music.
1.45pm – 3.15pm A Creative pathway for Lower Strings – William Bruce
3.30pm – 3.45pm Musical Orbit – Live from Dallas, Texas!
3.45pm – 4.45pm Question Time Panel – Chaired by Tim Lihoreau
Our distinguished panel answer questions raised by string teachers.
• ESTA drop in clinic for students, teachers and parents
• Pop up concerts
• Music stalls – meet the composers
• Instrument ‘try out sessions’
• Music technology – try our online chamber music coaching or book an online instrumental lesson.
• Café/bar with drinks and sandwiches
• Looking for professional development – join the ESTA Post Graduate Course in string teaching