Learning whilst doing – Approach!

I am delighted to have been appointed Head of Strings at WKMT. Over the years I have had the opportunity to learn about different teaching style which has resulted in my current approach to teaching. My main emphasis is placed on left and right hand technique as well as the posture of the students. Whilst technique work is important, a lot of time should be spent on learning new pieces. I like to move to different pieces quickly whilst applying the new technique learnt. In the beginning it is vital to focus on developing the pupil’s technique - the toolkit is very important in order to produce a good sound. When teaching younger pupils I adopt a lively approach to make the technique work fun. One of the main points of a good technique is a good bowing arm. The production of an even sound with a relaxed right hand has to be developed. Simultaneously I will pay attention to the left hand where it is also of prime importance to be relaxed. I believe in a ‘square hand approach’ which means that the fingers should be resting just above the string at all times and ready to play. Those approaches to left and right hand technique will relax the hands which will ultimately produce a good sound. In addition to this, I will also pay attention to the position of the pupil on the chair and will especially observe their posture. From my experience with the Alexander technique, I have found it very helpful to be aware of your posture whilst playing. Particularly the shoulders and head seem to cause tension with students. As mentioned above, the pupils are going to learn a lot of repertoire and simultaneously using the technique learnt!

Learning whilst doing!

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