Austa Vic April 30

String Forum, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
A/ Prof. Goetz Richter

(presented in collaboration with AUSTA NSW)

Goetz Richter is Associate Professor for Violin at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. An experienced performer, orchestral leader, recitalist, chamber musician and soloist, Goetz has held leadership positions in Australian Orchestras (Sydney & Melbourne Symphony) for near two decades before being appointed to the Sydney Conservatorium where he teaches performance students, supervises research candidatures and gives lectures on the methodology of instrumental pedagogy and the philosophy of music. His extensive pedagogical work includes leadership of community string teaching projects such as the Kendall String Project and the Riverina Summer School for Strings, regular international masterclasses, most recently in China and Singapore and presentations at conferences, seminars and workshops in Australia and New Zealand.

Four public seminars in 2017 explore foundational topics of violin- and string pedagogy addressed to teachers and performers of any level. We will connect research and knowledge of the discipline to inform effective and useful practical application to promote simple, efficient and natural ways to learn. The seminars offer a clear overview of knowledge through a comprehensive understanding of theoretical literature, useful practical ideas and creative approaches to teaching and learning practices.

March 22, 6.30 pm Seminar Room 1156

Practising practice - This seminar explores the important topic of practice. Practice is easily the most crucial element in the development of a performing musician. How do we develop it and how can teachers help students transform their habits and work? In this session we want to explore some fundamentals of performance learning, foundational elements of practice and ways to motivate students to establish productive and effective practice habits. While teachers and parents variously plead, coax or bully students to practice in a conflict laden dialogue that easily turns dysfunctional, crucial points of this activity often remain entirely vague to the student who, unsurprisingly may detach himself from any commitment and urgency. Developing the skills that sustain successful performance implies in the first instance that we understand how principles of motivation and musical and technical accomplishment are related, how the nature of performance determines its learning and what kind of thinking and skill actually sustains successful performance on stage. Understanding these elements can dissolve much of the anxiety, urgency and confusion surrounding practice. The outcomes of this seminar will be concrete, useful and practical!

Presented in Collaboration with AUSTA (NSW) - Free Admission

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April 30 2017 - Auburn Public School, Melbourne
Presented by AUSA Vic

Principles of Learning and Teaching for String Players

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May 24, 6.30m pm Seminar Room 1156

Some simple thoughts about violin playing, learning and teaching - Teachers and students face an abundance of pedagogical methods and instructions for the violin with strong convergence towards some similar developmental principles. Much of the authority of these methods is derived from tradition and practical experience and the violin playing community often focusses with much intensity on visible and audible efforts of violinists. No one knew this better than Nicolo Paganini, who was stalked by many trying to observe the secret of his art. Since they heard nothing but silence in their intense observations of Paganini’s practice the rumour accelerated that Paganini was indeed in league with the devil. Contemporary analysis of this historical curiosity identifies this way of working as a formidable performance of the internal ear and some pedagogues (Yankelevich, Leimer) have drawn significant and distinct conclusions for their pedagogical method. In this seminar we will explore how musical and technical elements of violin playing can be effectively developed if we relate a grounded understanding of learning to the principles of musical performance itself. Recent insights from the fields of developmental psychology and neuroscience have reinforced the need to understand violin playing as a performance of intentionality and suggest to us that we will benefit if we adjust teaching and learning methods accordingly.
Presented in Collaboration with AUSTA (NSW) - Free Admission

August 23, 6.30 pm Seminar Room 1156

Some thoughts about bowing - Bow technique and sound production are central to the art of violin playing. Expressive performance originates from the bow. The sounding interpretation of musical structure and the aesthetic features of a performance are dependent on a thoughtful use of the bow. Nevertheless, much talk and analysis of the bow and bow technique occurs in purely mechanical terms without regard for an artistic use of the bow. This seminar explores some fundamental ideas about bowing and bow technique to promote efficient and effective foundations of sound production. We concentrate on simple and effective practice methods to develop performance.

Presented in Collaboration with AUSTA (NSW) - Free Admission

October 25, 6.30 pm Seminar Room 1156

The left hand is your friend - String players frequently lead a battle against their left hand, where paranoid preoccupation with intonation fuels insecurity and anxiety. The “burden of intonation” determines much of the psycho-physical attitudes to the left hand. Too often performers forget that once their sound is heard it is too late for them to intervene effectively (pace Flesch!). Intervention in performance must occur before the sounding reality takes its revenge. So what is then the benefit of reactive and corrective learning and teaching methods? And what are effective ways to make peace with our left hands and work on a more organic and natural way of playing? This sessions explores a comprehensive approach to the left hand, including outlining functional elements, psycho-physical factors and implications for practice and development. We will propose some concrete and simple ways to improve playing efficiently.

Presented in Collaboration with AUSTA (NSW) - Free Admission


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