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String Forum: Some Simple Thoughts on Violin Playing

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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

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.

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