Tuning the Concert

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What’s it like working in education as a violinist? July 21, 2010

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I spoke to a violinist on 12 July 2010 who is very involved on the music education scene.

She took a 2 year teaching course and then got additional training from orchestras such as the Academy of St Martins and ex-Guildhall music leaders.

She teaches in schools 2 mornings a week where she gives instrumental lessons as well as running an orchestra for pupils aged 13-18. In addition she is involved in music projects such as those run by Create and the outreach work of the National Youth Orchestra.

One project that she has been involved on recently has been collaborating with a photographer with two different schools – one high achievers and one handicap. The pupils have been working together in a shopping centre to create a composition using photographs of the shoppers’ feet. The project is special in the way that it encourages interaction between the two very distinct groups of children.

I questioned her also about my issue of tuning the concert. She explained how there are not enough regional schools concerts, as it is often too expensive for a school to come into London. She also explained that on workshops it is the children’s progress rather than the end result that is important and often the least likely children are the ones that go through the most change.

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