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When I was a child, at the beginning of my violinist 'career', my mom would always ask me to play for the guests we had. At the beginning, when I was about 7-8, I was really enjoying showing off my talent. However, after a few years, I was dreading it, even hiding sometimes so that my mum...
Be The Bass 'Backbone' Editor's PickThe bass in western music has had its importance in many circumstances over the last 100 years. It has been part of a section in an orchestra, the sound of the tuba in a marching band, the thud from early Mississippi blues recordings, the long legato walking bass in jazz. These are all the...
The Importance Of Personal Musical Interpretation Editor's PickSome violin tutors fall into the habit of tutoring their students mainly in the theoretical aspect of learning violin. However, what is sometimes overlooked and under-valued is for the student to learn the importance of combining their own individual interpretation with the theory. When...
In the very beginning of trying to explore our vocal potential, it is essential to completely exclude the movement of shoulders whilst we are breathing. The majority of vocal teachers of the past emphasised the importance of involving the lower part of the lungs in the process of breathing for...
Silly Noises Editor's PickIts a rainy January afternoon and I'm in the secondary school teaching my weekly LAMDA Public Speaking class. It's a group session. Group sessions of have the double difficulty of severely limiting the individual time each student gets but also the fact that vocal warm-ups can often become a...
Shakespeare can be the most intimidating aspect of working in theatre. But what I learned from my time working with Sir Nick Hytner and Simon Russell Beale on TIMON OF ATHENS is that Shakespeare is for everyone. Their process to mine the text to bring out intelligible, clear and entertaining...
I would like to recommend Katie Mitchell's The Director's Craft. This is perfect for anyone pursuing a career in...
I have been lucky enough to have been in audition rooms with some of the finest actors in London at the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Young Vic Theatre. Watching seasoned actors nail auditions has been an invaluable experience for me as a director, as a tutor and as a drama coach. I...
Choosing A Drama School Editor's PickYou may find it strange that this article is entitled 'Choosing a Drama School'. As we all know, getting into drama school is a competitive business. If you are one of the lucky ones who gets offered a place, you may not have much say in which drama school accepts you. However, I feel that if...
When starting to learn music it is important to be as open as possible. Teachers should get students to sing first of all. Then they should explore various instruments to see which one the child likes the most. The most important thing a teacher must realise is to bring out what the student has...
Throughout our lives we get to hear many a time that we should improve ourselves. It starts at primary school, for some even before, and goes on right until retirement and for...
Deciding to learn a musical instrument can often seem like a daunting task, especially a brass instrument which can be extremely difficult at first. However, after learning the...
I have played in many folk festivals across Australia and more often than not, I'm in a minority as a sax player. I must admit, the saxophone isn't the first instrument that...
In this discussion, I am going to share the issues I experienced as a student during my academic years and now as a teacher. By presenting the issues between teachers and...
Time passes. The onset of the personal computer and mobile technology enables us to exchange information faster than ever before. Many, therefore, would assume that quills, dip...
A Climate of Possibilities. How does one create this ‘Climate of Possiblities’ to have an environment condusive to creativity for students to develop and thrive. I...
The Perfect Audition? Editor's PickFor 95% of actors, auditioning is something they will be doing throughout their careers (the remaining 5% being actors of 'offer only' status), so it's a skill worth getting...
The Tutors' Association,President's speech 4/6/16 Editor's PickThis is a transcript of a speech given to The Athena Tuition conference in Edinburgh on Saturday, 4th June, 2016 by Adam Muckle, President of The Tutors' Association: "I have...
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