Summer school timetable - ESTA Summer School

Timetable of events for Tuesday 9 – Sunday 14 August

Please click on the current event boxes below for further details.

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08:00
08:30
09:00
09:30
10:00
10:30
11:00
11:30
12:00
12:30
13:00
13:30
14:00
14:30
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15:30
16:00
16:30
17:00
17:30
18:00
18:30
19:00
19:30
20:00
20:30
21:00
Tuesday
Tuesday
Welcome Play Session
15:00 - 16:30
Steve Bingham

For our opening ensemble session there’s a chance to meet the ESTA (UK) team and your fellow Summer School delegates over a stand-full of string music! There might even be a chance to have a go at conducting…. Phil Aird, Steve Bingham and Sheila Holdsworth will be there to answer your questions about ESTA (UK), the Summer School, or anything else string-related, and we’ll be playing a variety of string music - both familiar and unfamiliar - under the baton of Steve. There will be a chance for volunteers to conduct a movement or two, and if you have any pieces you’d like the group to try out - perhaps to see if they’d be suitable for your school or adult ensemble, or just because you’ve never had a chance to play them! - please either bring along a full set of parts or let Steve know in advance so that he can source a set (editor@estastrings.org.uk). This is a relaxed, fun session that we hope everyone will join in with. A great way to get to know everyone at the start of a week of exciting concerts and presentations!e

Coffee break

Young Strings in Action
17:00 - 18:00
Joanne May & Ida Mercer

•A description of the progress of the students in the String Project

Dinner
18:30 - 19:30

Soloists from the Royal Academy of Music in Concert
19:45 - 21:00

Wednesday
Wednesday
Singing for non-singers
08:30 - 09:15

Singing is a universal human activity which gives great pleasure to many people across the world. Yet some people, including music teachers lack confidence when faced with singing in front of students. I believe that everyone no matter their level of expertise can improve their singing voice. In these sessions we will look at tips and strategies for improving your own singing voice as well as helping your students develop confidence in their singing. Topics covered will include breathing and breath management, warm-ups to improve pitch and range and advice on maintaining good vocal health in both singing and speaking voices as well as learning songs from several different genres.

Singing for non-singers
08:30 - 09:15

Singing is a universal human activity which gives great pleasure to many people across the world. Yet some people, including music teachers lack confidence when faced with singing in front of students. I believe that everyone no matter their level of expertise can improve their singing voice. In these sessions we will look at tips and strategies for improving your own singing voice as well as helping your students develop confidence in their singing. Topics covered will include breathing and breath management, warm-ups to improve pitch and range and advice on maintaining good vocal health in both singing and speaking voices as well as learning songs from several different genres.

View biography and presentation details here

Principles of Movement in String Playing
09:30 - 11:00
Joanne May <br/>& <br/>Ida Mercer

• The importance of understanding the pulse
• Acting on rests
• Multi-tasking: pulse and rhythm together
• Rhythmic movements in string playing
• Bowing connection to rhythm

Morning break

Modernising String Teaching
11:30 - 13:00
Helen Dromey

Helen Dromey is Lead Teacher for Strings at West Sussex Music and Mentor for ESTA’s PGCert in String Teaching. She has teaching expertise in individual, small- and large-group settings and is particularly interested in mentorship. Topics will cover:
• what it means to a “socially aware” instrumental teacher
• the “hidden curriculum” in classical music education
• how historical teaching models, e.g. “master-apprentice”, can inadvertently impede learning (and what can be done about it)
• the difficulty putting your teaching beliefs into practice
• “democratic” teaching styles
• consideration of musical “product” and “process”
• how to encourage pupils to develop and nurture their musical voice from their earliest stages of learning


View biography and presentation details here

Lunch
13:00 - 14:00

Rolland Endorsement session (booked separately)
14:00 - 15:00

Establishing the Instrument Hold

• Placing and shaping the left hand
• Stance
• Statue of Liberty
• Shuttle
• Tapping

Establishing the Instrument Hold
15:00 - 16:30
Joanne May <br/>&<br/> Ida Mercer

• Placing the instrument & shaping the left hand
• Securing the instrument without excessive tension
• Instrument position games
• Seated position

Coffee break

Polish String Repertoire
17:00 - 18:00
Steve Bingham

ESTA UK Editor Steve Bingham will present music from Poland in this session about discovering new and exciting teaching repertoire. Having recorded several video tutorials in Krakow, in autumn 2021, for Polish publisher PWM Edition, Steve will talk about some of the composers represented by PWM, including fairly well known names such as Grażyna Bacewicz, but also covering interesting pedagogical works by Ewa Iwan, Roman Statkowski and others. Although mainly about violin repertoire this session will touch on other string music from PWM, and aims to provide some new and unusual repertoire for students of all abilities.

View biography and presentation details here

Dinner
18:30 - 19:30

Dinner
18:30 - 19:30

Soloists from the Royal Academy of Music in Concert
19:45 - 21:00

Thursday
Thursday
Singing for non-singers
08:30 - 09:15

Singing is a universal human activity which gives great pleasure to many people across the world. Yet some people, including music teachers lack confidence when faced with singing in front of students. I believe that everyone no matter their level of expertise can improve their singing voice. In these sessions we will look at tips and strategies for improving your own singing voice as well as helping your students develop confidence in their singing. Topics covered will include breathing and breath management, warm-ups to improve pitch and range and advice on maintaining good vocal health in both singing and speaking voices as well as learning songs from several different genres.

Janet Munro
08:30 - 09:15

Description of event

Janet Munro
08:30 - 09:15

Description of event

Singing for non-singers
08:30 - 09:15

Singing is a universal human activity which gives great pleasure to many people across the world. Yet some people, including music teachers lack confidence when faced with singing in front of students. I believe that everyone no matter their level of expertise can improve their singing voice. In these sessions we will look at tips and strategies for improving your own singing voice as well as helping your students develop confidence in their singing. Topics covered will include breathing and breath management, warm-ups to improve pitch and range and advice on maintaining good vocal health in both singing and speaking voices as well as learning songs from several different genres.

View biography and presentation details here

Principles of Left Hand and Finger Action
09:30 - 11:00
Joanne May <br/>&<br/> Ida Mercer

• Silent preparation
• Placing fingers, octave game
• Balance, elevation of hand, thumb placement
• Percussion play, finger pops

Morning break

Modernising String Teaching
11:30 - 13:00
Helen Dromey

Helen Dromey is Lead Teacher for Strings at West Sussex Music and Mentor for ESTA’s PGCert in String Teaching. She has teaching expertise in individual, small- and large-group settings and is particularly interested in mentorship. Topics will cover:
• what it means to a “socially aware” instrumental teacher
• the “hidden curriculum” in classical music education
• how historical teaching models, e.g. “master-apprentice”, can inadvertently impede learning (and what can be done about it)
• the difficulty putting your teaching beliefs into practice
• “democratic” teaching styles
• consideration of musical “product” and “process”
• how to encourage pupils to develop and nurture their musical voice from their earliest stages of learning


View biography and presentation details here

Lunch
13:00 - 14:00

Exhibition Stands
14:00 - 18:00

Dinner
18:30 - 19:30

Walter Reiter in Concert
19:45 - 21:00

Friday
Friday
Singing for non-singers
08:30 - 09:15

Singing is a universal human activity which gives great pleasure to many people across the world. Yet some people, including music teachers lack confidence when faced with singing in front of students. I believe that everyone no matter their level of expertise can improve their singing voice. In these sessions we will look at tips and strategies for improving your own singing voice as well as helping your students develop confidence in their singing. Topics covered will include breathing and breath management, warm-ups to improve pitch and range and advice on maintaining good vocal health in both singing and speaking voices as well as learning songs from several different genres.

Janet Munro
08:30 - 09:15

Description of event

Singing for non-singers
08:30 - 09:15

Singing is a universal human activity which gives great pleasure to many people across the world. Yet some people, including music teachers lack confidence when faced with singing in front of students. I believe that everyone no matter their level of expertise can improve their singing voice. In these sessions we will look at tips and strategies for improving your own singing voice as well as helping your students develop confidence in their singing. Topics covered will include breathing and breath management, warm-ups to improve pitch and range and advice on maintaining good vocal health in both singing and speaking voices as well as learning songs from several different genres.

View biography and presentation details here

Developing Finger Movements, Basic Shifting Movements
09:30 - 11:00
Joanne May <br/>& <br/>Ida Mercer

•Short shifts & long shifts from the beginning stages
•Shuttle
•Harmonics
•Winding up
•Stepwise shifts in melody fragments

Morning break

Modernising String Teaching
11:30 - 13:00
Helen Dromey

Helen Dromey is Lead Teacher for Strings at West Sussex Music and Mentor for ESTA’s PGCert in String Teaching. She has teaching expertise in individual, small- and large-group settings and is particularly interested in mentorship. Topics will cover:
• what it means to a “socially aware” instrumental teacher
• the “hidden curriculum” in classical music education
• how historical teaching models, e.g. “master-apprentice”, can inadvertently impede learning (and what can be done about it)
• the difficulty putting your teaching beliefs into practice
• “democratic” teaching styles
• consideration of musical “product” and “process”
• how to encourage pupils to develop and nurture their musical voice from their earliest stages of learning


View biography and presentation details here

Lunch
13:00 - 14:00

Rolland Endorsement session (booked separately)
14:00 - 15:00

Rhythm Training

• Acting on the pulse
• Acting on rests
• Acting with the rhythm and melody
• Rhythm games

Extending the Bow Stroke & Bouncing the Bow
15:00 - 16:30
Joanne May <br/>&<br/> Ida Mercer

•Flying pizzicato, wandering
•Rebound, silent bow transfer
•Silent bounces, glancing the bow
•Ricochet

Coffee break

A Baroque Jam Session
17:00 - 18:00
Walter Reiter

I’m delighted to have been asked to hold two mini-workshops at this year’s ESTA Summer School in August. These ‘initiation’ sessions will be open to all string players, and I’m sure participants will find them revealing, informative and fun, and that they will have plenty of questions for me to answer. I shall be providing some baroque bows for a more authentic experience.

View biography and presentation details here

Dinner
18:30 - 19:30

Kyan String Quartet in Concert
19:45 - 21:00

Saturday
Saturday
Singing for non-singers
08:30 - 09:15

Singing is a universal human activity which gives great pleasure to many people across the world. Yet some people, including music teachers lack confidence when faced with singing in front of students. I believe that everyone no matter their level of expertise can improve their singing voice. In these sessions we will look at tips and strategies for improving your own singing voice as well as helping your students develop confidence in their singing. Topics covered will include breathing and breath management, warm-ups to improve pitch and range and advice on maintaining good vocal health in both singing and speaking voices as well as learning songs from several different genres.

Janet Munro
08:30 - 09:15

Description of event

Singing for non-singers
08:30 - 09:15

Singing is a universal human activity which gives great pleasure to many people across the world. Yet some people, including music teachers lack confidence when faced with singing in front of students. I believe that everyone no matter their level of expertise can improve their singing voice. In these sessions we will look at tips and strategies for improving your own singing voice as well as helping your students develop confidence in their singing. Topics covered will include breathing and breath management, warm-ups to improve pitch and range and advice on maintaining good vocal health in both singing and speaking voices as well as learning songs from several different genres.

View biography and presentation details here

Martelé & Staccato, Developing Flexibility
09:30 - 11:00
Joanne May <br/>& <br/>Ida Mercer

• The Accent (Bite) & Martelé Stroke
• The Martelé-Staccato Stroke
• Using Longer Bowss
• Sequential Action & Follow Through
• Motion Continuity
• Silent Bow Gymnastics
• String Crossings

Morning break

Modernising String Teaching
11:30 - 13:00
Helen Dromey

Helen Dromey is Lead Teacher for Strings at West Sussex Music and Mentor for ESTA’s PGCert in String Teaching. She has teaching expertise in individual, small- and large-group settings and is particularly interested in mentorship. Topics will cover:
• what it means to a “socially aware” instrumental teacher
• the “hidden curriculum” in classical music education
• how historical teaching models, e.g. “master-apprentice”, can inadvertently impede learning (and what can be done about it)
• the difficulty putting your teaching beliefs into practice
• “democratic” teaching styles
• consideration of musical “product” and “process”
• how to encourage pupils to develop and nurture their musical voice from their earliest stages of learning


View biography and presentation details here

Lunch
13:00 - 14:00

Rolland Endorsement session (booked separately)
14:00 - 15:00

Remedial Teaching

• Manual assistance
• Methods fro remediation and improvement
• The Remedial project

Sustained Strokes, Détaché & Related Bowings
15:00 - 16:30
Joanne May <br/>&<br/> Ida Mercer

• Even Distribution
• Developing Bow Pressure
• Pulling and Pushing Against Resistance
• Simple, Accented, & Expressive Détaché
• Rapid Détaché , Sautillé, Tremolo, Rapid Slurred Staccato
• Sul Ponticello, Sul Tasto, Col Legno

Coffee break

A Baroque Brainstormer
17:00 - 18:00
Walter Reiter

I’m delighted to have been asked to hold two mini-workshops at this year’s ESTA Summer School in August. These ‘initiation’ sessions will be open to all string players, and I’m sure participants will find them revealing, informative and fun, and that they will have plenty of questions for me to answer. I shall be providing some baroque bows for a more authentic experience.

View biography and presentation details here

Dinner
18:30 - 19:30

Party
19:45 - 21:00

Sunday
Sunday
Janet Munro
08:30 - 09:15

Description of event

Singing for non-singers
08:30 - 09:15

Singing is a universal human activity which gives great pleasure to many people across the world. Yet some people, including music teachers lack confidence when faced with singing in front of students. I believe that everyone no matter their level of expertise can improve their singing voice. In these sessions we will look at tips and strategies for improving your own singing voice as well as helping your students develop confidence in their singing. Topics covered will include breathing and breath management, warm-ups to improve pitch and range and advice on maintaining good vocal health in both singing and speaking voices as well as learning songs from several different genres.

Janet Munro
08:30 - 09:15

Description of event

Singing for non-singers
08:30 - 09:15

Singing is a universal human activity which gives great pleasure to many people across the world. Yet some people, including music teachers lack confidence when faced with singing in front of students. I believe that everyone no matter their level of expertise can improve their singing voice. In these sessions we will look at tips and strategies for improving your own singing voice as well as helping your students develop confidence in their singing. Topics covered will include breathing and breath management, warm-ups to improve pitch and range and advice on maintaining good vocal health in both singing and speaking voices as well as learning songs from several different genres.

View biography and presentation details here

Teaching Vibrato
09:30 - 11:00
Joanne May <br/>& <br/>Ida Mercer

•Waving & tapping
•Left arm balance
•Tap & hold
•Developing flexibility
•Speed and amplitude of vibrato

Morning break

Modernising String Teaching
11:30 - 13:00
Helen Dromey

Helen Dromey is Lead Teacher for Strings at West Sussex Music and Mentor for ESTA’s PGCert in String Teaching. She has teaching expertise in individual, small- and large-group settings and is particularly interested in mentorship. Topics will cover:
• what it means to a “socially aware” instrumental teacher
• the “hidden curriculum” in classical music education
• how historical teaching models, e.g. “master-apprentice”, can inadvertently impede learning (and what can be done about it)
• the difficulty putting your teaching beliefs into practice
• “democratic” teaching styles
• consideration of musical “product” and “process”
• how to encourage pupils to develop and nurture their musical voice from their earliest stages of learning


View biography and presentation details here