Music Education Award
We were delighted to receive the Jacquie Bugeja Award for Significant Contribution to Music Education in Oxfordshire and Beyond from Oxfordshire County Music Service at a special award ceremony in Oxford on 23 September. Many thanks to Head of Service Angela Turton and all who supported us and for a lovely evening!
More String Time Joggers - now published
This new collection of ensemble pieces is now published. It has a great range of pieces for young string groups, with 4 suites of 3 pieces each plus extra pieces and rounds to enjoy. Available as a Teacher’s pack (score and piano part) and separate pupils’ parts. More information and sample recordings here.
ESTA Summer School, August 2017
We’re very much looking forward to coming to the ESTA Summer School at Chichester University on 9th August – we look forward to meeting teachers there and playing some music together.
ESTA UK Award
We were delighted and honoured to receive an award from ESTA UK in recognition of exceptional services to string teaching. This was presented to us at an inspiring weekend in May at Saffron Hall by Nicola Benedetti.
ESTA UK Award
Some pictures from the weekend: our award; with Dale Chambers and John Shayler of ESTA; Phil Aird conducting the orchestra.
Solo Time for Viola, books 1-3
This three-volume series contains varied concert repertoire for viola and piano, suitable for intermediate and advanced players and including pieces from the 17th to 20th centuries plus jazz and folk pieces. Listen to performances of some of the pieces here: Book 1 Book 2 Book 3
Workshops in Portugal
In April 2017 we had a great time meeting teachers from ESTA Portugal in Lisbon and Porto, sharing ideas and playing some pieces together. Many thanks to Clarissa Foletto for organising everything so beautifully and to everyone for making us so welcome – obrigado! See some videos here, download a Portuguese duet here and see our guide in Portuguese to using the Starters and Joggers books together (here).
Starters - Rhythm variations
We’ve added fully written out versions of the pieces from the Starters books with rhythm variations to our Downloads page. Click here to download PDFs for violin, viola or cello.
Free Scale book downloads
We’ve added new accompaniments to three more pieces in Fiddle Time Scales 1, Viola Time Scales and Cello Time Scales: string duet accompaniments for Sweet Betsy from Pike and A bit of Bach, and a piano accompaniment to I gotta play those fiddle (or viola or cello) blues.
D major scale game
We’ve also now added versions of this game for viola and cello, alongside the existing game for violin. Click here to try this fun way to help pupils learn the scale!
We had a very enjoyable trip in March 2017 to Orvelte, in the Drenthe province in The Netherlands, meeting string teachers from Dutch ESTA. As a result of this, we now have some Dutch translations of some of our songs and pieces in the Starters books (view here). We also arranged a couple of Dutch children’s songs for string duet and ensemble, which can be downloaded free here.
We’ve made an easy string quartet or string ensemble version of the accompaniment to this popular tune from the Joggers books – download the score and parts free here.
The Strad - Ask the Experts
Kathy shares her ideas on a pupil sharing more than one teacher in the January 2017 edition of The Strad.