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ESTA UK Award

Posted on 10th May 2017

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 at Saffron Hall by Nicola Benedetti.

 

 

ESTA UK Award

Posted on 10th May 2017

Some pictures from the weekend: our award; with Dale Chambers and John Shayler of ESTA; Phil Aird conducting the orchestra.

Workshops in Portugal

Posted on 30th April 2017

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).

Solo Time for Viola, books 1-3

Posted on 26th April 2017

We’ve now added performances of some of the pieces from each book to our website. Book 1 and Book 2 will publish on 4th May, and Book 3 a little later in May. The books contain 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.

Starters - Rhythm variations

Posted on 16th April 2017

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

Posted on 02nd April 2017

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

Posted on 02nd April 2017

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!

Dutch workshops

Posted on 15th March 2017

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.

Rocking horse

Posted on 14th March 2017

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

Posted on 19th January 2017

Kathy shares her ideas on a pupil sharing more than one teacher in the January 2017 edition of The Strad.

More String Time Joggers

Posted on 16th January 2017

We’re also working on a new set of ensemble pieces – More String Time Joggers – which will be published in autumn 2017. Just like the first collection, the music is arranged in 4 suites of 3 pieces each, plus extra pieces to enjoy. More details soon.