Contemporary Violin Repertoire

Most students will have to face this issue at some point – the exam that demands something “in a contemporary style” or written after 1945 for example. Choosing such pieces can be surprisingly difficult. Many young players are not exposed to enough modern music early on (too much Teleman, not enough “Spectrum”) and find the…

Nature or Nurture?

One of my favourite topics, and one I will come back to over and over again when contemplating teaching. Are we more a product of our environment or our genes? There are all sorts of problems with making generalisations on a topic like this, but with a few exceptions I believe nurture is by far…