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EXAM PIECES EXPLORER SERIES - Grade 3 - Grade 5  Violin

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Join us in the next Violin Exam Pieces EXPLORER series to explore the new Trinity College London exam pieces. 

The objective is to provide both candidates and teachers with some suggestions and ideas about approaching the new Trinity College London Syllabus.

For this instalment, we shall be looking at the Violin Grade 3 to Grade 5 pieces.


Main Areas that will be covered:

1.  Selection of pieces: 

-  Approach and exploring the pieces

-  Factors to consider at these intermediate levels

2.  Technical Works

-  Analysis and preparation of technical works (Grade 3 to 5)

-  Laying the foundation for violin students

3.  New Normal - Digital Grades

-  Differences between the two formats

-  Factors to note

4.  Q & A



About the presenter

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UNA LAUW (President - Suzuki Talent Education Association Singapore)

At 3½, Una Lauw learned to play the violin from her father, S.C. Lauw, who with his wife, belongs to the only pioneer group of Singaporean Suzuki Teachers trained by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.

Una completed the Suzuki Book 8 at 10, and Grade 8 exams at 11. She continued her violin studies with Ms Vivien Goh, Mr Foo Say-Ming, Mr Ng Yu-Ying, and had masterclasses with Ms Takako Nishizaki, Mr Ronald Woodcock, Mr Chua Lik Wuk, Mr Yasuki Nakamura, and Professor Lan Ku Chen. She also holds certification of violin performance at all three diploma levels from the Trinity College of Music: ATCL, LTCL & FTCL.

Una started to give violin lessons at 16 and has more than 30 years of teaching under her belt now. She strongly believes in the Suzuki Method Philosophy, that “Every Child Can Learn” and that students should be nurtured with love. She has trained under various Suzuki trainers (Mr Yasuki Nakamura, Dr Lan Ku Chen, Prof. Carmencita Arambulo, Ms Chen Wan-Tsai, Mr Edward Kreitman) from 1995. She received her full Suzuki Violin Teaching Certification in 2005 and still does review training regularly to improve her teaching skills and playing techniques. She is a trained Level 3 Suzuki Early Childhood Education teacher and has done Suzuki piano training out of interest. She has also done courses for Dalcroze Education. In her interest to understand her young students better, she has also completed 2 diplomas – Childcare & Early Learning and Child Psychology.  [Full Biog]



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