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EXPLORER SERIES - Violin Grade 8 and beyond...

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Join us in the next EXPLORER series to explore the Trinity College London exam pieces.  In addition, we shall be exploring BEYOND... planning ahead... after grade 8.

The objective is to provide both candidates and teachers with some suggestions and ideas about approaching grade 8 violin pieces plus, a short discussion about planning ahead, ideas and options.


Main Areas that will be covered:

1.  Selection of pieces: 

-  Approach and exploring of pieces

-  Factors to consider at advanced levels

2.  Technical Works

-  Analysis and preparation of technical works

3.  New Normal - Digital Grades

-  Format and Factors to note

-  Differences between the two formats

4.  Grade 8 and Beyond...

-  Planning ahead

-  Discussion about options and considerations

5.  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 a 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) since 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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