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Morning Starters - How to Get There? Together!,
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Bojan Cvetrežnik

Morning Starters – How to Get There? Together!

Demonstration – Sunday 26th September – 10:00-11:00 (CEST)

Bojan Cvetrežnik

BIOGRAPHY

After viola study in Ljubljana, Klagenfurt and Berlin, I initiated many projects that reflect equality of different musical styles. ‘Society for ONE music’, the education platform ‘Godalkanje’, the Symbolic Orchestra…
With a BBC award-winning group Terrafolk I have toured in most European countries. I worked as a principal viola player in the Slovenian National Opera, as a solo violinist in ‘Cirque du Soleil’, a teacher at the Conservatory of Music in Maribor, a mentor for jazz improvisation at the Music Academy in Ljubljana but mostly as a free-lance musician and teacher.
I used to lead projects with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slovenian National Radio Symphony Orchestra and composed original music for those orchestras, and for smaller line-ups.
In the last decade, my focus has been deeply into education. I was a leader of courses in many countries. Since 2018 regularly presenting Balkan violin at Fiddlers on the Move in Belgium, 2017 and 2021 ESTA UK Summer School for teachers.

Morning Starters – How to Get There? Together!

The Godalkanje (Slovenian string teaching initiative) question to online teaching was: How to get there? According to their internationally recognized style of collaboration, the answer was obvious: TOGETHER!
Online instrumental teaching has limitations that teachers face in our daily work. But we will focus on a positive site of the unpleasant situation. Since December 3rd 2020, we established “Morning Starters” – 30 min Zoom sessions (three times a week from 7.30am to 8am) where string players of different levels practise technique together. It helps us to:
– organize a daily workflow better after the morning routine;
– have a better overview of different disciplines of violin techniques;
– organise our own planning of warming up;
– be in better condition for playing the instrument;
– prevent teenage depressions.
Each meeting consists of two disciplines – usually one with an emphasis on the left and one on the right hand. Once a week we leave the leading of the exercises to one participant, so students also get the possibility to lead the exercise on their own and to compare themselves with the others.