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This workshop centers around group dynamics, fostering interaction among participants. It provides a unique opportunity to reevaluate both existing and innovative pedagogical strategies aimed to overcoming common challenges in string teaching and learning. Mastery of a string instrument demands specific skills, including sensorimotor control for precise intonation, bow articulation, and coordination between right and left-hand movements. These essential skills are approached through two key dimensions: (i) mechanical aspects, encompassing elements like posture and range of movement, and (ii) technical aspects, involving aspects such as vibrato, tone production, and tuning. To effectively guide their students, teachers must possess a comprehensive understanding of the prevalent issues associated with these skills.
During this 60-minute workshop, a compilation of primary challenges related to the mentioned aspects will be presented, fostering open discussion and shared insights among all participants. This collaborative exploration aims to enhance the collective understanding of effective teaching strategies and facilitate a more conscious approach to addressing challenges in string education.
About the speakers
Clarissa Foletto, Violin
Clarissa Foletto is a researcher at University of Aveiro/ INET-md, in Portugal and member of ESTA Portugal Board. She is the institutional coordinator of the DigiMusi project (Digital transformation in elementary music education) that is financially supported by European Comission – Programme Erasmus+. She holds a European PhD in Music – Instrumental teaching from the University of Aveiro and Institute of Education/ University College of London. Her research focus is on innovative approaches to instrumental teaching and learning, teacher and student communication, strings pedagogy, digital transition and early childhood.
Jorge Alves, Viola
Jorge Alves, a distinguished professor at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espetáculo – Porto, is renowned both nationally and internationally for his exceptional talent and versatility. As a member of the esteemed Matosinhos String Quartet, he captivates audiences with regular performances across Portugal and abroad, collaborating with renowned musicians and participating in premieres and recordings of contemporary pieces. The Quartet’s excellence was acknowledged with a nomination as ‘Rising Stars’ by the prestigious European Concert Hall Organization.
With a rich performance history spanning numerous countries including Spain, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Thailand, and China, Jorge Alves has left an indelible mark as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He has been honored with several awards, including first prizes in viola and chamber music at esteemed competitions such as the Radio National Competition PJM-RTP in Portugal and the Santa Cecilia International Music Festival in Italy.
Having completed his education in Portugal, Jorge Alves furthered his studies under the guidance of esteemed mentors Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland, and Bruno Giuranna in Cremona, Italy, supported by a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He is deeply committed to the advancement of music education and has founded and presides over the Portuguese Viola Association. Additionally, he has served as the founder President of the Portuguese Branch of the European String Teachers Association and currently holds the position of vice president of the Central Board of ESTA International since 2022.
A passionate educator, Jorge Alves conducts viola and chamber music masterclasses across Portugal and internationally, including esteemed institutions such as the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, Maastricht Conservatory, Malta Summer Festival, Conservatório de Cosenza, Campus delle Arti in Bassano Del Grappa, Santa Maria University in Brazil, Antwerp Conservatory, Petrozavodsk State Conservatory, and Sibelius Academy. Through his dedication to teaching and performance, Jorge Alves continues to inspire and enrich the musical community worldwide.