DEUTSCH

Katharina Nicola Giegling

About Music and Educational Theory

 

For more than 10 years it has been my passion to share my musical knowledge, as well as the experiences I have been fortunate to gain, on my path as a professionally trained musician.

 

It gives me great pleasure to accompany children, young people, adults, music students and prospective music professionals on their development to becoming violinists.

 

Music can express what can never be said with words. As both a music teacher and classically trained musician, I have witnessed how people are moved by music. Music is a form of expression for musicians – what grows within young musicians can blossom into an important and vital form of communication with time. Through interaction with my audience and also based on my own observation, my understanding is of one that people crave moments in which they are allowed to free their souls, thoughts and emotions, and in which they enjoy silence and appreciate the beauty of music - beauty and truthfulness, away from the horror and cruelty of the world.

 

I believe an essential component of playing the violin is the awareness of the violinist about the musical message he/she would like to deliver. My wish is to teach and motivate students to express ideas for their musical work, as well as for the emotional language and the history of the musical piece. I believe that it is particularly important to seek inspiration outside of music through interaction with nature and through perception of the arts, history and life itself.

 

Another crucial aspect of my musical instruction is to give my students a sense of being when playing the violin. In this regard, I find it very important that every violinist learns playing the violin in a body-aware and body-sensitive way.

 

Children are easy-going and not tense by nature. They grasp the violin and the bow with great enthusiasm and with a positive and open mind. This natural confidence should be preserved and encouraged, and in some cases also reclaimed. I therefore aim to encourage this ease through relaxation as well as stretching exercises from yoga early on as a part of playing the violin and life as a musician. Excessive mental and physical demands result in significant inhibition in musical and creative coordination. Physical and mental tension unnecessarily lead to muscle strain, which limit your body in its function. Tension, discomfort, possibly also pain and inflammation can be the result, which should be avoided at all costs.

 

It is my intention that all my students learn to develop an individual body perception through the awareness of physical processes whilst playing the violin and by learning efficient techniques. This can also be achieved by experimenting with their individual body perception in order to transform the violin play, not only into an acoustic instrument, but also into an emotional and physical pleasure.

 

My experience with my students and throughout my own practice and development, has taught me that learning outcomes and learning intensity often depend on how specific interest is guided, conducted and utilised. Musicians of all ages are given the opportunity to include certain areas particularly into their focus of attention, whilst excluding other challenges in that moment, to then reach the simplification of the complexity of the violin play quicker.

 

To jointly decipher the symbols in music notation and to then transform them into symbols of vitality and meaning; to discover and make accessible all facets of life!