Tokushima Bunri pics
At the start of February, I had a wonderful and extremely productive trip to Tokushima Bunri University in Japan. I was fortunate enough to visit there last year, and it was brilliant to be able to return again and continue the work we started 12 months ago.
The pupils are incredibly disciplined, hard working and talented, and it's such a pleasure to be able to teach motivated students such as these! Over the 4-day series of masterclasses, we covered topics such as:
- Solo repertoire
- Percussion ensemble
- Film music
- Orchestral repertoire
- Snare drum and accessories technique
- Musicianship and developing a sense of individual style
- Teaching methods
- Career: tips for developing a sustainable and successful musical career
I also had the chance to coach a joint wind ensemble comprised of students from Tokushima Bunri and local high schools - they were unbelievable and played a seriously groovy Samba piece, written by a Japanese composer!
Giuseppe Mariotti does a wonderful job as the Dean of Music at Tokushima Bunri and is supported by a wonderful group of colleagues. It makes me realise how important the role of teaching plays in a musician's life - at its best, it really can be an extremely rewarding experience for both teacher and pupil....I hope to be able to go there again soon!