Three key-words: Knowledge - Sharing - Example
The transmission of what one has learnt and is learning; nothing is hard and fast; new discoveries are always just round the corner! Show the student how to avoid traps, rectify mistakes, heal wounds, enjoy success.
Music has a structure; one’s work must have this too.
Pedagogy is work shared between teacher and student; it is a two-way road: respect of one for the other, for his (or her) efforts, ideas and élans, but without forgetting standard and rigour.
An example will often say more than words: to watch a master on tour, at a rehearsal, a concert, a competition or accompanying a ceremony; learn how to extricate oneself from difficult situations, to take (or not to take) sides in a conflict, to get on with one’s director, vicar and verger….
The duty of a teacher?
Do one’s best to give the student what he will need the day he has to leave the nest!
The definition of “A good teacher”?
To quote André Marchal:
“a good teacher is one who doesn’t prevent a gifted student from making progress”
The Royal Academy of Music, London
Since its foundation in 1822, the Royal Academy of Music offers young musicians an education of the highest international level.
With references which go back to Mendelssohn, the history of the Academy boasts of the greatest names in British music : Arthur Sullivan, Henry Wood, Simon Rattle, Dennis Brain, Myra Hess, Elton John.
Each year, students from over fifty countries enter the Academy to study with renowned professors and have the opportunity to work with outstanding musicians : Colin Davis, Trevor Pinnock, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piet Kee…
The students take part in numerous concerts and festivals, both as soloists and as orchestral players.
The Academy has its own CD label (distributed by Harmonia Mundi), with a catalogue of over twenty recordings which have received critical acclaim.
The Academy museum contains one of the world’s finest collections of string instruments: (Stradivarius, Guarneri, Amati) and a unique collection of nineteenth century keyboard instruments. One can also admire numerous autograph manuscripts from Purcell to Vaughan Williams, and important foundations donated by musicians such as Otto Klemperer, Yehudi Menuhin, Charles Mackerras and John Barbirolli.
For two successive years, « The Guardian » pronounced the Academy as « the best place to study music in Great Britain » and, in February 2010, Daniel Barenboim wrote : « The Royal Academy is internationally known and recognized as representing the highest values in music and musical life. »
At 8 km to the west of Paris, le Regional Conservatoire of Rueil-Malmaison, in its spacious modern premises, is adapted to high level musical education: 36 classrooms, 3 percussion rooms, an orchestral practice hall, a recital hall, a dance studio of 100sq.m, an auditorium of 250 seats and an outside theatre for 1000 spectators.
Some 1200 students, of all nationalities- two thirds being from Rueil - are enrolled at the Conservatoire; 80 professors teach 40 different subjects (music, dance, drama), not forgetting several orchestras, instrumental ensembles, choirs, workshops…
Special timetables, available from the 4th year in Primary school, enable some 160 pupils to combine their general education with studies in music or choreography in the best possible conditions.
The concerts, auditions and other activities in the Auditorium, in the Conservatoire’s outside theatre, the Theatre André Malraux and in numerous sites in Rueil-Malmaison, play a significant part in the town’s cultural programmes throughout the year.
The Organ Class, founded by Jacques Taddei, gained its notoriety under Marie-Claire Alain, continued with Susan Landale and today, then François-Henri Houbart. Today's professor is Paul Goussot.
A few Susan Landale's students