December 17th 2016 Unisono Music School celebrated an unusual festivity. We met at Fangorówka manor in the Botanic Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin and participated in the Musical Concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the pedagogical and artistic activity of Zofia Zwolińska – the founder and director of the Music School Unisono in Warsaw.
From the piano class of professor Magda Lewandowska we heard Dżudżu Yang Yi playing Little Chinese by Rowley- Zosia Kowalska performing Merry pony by Miłosz Magin and Hania Głąb playing Moody Prown Blues.
Michał Filipek, piano, (class of professor Konstancja Kawalla-Kosiec) performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude C-Major.
Angelika Czigiloi (guitar) played Guitar-Duet with professor Krzysztof Komarnicki.
From professor Zofia Zwolińska class of violin: Tikey Lee) performed Part II and III of Concertino by Grażyna Bacewicz, and Ella Bai played Air Varie by Charles de Beriot.
Final part of 50th anniversary
In the final part of the concert, the jubilee, professor Zofia Zwolińska, and her student, Ella Bai, performed Double Violin Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi.
After the musical part of the event Zofia Zwolińska related about her experiences during her pedagogical and artistic carrier.
Finally, Berenika Pietraga, and her sister Liza who announced the performers during the concert, distributed among all the guests souvenirs commemorating the event.
50 years of violin music tuition changes perspective on music schooling
Being in the business of tuition for so long, gave Zofia Zwolińska new outlooks. Music schooling has changed significantly over the past 50 years, and this may have had an impact on the way violin music tuition is conducted. Some potential changes that may have occurred over this time period include:
Changes in teaching approaches: Music education research and pedagogy have evolved over the past 50 years, and this may have led to changes in the way that violin music tuition is conducted. For example, there may be a greater emphasis on student-centered learning and individualized instruction, or on the use of technology in the classroom.
Changes in curriculum: The curriculum for violin music tuition may have changed over the past 50 years to reflect the evolving needs and interests of students. This may include the inclusion of new repertoire, the incorporation of new teaching materials or resources, or the integration of different teaching methods.
Changes in the role of technology: The use of technology in music education has increased significantly over the past 50 years, and this may have had an impact on the way violin music tuition is conducted. For example, students may now have access to online resources or interactive learning tools that were not available in the past.
Overall, it is likely that the perspective on music schooling, including violin music tuition, has changed significantly over the past 50 years, and that these changes have had an impact on the way that music education is conducted.
Reinventing musical education via individual lessons without stress
After working in public musical schools in Poland, Zofia Zwolińska realized that individual lessons can be a great way to reinvent musical education, especially for those who may be feeling stressed or overwhelmed in a group setting. Individual lessons allow students to receive personalized attention and guidance from their teacher, which can help them progress more quickly and effectively.
Benefits of individual lessons Zofia observed include:
- Customized learning. Individual lessons allow students to focus on the specific areas of music that they want to improve, rather than following a predetermined curriculum. This can help them learn at their own pace and focus on their individual goals.
- One-on-one attention. Individual lessons offer students the opportunity to receive individualized attention and feedback from their teacher. This can help them feel more confident and motivated, as they are able to ask questions and receive immediate feedback.
- Flexibility. Individual lessons can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for the student, which can help reduce stress and allow them to fit music education into their busy schedules.
Individual lessons offer students the opportunity to receive one-on-one attention and guidance from their teacher, allowing them to progress more quickly and effectively. These lessons also allow students to focus on specific areas of music that they want to improve, rather than following a predetermined curriculum. This can help them learn at their own pace and focus on their individual goals.
In addition to the personalized attention and customized learning, individual lessons also offer flexibility. They can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for the student, which can help reduce stress and allow them to fit music education into their busy schedules.
It is important to adapt when the times change
It is important for music educators to continually reflect on and adapt their teaching approaches to ensure that they are meeting the needs and interests of their students. This is especially true in the field of violin music tuition, where students may have different learning styles, goals, and motivations for studying the instrument.
Some ways that music educators might adapt their teaching approaches in violin music tuition to meet the needs of their students might include:
Using a variety of teaching methods: Employing a range of teaching methods, such as hands-on activities, demonstrations, and individualized instruction, can help engage students with different learning styles and needs.
Incorporating technology: Using technology in the classroom, such as online resources, interactive learning tools, or video tutorials, can help make learning more engaging and accessible for students.
Providing individualized support: Offering individualized support and guidance to students can help ensure that they are able to progress at their own pace and address any specific challenges or needs they may have.
Encouraging student feedback: Seeking feedback from students about their learning experiences and incorporating their suggestions and ideas can help make violin music tuition more engaging and relevant to their needs and interests.
Overall, it is important for music educators to be flexible and adaptable in their teaching approaches in order to meet the diverse needs of their students and help them achieve their musical goals.
The event was continued in a cordial and friendly atmosphere long after the official part was over. Zofia Zwolińska recalled the years of her pedagogical and artistic carrier, the beginnings of her Musical School Unisono, and presented plans for the School for the time to come.