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Play Your Best Workshop

Students will learn strategies for coping with performance anxiety so that they can perform at their best with confidence.

Artist Information

Cathy Irons

Website: http://cathyirons.webs.com/

Phone: 021 1424849

Email: cathy@irons.nz


Cathy is a dynamic exciting violinist and engaging speaker; passionate about sharing her knowledge of music with individuals, groups and whole schools. Cathy feels that it is an exciting moment for each person when they discover the pleasure of playing, responding or listening to music. Her wide range of presentations include fun musical sessions for preschoolers, interactive demonstrations to primary schools on the orchestral family and performance skills and preparation for NCEA students. As a violinist, she can teach individual or group lessons, or take your orchestra's string sectionals.
Her improvisation workshop is for musicians to develop their own musical voice and communicate with others; suitable for students, amateurs, teachers and performers. The session uses elements of Alice Kanack's Creative Ability Development system, ending with a jazz standard where the participants improvise comfortably at the level of their ability.

  1. community arts experience:
    • taught violin privately
    • taken violin group sessions for community groups in Christchurch, Blenheim and Gisborne
    • sectionals at NZ schools and Christchurch Youth Orchestra, New Zealand Secondary Schools Orchestra, Nelson Symphony and Malborough Civic Orchestras
    • taught fun improvisation lessons to string players to help them find, extend and express their own voice. All ages, all abilities.
    • given "Play Your Best" talk at Institute of Registered Music Teachers, Christchurch School of Music
  2. skills and abilities:
    • first violinist in Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
    • chamber musician in Tres Cordes String Trio
    • free-lance jazz violinist
    • adjudicator for Christchurch Competitions
    • session improv musician for recording studios
    • basic knowledge of recorder, ukulele, guitar
    • competent pianist
    • created and performed music for special needs groups
  3. any relevant qualifications:
    • B. Mus (with distinction)
    • LRSM
    • current Project Leader for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra's Community Engagement Programme

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Music

Topics or Genres of Expertise: a 45 minute workshop and talk, giving students tips and strategies to help cope and prepare for the pressure of performance, particularly those preparing for NCEA musical performance exams

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20), Large (20+)

Regions: Canterbury, National

Space and Resources Required: Students may bring their instrument and music they are currently playing (optional)

Indicative Costs:

$75 per 45 minutes presentation

Mode of Delivery: Performance, Q & A

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

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