Irmgard Schaller

Violin & Viola

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Teaching

 

In 1985 I received my violin teaching diploma at the Mozarteum. Because I have always had a keen interest in the processes of learning and teaching, I am also qualified as an NLP-practioner and kinesiologist. And since an instrumental teacher is ideally an expert in movement, I am also an Alexander Technique teacher - see www.alexandertechnik-koeln.de.
My intention is to work with everybody wherever they are and help them with the next sensible steps … no matter if beginner or advanced, amateur or professional, or whether it is on the "modern" violin, viola or Baroque violin.
I have gathered my pedagogical experience over many years, with private pupils, seven years of summer courses for Early Music in Daroca, as a deputy teacher at Trinity College of Music London, as a guest professor for Violin, Viola at the Music Academy of Bydgoszcz - where I also taught chamber music, methodology and ornamentation - and at the Musikhochschule of Cologne.

Some comments from past students;

Verena Fischer-Zernin (Private lessons - Freelance Violinist):

Irmgard Schaller zeigt Zusammenhänge auf, schaut und hört genau und freundlich hin, unterrichtet mit Weitblick und Humor und ermutigt dazu, selbst weiterzudenken und auszuprobieren. Eine Motivationsspritze!

Isabel Franenberg (Private lessons):

Lessons with Irmgard are fun and exciting, she’s open and kind, but takes it seriously. It was extremely helpful how practical she was, I now feel completely comfortable playing either chin off or on. After my  lessons with Irmgard I was able to apply and get accepted to the early music department on viola at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, successfully earn my degree of Music and now enjoy a career of viola player!

Ana Kamushadze (Hochschule für Musik, Köln)

“Irmgard Schaller ist eine professionelle Lehrerin und ausgezeichnete Musikerin.  Der Unterricht bei Irmgard ist ausgesprochen faszinierend und hilfreich.  Sie kennt die Violine gründlich und kann mit große Leichtigkeit technisches Wissen und musikalische Inhalte vermitteln.  Jedes mal ist es eine Freude nach ihrem Unterricht nach Hause zu gehen und alles, was Sie gesagt hat, auszuprobieren.“

Marcin Tarnawski (The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music, Bydgoszcz, Poland)

Classes at Irmgard Schaller are one of the most valuable experiences in my professional life. Friendly atmosphere, accurate tips and the ability to look from a student perspective make you wait for the next lesson. During classes, Irmgard's first comments always concerned those elements of performance that she particularly liked or noticed progress. Critical remarks, in addition to analyzing the problem, were provided with specific ideas on how to solve it. Another feature of classes with Irmgard is the way she organizes her knowledge, thanks to which I have always felt safe in my musical searches and ideas. For these reasons, often my students hear about Irmgard when I mention what she said about the particular problem during class with me. If you are looking for a mentor on your musical path, it will be hard to find a better one than Irmgard Schaller.

Dominik Dębski (Principal Viola Poznań Philharmonic, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra)

 I have had a chance to meet Irmgard Schaller for the first time quite late in my professional life. I was already working with modern orchestra for quite some time and had some experience with historical performing practice, but wanted to broad up my perspective and therefore I’ve started to study. I must admit that working with Irmgard has been beneficial on many fields. Her vast knowledge of various historical styles and practices was impressive and to this day I feel that it helped to build a solid base for me as historically informed performer. Irmgard - having herself worked with one of the best orchestras ever - helped me to perceive my role as an orchestra member from a new angle. Today my professional life is divided between modern and baroque viola, and I feel that practical tips I learned from Irmgard „do the magic” and help enormously to this very day.