Over the past three years Oundle School String department have been actively involved in an exciting research programme in conjunction with Crissman Taylor Utrecht Conservatoire, developing a new approach to string teaching using ergonomically designed equipment for holding the violin.

Pupils are measured carefully for chin rests and collar bone rests, and follows a course of classes and individual lessons of Alexander Technique which facilitates changes to the way pupils approach playing. The programme integrates Alexander Technique principles with good string technique. The improved posture facilitates more freedom of movement and coordination and consequently a fuller tone. Pupils develop more sensitivity to the use of the bow and gain a lighter left hand touch and vibrato changes and playing become more spontaneous.

The department is at the forefront of working with pupils and colleagues and has been invited to present the research at the European String Teachers Association Conference in Oxford and at the Royal College of Music.