Mark Messenger has built up an extensive
teaching practice drawn from many years experience as an international
performer and an analytical teacher.
Fundamental to this is the principle that the
student, whatever the level, must be given the facility to teach themselves,
and to understand the processes necessary to play and to perform.
Practice technique is a crucial discipline to
acquire, and must be viewed as psychological training as much as physical.
Through this structured approach to constructing the building blocks of
technique, remarkable results can be achieved in a short space of time.
The psychology of performance too is an
integral part of the training of a budding musician. Here issues of
controlling one’s environment, mental preparation and communication are
Consequently, Mark is much in demand, not
only as a teacher, but also as an adjudicator at festivals and competitions
and a teacher at international festivals.
Other areas where Mark Messenger has forged a
reputation are the coaching of chamber music – drawn from his career as a
string quartet player – and the understanding and performance of the solo
string works of J.S. Bach.