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TRINITY COLLEGE OF MUSIC

MR SAINT-GEORGE’S LECTURE RECITAL. The invitations issued by Miss Beatrice Barth, local secretary of the Trinity College of Music (London) brought together at the Dresden concert hall last night a very large muster of teachers and students to hear the address and recital promised by Mr Henry Saint-Gcorge, examiner for the college. Mr W. J. Morrell, M.A.: presided, and said that many persons would recall with much pleasure recollections of Mr Saint-George s lecturerecital last year. Mr Saint-George said in the course of j his address that he expected to finish his examination work on this, his fourth visit to Dunedin, on the following day. So far lie had been much pleased with the work of the candidates. The standard was high, even for Dunedin. lie found the idea prevalent in some quarters that examination was education. As a fact, examination was only the test of education. It was a great mistake to put candidates through examination work only. Where the candidates were confined to examination work entirely it was inevitable that a large portion of their education was neglected. Another evil arose out of the desire of the teacher to exploit the talented pupil. He knew of teachers who prided themselves because_ their pupils never got anything under 85 or 90 marks. For himself, he was as proud of the duffers he had succeeded in getting to do something as he was of his clever pupils. He very often had a vast amount of respect | for some candidates’ work, althought he gave it low marks. Ho was not always j examining what was done at the moment, j but rather all that had gone before. The . examinations conducted by the Trinity I College merely had this end in view—that when the candidate had arrived at a certain standard, he or she could bo submitted for examination to see whether a certain standard had been reached, whether the candidate was a little above it or not quite up to it. The examiner then gave an illustrated lecturette on the viola de gamba, viola d’amore, and violin, introducing ancient, modem, and popular music, after which he and Mr Max Scherek played four capriccios for two pianos composed by Mr Saint-George. The playing and the speaking were alike delightful to the audience, and at the finish Mr Timson voiced their gratitude in a vote of hearty thanks.

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TRINITY COLLEGE OF MUSIC, Evening Star, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914

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TRINITY COLLEGE OF MUSIC Evening Star, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914

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