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Do some string students have a ceiling when it comes to their capacity to learn? Naomi Yandell explores the question through her experience of teaching a cello student with special needs

A few months ago I received a call from another teacher. One of my students had moved to his area and he had just heard her play. ‘Do you think she’s plateaued?’ he asked.

As I have become more experienced as a teacher I am increasingly aware that there are discernible patterns in the way the majority of students develop. There have been notable exceptions, and I’m sure all teachers have experienced them – times when you are compelled to find new methods of working with students who think and learn in a different way. Without doubt this student was one such person.

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We talk to the members of the Belcea Quartet and ask why more young people are turning to period performance. Students of Kató Havas pay tribute to the late violin teacher, and there’s a look at asymmetric instruments. Plus a Mendelssohn Masterclass and Renaud Capuçon’s Life Lessons.