TMMS TEACHER OF THE WEEK – QUESTIONNAIRE: Matyas Csiba
TMMS TEACHER OF THE WEEK – QUESTIONNAIRE
MATYAS CSIBA -Little Genius, violin and viola teacher
Enjoy reading what Matyas said about himself in the TMMS Teacher of the Week Questionnaire!
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TMMS: Please introduce yourself:
MC: My name is Matyas Csiba, I am Hungarian (although raised in Slovakia) and this is my tenth year spent in the UK. I am a versatile musician – performer, teacher, early years music specialist, workshop leader and animateur. I have gone through the path of classical music training, culminating at the Royal College of Music (BMus Hons) and the Royal Academy of Music (MA) in viola/baroque viola and outreach/workshop leading.
As an instrumental teacher, I teach upper strings – violin and viola. Early years music education is very close to my heart, and I am striving to create more and more opportunities for under 6’s to participate in musical activities and also prepare them for instrumental learning – Little Genius Course at TMMS. Kodaly, Dalcroze and Orff are my primary inspiration in this field, and I also love discovering new approaches and tools every day. Workshop leading is also one of my passions, through which I enjoy enabling a group of people of any age and any level of musicianship, to create something together – as well as to get closer to their inner selves and everybody else around them. Cultural centres, care homes, hospitals, clubs, schools, universities, companies, firms, festivals, youth camps – I enjoy sharing the experience of music anywhere!
I perform, record and tour with leading ensembles, orchestras and chamber groups across the UK and Europe. As I specialised in early music / historical performance as well, the majority of my engagements are on period instruments, with ‘early music’ players.
TMMS: What is your favourite repertoire?
MC: My favourite repertoire and era in music is definitely the baroque. I can’t express what a joy it is when you are in the middle of a Bach cantata, and all those amazing harmonies and affects are working through your soul. It is like a ‘sound-bath’. Probably the hugely varied sound world, unlimited characters, the attention to affect and emotion, playful articulation, awesome harmonies, and the raw – but pure – the vibration of the gut strings makes me love this period the most. It is a very vast and varied period, so I can’t even fit it in one ‘box’.
I also love any kind of folk music (I used to dance as well) – but the closest to my heart is the Hungarian folk music. It is very empowering for me, and it always grounds me strongly when I listen to it. My roots definitely lay in there.
TMMS: What are your dreams and plans in music?
MC: I would definitely love to keep in touch with people of all generations and all levels of musical ability through the musical path I am walking on day by day. I am dreaming of reaching out to many more people, expanding my circles in all directions of my musical activities and include everyone in the wonderful world of music! I firmly believe that music belongs to everyone and that everyone at every stage of their lives should experience the depth and taste of it.
I would like to continue performing with leading bands and bring all inspiration from performing into my teaching and workshop leading. Possibly some new courses, new teaching materials, new recordings and resources are going to be produced by my work soon – I have some ideas on my shelves!
I would love to raise attention to the lack of high quality, live musical experiences for the early years by creating campaigns regarding this matter. I hope it can go far and lead to more and more professional musicians to put more focus on this age group. It would be hugely beneficial for the children and their parents.
Becoming a music therapist is my secret goal, which I usually don’t mention a lot, but it has been at the back of my mind for a long time now. I would be extremely grateful if I got this gift from life, to be able to share music with those who are in deep need of it.
In general, my goal is to never ever stop learning from students, all people
I work with, and also through further courses and training. Music is teaching all of us and shaping our being – my goal is to stay open to it and go where it wants to take me… even if it can be quite a journey sometimes!
TMMS: What do you like about TMMS?
MC: TMMS gives me freedom for creating early years courses and activities for under 5’s – not many institutions put such a big importance to this age group, so I really appreciate it! It also gives me professional resources and advice for everything I need as a teacher, in order to do my work as effectively as I can – to inspire all students who walk into the classroom.
It is a creative space where music can strive and students can find their way to express themselves – which is great and hugely important!
Last, but not least – the support of colleagues is very important for me. Sharing ideas, insights and inspiring each other is very stimulating.
TMMS: As a teacher, could you give any advice to people who study / or who would like to learn music or playing your instrument?
MC: Who am I to give advice if I am on the path of learning myself?
Music is a special gift, which we must humbly appreciate. It provides a shelter in which each and every one of us can find our own inner world. Whatever the music student does, she/he must get to know their own inner world. By every practise session, every lesson, every concert, this world is becoming clearer and clearer within every learner and musician. In those moments when her/his own personal inner world shines through their playing, it touches the hearts of the listeners – the goal of music is achieved in these magical moments! These are the moments why we play music and why we listen to music.
Discover your inner world, be brave to share it – aim to touch the hearts through your playing! This is my advice.
TMMS: What do you like about UK?
MC: I will probably talk mainly about London and its’ surroundings, as this is the area I spend most of my time.
The openness of people, acceptance of other cultures, helpfulness and supportive atmosphere, creative and free space for anything new that arises, the architecture, the nature, the humour, the freedom from the negative side of my own cultural burden and habits.
TMMS: Could you share with us any free thoughts, which you think could be an interesting addition to this interview?
MC: I believe in the unstoppable power of music, which breaks through all timely and pointless worries, fears and frustrations that people are dealing with in their lives. It takes everyone into a true and pure realm, in which we can all experience who we really are, in the depth of our being. There isn’t a more important task for a human being than to experience this wonderful realm, to get deeper into it day by day – music is an ultimate guide on this journey.
Music be with you always!