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Learn to Fail Magnificently | Dr Andrew Filmer | TEDxSunwayUniversity


In his talk, Dr Andrew explains his fascination into exploring why exams and competitions are such a pivotal part of music education when their importance should be negligible in it. He takes us on a journey of discovery, investigating the root words of these terms and sharing some of his stories. In doing so, he relays his discovery that the cause for the hype on exams and competitions could be due to a risk of failure – in which he stresses that we instead need to “fail magnificently!” One of these stories features a young musician, Ian, which he collaborates with to play a piece by Bach to finish his talk. Dr Andrew Filmer has diverse interests, from viola performance to musicology to public speaking. He is a consultant for the Australian and New Zealand Viola Society, and was the first non-American Editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society. Andrew has facilitated workshops for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and Trinity College London, and narrated for the Selangor Symphony and the Song Weavers. He is a prize-winning public speaker, has been featured on Australian national radio and was a member of the New Zealand jazz band The Troubles. Andrew was also part of the three-member team from the Wicked Music People ensemble which produced the first harpsichord constructed in Malaysia. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx