The self-inflicted death of the former Chetham’s violin teacher is yielding more insights into his methods:
At first I was very impressed with him. He was a very good teacher. He inspired me to practise a lot but then as the lessons went on he introduced a punishment regime. If I played a wrong note he would smack my bum. At first I was shocked but it made me practise really, really hard to ensure I didn’t make mistakes. I just wanted to make sure I played perfectly.
He would also stand behind me and put his bowing arm around mine but he would be standing too close.
Full account here.