SOULBOW Interviews Rachele Wildmare: LEARNING FROM A HEART-CENTERED STORY TELLER

It was a real pleasure (and an honour) to be interviewed by Francois Mathian, of Soulbow Music Production & Publishing company.  Through Soulbow, Francois releases his music as FRANSOAFRAN.  He is well-known for creating soulful compositions involving distinctive electric violin lines and compositions in beautifully produced tracks that aim to inspire and create vibrancy.  The interview explores […]

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We are screening on the French Riviera between 11th – 18th May 2019

We have been selected to go to Nice in the beautiful South of France where our short film, The Paper Boat, will screen at NICE International Film Festival of World Cinema! We are being judged in the category of Music, Score & Sound Design. So far, the film has won 6 awards: Silver Medal for Original […]

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Claim your $100 Creative Kids voucher today

Create something great. Claim your $100 Creative Kids voucher today. As a registered provider for the Creative Kids program, you can redeem your voucher with us and let your child develop new skills. Enrol them in a new activity so they can create something great. For more information regarding the Creative Kids program, or to […]

The Dangers of 5G to Children’s Health

A United Nations whistleblower recently drew attention to 5G’s dramatic impact on health in a widely circulated series of comments about 5G’s “seemingly overnight” rollout in Vienna, Austria. Describing 5G as a “silent war,” she commented: “…Children are the most vulnerable to 5G depredation because of their little bodies. Friends and acquaintances and their children in Vienna […]

I’ve just registered to become a Creative Kids Provider

Creative Kids is an initiative by the NSW government.  Parents, guardians and carers can claim a $100 voucher per year to put towards the cost of lessons and fees with registered providers. It will take up to 28 days before I can confirm that I am a registered provider.  Quite an involved process, but well worth […]

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Child Safe Course through www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au

I have just completed the Child Safe Course through www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au This course contained the following units: 1. Introduction 2. Risk management 3. Situational prevention 4. Policies and procedures 5. Organisational culture 6. Reporting allegations and incidents 7. The Working With Children Check 8. Recruitment processes   Posts

More Awards for Best Music

Yesterday I was awarded a silver medal at Global Music Awards in the category of Original Score/Sound Track for Movie & Television for the music score to our short film, The Paper Boat.  Global Music Awards is a well-known international music competition which celebrates independent musicians. Global Music Awards is widely recognized by industry insiders as […]

Download: AMEB Violin Series 9 Recorded Accompaniments

About Recorded Accompaniments Beginning in 2015, AMEB began releasing Recorded Accompaniments for use in study and examinations in early grades. Where AMEB Recorded Accompaniments are available, candidates may perform with those recordings in examinations.  These piano accompaniments have been recorded as practice tools and for use in early grade AMEB examinations. They feature performances of […]

Blue Mountains Steiner Video – Strings Program, featuring original music

Here’s the video of the Strings Program at Blue Mountains Steiner School, made by Cloudherd Films.  This video features the song “EDGE”, which Mare composed and developed along with Year 3 & 4 violin students, with the help of some of the more advanced Year 5 & 6 violin students.  The song is built around […]

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Crew Effort wins The Paper Boat awards at Blue Shorts Film Festival

Mare’s film, “The Paper Boat” won Best Music Award and also the People’s Choice Award at Blue Shorts Film Festival on Saturday night.  22 finalists’ films were enjoyed by a full house and the overall winner was “Old Hand” by Benjamin Mair.  This festival, in it’s third year, is run by volunteers and is screened in the nostalgic cinema of […]

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Looks Whats Coming up on the 24th of February!!!! The Next Katoomba ¡Ah-Ha!

Looks Whats Coming up on the 24th of February!!!! The Next Katoomba ¡Ah-Ha!  get in early and get your tickets here https://www.trybooking.com/TOQE This February in the Heart of the Blue Mountains will be the return of the Katoomba “¡Ah-Ha!,  A night of Vaudevillian Variety & Wonder”. featuring Music, Comedy & Circus performance. Last October was a […]

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AMEB Dates 2018

1st Metro Session – Closing date 5 March.  Exam dates between 28 April to 6 June 2nd Metro Session – Closing date 17 September.  Exam dates between 10 November to 8 December More info:  ameb.nsw.edu.au/exams/examprac.html  

HSC Music – Congrats Indi!

Congrats to Indi who completed her HSC music in 2017 with an A grading.  As well as coursework, Indi presented a recital on the theme of gypsy music.  It was wonderful to see her violin playing improve as she worked towards this goal.  

International Practice Challenge – Boston & Blue Mountains

Very excited to be half way through our second International Practice Challenge with students of Mare and Mel (Melanie Dyball, Mare’s sister).  This week students recorded video greetings and were able to meet like-minded string students on the other side of the world who are involved in the same challenge.  This challenge involves practicing for […]

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Holiday Busking raised funds for local primary school

Despite the howling wind, the Blue Mountains Buskers performed 2 x 10 minute sets, raising money to be donated to North Katoomba Public School’s community development fund, which assists disadvantaged families to meet the cost of school excursions, camps and other activities for their children.  An additional $50 was later donated by my mum Vilma, making the grand […]

Busking for Local Community – Sat 30 Sep, Leura

Join Mare + violin students this Saturday 30 September in Leura Mall to hear the fantazmagorical, the stupendous, the incredibly wondrous talents and skills of (just named)  Blue Mountains Buskers (or BMB, as they will come to be known in legend and local mythology).  We are raising money for local school, North Katoomba Primary, and have a […]

Closing Date for AMEB Exams – NSW

The closing date for the next AMEB Exams is 8 September 2017.  These exams occur some time during the last 2 weeks of November or the first 2 weeks of December 2017. The last date for a 50% refund is 18 September. A late fee of $60 per candidate will apply to enrolments received after […]

Why Attend Violin Group Classes?  Important Points and Reviews After Our Last Class

These sessions offer the opportunity to review the skills learned in the private lesson whilst adding important ensemble skills necessary to perform with others. Group sessions also add the social aspect of making music with others. All of these things are wonderful motivational tools. Music is an art form. If the students take that art […]

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Why Tune Violins to 432 Hertz?

I’ve been trialling the tuning at 432 Hz  for nearly 12 months now. This trial has included the following: Performing A / B tests on various instruments at both frequencies; Practicing on various instruments at 432 Hz (including viola); Tuning student’s violins at 432 Hz and to 441 Hz (my preferred frequency over 440 Hz, […]

10yo Joe’s account of playing in the Sydney Festival of Instrumental Music

In August 2016, I played my violin at the Sydney Opera House with some people from my school. It was the Sydney Festival of Instrumental Music and we played in one of four concerts that were held during the week. From my school there were about 20 people playing recorders and three of us played […]

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7 Day Practice Challenge Results

The results of the 7 Day Practice Challenge were impressive!  Everyone who took the challenge achieved their 2 goals and there were many improvements – for all time – to hear! The 4 first prizes were won by Mila, Tessa, Rosie & Angelica. The challenge was also completed by Caeden, Keeley, Lucy, Joe, Zariya, Wilf […]