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 […]

Outstanding Results – 3 Goals Practice Comp

It was wonderful to see so many students rise to the challenge of kicking 3 personal violin goals, which were formulated for each student in their lesson.  Sticking to a challenge like this for 14 days has real rewards, as evidenced by the playing! I want to acknowledge the most outstanding improvements, made by: Rosie, […]

Video – Violin on the cliffs of the Blue Mountains – Mare & Nellie

Have you seen our clifftop video clip?  It was filmed on the escarpment on Olympic Rock, Leura with a Quadcopter!  Lots of fun was had, and (although the location was selected with safety in mind) it was just a little bit scary! This is our “Velvet Royale” show, which we have been performing on cruise […]

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Maxim Vengerov – ‘Playing by Heart’

Russian born Maxim Vengerov is one of the greatest violinists in the world. This documentary captures the maestro at 23, already at his peak and performing with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. This profile explores his musical artistry, at work with Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and with students of the Royal […]

And the Winners are…

May Practice Competition – rewards for consistent practice over 2 weeks. 1st prize – Tessa – 8 hours of practice – 14 consecutive days 2nd prize – Zariya – 4:30 hours of practice – 14 consecutive days 3rd prize – Caeden – 7 hours of practice – 13 days 4th prize – Wilf – 4:30 hours of […]

Violin Party & Violin Cake Pics

  It was great to have some help to celebrate the end of the year and my birthday with a group session and a violin cake! We played ensemble pieces we’ve been working on, and heard some beautiful solos, including from violinists who did an AMEB exam in December. Thanks everyone! Mare

Results of the 14 Day Practice Competition

It’s been impressive to see how EVERYONE has improved with more regular practice.  This time we set practice goals for each week of the competition… and nearly EVERYONE achieved them! 5 violinists practiced every day for the 14 days, for a minimum of 20 minutes per day.  Their names are: Zariya, Caeden, Guinevere and Tessa […]

Nice Work, Amanda!

Amanda didn’t get one of her practice chart to me, even with the extension, so I couldn’t award her a prize in the Practice Competition.  But she gave me the chart today… and I was impressed.  So I promised her I would acknowledge her great efforts with a post! Amanda did some long, sustained practices- 68 […]

Results of Term 2 Practice Competition

We saw some very real improvements from everyone who got involved, especially those who consistently clocked up time with violin under chin! Many of you who achieved the personal goals we set for this competition… Nice work!   Overall Winners: 1st Place – Tessa – 14 days practice, total of 425 minutes 2nd Place – James – 13 […]

Practice Competition with Goals!

I was impressed with the improvement of every violinist last week, after Week 1 of our Practice Competition. This week, I’ve released 2 new instructional videos (if you haven’t received a private link by email, please let me know). I can’t wait to see and hear the results of a second week of “competition level” […]

Rewards for Good Practice

Have your good practice habits acknowledged and rewarded! Practice Competition starts NOW – from your lesson this week.  Duration – 2 weeks. Practice for a minimum of 20 minutes each and every day for 14 days.  This practice comp has goals for you to achieve each week.  That means mindful practice, and striving to improve! […]

Blue Mountains Orchestra Inc

Interested in playing in an orchestra?  The Blue Mountains Orchestra has a Training Orchestra, which takes in beginners (children and adults) and a Main Orchestra (AMEB Grade 5 or equiv) Rehearsal details: Springwood Public School Training Orchestra – Fridays from 4:45pm to 5:30pm Main Orchestra – Fridays from 5:30pm to 7pm, conducted by the well-known Mal […]

How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

  How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity by Maria Popova “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.” “Each note rubs the others just right, and the instrument shivers with delight. The feeling is unmistakable, intoxicating,” musician Glenn Kurtz wrote in his sublime meditation on the pleasures of […]

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A Violin Group Session Just for Adults – 22 Feb

Thrilled to announce our first Adult’s Group Session will take place in Leura on Sunday 22nd February at 11:30am. What will be covered in the session: – presenting a solo to the group (optional) – performance techniques – ensemble playing (the skills required to play with others) – physical awareness for violinists – technique (fun activities […]


GRAND FINAL RESULTS FOR WHOLE 21 DAYS: Well done to everyone who participated.  There is not one student who hasn’t improved over the last 3 weeks. There are two categories to be awarded: Total days practiced (Consistency)                                       […]



It’s truly satisfying, as teachers, to see so many students putting the time into the violin (and cello).  Melanie and I are thrilled to see how the practice sessions have increased both in time and regularity over the 21 days of this competition.  FANTASTIC WORK DONE BY SO MANY OF YOU! HERE ARE THE RESULTS […]