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 […]

Monster Efforts! Practice Comp Week 2

Leading places for Week 2.  The results are: Position:    Name:               Days of Practice:       Practices greater than 20 mins: 1st Place:    KEELEY              7                              6 (3x30mins, 2×40, […]

5 Students with Outstanding Practice This Week!

Melanie and I saw some outstanding progress from students who tried their best to practice well this week. We want to acknowledge this, and to recognise those who are in the leading places for Week 1.  The results are: Position:    Name:               Days of Practice:     Practices greater than 20 […]

For tranquil, soothing violin music – click here!

Here’s a link to a playlist of tranquil violin music.  We could do worse than emulating this guy – he was one of my favourite violinists when I was a kid:  Christian Ferras. Violin for an Afternoon Soiree by Rachele Wildmare  (Youtube playlist) For some other, entertaining youtube clips, see  – includes electric violin & […]

Prizes to be Won! Term 4 Practice Comp

The real reward of regular practice is how much you improve…. however, let’s have some fun, get some incentive and acknowledgement for practicing! Starts on day of your lesson on week of Mon 20th Oct Whoever practices the most days for 21 days (3 weeks) wins! Minimum of 20 mins each day If there is a […]

Practice Competition Starts Today!

Be rewarded for practicing every day! Terms: practice every day for the next 14 days (until your lesson on the week of 8th/9th April) if you miss a day, you are out! minimum amount of practice allowed: 2 minutes (on days when something happens to prevent a longer practice – eg. home very late) if […]

Creating Music For The Sea Pig!

Angie & Gab introduced me to this site after their last violin lesson: The concept is creating music (with various guest artists) around the idea of various unusual creatures.   This one involves the Kronos Quartet! Here’s the link: