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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 […]

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 […]