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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 […]

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

I have just completed the Child Safe Course through 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

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 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:  

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]