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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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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 […]

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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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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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, […]

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 […]

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” […]