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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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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  

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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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 […]

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 […]

Creating Music For The Sea Pig!

Angie & Gab introduced me to this site after their last violin lesson: http://www.unusualcreatures.com/ 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: http://youtu.be/YPaBnvMDYds