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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, […]

Birch Trees & Violins – newly published documentary on Suzuki’s method

Below is a documentary just published on Youtube, about Dr Suzuki and his method, made in 1965.  I have just received the link from my former teacher, Lois Shepheard. A note from the translator:  “I hope that now teachers all over our Suzuki world can feel Dr. Suzuki’s great spirit directly through watching this film […]

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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! […]

Top 10 reasons why kids don’t practice

  Written by: http://www.blitzbooks.com.au blog 9/02/2014 3:24 PM   If your child loves to practice, and never has to be reminded, ordered or bribed to do it, then that is wonderful. However, you are in the VAST MINORITY.  Most children will baulk at practice, and below are the top 10 reasons why. 1. No routine […]