So proud of Top Notes Music Studio student Hannah and her younger brother Sam who gave up a whole day of their school holidays to travel to Bowral with Sam’s clarinet teacher, Lindsay. Hannah and Sam both performed on piano, and then took to their second instruments flute, and clarinet, to entertain and delight the audience of the nursing home with their performances. It was a special moment for Sam and Lindsay, as Lindsay’s mother is a resident and was in the audience. Congratulations to both young people for such a lovely way of sharing their talents and giving back to the community. Lindsay said, “They played beautifully. I am so proud of them both.” Performing for audiences is also a great way to work on overcoming those performance nerves and developing confidence for more stressful situations like exams and auditions.
It was a pleasure today to accompany three wonderful students who participated in the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW Hills District Junior Music Festival. Joyce Chen (pictured) earned a Third Place against 13 competitors in the Intermediate Section, whilst her younger sister, Grace, gave her first public performance in the Novice Section. Charlotte S also gave a wonderful performance and earned a Second Place from a field of 11 competitors in the Late Intermediate Section. I was so proud of all the girls who put a lot of effort into polishing their performances and delighting the audience with their contributions. Top Marks to these Top Notes students!
Another year is fast drawing to a close at Top Notes Music Studio, exams are done, reports digested, results celebrated, and resolutions made for things to work more intensively on next year! It is now time to congratulate all the students who took their nerves in hand and put themselves on the line to have their playing and their years efforts assessed. Here they are: Caleb Chan – Grade 6 – Credit; Charlotte Choy – Grade 1 – High Distinction; Alyssa Collins – Grade 3 – Credit; Caitlin Handel – Grade 4 – High Credit; Clara He – Grade 5 (Recital) – High Distinction; Anika Pandey – Grade 1 – Honours; Caitlin Power – Grade 8 (Recital) – High Pass; Charlotte S – Grade 4 – High Pass; Hannah Wang – Grade 2 – Honours. Well done everybody – a relaxing holiday is now well deserved!
Ten Top Notes Music Studio students had a wonderful day showing off their talents last Sunday when they participated in the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW Hills District Junior Music Festival. It was wonderful to see many students come well prepared and smartly dressed, and give impressive performances of pieces they have worked so hard on over the last few weeks. Caitlin Handel and Anish Joseph received Participation Certificates, and the following students received special commendations from the adjudicators. A special mention should be made of Charlotte Choy who was also awarded a Highly Commended for her piano performance in the Intermediate section. Well done to everyone for participating – and being the only Woodwind representatives in the entire Festival!
Elementary Section (Grades 1-2)
Charlotte Choy ~ Highly Commended
Adhav Manoj Pillai ~ Highly Commended
Anika Pandey ~ Highly Commended
Hannah Wang ~ Highly Commended
Intermediate Section (Grades 3-4)
Charlotte S ~ First Place
Joyce Chen ~ Third Place
Late Intermediate Section (Grades 5-6)
Clara He ~ Third Place
Carol Xu ~ Highly Commended
Three Top Notes Music Studio students entered for AMEB exams in this mid-year session, and I am very excited to report that all of them were awarded As (Honours) passes and glowing comments on their reports! Congratulations to Clara He and Carol Xu who did Grade Four, and Joyce Chen who did Grade Two. Fabulous results and well earned rewards for regular and consistent work. Well done girls!! Special thanks too to Clara’s Mum, Amy, who accompanied Clara and Carol so proficiently for rehearsals and on the day of the exams.
It has been a very exciting week for Top Notes Music Studio, Pravin Chanmugam, his family and myself as we received the wonderful news that Pravin had been successful in his AMusA (Associate in Music, Australia) diploma exam conducted by the Australian Music Examinations Board. At the age of 17 this is an outstanding achievement for Pravin, who is now entitled to use the letters after his name! Pravin’s achievement will also be recorded on the Honour Board in his school’s Music Department, where he will be the first student in the school to have achieved the AMusA on Flute. Pravin has managed to juggle preparation for this exam with many other extra curricular activities in a schedule that makes me feel positively exhausted just hearing about it! He has been supported every step of the way by devoted parents who have been real partners in his musical journey. Thanks should also go to his brilliant accompanist, Anne Hopkins, who has been available for rehearsals late into the evening, and flute teachers Melissa Hoile and Jocelyn Fazzone who have given Pravin additional lessons, tips and pointers over the last few months. I’m looking forward to some more relaxed times with Pravin playing duets in the months to come as he prepares for his next challenges – his driving test and the HSC!
It’s been one of those weeks where none of us could quite believe our eyes! Every one of my four students who did AMEB exams last Saturday passed with either Honours or a High Distinction!
These four girls, Emma (Grade Four), Caitlin (Grade Three), Charlotte (Grade Three) and Alyssa (Grade Two) are a wonderful group of young people who have all worked consistently throughout the year to achieve these fabulous results.
Special mention goes to Emma who has completed all the Grades – One to Four – over the last two years, doing an exam every six months and achieving an Honours pass in each exam, and to Caitlin who passed her exam with a High Distinction.
So proud of you all girls, and thanks for being such great students!
The Eisteddfod season is upon us and Top Notes Music Studio students have shown off all their hard work with fabulous performances and results over the last two weekends. It is no easy thing to stand up and perform in front of an adjudicator and a room full of strangers, particularly if it is the first time at an Eisteddfod or competition, and all the students managed their nerves extremely well and came across as very composed. These experiences help build confidence and resilience that carries over into other areas of life, as well as exposing students to the broader world of music outside of the school band. Congratulations once again to:
Adhav Manoj Pillai
Full details of all the awards are listed here.
Congratulations to Alyssa Collins and Caitlin Power who competed in the Hawkesbury City Eisteddfod yesterday with great success. Eisteddfods are a great way to practise professional presentation and realise the rewards that come from working a piece of music up to a performance standard. These experiences also help build confidence and resilience that students can carry over into other areas of their lives. I was very proud of both these students. Stay tuned for more results from City of Penrith Eisteddfod next weekend!
First Place – Restricted 17 Years and Over
First Place – Instrumental Grade Seven
First Place – Wind Championship 15 Years and Over