Charlotte Recommends Kids At The Con Holiday Workshops!

Holiday Workshops coming up: Tues 11 – Thurs 13 April

Following their sell-out success in January, the Kids at the Con Holiday Workshops are back again this April! They are fun and interactive as flute and piano student Charlotte found out last school holidays.  That’s Charlotte on the very right in the picture getting to experience making music in different ways and with different instruments, and having fun interacting with other children who love music just as much as she does.

One-hour workshops for 3-5 year olds: Tues 11th & Wed 12th April.

Half-day workshops for 6-10 year olds: Wed 12th & Thurs 13th April.

Click here to read more and book your child’s spot now!

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to a fine bunch of students!

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! 

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Eisteddfod Season Successes

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:

Penrith Eisteddfod 20 August 2016

Penrith Eisteddfod August 2016

Joyce Chen
Alyssa Collins
Caitlin Handel
Anish Joseph
Adhav Manoj Pillai
Anika Pandey
Caitlin Power
Charlotte Stevens

Full details of all the awards are listed here.

 

 

 

Hawkesbury City Eisteddfod Successes!

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!     

                                             Alyssa Collins
caeb7c4287d5db995056019040d7420cSecond Place – Special Restricted 12 Years and Under
Highly Commended – Restricted 12 Years and Under

                          Caitlin Power
                           First Place – Restricted 17 Years and Over
                           First Place – Instrumental Grade Seven
                           First Place – Wind Championship 15 Years and Over

 

Congratulations!!

Pravin Cert of Perf

Pravin Chanmugam – High Credit in Flute Certificate of Performance

Pravin, his Mum and Dad and I are very proud of his success in his recent Certificate of Performance Flute exam.  The Certificate of Performance comes after Grade Eight and requires the performance of a 30 minute program of four contrasting pieces.  Pravin prepared all this in just six months after completing Grade Eight, as well as coping with his Year 10 school work, performing in a school musical and play, and hosting an international exchange student.  He certainly is a high achiever!  Well done Pravin!   

 

The Sight Reading Challenge!

One of my lovely students, Caitlin, sent this to me, to remind me that what looks simple to teachers and examiners when we put up a piece of sight reading looks totally different to the poor student standing in front of it!  But I can assure you from my own personal experience that sight reading, like everything else in life, only gets easier with regular practice.  The challenge is to overcome the panic, tackle the music in manageable chunks and look for the patterns in the music. 

Sight Reading Cartoon

Congratulations!

Great news this week!  Eight year old Joyce has been promoted from Beginner’s Training Band into Intermediate Band at Cherrybrook Public School after only oJoyceChen2016editedne and a half terms!  Her family and I are all very excited about Joyce’s quick progress.  Joyce and her parents made some very wise decisions which have helped her make a really good start on flute.  Joyce had two months of individual flute lessons at the end of Year 2 prior to starting in the Band in Year 3.  Joyce’s parents invested in a good quality flute for her, and Joyce has been encouraged to use a curved headjoint, as she is physically quite small.  This makes the flute a lot more comfortable for her to play and helps her develop good posture and hand positions.  We are all looking forward to seeing how Joyce will thrive in this more challenging environment.  Well done Joyce!