Music lessons and exams are more than just an end in themselves. They give us the skills to be able to come together with others sharing similar interests and passion, and work as part of a team using our love of music to support the wider community. Top Notes Music Studio was so proud on ANZAC Day to see student Caitlin Handel (fourth from left in photo) march in her first ever ANZAC Day Parade in the City. Her Mum wrote, “Caitlin was very privileged to take part in the Sydney ANZAC Day March down Elizabeth Street with the 2019 Millennium Marching Band. A very unique experience and one she was very proud to be a part of.” Membership of the Millennium Marching Band is open to all students in Years 7-12 attending a government secondary school in New South Wales. Opportunities exist within the Band for instrumentalists, dancers and rhythmic gymnasts. There is a place for everyone with energy, commitment and a willingness to learn. Caitlin only joined the Band at the end of 2018 and this is already her second high profile performance with them. Why not think about expanding your musical horizons? There are many great musical groups in The Hills for students to join. Ask Cathy for suggestions.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been asking my students for their thoughts on What Makes a Good Musician? We compiled them all on a poster and I was very impressed by the insight and sophistication of some of the answers from my younger students. Clearly, it is never too young to start the conversation!
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!
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.
A special commendation this week to Top Notes Music Studio flute student, Hannah who took time out of her busy schedule to play in a concert organised by the Inner Wheel Club of Baulkham Hills to help raised funds for disadvantaged students attending Stewart House. Hannah is also an advanced level pianist, and she played Marriage of Love, made famous by Richard Clayderman, and a Tarantella by Mendelssohn. Hannah learns piano from Mariana Batkhan. The Assembly Hall at Kellyville High School was packed on Wednesday night for the performances by local public school students, and Hannah carried off her first performance to such a large group with confidence and flair. Well done Hannah!
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 August 2016
Adhav Manoj Pillai
Full details of all the awards are listed here.
And more entries ready to go for Hawkesbury City Eisteddfod, Saturday 13th August.
Happy practising ahead for Alyssa and Caitlin (Power)!
Students can choose to do either Theory or Musicianship exams to fulfil the theoretical requirement of their practical exams. The main difference between the two is that Musicianship has an aural component and therefore goes into theory into a little less depth. Which do you think is better to do? Which do you think will help you be a better musician? Share your thoughts and opinions.