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!
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
End of year exam entries have just been submitted! Exams are about three months away. Good luck to Alyssa, Anish, Caitlin, Charlotte, Deborah and Emma. Keep up the regular practice and you will do well! Don’t forget there are lots of useful resources on this page to help you.
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!
Student of the Week Award for Week Eight goes to 9 year old Adhav Manoj Pillai. Adhav impressed me this week by showing how much a student can improve their playing in the space of one week! Adhav has been learning flute and playing in the school band for one year, but over the Christmas holidays forgot a lot of the fingerings he had learned last year, and has been struggling trying to remember them again this term. This week Adhav took my advice and checked fingerings he was not sure about in his tutor book when practising, resulting in much better playing in his lesson. Adhav is also working hard to take better care of his flute so that it does not get so many knocks and dents, and to make sure that he washes his hands before playing, so that his flute does not get so sticky. Well done Adhav!
Students come back to lessons in various ‘states of repair’ after the summer holidays. Some have holes where things that were learned and mastered before the holiday have been totally forgotten and have to be re-learned. Some are a bit rusty and just need to play a bit to get back to where they were and some have been maintained in perfect condition, and pick up exactly where they left off. But it is rare to find a student that has actually made progress and improved over the holidays.
Anika is such a student. Anika downloaded the backing tracks to her tutor book over the holidays and played all her beginner tunes along with the backing tracks. What a great holiday fun thing to do! Not only has she learned two new and quite difficult songs by herself but all her playing is now so much more confident and fluent! Anika is looking forward to progressing on to her new ‘proper’ flute this term. Well done, Anika!