Top Notes Family Give Back

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.

Hannah shares her talents to help disadvantaged students

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!  

Flute Music for International Women’s Day

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I am honoured to have been invited by Rachel Valler and Michelle Urquhart to join them in what is going to be a wonderful celebration of the creative output of women composers from around the world, to mark International Women’s Day 2016.

We would love you to join us.  Seating is limited and I am told it fills up quickly, so don’t be late! 

The program includes Anne Boyd’s Bali Moods No 1, Cecile Chaminade’s famous Concertino and Anna Bon’s classical Sonata in G Minor, for flute and piano, as well as lots of other lovely music for various combinations of flute, violin, viola and piano.

When:  Sunday 13th March at 2.30pm

Where:  Waverley Library Theatrette, 32-48 Denison Street, BONDI JUNCTION

Tickets:  No booking required.  Tickets at the door $10 ($8 concession) CASH ONLY

For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

Does learning piano first help with learning flute?

I strongly believe that learning the piano provides an excellent foundation for learning any other musical instrument.  Not only do you learn to read both treble and bass clefs, but learning the ‘geography’ of the keyboard makes it much easier to learn scales and arpeggios on other instruments.  However, the piano is a solitary instrument whereas learning a ‘band instrument’ means that you get to play in groups with other people, which is lots of fun.  Did you learn piano before you learnt flute?  Do you agree with these statements?  Would you recommend that a beginner student learns piano first before they learn flute?  Share your thoughts.