End of Year Newsletter – 2017
Thanks for the privilege of teaching your children piano over the past year. We’ve had a fantastic year of music making.
On Saturday the 18th of November, I held two student concerts at my South Penrith studio. A total of 26 students performed in all. For most of these, it was the first time they had ever performed in front of an audience. I was so very impressed with how everyone played! After the success of these recitals, I have decided to make these a regular event each year at the end of terms 2 and 4. I’m looking forward to the next one.
A number of students have been sitting their AMEB piano and theory examinations recently. Each student can be commended for the effort they have spent preparing for these examinations. I am very pleased with everyone’s results:
- Ela Quiogue Grade One Theory of Music A
- Selina Vedat Grade One Theory of Music A+
- Stephanie Nohra Preliminary Piano for Leisure C+
- Anne Joseph Preliminary Piano A
- Pola Romanowska Preliminary Piano A
- Mitha Panikkar Grade 1 Piano for Leisure A
- Ela Quiogue Grade 1 Piano A+
- Malini Perera Grade 2 Piano A
- Selina Vedat Grade 3 Piano B
- John McDonald Grade 6 Piano C+
There are another three students who are patiently awaiting their results. I’m sure they will also have done very well:
- Tania Abacum Grade 2 Piano for Leisure
- Chiara Penna Grade 2 Piano
- Teresa Smith Grade 4 Piano
On the 11th of November, I held mock examinations for all my exam students. Anthony van den Broek, an examiner with the AMEB gave all students a mock examination and then worked with them on aspects they could improve. This was such a valuable opportunity, both for the students to get feedback on the work from an examiner, and also to have a practice run before the actual examination.
Masterclasses and Lessons with Teachers of the Golandsky Institute
I am currently undergoing further study in order to better teach technique to my students. I am very interested in the Taubman approach to piano technique and really believe in the benefits this gives pianists. It has made a huge difference to both my playing and teaching. The preeminent organisation that teaches this is the US based Golandsky Institute.
A number of my students have been fortunate to have studied with three different teachers of the Golandsky Institute, Anthony van den Broek (Sydney), Therese Milanovic (Brisbane), and John Bloomfield (New York, USA). Anthony has conducted lessons from my South Penrith studio, while Therese and John taught via Skype.
It has been such an honour to have these highly competent teachers (who I consider to be some of the best in the world) teach my students.
I will continue to have students work with Anthony, Therese, and John next year. Their expertise is very valuable to my students, and also forms part of my ongoing training in the Taubman approach.