Rock on this winter

Rock on this winter

Term 2, 2018 is well underway! Lots of new students of all ages have joined us this term - welcome to you all.  

I love calling into our Great South Road studios during the week.  There’s always so much exciting sound and musical progress being made by everyone there - primary to tertiary students, our teachers, adult learners - some taking first steps, others continuing a lifelong passion. 

No matter what stage you are at in your musical journey, practice is the key to good progress. Now is a good time to check that your/your child’s practice is the most effective and efficient it can be.  

We’ve included some great articles that will set you up for this - whether you are the student or a committed parent supporting your child’s musical progress.  

Practice, Preparation and Nerves

Practice, Preparation and Nerves

I write this sitting at VTNZ waiting for one of my children to sit her driver’s licence test.  There’s lots of nervous energy in this place (both from parents and potential drivers!) and excited anticipation as each young person presents their papers and waits their turn.  I can’t help but compare this to a music concert – practice, preparation and nerves all leading up to this event.  Of course, we are hoping for a successful result, however, the learning that will take place from a performance that ‘could be better’ will just be as valuable.  Your child’s concert will be a significant event for them (as will this driving test for my daughter). 
Enjoy and celebrate! 
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Music framed my childhood

Music framed my childhood

As a child, I always knew my Dad was happy and where to find him by his whistling.  He whistled while he worked, while he was in the garden when he was out walking,  anywhere.  And I knew if Mum was super happy because she would crank up one of her many Tchaikovsky ballet recordings (she was a ballet teacher) so the whole neighbourhood could hear it...

PLAY, PLAY, PLAY...

PLAY, PLAY, PLAY...

MAKE PRACTISE FUN!

I recently asked one of our teaching team what she thought might be useful for parents to know which would help with their child’s music lessons.

She gave three suggestions...