SPRING 2017 NEWSLETTER
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. Glenn Campbell, ABBA, the Bee Gees – every time I hear any of their old songs, it takes me back to a happy childhood memory.
Remember to weave music into each day with your child. Your time together will be peppered with magic moments - both to enjoy and to remember.
Miranda Rocca | Music School Manager
Holiday Programmes and Upcoming Events
Holiday Guitar Gig | October 2-3
Holiday Rock & Pop School | October 5-6
Lewis Eady Junior Music Contest for Groups | September 16 |
Term Three - July 24 to September 24
Term Four - October 16 to December 16 | Partner Schools finish December 8
(no lessons October 21 & 23 – Labour weekend)
New Location in central Auckland!
We are delighted to announce that in 2018 we will be launching our Saturday Music School at St Pauls College - Richmond Road, Ponsonby!
One-on-one and group lessons will be available on a full range of instruments.
For anyone who lives in central Auckland, this is a great location for you! Handy and with lots of parking.
Enrolments will be accepted online from term 4 onwards.
Watch this space!
Each of our students completes a self-assessment again this term. These enable our students to identify themselves (with guidance from their tutor) what they are achieving in their weekly music class. Keep an eye out for yours!
In term 4, you will be provided with a full progress report (prepared by our tutors) and you will be invited to an end of year student concert either this term or next. Please expect your concert invitation via text message from our Music School admin team.
We teach music at Balmoral Primary, Bayfield Primary, Epsom Normal Primary, Freemans Bay School, Glendowie Primary School Hobsonville Primary, Kohia Terrace Primary School, Kowhai Intermediate, Marist Primary Herne Bay, Maungawhau Primary, Mellons Bay Primary, Newton Central School, Orakei Primary, Parnell Primary, Pasadena Intermediate, Ponsonby Primary, Pt Chevalier Primary, Remuera Primary, Richmond Road Primary, Royal Oak Primary School, Sancta Maria Primary, Sancta Maria College, St Joseph’s Primary, St Leo’s Primary, St Michael’s Primary, Takapuna Primary, St Teresa's (Karori, Wellington), Stonefields Primary, Waakaranga Primary and Westmere Primary School.
If you would like us to teach music at your school please contact Miranda on 021 524 433 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sampling, Dubstep & Beatboxing
Here are a few Tedx Talks I’ve personally found informative and inspiring. They provide a great insight into today’s popular music, how it is constructed and where it’s heading. Enjoy!
How sampling transformed Music | Mark Ronson
Sampling isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. In this mind-blowingly original talk, watch the DJ scramble 15 TED Talks into an audio-visual omelet, and trace the evolution of "La Di Da Di," Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's 1984 hit that has been reimagined for every generation since.
Beatbox Brilliance | Tom Thum
Tom Thum: Armed with just a microphone, Thum pushes the limits of the human voice to create incredible soundtracks of impossible beats and phenomenal sounds, with scratched vinyl, the Michael Jackson back-catalogue, the didgeridoo and an entire fifties jazz band amongst his vocal repertoire.
The Science of Dubstep | James Humberstone
Humberstone claims that music is the most abstract of all the arts and that technologically rich, culturally appropriate musical training could lead that educational revolution, turning the focus away from high stakes standardised testing and toward engaging and inspiring student-centred learning. Along the way, he explains how incredible human perception of sound is, and composes a 12-tone dubstep song with the help of the TED audience!
Enjoy the upcoming school holidays!