Music Blog Week 2

By July 23, 2014 Music Media Art Drama, News

OPEN STAGE
The first Open Stage of the term started with some beautiful performances. As children came through the gates, many joined in the fun and serenaded those walking to class. What a lovely way to start a Wednesday morning!

TECHNOLOGY IN MUSIC
More technology suggestions to inspire and help …..
1. ‘Music Reading Essentials’ – This is a fun way to learn to read music while being on the phone/iPad. There are others available of course but I like the layout of this one. It’s clear and easy to use. You can make a little game out of it and it records their score.
2. ‘Metro Timer’ – the best free metronome around.

PRACTICE TIPS
Skip the easy stuff – This week’s practice tip encourages you to skip the sections of music that you find easy and only work on what is difficult. Your practice is more effective if you spend time working on what you find tricky rather than playing through the easy sections. Give it a go and see if it helps!

Remember to visit our Music Tips and Tricks Page for more great ideas here.

IN THE COMMUNITY

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
The Melbourne Chamber Orchestra is a dynamic group of Melbourne’s finest musicians. Founded in 1990, this ensemble prides itself on being an orchestra of all Victorians, using their size and agility to delight audiences outside central Melbourne. If you are looking for inspiration why not go to a concert. Check out the website http://mco.org.au

Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)
The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is dedicated to the artistic and professional development of the country’s most exceptional young musicians. ANAM’s vision is to develop the country’s future music leaders, distinguished by their artistic skill, imagination, courage and their contribution to a vibrant Australian music culture. There are many free concerts throughout the year – log onto http://www.anam.com.au/ for further information.

Victorian College of the Arts
The VCA has recently announced an exciting new program for 15 – 20 year olds – the VCA Music Theatre Studio. Held on Saturdays from 15 March, this program offers high-quality triple-threat training for young adults passionate about Music Theatre, designed by the Music Theatre staff at the VCA and modelled on the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) curriculum. The ideal candidate will have some prior experience with either singing, dancing or acting, but the selectors will be looking for potential as much as pre-existing training. Full details about registrations can be found on their website: http://vca-mcm.unimelb.edu.au/shortcourses/musictheatre/studio

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
With a reputation for excellence, versatility and innovation the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra boasts diverse programming to offer the people of Melbourne a wide variety of music. From the Lord of the Rings to Beethoven and Dvorak, the MSO caters for all tastes. Support Melbourne’s oldest orchestra while being inspired and go along to a concert. Check out the website http://www.mso.com.au/