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Dazzled by a Community Orchestra
Posted on 22 Aug 2012

 It’s quite well known that a lack of interest in classical music amongst the general public is a big concern in the classical music world. In fact, I’ve lost count of the number of stories I’ve read highlighting this problem. However, after attending a performance by our local community orchestra on the weekend, I was encouraged …Read More

What They Don’t Tell You about Learning Another Language
Posted on 23 Jul 2012

For most dwellers of Europe and Asia, knowing another language other than their native tongue is not only desirable, but flat out necessary. For those of us who happen to dwell in the the far flung continent of Australia however, the benefits of being able to converse in a language other than English aren’t exactly …Read More

Community Spirit
Posted on 14 May 2012

I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest Twilight fan out there – I read Twilight and New Moon but somehow got a bit distracted after that. But on the weekend, I must’ve been in the mood for vampires and werewolves – or something like that. So I headed down to the local DVD store and hired Breaking Dawn …Read More

Holiday Practice – Must We?
Posted on 4 Apr 2012

With the Easter school holidays well and truly begun in my part of the world in Queensland, Australia, a loaded question arises: should students still practise on the holidays? For most students, I am quite happy for them to take a break since the Easter holidays are relatively short compared to the Summer holidays. However, …Read More

When Culture Shock Doesn’t Happen
Posted on 3 May 2011

Culture Shock. They’re strong words. The first time I went to China to study Mandarin was also the first time I’d been overseas. And so I braced myself for the nasty culture shock that would inevitably (according to all I’d read and the people I’d spoken to) occur.  The sudden waves of intense homesickness, the …Read More