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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

Practice Excuses
Posted on 13 Aug 2012

 If you’ve ever taught a musical instrument – or anything at all for that matter – chances are you’ve heard your fair share of excuses as to why a student didn’t do their music practice / homework / training / whatever. I know I have. Maybe it’s because I’m not strict enough. In which case …Read More

The Magic of Mussorgsky
Posted on 6 Aug 2012

During my recent visit to Melbourne, I was excited to attend a performance by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. On the menu were Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bald Mountain and Pictures at an Exhibition. But it was Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2  featuring Nicholas Angelich that was the real drawcard for me. And while the MSO’s …Read More

Secret Garden
Posted on 1 May 2012

Music for Your Mood What do you do when your to-do lists are getting longer and longer and you’re still at the top of the list? Or you’re trying to forget about the ever growing list and just focus on your current task? Except the other tasks are all scrambling for attention at the same …Read More

The Best Type Of Music
Posted on 22 Apr 2012

  I’m an avid music lover. When I’m not writing or teaching, I can be often be found at the piano. But sometimes I really feel there’s no better music than silence. While I need music in my life, there are times where I also need silence. Especially on days that have been busy, rushed …Read More

Moments of Jazz
Posted on 16 Apr 2012

Music for Your Mood I often marvel at how listening to a piece of music can conjure up images of another place. Or maybe it’s just my overactive imagination. For example, whenever I hear jazz music – it doesn’t matter where I am – I almost always imagine a cafe restuarant at night, with people …Read More

A Birthday Song
Posted on 11 Apr 2012

Today I’d like to share about a Reggae Funk Blues artist I got the chance to listen to last week. Almost by accident, really. My boyfriend Shawn and I were passing through Bryon Bay on the afternoon of my birthday and stopped to have dinner. Except finding a place to stop was no small feat in …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 frantic or stressed, try some Debussy
Posted on 2 Apr 2012

Music for Your Mood Yesterday afternoon I made a car trip to visit my lovely mother. And because I was running a bit late, I was in a rush. And on my way out of the door, I grabbed a CD of some of Debussy’s piano music and I’m so glad I did! It had …Read More

Music for Your Mood: Songs that Make You Want to Smile
Posted on 25 Mar 2012

Welcome to my new feature of Music for Your Mood! I think it goes without saying that music can have a profound affect on our mood. And most often, the music we listen to is dependent on our current mood – who of us after just having had a win in something or a fantastic …Read More