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Opening of the Ian Potter Southbank Centre

It was wonderful to participate in the opening of this amazing new facility located right next to The Recital Centre and the VCA, and home to the new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. The event opened with a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country in Linear Park, with Boon Wurrung Elder, N’arweet Carolyn Briggs accompanied by student performers from the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development. A fanfare composed by Mark Pollard invited all to enter the building.

Innovative Music Education Hub for the West

Recently we caught up with VMTA member Emmet Brazil, who is the Founder and Director of Chasing Sound Music School in Footscray. Not only is this innovative music school providing great pathways for students and teachers, but it’s also opening up opportunities for local schools in the region.

Considerations in Position of the Piano Stool

When asked about school chairs, FM Alexander is quoted as saying “We need to educate our children, not our furniture.” The same can be said about the piano stool – it is far more profound and fundamental to learn to change one’s coordination than to learn where to put one’s stool. The former also informs the latter. We can look to Alexander Technique not for a prescribed position of piano stool, but for principles which can guide our decision making.

How Many Hours a Day Should You Practice?

2 hours? 4 hours? 8 hours? 12 hours? How much is enough? Is there such a thing as practising too much? Is there an optimal number of hours that one should practice? Some of the great artists of the 20th century have shared their thoughts on these questions. I seem to recall reading an interview with Rubinstein years ago, in which he stated that nobody should have to practice more than four hours a day, explaining that if you needed to practice more than four hours a day, you probably weren’t doing it right.

Positive Posture at the Piano

Piano instruction books often depict ‘the right posture for playing piano.’ They may illustrate a pianist with a straight back, feet on the floor, and forearms parallel to the floor. There are advantages and disadvantages to presenting images like this. If a student were to hold this position, the holding may become very limiting for piano technique, not to mention tiring! Through an investigation into positive poise, we can explore some principles of coordination for playing.

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Just 1 month left to join the #AMEBOnlineOrchestra2019 !

This year the orchestra will perform #IamAustralian by Bruce Woodley AO and Dobe Newton under the digital baton of conductor, Jessica Gethin.

Any combination of instruments, vocalists or choirs will work together with the arrangement. All parts can be downloaded for free from the @AustralianMusicExaminationsBoard website onlineorchestra.ameb.edu.au. Entries close on August 16th.

Anyone can enter a video of their performance and become a member of Australia’s biggest online orchestra. So spread the word amongst your students, colleagues and friends!

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Victorian Music Teachers' Association1 week ago

Professional learning opportunity for piano teachers. Live lesson demonstrations with leading pedagogy experts. Open discussion forum with panel of presenters. With Margaret Bland, Elyane Laussade and Janine Sowden. Further information at https://vmta.org.au/piano-day/

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Victorian Music Teachers' Association3 weeks ago

In this amazing video from ABC Classic one of Australia’s most sought after piano technicians, Ara Vartoukian, gives us a quick but thorough overview of arguably the world’s most iconic instrument from the inside out.

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In this amazing video from ABC Classic one of Australia’s most sought after piano technicians, Ara Vartoukian, gives us a quick but thorough overview of arguably the world’s most iconic instrument from the inside out.

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