Category Archives: Captivate Performing Arts

Let’s Create – Not Replicate

This year, in our Captivate String Orchestra, we have achieved much in the performance of the Brandenburg Concerto # 3, 1st movement (abridged). This is a significant achievement for a combined string orchestra with mainly upper primary students that have … Continue reading

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2014 Captivate Strings Chamber Concert – St Finbar’s Catholic Church Glenbrook

On Sunday November 9th 2014, our Captivate String Orchestra, Parramatta Marist High Chamber Orchestra and our Captivate Staff Chamber Orchestra performed works by Caccini, Bach, Purcell, Smetana, Dvorak to a very appreciative and sizable audience in the beautiful setting of … Continue reading

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Reflecting On & Celebrating Our Music Learning – What has worked in 2014?

It’s the first week back of term 4 and already we have had a rehearsal of the Captivate String Orchestra – as usual, the Penrith/Mountains Orchestra on Tuesday at St Mary MacKillop Primary School Penrith and the Blacktown/Kellyville Orchestra at … Continue reading

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Captivate Strings – the How, What & Why

I am frequently asked the question: “What is it that motivates your students so much about music and performance in the Captivate Strings Program?” (Catholic Education – Diocese of Parramatta, Western Sydney) In fact, I often ask myself this very … Continue reading

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The Flipped Orchestra: eLearning to extend Musical Motivation & Understanding

The title to this blog post might sound a bit unusual to you. You may have expected to click on this link, especially if you have searched through Google, to find upside music students or inverted violinists!! In fact the … Continue reading

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Captivate Strings Chamber Music Concert – 2013

      On Sunday November 10th, 2013, The Captivate String Orchestra presented their 2nd annual Chamber Music Concert along with our inspirational Captivate Staff Chamber Orchestra. The Captivate String Orchestra was established just 2 1/2 years ago at a … Continue reading

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The String Things Program! Motivational Music Teaching and Learning in Catholic Schools – Diocese of Parramatta

  Something Exciting in Music Making has been happening in Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta since 2009. Almost 1500 students in Catholic Schools in Blacktown, Kingswood, Mt Druitt, Kellyville, Granville etc, are playing orchestral stringed instruments in the … Continue reading

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Meet the Team – Captivate Strings

The Captivate Strings Team is comprised of around 13 classroom and specialist teachers providing quality teaching & learning in the inclusive strings program across 12 Catholic Primary Schools and 2 Catholic Secondary Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta – Western … Continue reading

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