Category Archives: Intrinsic Motivation

Collaborative Learning in Music – Get With The Team

Welcome to the first post for 2015.  In this post, I would like to examine and explore the reasons that we play music in ensembles. This has in fact been a learning journey for me in my career as a … Continue reading

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St Andrew’s Primary School Christmas Roadshow 2014

The strings program commenced at St Andrew’s Primary School in 2009 and was one of the first classroom strings programs implemented in a Catholic School in the Diocese of Parramatta. Since 2009, all children in year 3 learn a stringed … 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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Recognize the Divine in the Everyday: making the most of our learning opportunities

In 2007, acclaimed concert violinist, Joshua Bell attempted a musical/social experiment. Normally you would pay hundreds of dollars to hear Joshua play with the best symphony orchestras in the best concert halls but on this day, he played the Bach … 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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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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Music Performance & Creation Makes More Focused Learners

A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia by Dr Ines Jentzsch for the University of St Andrews “draws particular attention to the skills learned in musical performance. When playing pieces to an audience or to themselves musicians must demonstrate heightened awareness … Continue reading

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Meet the Captivate Strings Team – Chapter 2: Andras Racz, An Extraordinarily Musical Life

I’m sorry it has taken awhile to get to the 2nd biography in the series I am posting about our wonderfully talented and dedicated team of teachers – both classroom & specialist, in our Captivate Strings Program in Catholic Schools … Continue reading

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