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Motivation and the Drive to Learn

Originally posted on Learning Strategies for Musical Success:
Why is it that some people achieve so much more than others? This simple question is one of the big concerns for education. Essentially though, it is motivation that underpins people’s choices and…

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What is a String Ensemble? – Building our Music Learning Communities

Right at the start, let me say that this post is not just about string ensembles. It is about how we create collaborative learning communities and how we learn together, students learning to make great music together, supporting each other … Continue reading

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Musical Playground Duty

A very wise and hardworking stage coordinator in one of our primary schools had the idea of getting our excellent team of string teachers to perform in the playground for end of the school day dismissal – playground duty should … Continue reading

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Visualize Your Success: There are no shortcuts to our music learning

I have the great pleasure in leading a team of about 12 classroom and specialist teachers in the String Things Program across 14 Catholic Primary Schools in Western Sydney. In recent weeks, I have had the task of meeting with … Continue reading

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Summary of Practice Strategies

“Do you really want it?” Find a place & a time:  So often, when I question students about their practice habits, they say to me: “But I don’t have time”. My reply; “Who made your breakfast this morning?” “Well Mum … Continue reading

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Vale Maestro Tommy Tycho

I was very saddened to hear this morning of the passing of Maestro Tommy Tycho. Tommy Tycho was not only a great composer, orchestrator and conductor, he also made a great contribution to Music Education and the encouragement of young … Continue reading

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Music Making is an Adventure best shared.

Thought I would share the Introduction with you from the “String Things Level 2” This is the teaching method used in the classroom and small groups across 14 Catholic Primary Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta, Western Sydney. Authored by … Continue reading

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Captivate Orchestra Workshop – Term 4, 2012

On Saturday October 27th, 2012 about 40 students and some of our leading teachers from the Captivate Strings Program gathered for an exciting workshop to prepare for our upcoming concert at St Finbar’s Catholic Church on November 25th with the … Continue reading

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Motivating Practice using Innovative Media – It’s in the Book

At our recent Captivate Orchestra Workshop – Saturday 27th October, I showed the students and parents this video that I edited up just before the workshop – the point is to show that our recently authored/published String Things Level 2 … Continue reading

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eLearning to Enable Music Practice & Performance

A challenge that we face with the Strings program in Catholic Schools in Western Sydney is coordinating 10 specialist teachers and 5 – 6 classroom teachers across 10 Catholic Primary Schools (and soon growing to 12 primary schools and a … Continue reading

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