Tag Archives: Intrinsic Motivation

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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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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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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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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Captivate String Orchestra Places 1st in Penrith Eisteddfod

Last Thursday 22nd August, the Captivate String Orchestra performed at the Penrith Eisteddfod and gained 1st place in the High School Orchestra section with 96 marks. The Captivate String Orchestra was formed in the term one school holidays in 2011. … Continue reading

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“Oh no. Not yet another blog post about music practice!!!!!”

“Oh no. Not yet another blog post about music practice!!!!!” I hear you say. As I travel around our schools to work with ensembles and with teachers in the classrooms, I see so much musical potential in our schools but … Continue reading

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Captivate Strings Workshop – 2013

On Saturday 4th May, about 40 members of the Captivate String Orchestra gathered at St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School, Marayong. We also had 6 members of our Captivate strings team including 2 new specialist teachers, Miss Grace Vassallo and Miss … Continue reading

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