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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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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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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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More on Active Listening – Unpacking Winter 1st Movt in the Classroom

This is a follow up post to the previous post on Modeling the Learning – Winter 1st Movt. Those of you reading this post that know little about the Captivate Strings Program across 12 Catholic Primary Schools in Western Sydney … Continue reading

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Modeling the Learning – Winter 1st Movement

On the 25th , November 2012 – last Sunday – we concluded the year for the Captivate String Orchestra with a very exciting concert at St Finbar’s Catholic Church in Glenbrook. (Lower Blue Mountains) This concert was a great celebration … Continue reading

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Defining Success in a Motivational Music Program – How does Captivate Strings Measure Up?

Defining Success. What constitutes a successful music program? The Online Dictionary defines success as: 1. the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors. 2. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like. 3. a successful  performance or achievement: … Continue reading

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Short Term Music Lessons improve Listening and Learning

Great article about the positive effects of Learning Music on Active Listening from the Bangor New Age Examiner.  “According to the research results reported on Science Daily, children who participate in music lessons for as few as 1 to 5 … Continue reading

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Pirates of the Caribbean

The Captivate String Orchestra performing “Pirates of the Caribbean at the end of year Captivate Strings Concert at St Finbar’s Catholic Church in Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains – students from Catholic Schools – Diocese of Parramatta, Western Sydney. Nearly … Continue reading

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A Short Learning Story by John Morrison – Jazz Musician & Educator

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Last year, I was filming and recording the Hawkesbury Jazz Club’s Youth in Jazz Festival. It was great to see such young talent coming through and some very exciting performances. In his adjudication, my friend, John Morrison told this great learning story about when he and his brother, well known Jazz Trumpet player James Morrison, were playing a gig for the King of Thailand. Please watch the video to hear the whole story but I want to make the main point here in this commentary that music performance is “not something you can download from the internet” or purchase online or in a store – you have to work at it and you have to earn it. The exciting thing that Michael Griffin shared with us in our professional learning last week is that music performance is accessible to everyone with good teaching and the opportunity – you have to work at it. Let’s work at making quality music education accessible to all in our schools and encouraging our students to ‘work at it’ and practise, practise, practise!!! (Used with permission – thanks John)

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Sight Reading the St Anthony Chorale At Blacktown Rehearsal last week

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This last week, Captivate Music Teachers enjoyed some stimulating professional learning from Michael Griffin – http://musiceducationworld.com/ Apart from some great conversations around “Growth Mindsets” and Intrinsic Motivation, we looked at some good ways to practise/rehearse with reference to “Repetition”, “Chunking” – recognizing and drilling patterns. This ensemble is just some of the Blacktown Captivate String Orchestra and after 30 minutes sight-reading and rehearsing the St Anthony Chorale from the new String Things Level 2 set of books, it’s starting to come together very well. I’m confident that we will achieve a great ensemble sound when students have practised at home for a few weeks. Most of these students have only learned in a group class for 2 years – maximum 3 years. ALL of these students have come out of our String Things classroom music program in Catholic Schools in Western Sydney. Just shot with my iPhone thanks to a parent – Thanks Ed 🙂

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