Tag Archives: Music Education

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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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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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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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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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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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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