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19 Oct 2016

Pencil, pen, paint or crayon - colour in pictures and send them to us for your chance to win a prize! Winning pictures will be displayed on the Caroline Spring

3 Sep 2015

 

We have noticed that many instruments brought into Caroline Springs School of Music for repairs are plain dirty.

 

A large number of repairs and associated costs could be avoided by some simple maintenance.

Always ensure your hands are clean before you practice. We should keep our hands clean anyway, right?

 

Always wipe your instrument with a soft cloth after practice, this will greatly increase...

16 Jul 2015

 The great John Coltrane always played with tremendous passion

 

- "The emotional reaction is all that matters."

- "All of the technique doesn't matter... only if the feeling is right." John Coltrane

 

At our recent ANZCA exams in May we had two students perform their Grade 3 piano pieces with such maturity and a level of emotional engagement; rare for a performer of any age and experience. Well don...

24 Jun 2015

At Caroline Springs School of Music we are always ensuring our teachers are accurately monitoring each student’s progress.

 

Our teachers update progress reports on a weekly basis and brief our administration and school principal at least once a month on each student.

 

As a parent your best indicator of your child’s progress is their ANZCA exam scores. We never enter anyone for an exam that we are...

12 Jun 2015

Over the last 30 years of teaching guitar I have noticed that nearly all students and even many accomplished players simply do not change their strings often enough.

 

I change strings on most of my guitars after roughly ten hours of use. I have always used Thursdays as a guitar maintenance day. Changing strings on Thursdays gives me enough hours to play the strings in before weekend gigs.

 

Whenev...

12 May 2015

This is our third and final worksheet blog before the ANZCA exams on Wednesday May 27th.

 

This worksheet focuses on simple signs and terms that can appear in music.

Download the worksheet and match up the following answers. As always bring the completed worksheet to your lessons for marking.

 

Signs and terms:

Piano – Soft

Forte – Loud

Mezzo Piano – moderately soft

Mezzo Forte – moderately loud

Fortissi...

11 May 2015

 

 

Notes and rests are often areas of confusion for students on practical exams.

Match up the following answers with worksheet 2 (download from here)

 

Quaver (worth half a beat) eighth note

Crotchet (1 beat) quarter note

Dotted Crotchet (1 and a  half) dotted quarter note

Minim (2 beats) half note

Dotted minim (3 beats) dotted half note

Semibreve (4 beats) whole note

Quarter rest (crotchet rest)

Half res...