- Memory & Piano Recital
- Musichoir in 2017
- A Bunch of Reminders
The Musiteacher teaches a select few how they can play piano. The families see each other at the eisteddfod, exams and other performance opportunities throughout the year. It is an intimate group, who have a quiet cuppa after a piano recital, which was yesterday. The performers were more nervous than usual, their teacher noted. It was a pleasant afternoon in the Jazz Basement.
As usual their teacher plays. As she hadn’t been working towards anything this year on her instrument, she thought that she would test something she had been concerned about for some time. Her memory. After some reading, talking to others and taking part in the Memory Walk-Run earlier this year she began to understand that she could help her brain to remember things better. So, she did. It began with the gut, organisation and exercise. It was a bit tricky to stay on track with the rainy gloomy days we’ve had and temptations all round. By no means has she made it. There is a long way to go, however she feels her brain is healthier.
About 6 weeks ago, she pulled out a piece she first began to play on the 21st of October in 1986. She was 15 years old at the time, and still had not learnt the whole piece. The challenge to learn it all off by heart for the recital was set, and began the journey to analyse the piece, listen to examples, play a variety of instruments, listen to the sound, and notice how her body and brain was at the time.
If she had indulged in vino, bread, or dairy there was little chance of good concentration and memory practise. Understandably. Coming in contact with more than 200 human beings between 9am – 6pm each working day saps energy and optimal brain function at the end of the day, so this wasn’t the ideal time to practise memory. Depending on the exercise, it helped to maintain focus, while staying organised proved to be very beneficial.
She played ‘The Black & White Rag’ by George Botsford yesterday for her audience. It wasn’t perfect, however it was played it in its entirety. There were a few slips in memory and concentration. A healthy breakfast & lunch were had, calm was mostly intact and the nerves were in check. There were different distractions not considered at the time of performance. That fake rose ornament to the left….not breathing and erasing the mind before starting…thinking of this or that while playing…and the hands not falling into D minor in that bar near the last section before the main theme was introduced again. D Minor!
It was a great task, and the piece will be played all week at Musikeys concerts to continue practice memory. They say a teacher should never stop learning. As we are all teachers of some thing or another, nor should any of us cease learning. Our memories will thank us for it.
Have a lovely day!
MUSICHOIR IN 2017
Musichoir is a new class on trial for 2017, held on Monday afternoons 4pm – 5pm, suitable for school-aged children. Musimum Anna will be the Musichoir accompanist which will allow the Musiteacher to guide the children. The cost of $100 per term includes the class, all music resources and the organisation of public performances.
It has been proven in so much of the new and old research, that shared learning experiences between parent and child are the best experiences to build the strongest of foundations. We see this every day at Musikids, and will see this continue in Musichoir where the child sings alongside siblings and other members of our community. Here are just some of the benefits:
- With members singing in time in a shared environment, their heartbeats learn to regulate by beating in time. It has been proven that this helps keep hearts healthy and improve lung function.
- Choir members may arrive tired, but always leave revitalised and happy. This may be because oxytocin levels are boosted, or cortisol levels are lowered, which helps to control stress, anxiety and lessens the feeling of lonliness.
- Greatly improves listening and strengthens brain function to focus
- Helps children with speaking (diction)
- Feeling a sense of belonging/togetherness
Joining a choir can help children and adults alike in so many ways. If this sounds like something for your child, please complete the Online Enrolment Form. If you know of another child this may benefit, then please pass on this message.
THE BUNCH OF REMINDERS
2017 ENROLMENT & MATERIALS
- Complete the Online Enrolment Form by DECEMBER 1ST.
- A $100 deposit per enrolment is required to hold your place in a class, with the balance due prior to, or at the first class. An invoice will be emailed to you on December 5th for payment to be made. Payment details are at the bottom of your invoice.
- If an older sibling completed the program a younger one is enrolling in next semester/term, please label all parts with the family name and bring them into Musikids before Musikids closes on December 3rd. You can view all bits of the materials by clicking HERE
MUSIGLOCKS & MUSIKEYS CONCERT TIMES
|DATE||CONCERT TIME & CLASS|
|Tuesday 29th November||4pm
Musikeys 1st Year
Musikeys 2nd Year
|Wednesday 30TH November||12:00pm (Arrival 11:45am)
Wednesday Musiglocks Class
Musikeys 1st Year 3:45 pm Class
Musikeys 1st Year 4:30 pm Class
|Thursday 1ST December||12pm (Arrival 11:45am)
Thursday Musiglocks Class
Musikeys 1st Year Class
|Friday 2nd December||12:00pm (Arrival 11:45am)
Friday Musiglocks Class
|Saturday 3rd December||8:30am
Saturday Musiglocks Class
|Thursday 8th December||4pm
Musikeys 2nd Year