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Chet Happens at Castlemaine jazz Festival June long weekend..

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A great concert was had under the musical direction of Nicholas Buff who arranged and transcribed the songs for Preston Orchestra and Tihai3. In an exquisite performance rising stars Sister Brother Duo Samra and Keshav gave a flawless performance of much loved Indian film favourites.Very proud to be involved in this exceptional evening!
Here is the opening :http://youtu.be/B_5SvsfHhgs
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Tihai3 presented this fantastic  Bollywood retrospective at the Darebin Music Feast 2013 Celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema. Tihai3  teamed up with musicians from the Preston Symphony Orchestra to present a unique event for the Darebin Music Feast 2013.  Rising stars, brother and sister duo Sam and Keshav captivated the audience with film songs from the 1950s to present, to the live accompaniment of a 20 piece ensemble.http://musicfeast.com.au/2013-program/town-hall-on-high/tihai3-bollywood-and-beyond/

Date: Saturday, 28 September 2013

Venue: Northcote Town Hall  – Main Hall

Thurs 15th Aug 7.30pm- $10 Entry

Piano Student Concert at Pascoe Vale Gardens Retirement Village on Sunday 8th September, 2013 between 2.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.This will be in the foyer in a lovely grand piano!

Out For The Count BIG BAND (18 Piece) will be performing 7.30pm-onwards $10 Entry! Enjoy a night of BIG band jazz, blues & swing classics at the Treble Clef Lounge in the Yarra Valley! Don’t miss a night of big band music at its finest hosted by the Treble Clef Jazz Lounge, for more information or to book a table contact the Venue on PH: 9739 6739 or trebleclef.lounge@hotmail.com http://treblecleflounge.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/thurs-15th-aug-7-30pm-onwards-10-entry/   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytdjYzybQL0

 

 This Thursday!
 
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What is the best age for a child to start piano lessons?

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Deciding when a child is ready for piano lessons depends on many factors. As a general rule my preference is to start beginner students between the ages of 6 and 9 years. Many teachers do start earlier (some as young as 3) and with varying (sometimes good) results!

At 6 years, a child has usually completed their first year of school, has learned to sing songs, make musical sounds with percussion and respond to music in dance, games and drama individually, and with other children. They also will have fairly well developed coordination and gross motor skills. They will also be developing fine motor skills which are important for complex tasks such as piano playing! They will usually be settled and attentive in lessons and be able to respond to an adult confidently.

I would advise parents to acquire a piano well before commencing lessons, preferably from birth! If a child grows up with a piano in the house from birth they come to piano with a strong understanding of numerous concepts which is a great advantage:

Left to Right; Low pitch to High Pitch; Graphic design of the keys (three black /two black pattern); Soft /Loud; different textures: many notes played together/single notes. Sound representing ideas; Percussive and rhythmic piano sounds, the Pedals and their effect.

Sometimes children who have grown up with a piano will have begun to create known or original melodies or pieces before starting formal lessons. This is great! The other advantage is the lack of novelty. A new student who has had a piano before taking lessons has usually reached a point where they understand that the instrument is a means to making and understanding music making rather than an exciting toy.

Sometimes inquirers ask if they can try some lessons before investing in an instrument, due to the large financial outlay. While this is totally understandable, I do not offer tuition to students who do not have an instrument. A compromise may be to borrow or rent an instrument for a term as a trial.

Keyboards versus Pianos.

I will always recommend the king of keyboard instruments: The ACOUSTIC PIANO!! Should this be impossible I would recommend a full sized digital piano with sustain pedal, weighted keys and a limited number of piano sounds. The worst option is the low-priced keyboard with several dozen buttons, gizmos and hundreds of sounds. Why? Because your child will lose interest quickly when the novelty wears off, it will never respond or sound like the “real thing” and it will become a “clothes horse” before ending up in the hard rubbish!

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