Term 2, 2021

Watch the video to see how you keep a practice log on the My Music Staff app

Hi from Mary @ Singing Strong,

I am so excited to be returning to teaching this term. I have had a wonderful time over the holidays, spending time with my family, especially my daughter Rose, who is now based in Melbourne.

There are a number of students who have started rehearsals for various school and community performances and it is going to be exciting to see them on stage in the coming months after such a long absence.

Some things to think about as we get started this term.

Practice routine - I am going to be focusing on this over the next couple of weeks.

As a student/parent, you have access to my music staff, an online resource which I encourage you to use more.

The My Music Staff website was designed with mobile devices in mind, so there's no need for a dedicated Android or iOS app. Instead, use your device's mobile browser to log in to My Music Staff, and add a bookmark to your home screen.

Click here to go the the My Music Staff App

Please watch the video above to see how you can access the portal and how you can start logging your practice time to keep track of your progress.

Without practice, little or no progress will be made.

Regular singing practice is important for the following reasons.

I would like you to consider doing one or all of these things as part of your learning:

1. Studio concert - this will be held mid May. I will confirm the day and time by the end of the week. I would like you to prepare 1 or 2 songs to sing.

2. AMEB exams - I did not worry about these last year due to restrictions, but this something you should seriously consider. Exams are held at the end of the year, between November and early December. The singing exam takes place in Warragul. Completing an exam can be pricey - expect it to cost approximately $150 - $200. This includes costs for enrolment, pianist rehearsal and accompanying, and travel. However, they are worthwhile. Read below to find out some more information:

Why do an exam? ​​​​​
Setting goals
Having a clearly defined goal can be a powerful motivating force. AMEB syllabuses set educationally appropriate goals, and examinations are an opportunity for students to measure themselves against these goals. Performing in front of others also helps to develop poise and confidence.

Progress through feedback
Each candidate who completes an AMEB exam receives a personal written report from their examiner. This independent feedback encourages the student to progress by highlighting areas of strength and weakness under performance conditions to help guide students in their development.

Recognising achievement
Each successful AMEB candidate receives an official certificate recognising their achievement. An AMEB certificate is a tangible reminder of a milestone achieved and a source of great pride.

(this is taken from the AMEB website. Click here to visit the AMEB website for more information.

3. Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod.

This will be held from the end of August through September 2021.

There are a number of sections that vocalists can enter. Please click here to visit the Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod website

Not all information is available yet, but entries usually close end of June. You will need to start thinking about repertoire to prepare for the Eisteddfod.

I look forward to seeing you soon and please ask if you have any questions.


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