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Online Instrumental Music Lessons

We would like to congratulate both students and staff for making the transition to online instrumental music lessons so seamlessly. Many students are taking advantage of the extra time at home to practice their instruments and progressing well. No doubt parents will be enjoying hearing their daughters practicing their pieces and technical work while working from home.

Music is so important during this isolation period where it can give students quality time away from screens and devices, the opportunity to be creative and to achieve performance goals, to improve their technique and understanding of various styles of music and to have fun! Music is important for our brains and medical research has proven the benefits of learning and playing musical instruments. Please take some time to watch this TED talk by Anita Collins

A special request to Year 7 parents whose daughters have only had a few lessons so far. Please continue to support your daughter’s interest in music and be patient with them as their explore sound, develop instrumental technique and play repeated exercises so they can develop their music literacy skills.

Please note that Fine Music, Hawthorn, is still open online and at the store so if students are requiring extra reeds and music, they can be purchased in this way.

We are excited to be asking students to take part in online small soirees for each instrumental family this term. Music teachers will be inviting students to perform a piece they have been working on and that are ready for performance. More information will be sent out directly to students next week. If parents have any questions regarding online lessons please notify the music department, the instrumental music teacher or Kerryn McGillen at kmcgillen@siena.vic.edu.au

Online Ensemble Rehearsals

Our Ensemble Program commenced this week in an online format, and the feedback has been wonderful. Congratulations to students and staff for working together to maintain their ensemble skills in readiness for when face-to-face rehearsals resume.

Students are attending a rehearsal meeting on Microsoft teams, listening to recordings of their pieces, checking in with their directors, practicing sections of the set pieces and connecting with other students in the ensemble where possible. Students are asked to upload their practice recordings to the Dropbox on each ensemble page for feedback from their directors.

Please click below to view the ensemble timetable:

Online Ensemble Timetable 2020

AMEB Music Examinations

We have been notified by AMEB that all examinations for Session 1 and Session 2 have been postponed at this stage and they will notify all schools when face to face examinations will resume. In the mean time they are offering online repertoire examinations as an option.

We have had a number of students enrolled in AMEB music examinations for this term but the majority will have their examinations rescheduled by AMEB with consultation with the schools.

Kerryn McGillen

Director of Music
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