Monthly Archives: December 2013


EXAM SUCCESS

Posted by in Uncategorized | December 19, 2013

Congratulations to our 6 piano students and their teacher, Delena Gaffney on achieving fabulous results in recent AMEB exams. All six of them received an A! Mardie Hamilton and Bayden Thompson gained an A in Preliminary and Amy Rodda, Emily Mildren, Elouise Barlow and Anna Pinnuck received an A in Grade One.

Delena was also very proud of her students who were successful in reaching the “40 Piece Challenge”. Congratulations to Yoomee Milburn, Anneleise Everingham, Elizabeth Leitch, Eliza Bermingham and Zoe Metcalfe. This is a great achievement and no doubt had a very positive impact on their progress and enjoyment of playing the piano.

Congratulations also to Ashma Spalding who recently sat her Grade 2 AMEB Violin exam and received a B.  Ashma receives weekly lessons at our studio via videoconference. Her violin teacher, Tamaris Pfeiffer, is based at the Riverina Conservatorium in Wagga.

Term 4 Newsletter: 2013

Posted by in Uncategorized | December 3, 2013

cherylAs we reflect on our year of music making we have a great deal to be proud of. It has been an enjoyable task for me to read through the semester two Student Reports. Every student has benefited from their musical experiences throughout the year and they should have a clear picture of what they can do to build on their learning and enjoyment of their instrument, in the year ahead.

Our teachers work hard to inspire and encourage their students and I thank them for their efforts. They also put a lot of extra time into providing performance opportunities for their students. It is important that parents encourage their children to take up these opportunities. Performance is a great motivator. Whilst everyone battles with nerves when getting up in front of an audience, the rewards far outweigh any feelings of discomfort. Each time you do it, it gets easier.

I pay tribute to all our families who work hard to give their children the opportunity to learn a musical instrument or sing. Your child is developing their brain, learning about self-discipline, building their self-esteem and increasing their overall well-being. Our adult students can rest assured that they are achieving the same benefits as well.

Finally, I wish to pay tribute to the hard work and professionalism of our Administration Officer, Chris van Zeyl. Chris does a wonderful job and her attention to detail and efficiency has benefited our organisation enormously.

Merry Christmas to all and we look forward to welcoming you back to South West Music Regional Conservatorium in 2014.
Acting Director, Cheryl Fuller

 

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
We are extremely lucky to have committed members of the community who are prepared to volunteer their time to our Regional Conservatorium. I’m sure you would join me in thanking them.

President: Helen Burnham
Vice President: Francie Cullenward
Treasurer: Geoff Mann
Secretary: Anne McAtamney
Board Members: Mary Armstrong, Jane Glowrey, Jane Harris
Deni Council Rep: Andrew Howley

Anne McAtamney, Helen Burnham, Francie Cullenward, Geoff Mann, Jane Harris. Absent: Mary Armstrong, Jane Glowrey, Andrew Howley.

Anne McAtamney, Helen Burnham, Francie Cullenward, Geoff Mann, Jane Harris. Absent: Mary Armstrong, Jane Glowrey, Andrew Howley.

 

2013 CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Sunday, 1st December
2pm at Intereach – cnr Napier & Tricketts Streets, Deniliquin
The Christmas Concert is such a great way to reflect on the achievements of our students. Teachers have informed those students who will be performing next Sunday. Unfortunately there isn’t time for every student to perform at the Christmas Concert; however, performance opportunities are provided at other times during the year.

2014 CONCERT SERIES
Plans are well underway for our 2014 Concert Series. The official launch will take place next February and we look forward to featuring some of our students. I would urge every student to attend as many of our concerts as possible. Listening to live performances by professional musicians across a broad range of musical styles, is an important part of your musical education.

2014 ENROLMENTS

When you enrol in a SWM program you will receive tuition from qualified teachers who are up-to-date with child protection training and who have access to professional learning. Our teachers are expected to provide regular feedback on student progress and to cater for individual needs. Our organisation provides a positive and safe learning environment.

Enrolment packages for 2014 will be posted out early December. Every student will need to complete a new enrolment form. The due date for Term 1, 2014 fees is 24th January. An enrolment is not confirmed until the enrolment form is submitted and fees have been paid. In order to secure your current time on the roster you will need to pay by the due date. Teachers are only allowed to teach students who are properly enrolled. I would urge you to read the Enrolment Terms and Conditions document carefully when you receive the Enrolment Package. The financial viability of our Conservatorium is dependent on a clear and efficient enrolment process. Whilst it may seem that our invoices are sent out a long time in advance of each term, I can assure you that the timeframe is essential for the effective management of teaching rosters and the invoice due dates are evenly spaced throughout the year.

OUR WEBSITE
Thank you to the many people who have viewed our website and “liked” our Facebook page. We are confident that this will have a positive impact on the quality of our communication.

OUR PREMISES
Fortunately we are able to extend the lease on our current premises. The Board continues to investigate every possibility for permanent premises including the following – old maternity wing at the Hospital, CMA building in Victoria Street, DPI building in Charlotte Street, Concept Computers building, old Mazda building in End Street, old Community Centre in End Street, old ANZ Bank building, empty shops beside the Optometrist, empty space at the back of the Caltex Service Station in Hardinge Street. We are not giving up. If you have any questions or thoughts about this issue, please speak up.

OFFICE HOURS
Our office will be closed for the Christmas break from 3pm Thursday 19th December, 2013 and will re-open on Monday 20th January, 2014
In 2014 the reception desk will be attended at the following times:-

Monday 8.30 am – 3 pm
Tuesday 8.30 am – 3 pm
Wednesday 1 pm – 5 pm
Thursday 8.30 am – 3 pm

**Please note that if you wish to do business in the office in person, you will need to attend during these office hours.
South West Music accepts cheques, money orders, EFTPOS, credit card, online banking or direct debit.

 

South West Music Christmas Concert Review

Posted by in Uncategorized | December 3, 2013

Congratulations to all of our performers at our recent Christmas Concert. The program was full of variety and the audience of around 100 people certainly enjoyed an entertaining afternoon.

 

The Christmas Concert is a highlight in the South West Music calendar. It is always so satisfying to see the growth in our students and this year was no exception. Our six teachers had prepared their students well and the audience was treated to performances on drums, guitar, ocarina, xylophones, piano and vocals. Not only did the concert illustrate the achievements of our students it also shone the light on our dedicated teachers.

 

The opportunity to perform is an important one. It leads to focused practise, coping with performance anxiety, takes the student out of their comfort zone, builds their self-esteem and inspires them to continue with their instrument.

 

South West Music students are incredibly busy over the final weeks of school. They will be well represented in final school assemblies, school presentation events, end of term SWM concerts and the December Muso’s night (6th Dec). We must pay tribute to our teachers who do so much to prepare their students for all of these events as well as our own Christmas Concert.

Music Matters: December 2013

Posted by in Uncategorized | December 2, 2013

SOUTH WEST MUSIC

Our students have much to be proud of when they reflect on their music making in 2013. Reports will go out at the end of the term and they confirm that our students are achieving positive outcomes and our teachers are delivering quality music education programs. As well as congratulating our students and teachers, I wish to pay tribute to the commitment our parents make to their child’s music education. The benefits of course clearly indicate that this commitment is worthwhile and provides life-long skills. The child is developing their brain, learning about self-discipline, building their self-esteem and increasing their overall well-being.

Our adult students can rest assured that they are achieving the same benefits. Music is a great tonic and a powerful form of expression at any age. You only have to watch our local Sing Australia Choir perform or the local Ukulele group, to see that music keeps you young, vital and happy. I would urge anyone out there in the community who has always wanted to play an instrument or sing to put that at the top of their New Year’s resolutions.

Many thanks to our wonderful Administration Officer, Chris van Zeyl and our hard working Board of Management for their support throughout the year.

Merry Christmas to all and we look forward to welcoming you back to our 2014 programs.

 

2014 ENROLMENTS

Enrolment packages will be posted to current students early this month. Every student will need to complete a new enrolment form. The due date for Term 1 2014 fees is 24th January. In order to secure your current time on the roster you will need to pay by the due date.

New Enrolments are welcome. Would you like to learn vocals, brass, piano, keyboard, guitar, banjo, ukulele, flute, drum kit, double bass OR join in with the Young Musician’s Club? Please contact the office for more information.

 

STUDENT PROFILE

Eliza Birmingham, Edward Public School

Eliza BirminghamEliza is 7 years old and she started learning the piano aged 6. Her teacher, Delena Gaffney says that she is a keen student and a delight to teach. Eliza was inspired by her grandmother to take up the piano and they enjoy playing for each other. Eliza likes the piano more than any other instrument she has heard. Her favourite piece is “Jazzy Joe”. Her brother Aden plays the piano also and Eliza is looking forward to the time when they can play duets together.

Recently, Eliza went along to Delena’s Young Musician’s Club on an ‘Invite A Friend’ session. Now she is hooked at that as well and attends the weekly sessions, which are held at the Anglican Church Hall on Thursday afternoons.

 

 

 

CONCERT REVIEWS:
SWM CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Sunday 1st December at Intereach.
Our annual Christmas Concert on Sunday was a great success. Not only did it clearly demonstrate the talents and hard work of our students it also shone the light on our dedicated teaching staff. Congratulations to everyone!

Catherine Browning (Soprano) & Claire Lamb (Piano)
Sunday 17th November at Uniting Church
We promised you a musical treat and Catherine and Claire certainly delivered.

 

Uniting Church concert, 2013 Uniting Church concert, 2013

OUR NEW WEBSITE
South West Music now has a new website as well as a Facebook page and You Tube channel. Go to our Facebook Page for all the latest news and upcoming events and “Like” us. https://www.facebook.com/swmusic

 

OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS
Our office will be closed for the Christmas break from 3pm Thursday 19th December 2013 and will re-open on Monday 20th January, 2014.
Contact Details as usual