Music Matters : February 2014

Posted by in MusicMatters | February 4, 2014

I am delighted to be able to announce that the Board of Management has secured new premises for our Regional Conservatorium. Neville Purtill and his team are busy refurbishing the space at the rear of the Caltex Service Station in Hardinge Street and we hope that the building will be ready for us in Term 2. This building will provide us with the space we need to run all of our programs under one roof plus room for growth. We will have a large band room, a large performance space, 4 studios and administration area.
The Board has been working on securing new premises for over 3 years now and had to work within budget constraints and the limit of a 3x3x3 year lease. We are confident that this building will meet our needs and will ensure the long-term growth of our Conservatorium. We look forward to inviting all of our South West Music families and the general public to an Open Day after we have moved in. In the meantime, our Term 1 programs will continue at our current premises in George Street.

2014 ENROLMENTS 
Enrolments for 2014 are now overdue. New students and continuing students should contact our Administration Officer, Chris van Zeyl to organise their enrolment and secure a place on the timetable. Chris can be contacted on 5881 4736 or admin@swmusic.org.au. Enrolment forms and invoices were sent to existing students at the end of 2013. Lessons begin on 10th February.

2014 CONCERT SERIES
South West Music brings an exciting line up of professional musicians to our region. The 2014 Deniliquin Concert Series and the Bush Concert Series are organised in partnership with South West Arts. You can look forward to 9 wonderful concerts this year. Three of these are offered as part of the Deniliquin subscription Concert Series. Our Concert Series Launch will be held at South West Music on Friday 28th February at 7pm. Music will be provided by SWM teachers and students along with supper and drinks….and it’s free. Subscriptions will go on sale on the night for the special price of $70 for 3 concerts. All Concert performers and venues will be announced at the Launch. Prepare to be surprised!! Please RSVP to our office if you plan to attend.

2014 TEACHERS
Rose Sievers
Rose is our newest teacher and we welcome her to our Conservatorium. Rose teaches cello, piano, vocals and classroom music.

Delena Gaffney
Delena teaches early childhood music, classroom music, Young Musicians Club, choral studies, piano, flute, theory, voice and ukulele.

Brett Allitt
Brett teaches all styles of guitar.

Chris Bodey
Chris teaches all styles of guitar, double bass, mandolin, ukulele and band.

Campbell Robinson
Campbell teaches drum kit and percussion.

Richard Sievers
Richard teaches vocals and brass.

Will Eldridge (based in Moulamein)
Will teaches acoustic guitar, electric bass, ukulele and banjo

Clay Web & the Young Musicians Club at the Christmas Concert
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Newsletter: Term1 2014

Posted by in Uncategorized | February 2, 2014

Dear Parents, Guardians & Students,

NEW PREMISES:
I am delighted to be able to announce that the Board of Management of South West Music Regional Conservatorium has secured new premises. Neville Purtill and his team are busy refurbishing the space at the rear of the Caltex Service Station in Hardinge Street and we hope that the building will be ready for us in Term 2.

This building will provide us with the space we need to run all of our programs under one roof plus room for growth. We will have a large band room, a large performance space, which will house the grand piano, 4 studios and a large administration area.

The Board has been working on securing new premises for 3 years now and they have explored a huge number of options in that time. The main challenge has been to find premises, which we could afford. Many of the buildings we have inspected had huge potential and were well located in the CBD; however, landlords (in many cases Government Departments) were demanding market rent, which we were unable to afford with our budget constraints. Understandably, many also required a long-term lease. We are limited to signing a 3 (x3x3) year lease because we operate on triennial funding.

Neville Purtill has agreed to make the changes to the building, which we have suggested and he has indicated that he will do everything he can to resolve any issues, which may arise down the track. We have a very cooperative and philanthropic landlord in Neville.

The main issues we have addressed with the Hardinge Street building are safe vehicle and pedestrian access and noise spill between rooms.

South West Music traffic will be directed to enter from the driveway at the car wash end of the Caltex building and park out the back. The main entry for the Conservatorium will be at the back. Some of our students walk from the High School and they will be directed to walk along the northern side of the building to access the entry at the rear of the building.

There will always be some noise spill between rooms. We hope to minimise that with the installation of insulation between walls and in the ceiling.

Of course it is not the “prettiest” of buildings. The Board of Management plans to secure funding to commission artworks to beautify the building both inside and outside. We are hoping that our students and local artists will offer suggestions in this area also.

There will be no interruption to our Term 1 program. All Term 1 lessons will continue at our current premises in George Street.

Change is always challenging but we do hope that we have your support and cooperation. Securing new premises on a 3x3x3 year lease will provide our organisation with the security it needs and will allow us to focus our attention on our core business.

We look forward to the time when you are able to view the building. The Board of Management is planning an Open Day once we have moved in. Please contact me if you have any queries.

2014 ENROLMENTS
Thank you to the many families who have completed the 2014 enrolment. The due date was Friday, 24th January. Please contact the office immediately if you need help. We need to confirm our teaching rosters as soon as possible. If you are a re-enrolling student and you have not already completed your enrolment, you may find that your lesson time will change for this year.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES
I am currently working on our Scholarships and Bursaries program and policy. We hope to have this in place by Term 2. Scholarships will be awarded on merit and Bursaries will be given based on financial need.

The Board of Management has asked me to pass on information regarding the Edward River Country Education Fund. This Fund provides financial assistance to school leavers and students up to 21 years of age. Applications close on February 3, 2014 and application forms can be downloaded from www.cef.org.au or collected from the Conargo Shire office in End Street.

FACEBOOK POSTS
A number of you are receiving our Facebook posts and I hope you are finding the information useful. I would encourage everyone to “Like” our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/swmusic so that you receive reminders and updates about our concerts and programs. I can assure you will not be pestered frequently. It would be great if you considered also encouraging your child to “Like” us so that they receive these posts directly also.

Looking forward to another great year of music making.
Regards,
Cheryl Fuller
Acting Director

2014 Concert Series Launch

Posted by in Uncategorized | February 2, 2014

The 2014 Concert Series Launch will be held at South West Music, 365 George Street on Friday 7th March at 7pm. Invitations will be distributed very soon. To ensure your subscription for the Deniliquin Concert Series and to find out about the exciting line up of Concerts for the coming year, you won’t want to miss this evening.

Entertainment will be provided as well as drinks and a light supper. RSVP would be appreciated.

2014 Lessons Begin

Posted by in Uncategorized | February 2, 2014

Welcome back to all students. Our 2014 teaching programs begin on 10th February and Chris van Zeyl is finalising Term 1 timetables. Late enrolments can still be processed. To secure a place on the timetable please contact Chris van Zeyl immediately on 5881 4736 or admin@swmusic.org.au

Music Matters: January 2014

Posted by in MusicMatters | January 13, 2014

Happy New Year to all! We are looking forward to another great year of music making and music education at South West Music Regional Conservatorium. Our Regional Conservatorium services a huge area with teaching programs currently running in Jerilderie, Finley, Blighty, Hay and of course, Deniliquin. Individual instrumental lessons take place both in schools and at our studios.
South West Music also brings an exciting line up of professional musicians to our region. The 2014 Deniliquin Concert Series and the Bush Concert Series are organised in partnership with South West Arts and you can look forward to our Launch in February.


2014 ENROLMENTS DUE BY 24TH JANUARY


Enrolments for 2014 are due by 24th January. Chris van Zeyl, our Administration Officer will be in the office from 20th January. New students should contact Chris from 20th January on 5881 4736 or admin@swmusic.org.au. Enrolment forms have been sent to existing students. Please read the enrolment information carefully.


MEET OUR TEACHERS

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Delena Gaffney
B.A, Dip Ed, Grad Dip Music Studies,
A.Mus.A
Delena teaches early childhood music, classroom music, choral studies, piano,flute, theory, voice and ukulele.

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Rose Sievers
B.Ed.
Rose is our newest teacher and we welcome her to our Conservatorium.
Rose teaches cello, piano, vocals and classroom music.

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Brett Allitt
Dip. Commercial Music, Cert. IV

Brett teaches all styles of guitar.

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Chris Bodey
Cert. IV

Chris teaches all styles of guitar, double bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjo and band.

Richard
Richard Sievers
Cert. IV

Richard teaches vocals and brass.

Cambell
Campbell Robinson
Dip. Jazz Studies,
Cert. Music Performance

Campbell teaches drum kit and percussion.

Will
Will Eldridge (based in Moulamein)
B.A., Grad. Dip. Ed.

Will teaches acoustic guitar, electric bass, ukulele and banjo

 

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 

SWM Christmas Concert Sunday 1st December 2013

Posted by in Uncategorized | November 27, 2013

You are invited to our Christmas Concert this coming Sunday 1st December to be held at Intereach on the corner of Napier and Tricketts Streets starting at 2pm. Don’t be late!

Teachers have selected some of their finest students to perform. The Christmas Concert is such a great way to reflect on the achievements of our students. It is unfortunate that there isn’t time for every student to perform on Sunday, but performance opportunities are organised throughout the year. Performance is an important part of the child’s music education.

Please come along to support our students and their teachers. Afternoon tea will be provided. We expect the program to be finished by 3.30pm.