Why are creative activities such as a quality music education important for your child’s development? Children are creatures of habit and thrive in a nurturing environment that allows them to be curious and explore new things. Developing creative skills in children at an early age gives us better creative thinkers to solve problems in new ways, invaluable soft skills that
We are extremely excited to see that AMEB has finally created a coursebook for teachers and students to work through that directly correlates with the compulsory theory exams that are required for completion by all instrumentalists that undertake AMEB exams from Grade 6 and above. This is a true reflection of the growing need for students to have a strong foundation in musicianship and not only instrumental technique at the commencement of their music studies.
Theory and Musicianship is learning the language of music and arguably the equivalent of learning the road rules prior to driving. Many parents are not aware of these additional examinable components within instrumental exams which are outlined in the AMEB syllabus. As a music educator and teacher, it is my mission to help parents better understand what is involved in the preparation for an exam beyond both technical exercises and repertoire.
Start your practice in the morning when your mind is fresh and free from any distractions that may arise during the day. Keep track of your practice time in your notebook. Try maintain and extend your practice duration over the course of the week in 5 minute increments. Over time, you will develop greater focus and naturally this will result in longer practice and better results.
What are good practice strategies to fix mistakes?
Have you ever attended a music lesson only to receive the same advice as the previous week; that you still need to fix X,Y and Z? This can be particularly frustrating especially when you have practiced every single day for the past week. It is at this point that you may need to work on building a better practice strategy to fix specific mistakes
Practice requires consistent effort on a daily basis, patience (from both parents and students) and persistence to overcome challenges. Most importantly we need good concentration and attention to detail to be able to quickly identify and fix mistakes. This can be achieved with the right practice set up at home regardless of the duration of practice.