Concerts and Performances
Throughout the year, various opportunities arise for performances in front of an audience. This helps students to develop confidence with their musical ability as well as self confidence. The opportunities vary from year to year.
We hold at least one student concert throughout the year, allowing any student (beginner to advanced) to participate and bring along family and friends. The audience for a student concert can range from about 40 to 90 people and gives all students a chance to show what they have been learning throughout the year. These concerts are held in a central location with access to a quality baby grand piano. They are conducted in an informal manner to help maintain a "fun" atmosphere for students. In 2013 we held 2 days of student concerts with a total of 10 concerts with up to 18 students performing in each concert. Students receive a token trophy for their participation in the event as well as a memento for them to keep to remind them of their performance.
For students participating in exams, we provide an opportunity for small group sessions of exam students only to play their prepared exam pieces for other exam students. This is held in the Mitchell Park studio and is scheduled close to the exam series. This opportunity helps ascertain areas that still need work prior to the exam being held. It also has the added bonus of providing further experience on the piano that will be used for the exam and familiarisation with the exam room environment.
Sometimes other opportunities arise throughout the year for public performances. In the past this has included various musical clubs and organisations with presentations for their members, as well as other community events. Over the past four years we have been invited to participate in and provide some full days of student performances at Mitcham Square Shopping Centre which was a wonderful opportunity for selected students to perform.
From time to time we have also provided workshop opportunities on the Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ at the Capri Theatre, Goodwood (South Australia). This has included students learning about the basics of a Theatre Pipe Organ, and having an opportunity to play such a diverse and unique instrument in a workshop environment.