Professional Development Seminar - The Power of Technique & Artistry

24th Jan - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Foley’s Pianos, Newcastle NSW

Proudly sponsored by Hal Leonard

Join Australian Faber Piano Adventures Ambassador Carly McDonald for this motivating and educational workshop. Discover Technique Secrets in harmony with repertoire. Benefit from the rich tapestry of Sight, Sound, Story to inspire confidence and expressive performance at every level.

Carly McDonald is the founder and publisher of Creative.Piano.Professional. In 2005, Carly established and developed a Music School with 5 locations in Adelaide and 14 wonderful teachers offering voice, violin, guitar, piano, woodwind and music theory lessons. Carly has a special interest in early learning and is passionate about teaching and doing so with a little stylish flair!

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to engage in Carly’s workshop, paired with Hal Leonard’s free gift pack of a selection of books for all attendees! MTA Members (Newcastle Branch) will also find a little something extra.

 Tickets: $15 for general admission. Bookings online.

 For more information, contact Michael Power ([email protected])

Student Concert - Illawarra branch

18th Feb - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Home of Stan Keough, Kiama NSW

Members please have your entries in a week before the concert if you intend to perform on this day. Non-Members and Senior Students welcome to perform if numbers & time permit.

This is a charity event and admission is by donation and Stan Keough will  forward funds to a charity of his choice. This concert is in perpetual memory of his late wife Elaine Keough who passed away in 2016 and our inaugural concert was February, 2017.

All are welcome to attend – please advise myself by Wednesday 14th February 2018 if you, your friends and other colleagues are intending to attend as numbers are limited in this lovely venue at Kiama.

Afternoon tea supplied by Members of the MTA of NSW Illawarra Branch.

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Professional Development Workshop - Is Birdsong Music?

25th Feb - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Theme & Variations Piano Services, Willoughby NSW

Birdsong PD 2018

Proudly sponsored by Theme & Variations Piano Services

Is Birdsong Music?

For something different to enhance your teaching don’t miss this extraordinary session that will summon you to the sound world of another species. Avian choristers have long inspired listeners and composers. It seems fair to ask if birdsong is simply a hard-wired, functional, primitive sound – or, could we call it “music?”

Conference presenter and author of many articles and the new publication Is Birdsong Music? [reviewed in The Studio], presenter Dr Hollis Taylor is a violinist/composer, zoömusicologist, and ornithologist. She is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies.  Dr Taylor has an abiding interest in animal aesthetics, and her work confronts and revises the study of birdsong, adding the novel reference point of a musician’s trained ear. She performs her (re)compositions of pied butcherbird songs on violin along with various outback field recordings, and her practice also takes in sound and radiophonic arts. Dr Hollis is kindly donating her services for this session.

Sunday 25th February 2018 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at

Theme and Variations Piano Services, 451 Willoughby Rd, Willoughby


NB: There will be short breaks but afternoon tea cannot be provided due to the nature of the venue.

Registrations close 14th February, 2018.

Illawarra Branch Annual General Meeting

4th Mar - 2:00 pm
Cedars Christian College, Farmborough Heights NSW

Forms need to be returned approximately 14th February, 2018 for compilation before the AGM on Sunday 4th March.

Download form

Student Concert Series

22nd Mar - All Day
Adamstown Uniting Church, Adamstown

Student Concert Series

The Newcastle Branch is proud to present students of MTA teachers in concert. From the youngest to the most experienced, the evening recitals provide great performance practise opportunity for the musicians and a varied program for its audience. The concert series is presented on Thursday nights at Adamstown Uniting Church. Audience entry is $3 per person, payable at the door.

Thursday 22nd March, 14th June, 30th August, 25th October  at

Adamstown Uniting Church

Cnr Brunker Rd & Glebe Rd Adamstown

Audience Entry $3, payable at the door.


For student participation, contact Rosemary Allen ([email protected])

Music Sale and Annual General Meeting

25th Mar - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oatley Community Hall, Oatley NSW

Music Sale 2018!

Are you looking at downsizing your studio or just thinking about having a good clean out? 

We are again seeking donations from you of sheet music, music texts, music magazines, cds, records, etc. for a music sale which will be held in conjunction with our Annual General Meeting on

Sunday 25th March, 2018,

at Oatley Community Hall, Oatley

12.00pm to 4.00pm including AGM and afternoon tea

Donation drop off points at Peakhurst and Croydon. 

Please contact the office for more details on where to bring your donations.

Unfortunately photocopied material cannot be accepted.

All proceeds from the music sale will benefit your Association.


The HSC: What Every Teacher Needs to Know

29th Apr - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Adlib Music, Chatswood NSW

HSC Day Entry Form


This is a wonderful opportunity to hear an HSC expert discuss the teaching and understanding of all aspects of the Higher School Certificate music syllabus.

Presenter Joanne Burrows BA [Music & Theatre], Grad.Dip.Teach, AMusA, LTCL [Pedagogy], Cert.IV [Assessment & Training] has over 20 years as a classroom and studio teacher and is currently Head of Piano and Music Craft at the Riverina Conservatorium and Chair of the Curriculum Committee. Joanne’s students have achieved high results and nominations for Encore performances. She has examined written, aural and composition aspects of the HSC. She is an avid composer of pedagogical works published by Wirripang and is the organiser of the annual RCM regional HSC study day for non-government and government schools in the Riverina area.

Whether you are a studio or classroom teacher and whether you are currently teaching HSC students or not, this is a valuable course, not to be missed.  Aural skills, musicology, repertoire and much more will be discussed and explained along with the marking criteria for each section.

The day will be divided into several sessions, covering all aspects of the HSC requirements.  Some of the topics include:

  • an overview of Music 1, Music 2 and Extension dealing with the course structures, topics and electives, weighting of marks and much more…
  • how the instrumental teacher can work productively with the classroom teacher, the student and parents; core subjects and electives; performance requirements and choosing a programme….
  • teaching composition; preparing musicology electives and the viva voce; teaching aural skills and recommended resources…..

Sunday 29th April, 2018 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at

Adlib Music, 845 Pacific Highway Chatswood.  Ground floor, enter via Railway St.

FEES:       $79 MTA & UMTA MEMBERS   and $99 NON-MEMBERS

Fee includes morning tea but please note to either bring your own lunch or purchase from one of the nearby cafes.

Registrations close 13th April, 2018.

Student Workshop Series

20th May - All Day

Student Workshop Series

Join our leading music educators as they direct students in a series of instrument specific workshops. These are presented in public lesson-like performances to enable both students and teacher-audience members to further their learning.

Sunday 20th May in Newcastle

Saturday 2nd June at Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music, Muswellbrook

Sunday 21st October at Hunter Valley Grammar School, Maitland

For student registration and audience ticketing, visit:

For more information, contact Michael Power ([email protected])

Junior Music Festival - Newcastle

24th Jun - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Adamstown Uniting Church, Adamstown

Junior Music Festival, Newcastle

Proudly presented by MTA NSW, Head Office

Sunday 24th June at 11am to 2pm at

Adamstown Uniting Church

Cnr Brunker Rd & Glebe Rd Adamstown

A friendly and relaxed environment, the Junior Music Festival is a great opportunity for students to perform to a supportive audience and are categorised in skill level.

For full details and entrant information, please visit the Junior Music Festivals page under the Student tab of the MTA NSW website.

MTA NSW Piano Scholarships - sponsored by the Newcastle Branch

11th Aug - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle NSW

MTA NSW Piano Scholarships, sponsored by the Newcastle Branch

Saturday 11th August 2018, 10am to 1pm at

Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

Laman Street Newcastle

For the first time, the scholarships will incorporate both the Nan Price Memorial Scholarship and the Joyce Blewitt Award, providing two competitive sections for young pianists.

Nan Price was a renowned pianist, teacher and examiner who performed often as an accompanist and was an exceptional sight-reader. A graduate of the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Price went on to teach at the Conservatorium of Music in Newcastle, having lived there as a child.

Following the establishment of Newcastle’s branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW, Price conducted numerous workshops and masterclasses for the association, which were highly sought after amongst the music community. Her explicit teaching and high standards were key to the success of the workshops. Price was also well-respected for her expertise in performing works by Beethoven.

In Price’s legacy, the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW (Newcastle Branch) established an annual award in her name, awarding over twenty successful recipients since her passing. Alumni of the award include pianists Frances Ross, Michael Power, William Cesta and Nicholas Kennedy who have all gone on to pursue careers in music.

In 2018, The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW is proud to present the piano scholarships as part of the Newcastle Music Festival program. Details of the two divisions and performance requirements will be available via the Newcastle Music Festival and MTA NSW websites.

The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW will welcome a guest pianist adjudicate the competition and announce the award winners for 2018.

Attendance is free and all members of the public are welcome.

For entrant registration, visit

For more information, contact Michael Power ([email protected])

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