How to Blitz! Rote Repertoire: Fun Pieces That Develop Sight Reading

29th Jul - 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Adlib Music, Chatswood NSW

Samantha Coates Workshop registration form 


Teaching by rote is an important principle in developing artistry and technique. Samantha has written a collection of entertaining, highly patterned pieces that are easy and comfortable to play, and which will appeal especially to the slightly older beginner.

Each piece is written in three levels. Samantha will demonstrate how the Level 1 piece can be taught by rote and the student can ‘spot the difference’ in the scores for Levels 2 and 3, reinforcing the recognition of patterns. Samantha will also show how the pieces can be used to stimulate improvisation and composition, providing a holistic learning approach that incorporates a sound technique, sight reading skills and creativity.

Samantha Coates is a pianist and teacher with three decades of experience in both private and group tuition. She is also the author and publisher of BlitzBooks, the series that has brought fun and laughter to music education. Samantha has had extensive experience as a solo performer, accompanist and lecturer, and is in demand as a speaker both in Australia and overseas.

Piano Masterclass with Simon Tedeschi

4th Aug - 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle NSW

Piano Masterclass with Simon Tedeschi

Join Australian pianist, Simon Tedeschi as he presents a masterclass for three fine young pianists from the Newcastle and Hunter Valley region. Students, teachers and general members of the public are welcome to join our audience in support of these young pianists and enjoy the dynamic work of Simon Tedeschi.

Saturday 4th August, 2018 – 10am-11:30am

Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium

General Admission $30, Students $15 (member discounts available online; contact us for more information).

Online Bookings:

MTA NSW Piano Scholarships - sponsored by the Newcastle Branch

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

Regulations & Conditions – MTA Piano Scholarships NTL

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.

Joyce Blewitt Award – $15 Registration Fee.  Age 18 years and Under – Grade 8 (or equivalent)

Nan Price Memorial Scholarship – $25 Registration Fee.  Age 21 years and Under – Certificate/Diploma (or equivalent)

The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW will welcome a guest pianist Maria Raspopova who will 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 (

MTA Newcastle Event - We Will Rock You

1st Sep - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Civic Theatre Newcastle, Newcastle

2018 WeWillRockYouFlyer

We Will Rock You is a musical based on the songs of British rock band, Queen, with a book by Ben Elton.  It tells the story of a group of bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same.  Musical instruments and composers are forbidden and rock music is all a bit unknown.

The musical premiered on the West End in London in 2002 and ran for over a decade.  With Queen hits such as Radio Gaga, I Want to Break Free, Somebody to Love, We are the Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody and of course, We Will Rock You is a guaranteed entertaining theatre experience.

Newcastle’s own Metropolitan Players Company has been producing quality musicals in Newcastle for over 40 years.  Their productions have won best musical for Crazy for You, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Producers, The Boy from Oz, Oliver, Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Mary Poppins and Wicked.

MTA Newcastle has purchased 50 best available seats and offers you the chance to snap up a seat, enjoy this exceptional local production, meet local members of the MTA and support the work of your local organisation.

Full booking details on the attached flyer.

Conference 2018: Flourish

12th Oct to 13th Oct - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Grand Pittwater Conference Centre North Ryde RSL Club, North Ryde NSW

2018 Conference registration

2018 Conference session details

Conference 2018:  Flourish

This promises to be another outstanding Conference with wonderful presenters and a variety of sessions to make your teaching Flourish.

Some of the sessions include:-

  • Music and the Brain
  • Music Technology
  • Unlocking the Score
  • French Baroque Dance
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Teaching Gifted Students
  • New Music for Piano Duets
  • Working with Children
  • Building Bridges from Rhythm to Radio

and more to come …

… and of course, a Forum of noted Music Educators.


Masterclass with Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Piano Trio

17th Nov - All Day
Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle NSW

Saturday 17th November at

Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

Laman Street Newcastle

Proudly sponsored by Musica Viva

Join members of the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Piano Trio as they lead advanced young musicians in a public masterclass. This is an opportunity for both student, teacher and audience member to delight in the teachings of the international musicians as soloists and chamber musicians.

Student participation is limited and is by application only.

For applications to apply, visit

For more information, contact Michael Power (