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St George Community Award 2017

Posted on: 31 July 2018

From the office of Mark Coure MP, Member for Oatley

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your recent Community Group Achievement Award at the 7thAnnual St George Community Awards.

This was a great night and I was very inspired by the many amazing members of our community who are doing incredible things for our area.

The combined effort of all the volunteers make the St George area a better place to live and work.

Conference 2018 Flourish

Posted on: 31 July 2018

2018 Conference registration

2018 Conference session details

Conference 2018:  Flourish

Opening Address to be delivered by Richard Gill AO

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
  • Helping the 21st Century Student to Thrive

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

Junior Music Festivals 2019

Posted on: 31 July 2018


Junior Music Festivals

The Junior Music Festivals were introduced in 1995, with the aim of offering young music students the opportunity to perform in a friendly, relaxed and encouraging environment.  They are held in various locations throughout Sydney and Country New South Wales.

They are open to students of both members and non-members of the MTA.

Prizes are awarded in all sections, with participants receiving a Certificate of Participation and a report from the adjudicator.  Entrants must be aged under 16 years of age as at 31st July and may enter at only one venue per year per instrument.

Each Festival is divided into sections, according to the grade/ability of the student.

Students may enter for more than one venue.

Novice Beginners to Preliminary
Elementary 1st and 2nd Grade
Intermediate 3rd and 4th Grade
Late Intermediate 5th and 6th Grade
Advanced* 7th and 8th Grade
The Miriam Hyde Piano Award** Beginners to 8th Grade
*Advanced section to be held at  Newcastle, Northern Beaches, St George/Sutherland and Wollongong venues only.

**The Miriam Hyde Award will be offered at any one of the above venues on the condition that 3 or more competitors have entered. Trophy prizes to be awarded at the adjudicator’s discretion. The competitor must play a piece composed by Miriam Hyde and the time limit will be 5 minutes. This award is open to piano students only.

Any recognised examination board grading system is acceptable.

2019 Dates

The Junior Music Festivals for 2019 will be held at the following locations:

Burwood 27th October
Hills District 8th September
Killara 18th August
Newcastle 23rd June
Northern Beaches 15th September
St. George/ Sutherland 17th November
Wollongong 2nd November

Illawarra Branch Student Concert (October 2017)

Posted on: 22 January 2018

Christmas Luncheon Photos 2017

Posted on: 17 January 2018

Illawarra Branch Student Concert (June 2017)

Posted on: 30 June 2017

Illawarra Branch: Photos from the 2017 AGM

Posted on: 28 February 2017

2016 Christmas Photos

Posted on: 31 January 2017

Illawarra Branch: Student Concert, October 2016

Posted on: 25 November 2016

Student Concert NAC - 30th October 2016

Illawarra Branch Student Concert

Posted on: 1 October 2016

The Term 3 concert run by the Illawarra MTA Branch was held on the 18th of September at Cedars Christian College, Farmborough Heights.  Twenty-two students from the region attended, with strong representation from Piano students, however there were some lovely additions of a Violin duet as well as some Classical Guitar.  The concert was exceptionally well attended by supporting family and friends, with a total head count of approximately 90 individuals at the venue.  There was a pleasing array of stages as well as styles, with a strong contingent of beginners gaining their first performance experiences, as well as some high grades and diploma work to inspire them.

The event was also well supported by teachers, and I would like to acknowledge the following members who assisted on the day: Elaine Davis (President), Lauren Taafe (Vice President, door-takings organiser and also performer!), Helen Barker (Compère and duet partner), Denise Heriot (venue set-up), Leanne Walton (venue facilitator), Bergrid Ferreira (venue set-up) as well as AMEB examiner Tanya Rebikov, whom we look forward to welcoming as our esteemed adjudicator for the upcoming JMF on November 5th.

The Illawarra Branch looks forward to welcoming many more students of any instrument at our events in future.  Dates for 2017 events and concerts will be decided soon, and we welcome participation from as many students and teachers as possible.

Dr. Kimberley Davis
Wollongong Concert Coordinator

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