Music Matters

Online Singing Soiree

 Whilst some of our larger concert offerings for Term 3 have had to be suspended, we are thrilled that a few of our smaller concerts will be going ahead in an online format.

The first of these will be our Singing Soiree, which is scheduled for Monday 17 August. There was a flurry of excitement in the Music Department on Monday 3 August, as Senior singing students gathered in the CM Wood Centre on their last day prior to lockdown to record their performances to be kept on file ready to release on 17 August. In the meantime, singing lessons will continue online for all of our students, and our Middle School singers will record their performances at home and DropBox them onto the relevant portal page for inclusion in the concert.

Any members of the community not directly linked to our singers may request details of the link to the concert, which will be forwarded on 17 August. Simply email our Music Administrator, Elizabeth Feenane, on efeenane@tintern.vic.edu.au and she will include your name on the invitation list.

 

Music Theory Exams continue online

Completing formal Music Theory tasks is something our Music students often say they don’t have time for but, now that we’re back into full Lockdown, they can actually fit it into their weekly music schedule. Our music teachers encourage their students to complete theory work and now is the opportunity to get ahead with this.

The AMEB online Courses and Examinations are accessible from home and parents might like to look further into signing up their budding maestros. The AMEB were very generous in offering the Courses for free during our last lockdown period and, whilst this is no longer the case, the cost is minimal. The Courses are an online version of the Current AMEB Theory books, and lead seamlessly into sitting the online exams. After registering for the Course on the AMEB website (www.exams.ameb.edu.au), students have access to approximately 14 Lessons in each Grade. Each Lesson begins with a short video, explaining in detail the theoretical concept on which the Lesson is based. There is then a series of questions and exercises relating to that video. The video and questions may be reviewed as many times as necessary until the student feels comfortable with the information being delivered.

After completing the Course, the student then enrols to sit the online exam for that Grade. The enrolment for the exam lasts for 12 months and, in that time, the students can sit as many practice exams as they wish before doing the official exam. Most students seem well prepared after completing around 5 practice exams. This is a great independent project for our musicians to do in lockdown. The students often find the work quite enjoyable, being in an online format, and they do enjoy receiving a certificate after the examination!

Middle School and Senior College students are the ones receiving the greatest benefit from these AMEB online Theory Courses and Exams. It’s giving them confidence and a sense of achievement, and keeping their music theory studies consistent.

Recent successes in Grade 1 online AMEB Music Theory exams have been achieved by the following Year 7 boys:

 

Congratulations Year 7s!!

 If you are interested in enrolling your child in the relevant level of Music Theory, be sure to have your credit card handy. If you have any difficulty, please go to www.exams.ameb.edu.au, have your credit card handy, and phone the AMEB help line on 1300 725 709 to have someone talk you through the process. It’s worth the effort!

Feel free to contact our Head of Keyboard Studies, Ms Heather McKenzie at hmckenzie@tintern.vic.edu.au if you have any general queries about this information and she will be happy to help (but not enrolment queries, please – these have to be managed by the AMEB helpline).

Annual Concert

 Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our Annual Concert, due to be held on this Friday 7 August, has been postponed until further notice.

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