Preparing a spoken introduction for a performance

These days, when you attend a concert,  it is quite common for the performers to engage with the audience and share a little bit about the pieces that they’re going to play.   This post is designed to help you if you find that you need to prepare a spoken introduction before a musical performance.…

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Rotorua LearnMusicNZ Cushion Concerts

The Rotorua Cushion Concerts organised by our local branch of LearnMusicNZ are held at St Lukes in May and September each year.  These concerts give students the opportunity to perform in front of a friendly audience. The programme is always diverse and represents a range of ages, levels and styles. Sometimes a guest artist is…

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Rotorua and Taupo Eisteddfod

Every year the Rotorua Branch of LearnMusicNZ hosts an Eisteddfod in June. The term ‘Eisteddfod’ is Welsh, and means festival of music / performance. The Eisteddfod is held in either Rotorua or Taupo and is open to children, teens and adults who are learning from a registered music teacher in the area. When the Eisteddfod…

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Piano Exams

You might have heard that you can sit piano exams if you’re learning the piano. There are  both practical exams in piano (where you play music/scales and answer some listening tests in front of an examiner) and/or theory exams (a written exam which tests you understanding of the language of music.)   Piano exams are…

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How to help your child learn piano

What happens in between piano lessons makes a big difference to the success your child will experience learning piano. Here’s five little tips that’ll help you support your child’s learning in Music.   5 little tips that’ll make a big difference Set aside a regular practice time Short, regular, consistent practice sessions are key Be…

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