December 12, 2018

2019: Focus

2019: FOCUSIn 2019 our vision is FOCUS.Learners of the 21st century face unprecedented levels of distraction. The world is at our fingertips in ways that people in the 20th century only dreamed about, but ironically we can find ourselves paralysed by the sheer volume of information. Not only this, but the constant flow of text […]

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October 2, 2018

The lifelong benefits of singing

The lifelong benefits of singingWe all know that singing is fun and enjoyable. There aren’t many feelings as great as belting out a song at the top of your lungs! However beyond this, singing has been proven to have multiple health benefits both in the present and the future. Respiratory and cardiac function: Singing is amazing in […]

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August 7, 2018

Why piano skills are essential for singers

Why piano skills are essential for singersHave you ever marvelled at performers who were able to play the piano AND sing at the same time? It is quite an impressive ability, and at SVA we are particularly passionate about singers developing piano skills, for a multitude of reasons. It makes it easier to find an accompanistIf […]

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December 6, 2017

The future of music

the future of musicSince SVA began 5 years ago, there have been enormous changes in technology, the music industry and the world at large. We want to ensure that we are equipping our students not just for the here & now, but for the future. Let us take you for a moment on a whirlwind […]

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December 5, 2017

What is contemporary piano?

what is contemporary piano?Historically, the more common experience of piano lessons was learning to play “the dots” – in other words, to learn to read fully written-out music that tells the performer exactly what notes to play, when to play them, and what expression and dynamics to use. Most adults today who learnt piano as […]

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November 9, 2017

When it all goes horribly wrong

when it all goes horribly wrong!Music performances are high-risk activities. Not in an “extreme sports” kind of way, but because matter how prepared you are, there remains a chance that things will go wrong once you get onstage. (Though, to be clear to any student who has just interpreted that sentence as permission not to […]

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January 3, 2017

Getting kids to practice

getting kids to practiceI’m a mum, so I get it – convincing children to practice singing or an instrument can be a nightmare. It’s easy to feel like it’s just another chore to do in the day, somewhere between finding that missing school sock, supervising that assignment about Ancient Egypt (complete with scale model of a pyramid!) and managing […]

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