December 6, 2017

The Future Of Music

Since 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 journey through music […]

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December 5, 2017

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 children would have […]

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November 9, 2017

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 bother with practice, let me […]

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January 3, 2017

Getting Kids To Practice

I’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 to create a […]

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