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March, 2016

  1. Encouraging our young musicians at Rangeview

    March 7, 2016 by artrangeview

    I mentioned in the Rangeview’s newsletter ‘The View’ this week about facilitating and encouraging young musicians in their instrumental development.

    I found this particular article interesting as it addresses ways families can encourage their children in their musical development even without having a lot of musical understanding. Instrumental lessons are a great way for students to develop their musical, social and academic abilities.

    The article talks about encouraging students on choosing an instrument that suits them, finding a practice time that works around their daily routine, writing down their musical goals, setting up mini performances at home and a reward system for consistently good practice.

    http://www.nafme.org/wp-content/files/2015/08/Learning-to-Play-Tips-for-Parents-of-Elementary-Musicians.pdf

    I encourage all families to read this article and simplify it to their children. Happy music making!

    Mrs K Melitsis

    12 March update – Since the blog post, I watched a very powerful documentary on ABC’s program Catalyst titled ‘Music on the Brain’. The documentary discusses how music can be a powerful healing tool, improve memory and how music is unique to humans from a very young age. This documentary is a great watch for parents or upper high school students.

    http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/catalyst/SC1502H006S00

    Secondly, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Professional Development session yesterday that discussed the Victorian Curriculum specific to Music(more on this topic at a later date). We were shown a video by Bobby McFerrin(yes, THE Bobby McFerrin) presenting at World Science Festival. He used audience participation to sing a pentatonic scale – arguable the most common scale in Western culture. McFerrin mentions the pentatonic example he demonstrates, the result is exactly the same. We are trained to feel and understand the pentatonic scale…some of us without knowing that we know it! A fascinating link between music and science that is explained in a very simple and engaging way. The video clip is appropriate for all ages.

    http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/2010/10/the_power_of_the_pentatonic_scale/


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