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Music with Natalia Vagner


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Welcome to N. Vagner Music Studio!

Congratulations and welcome again. It’s very exciting to learn about music and how to play piano instrument!

Music with Natalia Vagner class

The skills that I offer through my lessons:

  • Learn how to play piano
  • Learn Music Theory
  • Learn Music History
  • Offer students to take them through AMEB exams up to level 8
  • Have two piano concerts a year, where students perform their learned pieces in front of the parents and audience in a relaxed and supported environment.
  • Learn to improvise and compose
  • Learn to sight read new music
  • Ear Training and singing
  • Through regular practice students will learn not just how to play an instrument but about discipline, how to listen, how to be patient and persistent.
  • Through regular performances students will learn about stage presentation and how to play piano in front of the audience.

I am attentive to every child musical needs and try to develop their musical talents and potential. Every child has something to offer and can shine through music.

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Unique Australian Collaborations

One of the best Australian examples, when music unifies people from totally different cultures and builds relationships between people and make them talk one only language-‘music’, is a collaborations in the Australian Art Orchestra under the leadership of Paul Grabowsky.

The AAO was established in 1994. The goals of the orchestra were purely to improvise together with musicians and draw on diversity of different ways of music making. Each musician contributes to the ensemble with individual expression, as well as a high level of ensemble playing. Each player is willing to explore music as notation, improvisation and expression.

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Music beliefs

Music Performance

From my personal experience I know that music performance is a very important determinant of self-confidence and social skills. The teamwork, peer interaction, problem solving and tolerance of others –all contribute to developing social skills. There are communication skills, there are organisational skills, there is even self-discipline in having to practice and come up with the goods, there is memory training and involvement of whole cognitive skills. The musical education at schools should be something fundamental rather than a marginal hobby.

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Gillian Howell

In this article I want to tell about Gillian Howell, an impressive music educator and communicator. Today Gillian Howell works as a musician, composer, creative director of music collaborations and compositions and lives in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Gillian works diverse from arts organizations to schools, community groups and even prisons – all to create unique performance pieces, installations and experiences.

 

A lot of her work takes place in schools, although she is not a qualified teacher. However she is a very experienced educator and facilitator. She plays clarinet some saxophone and flute.

She runs a Web blog, which represents series of her reflections on her work on a weekly basis.

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Teaching Grade 5 and 6 Music Class.

One of my favourite music lessons for grade 5 and 6 is teaching how to play ‘Percussion Instruments’.

First of all, students have to know the basic rhythm notation and patterns. Structure of the lesson is:

  1. Explanation from the teacher what to do and how
  2. Students then work in small groups of 3 or 4 students for 20 minutes on their tasks.
  3. Students perform in front of the class and reflect together on their performance. Teach them to have a healthy criticism-always!

Percussion lessons can be based on polyrhythm, reading a score or making your own rhythm patterns in groups and play them.

When students work in groups (and grade 5 and 6 are perfect age for this kind of work) they also learn about communication skills. They have to have a leader in a group, a conductor and a writer (to write down rhythm patterns).

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Music Performance

From my personal experience I know that music performance is a very important determinant of self-confidence and social skills.  The teamwork, peer interaction, problem solving and tolerance of others –all contribute to developing social skills. There are communication skills, there are organisational skills, there is even self-discipline in having to practice and come up with the goods, there is memory training and involvement of whole cognitive skills. The musical education at schools should be something fundamental rather than a marginal hobby.

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