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~ Our Musical Highlights from 2021 & 2022 ~

Over the last two years students have continued learning and growing musically - We have enjoyed seeing them all develop some great music skills, confidence and a healthy growth mindset through their musical pursuits! 

Congratulations to Everyone - We are so very proud of you all!

For just a few of our musical achievements, take a look through the gallery below...

Tamworth Eisteddfod Piano Champion for 2022!

While preparing for her AMusA piano exam, Katie competed in Tamworth Eisteddfod, and won the Open Championship at Tamworth Eisteddfod, with a beautiful performance of the first movement of Haydn's C minor Sonata, and Debussy's beautiful 'Evening in Granada'!

In addition to this she also won the Jean Coates Memorial Bach Open section,     and the Romantic Piano Solo Open section.  

Well deserved results for a dedicated young lady!

Thank you to the adjudicator, Melissa Bucholtz, for your encouraging words.

We very much appreciate the Tamworth Eisteddfod Society running this event , and maintaining such a high standard of competition, to encourage young performers.

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- Lake Macquarie Vocal Eisteddfod 2022 -

Congratulations to Matthew, who won first place in both the 'Michael Saunders Aria' and the 'Hawkins Family Stage & Screen' sections at the Lake Macquarie Eisteddfod last October!  This was a very exciting result, as these sections encompass a number of different genres.  

Our thanks to both Michael Saunders & the Hawkins family for sponsoring both these wonderful sections.  Matthew is pictured here with the adjudicator, Mrs Karen Walmsley.

Matthew also finished his Bachelor of Music at Sydney Conservatorium, with a high distinction in his special performance project. And on top of all this, gained his AMusA in Classical Voice - What talent, what dedication and what a year!

- Lake Macquarie Piano Eisteddfod 2022-

Congratulations to Katie, on gaining first place in the 2022 Open Recital Joan Lambert Scholarship! For this section, she performed a full 20 minute recital of Bach, Haydn and Debussy. This was a wonderful result, as this scholarship is quite a prestigious and competitive award for advanced piano levels.  

A big thank you to Mrs Joan Lambert for sponsoring this wonderful section - a great way for students to build up their recital skills, and with a high standard of competition.

Katie also won first place in all her other piano sections at Lake Macquarie!

She is pictured here with the adjudicator, Mr Barry Walmsley.

We are very grateful to the Lake Macquarie Music Society for maintaining this annual event, which is a wonderful way for students to gain important performance experience!

- Charleston International Piano Competition - Romantic Period Section 2021 -

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2020 News - Achieving despite the first 'Covid' Year!

Well, like everybody else, we've had a challenging year in 2021.  Things were humming along nicely at the start of the year...only to be disrupted by the first lockdown!  Which meant that all our students (and their wonderful parents!) learned a lot about learning piano online.  Whilst we still value traditional in-person lessons, we were thrilled with just how successful both students and teachers were in surviving and then thriving with Zoom lessons! 


Of course, prior to Covid, our long term distance students had already shown us, over the last few years, just how effective online lessons can be - But it has been simply stunning to see the results this year, despite the majority of students' lessons being online for at least 6 months.  Congratulations to Everyone!  We are just so proud of you all for persevering & overcoming challenges in 2020!  

Take a look through the gallery below...

The wonderfully consistent exam results above are from 8 different exam sessions & examiners, in 2 states!

(All exam results are for Comprehensive Piano & Piano Repertoire, unless otherwise shown.)

Congratulations to EVERYONE, on your great progress in 2020 - We are so proud of all of your efforts and achievements!  

- Piano League -

While preparing for her 'Performance Certificate' exam, Katie entered the International Piano Star Competition 2020 amateur division, in October, and was thrilled to gain a 3rd place.  What a great way to build up performance experience and confidence ready for such a challenging exam level, despite the shutdown in 2020!

Thank you to our local Newcastle Music Teacher Association, who continued to provide 

quality music performance opportunities for students in Mid 2020:  

Preparing performance videos for the Joyce Blewitt & Nan Price Scholarships, for Elissa & Katie, was a great way for them to polish up performance skills during a lockdown period earlier in the year - And they were both very happy with their results!

Various other Online Eisteddfods in Mid 2020...

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More of our Online Learning Adventures in 2020, below...

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2019 Recap - Some of Our Achievements!

2019 Newcastle 'Joyce Blewett Scholarship' Winner!

Congratulations to Katie on taking out first place in the 2019 Joyce Blewett Scholarship. A wonderful result, as this scholarship is quite a prestigious and competitive award for advancing piano levels. 

Katie is pictured here at Newcastle Conservatorium with the 

adjudicator - Philip Sketchley OAM. 

We very much appreciate the Newcastle Music Teachers Association running this event annually, with such a high standard of competition.

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~ Our Students' Exam Results: 2009 to 2019 ~

From Preliminary to Grade 8 Piano & Performance Certificate, in BOTH Comprehensive & Piano For Leisure syllabus,

AND from Grade 1 to Grade 7 Theory...

98% of our students achieved a B or above; with 73% of those students achieving an A or A+

For exams with the AMEB and Trinity College - in Sydney, Melbourne & Newcastle

Congratulations to you all, this is a very high standard across so many exams & so many students, over many years!

But even more than that, it is wonderful to see you all happy with your musical achievements, while developing 

good character and a growth mindset through these experiences... And just simply enjoying music!  

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~ 2018 Highlights ~

Congratulations to Helen, who passed both her

A.Mus.A. and her A.T.C.L. Piano Performance Exams in December!  

This is such a great result!  

Her study, practice and hard work lead to this 

well deserved achievement.  


And not only that, but Helen managed to juggle 

her piano studies with the final year of her 

medical degree in 2018!

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~ 2016 & 2017 Recap - Some of Our Achievements ~ 

Our '30 Piece Challenge'

Running for the first time in 2016, there were several who chose to participate at this level - after all, 30 pieces in a year is a pretty big effort!  

Congratulations to:

Georgia, Adeline, Elijah, Isabelle, Kirra, Adam and Isabella for learning over 30 pieces each - Well Done!  

Making an effort to master a great number of pieces has many benefits - especially in terms of improving sight-reading, technique and musicality.  Its pretty logical really - the more pieces you learn, the more music you know!

Our '40+ Piece Challenge'

This was the third year in a row we have offered the '40 Piece Challenge' - and make no mistake, this is a very big challenge for those choosing to get involved!

Congratulations to:

40+ Pieces: Riley and Joshua

50+ Pieces: Lana

60+ Pieces: Rhy and Marley

70+ Pieces: Chelsea

80+ Pieces: Rianna

Yes, I kid you not - these students really have achieved this many pieces - well done to you all.  (And yes, Rianna has set a new studio record with her 80+ pieces!)

~ 2015 Newcastle 'Nan Price Scholarship' Winner ~

Congratulations to Helen on taking out first place of $500 in the 2015 Nan Price Scholarship. A wonderful result, as this scholarship is quite a prestigious and competitive award for advanced piano levels. 

Helen is pictured here with the adjudicator, AMEB examiner, Ann O'Hearn. 

We also appreciate the Newcastle Music Teachers Association maintaining this annual event, with such a high standard of competition, providing something worthy for advancing pianists to aspire to.

Congratulations to Alex on achieving his 

~ AMusA and ATCL with Distinction ~

Congratulations to Alex, who finished his studies with Anne, passing his A.Mus.A. Performance Exam, and also his A.T.C.L. (London) Piano Recital Exam with a Distinction - a well deserved result.   

In May 2015 Alex received his A.Mus.A. award at the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) awards ceremony at NSW University, Sydney. As this was the culmination of a lot of study, practice and hard work it was certainly an important highlight of the year for him.    

~ Our 2016 Christmas Concert at Mayfield & Koombahla Aged Care ~

Our Christmas Aged Care Concerts are a wonderful opportunity to share our music skills, and bring some Christmas cheer to others - and its great performance experience for students!

Thank you to all those who came along and played their favourite pieces. It was a lovely experience - the residents and staff enjoyed it greatly, and they are looking forward to us playing for them again next year!

View Student Achievements from Previous Years:

November 2015 AMEB Exam News

Congratulations to Rachel, Serena, Katie, Elissa, Tehleah, Abby, Grace, Emma, Georgia and Adeline who ALL passed their piano exams in November (grades ranging from Preliminary to Grade 7) with great results! This is particularly exciting for Rachel, Serena, Abby, Elissa, Tehleah and Katie as they have all completed two grades levels this year. What nice results for all your effort and motivation. Extra special congratulations to Rachel, Elissa, Serena, Tehleah and Katie who all gained an A or A+ again. 

 Keep enjoying your music!

2014 Exam News:

Congratulations to Rachel P, Serena, Katie and Bryce, who ALL passed their recent piano exams (ranging from Preliminary to Grade 5) with an 'A' result! Great to see such consistent results across the board. It is a fine reward for all your efforts!

Special congratulations also to Alex, who passed his A.Mus.A, and also passed his A.T.C.L. piano exam with a Distinction - a well deserved result.  

June 2015 AMEB Exam News

Congratulations to Rachel, Serena, Katie, Elissa, Tehleah, Joey, Abby, Jade, Lauren and Matthew who ALL passed the piano exams in May/June (grades ranging from Preliminary to Grade 7) with great results! Special congratulations to 

Rachel, Elissa, Serena, Tehleah and Katie who all 

gained an A or A+. A great reward for all your efforts. 

 Your love of music shows!

2013 Exam News:

Congratulations to Katja, Elissa, Caitlin, Katie, Renee, Matthew, Anne-Laure and Ali who have all gained great results (from Preliminary Grade through to Grade 8) in the November 2013 AMEB Piano Exam series.  

Your diligence and perseverance gained some lovely results yet again. It is wonderful to see the progress across all grades.

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