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Learning & Access Monthly Update - April

Learning & Access Monthly Update - April

With a lovely Easter break at the start of April, this month saw a Music Always tour of Bush Gothic, Song Play with Vision Australia for Term One, and our first in-person Accelerando workshop for the year. 

Alex Lahey (third from left) with Accelerando Musicians

Accelerando Program: Getting Down to Business

The Accelerando cohort had their first in-person workshop during March with wonder mentor Susan Eldridge and indie superstar Alex Lahey. The group got down to (music) business, talking about record deals, social media and managing money.

This month also saw Notis have a Skype lesson with Greek Bouzouki legend Thanasis Polykandriotis (and accept an international digital concert gig as a result), as well as Chen getting to work with skilled pianist Angela Turner.

Supported by the Peggy & Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

Song Play

On Wednesday 31 March we had our final Song Play Term 1 workshop.

We are thrilled to announce that we will be increasing the class sizes by 50% in Term 2, with fifteen little ones in each class. 

We look forward to welcoming new families to the Centre when Term 2 begins on Wednesday 21 April.

Song Play with Vision Australia

On Thursday 1 April we had our sixth and final Song Play with Vision Australia workshop for Term 1.

We look forward to Term 2 commencing in May with both online and in-person sessions at Vision Australia in their Kooyong Centre. The families will be able to sing and dance together with Clare for the first time.

It has been such a joy each week to see all of the children's' confidence with Clare grow, clapping and singing along more and more every session.

Some term highlights include Baylyn's love of Thomas the Tank Engine, requesting that the famous train figure fit into any and every theme, and Luna's love of bread, showing up to each session with a presentation of bread to show everyone.

Supported by the William Buckland Foundation

Bach Competition

We are getting excited to start reviewing applications for the 2021 Bach competition.

Read about last years winner Leon Fei:

If you know of any interested musicians under the age of 18, please remind them that applications close on Wednesday 21 April.

Supported by Richard Mills AM, Martine Letts, Vivienne Ritchie, Maria Johnson on behalf of the Late Harry Johnson and Melbourne Recital Centre

Newsboys Regional Music Award

Preparations are underway for winner of the Newsboys Regional Music Award, Eliza Creek to enjoy a City Experience Week.

Eliza will be travelling to Melbourne in April from Nhill, Western Victoria.

Keep an eye out in our next newsletter to find out more from Eliza's exciting trip!

Supported by The Newsboys Foundation

Bush Gothic at St Bernadette's in Sunshine

Music Always – Bush Gothic on Tour

During March, Bush Gothic was our resident Music Always touring ensemble, providing our Aged Care partners with two ways to see them perform - through a live concert, or via a pre-recorded video that was accompanied by a live Zoom Q&A with the artists. 

The group was very well recieved, sharing music with BASSCare in Canterbury, Emmy Monash in Caulfield, Euroa Health (via Zoom), St Bernadette's in Sunshine, and Wintringham in St Albans.

Supported by Hansen Little Foundation and Lady Marigold Southey AC 

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