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Teenagers: Do They Listen?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Guest Feature by Michelle Nelson Of course, parents reading this will all be thinking, 'don't be silly; they rarely do!' And I expect most teens to have finely tuned skepticism for their parents' regular, well-intentioned offerings of sage, learned advice. I didn't listen to my parents; especially the stuff about needing a better career choice than music! But no, I mean 'do today's teenagers listen properly to music?' Really listen. Repeated, concentrated listening that ..

Highlights from the 2017 IRMTNZ Conference

Monday, February 13, 2017

by Jenny Brown, ANZCA Representative From the first moment when we received our conference bags to the last moment as we waved our goodbyes, the Christchurch IRMT Conference held at College House was a winner. Well-organised, informative and interesting speakers, enjoyable concerts and entertainment, an excellent venue that provided accommodation, dining and reception facilities, along with two medium-sized auditoriums with two lovely pianos to be used, plus friendly attendees... what mo ..

Dangerous Reading

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Guest Feature by Dr Robert Keane Pianists beware! Reading can be bad for you. Reading words, that is, not music. On the Easter weekend, I read four textbooks I had saved up at school, and I enjoyed reading throughout Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday, with appropriate breaks. However, I did not realise that my right elbow was positioned in the same place on the arm of my chair and was causing me harm. No indication of this harm was evident till several days later wh ..

Sight-Reading: Why Bother With It?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Guest Feature by Michelle Nelson In late 2015, the online journal The Conversation (https://theconversation.com/au) published a thought-provoking article Musical Literacy: a skill of some note(s) (https://theconversation.com/musical-literacy-a-skill-of-some-note-s-48575) by Australian music academic Dr Peter Tregear (currently Teaching Fellow, Royal Holloway University of London). The author discusses music notation and its dwindling role in the transmission of contemporary music in the ..