Massive thank you to everyone who voted for us and helped with our shot at Pick My Project. We are delighted to report that Tempo Rubato was successful. Yah!!! Stay posted for news re an opening date…
Tempo Rubato is in Pick My Project - a Victorian funding initiative for community projects. We need votes from you so that we can get the funds we need to get the doors open this November. You just need to register at Pick My Project and include us in your choice of 3 projects. Here is the link to our profile: Pick My Project. Please do let us know if you vote - send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with 'I VOTED' in the subject line. We will be conjuring up an appropriate way to thank you.
Lessons are up and running again, with big smiles across the board. We have programs going at the Western English Language School in Braybrook, at Collingwood English Language School, at Kensington Community High School, and at Caroline Chisholm College in Braybrook. Also with classes for kids from Foundation House in Sunshine, at the Music Shop in Deer Park and at the Piano Warehouse in Essendon.
One of our fabulous teachers, Georgina Lewis, was interviewed by David Astle on 774 Breakfast on friday morning. She did such a lovely job, chatting about some of her experiences working with the kids in our program. If you missed it, you can have a listen right here.
We're really excited about getting started with Piano Project 2018. We are continuing with lessons at the Western English Language School in Braybrook, at the Collingwood English Language School, at Kensington Community High School, and at Caroline Chisholm College in Braybrook. Also with classes for kids from Foundation House in Sunshine, at the Music Shop in Deer Park and at the Piano Warehouse in Essendon. Our Saturday program at the Australian Syrian Charity in Brunswick was a great success last term and we will be expanding that part of the program this year, hopefully starting in Term 1. And we have lots of plans for getting more kids involved, just as soon as we have the funds.
We are well focused on getting Tempo Rubato up and running at the moment too, hoping to open in early May and optimistic that we'll be shooting funds in to Piano Project soon after. In the meantime, before we get help from Tempo Rubato, we would LOVE to have some extra donations coming in to Piano Project. So that we can get as many children involved as possible. Any amount is very welcome and you can donate here. It's tax-deductible and it all goes directly to piano lessons for the kids.
We wish you all a brilliant and harmonic 2018. And will be looking forward to seeing you in the bar... In early May onwards...
WELS was the first place where we started lessons two years ago and our program has been great fun there. Thanks largely to the brilliant principal Yolette Dezilwa and our fabulous piano teacher there, James Selimovic. This year, we have had lessons running two nights a week. In March, we took a group of the primary school aged kids to see 'Princess and the Pea' by the Victorian Opera, at The Arts Centre Melbourne. And then in November, we got the kids involved in the 'Play Me I'm Yours' program, being presented by The Arts Centre Melbourne next January. We're so happy it's been such a great success at WELS and we're looking forward to growing the program further in 2018.
James sums up how much enjoyment the piano has brought to these kids this year:
'2017 was another great year at WELS Braybrook. We had a total of 14 students for lessons this year...
... Jude (16) from Nigeria stayed with us all year and did really well. Towards the end of the year we started to explore some african reggae music which he really got into, he also got some basic understanding of chords and throughout the year we developed his sight reading. He was really passionate about music and showed so much enthusiam for our lessons, always wanting to go first and always with a big smile on his face.
Jarshika (11) from Sri Lanka also stayed for the whole year. Her favorite activity at the piano was counting all the songs we had learned so far. I think it got to around 34 songs. Like Jude she was really enthusiastic all year, but anytime we had to use the left hand, it would be with much laughter and injustice. '
James Selimovic, Dec 2017.
SOS: Save Our Seekers is a volunteer organisation that raises funds to support local projects working with refugees and asylum seekers. They sell T-shirts/tanks/pins and give 100% of their profits to a different charity every six months. Piano Project is delighted to be the current recipient of these efforts - thank-you SOS! The gear is great too - you can buy it online here.
Many thanks to Maple Music School who had their Christmas Recital today and donated their gold coin and raffle takings to Piano Project. Legends. It was a brilliant scene too - infectious performances and a great atmosphere. Thanks for having us Maple Music! And for the support - much appreciated.
Piano Project's term 4 is well underway with happy hands enjoying keys in nine different locations around the western and northern suburbs of Melbourne. We have lessons at the Western English Language School in Braybrook, at the Collingwood English Language School, at Kensington Community High School, and at Caroline Chisholm College in Braybrook. We are continuing with classes for kids from Foundation House in Sunshine, also at the National Music School in Mill Park, the Music Shop in Deer Park and at the Piano Warehouse in Essendon. And we have just started a Saturday program at the Australian Syrian Charity in Brunswick.