Term 1 2018

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.

Notes from our Spring recital this year - Latitude 37 - Baroque Gold.

Notes from our Spring recital this year - Latitude 37 - Baroque Gold.

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.

The Tempo Rubato Bar. Before Shot.

The Tempo Rubato Bar. Before Shot.

 

We wish you all a brilliant and harmonic 2018.  And will be looking forward to seeing you in the bar... In early May onwards...

Cheers,
Piano Project

Great year at the Western English Language School

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.

Primary School kids from WELS painted a piano for the Play Me I'm Yours program

Primary School kids from WELS painted a piano for the Play Me I'm Yours program

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.


Term 4 2017

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.


Next recital

Piano Project and Tempo Rubato present:

LATITUDE 37

BOOK TICKETS NOW

Fri 6th Oct, Doors 6.30pm
XO Studios, 10 Lincoln St Brunswick East

DON'T MISS THIS ONE


Piano lessons in Brunswick for Syrian kids

Piano Project is delighted to be working with Elise Hopkins from the Australian Syrian Charity. We are currently moving two pianos in to their space in Brunswick and will be sponsoring piano lessons for these kids starting next term. Image here is from an article about the fabulous work that Elise has been doing with these kids: "Marching band gives young Syrian refugees a chance to beat a new path forward". The Age, June 26th 2017.

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Tempo Rubato

Tempo Rubato is Piano Project's new live music venue.  

As the next chapter of Piano Project recitals, Tempo Rubato will open in its own home in Brunswick in early 2018. Before then, we have an exciting schedule of pianists (and friends) set to play in roving venues, kicking off in October. As soon as we have all the details confirmed, you'll be able to see the program right here. If you subscribe to our email list, we'll send you out updates. And we we will, of course, post it all on Piano Project's social media. Any moment now, we'll have social media mayhem up and running for Tempo Rubato as well. 

To get a taste of what we're planning, check out the footage from our previous recitals on our Piano Project YouTube channel. 

All profits from Tempo Rubato will go to Piano Project, funding piano lessons for the kids.

For questions or thoughts about Tempo Rubato, if you have a hankering to work in a bar that plays classical music, if you'd like to donate a concert grand piano to us, or if your name is Handsome Steve, please email Georgina Imberger.