Music graduates discover a new tempo; TERTIARY STUDY

TUNING in to what industry and professionals need in music graduates has been an evolutionary process. It used to be that a degree in music was more tailored for those who wanted to perform but today’s bachelor of music graduates are being tutored in all aspects of the industry including production, marketing, teaching, and of course performing…Previously musicians tended to gravitate towards the city, where they could continue to learn and grow as performers and teachers. But a new program at the University of New England in Armidale is hoping to keep their talented graduates in regional centres.The UNE’s bachelor of music is also geared towards producing a new breed of musicteachers after refining its curriculum to meet the demands of the education system.“The degree is focused on training teachers for regional schools,” says Andrew Alter, UNE’s convenor of musicstudies. “There has been a lack of music teachers in regional areas because generally, if you take a specialist music degree say at the Sydney Conservatorium, those graduates usually want to move into a musical career associated with urban type things.“A hot-shot performer for example doesn’t really go to a regional area because the opportunities are not there and music teachers have in the past generally gravitated towards the city as well.”Alter says the UNE bachelor of music includes subjects such as performance, composition and musicology, as well as allowing students to specialise in their instrument, as other standard music degrees do. And there’s the chance to do a graduate diploma in education.Just as importantly, students are encouraged to participate in the rich musical community in Armidale.Australian National University’s three-year bachelor of music offers study of all orchestral instruments, as well as keyboard and voice, and now also has opened up more subjects in the area of world music, including folk and jazz.About three years ago the university also decided to create a combined degree linking music students to other faculties including law, commerce and even Asian studies.“Students can now link their music with a more academic or industry related course,” says ANU head of music John Luxton.“Even with the straight music degree they can move into a variety of things like recording engineering, program writing, producing for the ABC, instrumental teaching or complete a diploma of education and do classroom teaching.The Australian Institute of Music in Sydney has seen a number of highly successful performers and musicians come through its doors. The private college has undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, with a strong emphasis on practical experience.The institute’s bachelor of music course is designed to prepare graduates for a career in the music industry or to continue studies.“Students study contemporary performance, classical performance, music theatre, arts management and composition and music production,” says AIM recruiting officer Louise Wilson.“There is also music producing, arranging, composing and work with digital music software programs.”The college is also offering a master of arts management in conjunction with the Sydney Opera House.Students apply directly to AIM and Wilson says performance based subjects require an audition.After working as a music teacher and studying for a degree in music, Sarah Christopher knew most graduates were just not hitting the right note when it came to teaching.As a member of the Music Teachers’ Association in Armidale and a student in bachelor of music at the University of New England, she had first-hand experience about what was needed to be able to teach more effectively.“Graduates were lacking skills for classroom teaching when they finished,” says Christopher, who graduated last year. With her own experience as a private tutor, Christopher offered to help restructure the degree, which is now geared to producemusic teachers for high schools around Australia.

Benefits of Piano Video Lessons

There are plenty of people who are interested in easy piano lessons for their children or even themselves. However, hiring a professional instructor to give music lessons can be fairly expensive. There is also the problem of finding the time to fit regular lessons in. Kids have school and extracurricular activities, while adults have work and other responsibilities. Sometimes people just can’t find a spot in their schedule for the music lessons they want. That’s why piano instruction DVD options have become so popular. Not only are they much more affordable in the long run than hiring a talented instructor, they allow the student to study at their own pace and at the times that best fit into their daily lives.

While basic piano lessons might seem like an odd thing to turn to a video instructor for, it actually makes a lot of sense. After all, the basic foundation for piano playing skills is pretty much the same for everyone. While teaching methods certainly differ from instructor to instructor, the basic goal of beginner piano lessons is the same: to give the player the understanding they need to be able to grow as a player. The starting skills are necessary before a player can grow into their own style and develop their own unique feel for the instrument. And that’s why a video or DVD that focuses on these early stages is such a good idea.

There are a lot of music instruction videos available on the market today, so how do you know which one is right for you? Probably the best thing to do is to find and read as many user reviews as possible. Learn how the videos helped (or didn’t help) aspiring players just like you. Many major retailers like Amazon allow users to post reviews of products.