Let’s start dear blog by catching up.
I’ve been having a lovely time nearly all of the time over the last months. I’ve been studying three units in my LIS Masters. I’ve just got one assignment left for this term. Next term I have one coursework unit and a research project to GET MOVING ON AND FINISH. I also have to get cracking with organising my work placement. Then I will be able to graduate. It has been a luxury (and a little bit strange) studying without going to work during the day.
I have been slowly building up my piano teaching. It’s been so great to have time to think and plan for my students rather than arriving home in the afternoons in a great big rush and launching into lessons. We all survived the music eisteddfod and I was very proud of everyone. I did some last minute accompanying for singers and instrumentalists which was good for me.
My violin lessons are continuing and a few weeks ago I did my Grade 7 AMEB exam. This was a great experience and my result was very nice (A+) although not really the point of the exercise. I went to my lovely teacher Kate on Friday and I am going to push towards the Certificate of Performance exam in August. So far my pieces are some unaccompanied Bach, Beethoven Romance in G major and first movement of the Kabalevsky Violin Concerto. These are all great pieces. I am also learning a Mozart Violin Sonata with my Skype teacher in Canberra and some more solo Bach. These are beautiful pieces as well. I’ve written about this elsewhere so I won’t repeat myself.
Apart from that choir is keeping me busy every Monday night. I also became the President of the Incorporated Committee which is less work than it sounds so far. But it’s really good to feel like I have time to be involved with the choir by doing more than accompanying. I also have a commitment to the New Generation Advisory Committee as a member through ALIA which is interesting and I’m learning a lot about the profession and its peak body in Australia.
Other things that I find myself doing a lot are tweeting (most recently Eurovision, the disgusting Budget and American Idol). I am loving Call the Midwife, reruns of 30 Rock and other bits and pieces of the television. I have also started listening to podcasts – something I never had time or the inclination for previously. My favourites are Televised Revolution and Bring a Plate. I’ve also been listening to and playing music with my twitter Musical PLN via Soundcloud which has been awesome. I’ve been reading. I’ve been swimming. I’ve been cooking real food. I’ve been out for coffee with other people. I’ve been to Brisbane to see Billy Bragg and meet up with other people in real life.
And I saved the biggest news for last…there will be a new arrival in the house in the coming weeks….I’m having a giant autumn clean out and rearrangement of everything to make room….
Yes it’s a grand piano. Preloved and soon to arrive at my house. I’m very excited. I’m also very lucky.2 Comments »