June Newsletter 2016

Patience. Generosity. Empathy. Determination. Joyfulness. Problem-solving skills. Kindness. Dependability. Creativity. Attentiveness. Flexibility. Resourcefulness. A lifelong love of learning…

These are just some of the character qualities that can be shaped through study of a musical instrument. Dr. Suzuki emphasized developing “good citizens” and encouraging “a noble heart through music”—and that’s what inspired me to become a teacher. To this day I believe that music can change the world.

Which is why I want to tear my hair out when I hear a parent sigh “So, exactly when will we be done with this piece?”

The answer to that question is that it can never really be “done“.

In a fast-paced world of over-scheduling, over-testing, over-texting and under-sleeping, it might seem as though parents are focused only on superficial outcomes (i.e. the next piece, the “right” college, the highest grades, the most advanced group). In our frustration we ask ourselves, “How can we change parents from being goal-oriented to emphasising character development?” However, if we look at the list of qualities (above) again, I imagine all parents would want their children to embody these traits.

So, perhaps our challenge is not to change the parents but redefine the goals. The question then might become “How can we encourage parents to care more about who their child is becoming as opposed to what they achieve?”

Ways to Practice One Note, One Measure, One Line..

  1. Play it the number of times your age.
  2. Record it
  3. Pick a UNO Card and play that number of times
  4. Throw dice or die and play that number of times.
  5. Wear a funny hat
  6. Wear funny glasses
  7. Left foot in the air
  8. Right foot in the air
  9. Eyes on the ceiling
  10. Eyes closed
  11. With toothbrush in mouth
  12. Lying down on the floor.
  13. Write a story to sing with it.
  14. Imagine you’re on an island
  15. Imagine you’re in the skies
  16. Imagine you’re in the ocean
  17. With a cookie in your mouth
  18. While smiling
  19. While winking
  20. While crying

Tell us what you think would be a fun way to practice One Note, One Measure, One Line.. to be featured in our next newsletter !


Congratulations to all our music students for recently completing their AMEB exam

Josiah. O – Grade 5 (Violin)

Sinha. D – Preliminary (Violin)

Aidan. T – Preliminary (Violin)

Aaron. C – Grade 3 (Violin)

Chelsea. T – Preliminary (Piano)

Esther. J – Grade 6 (Piano)


Important Dates for this Month

Queen’s Birthday 13th of June (Closed)

AMEB 5th Metropolitan 3 October – 13 November
Due Date: 20 July
Please speak to your teachers so we can get your enrollment in before the due date.

 Music Theory Online

Music Theory is important regardless of what instrument you play. Check out our new Music Theory Online Series to help you with starting your learning of Music Theory or to help you with getting your Grade 1 AMEB Theory Exam !

We serve to create a community

Our music school is made up of students that come from many different suburbs including Mount Waverley, Wantirna South, Scoresby, Knoxville, Berwick, Narre Warren, Ashwood, Burwood, Burwood East, Vermont, Wantirna, Vermont South, Wheelers Hill, Blackburn, Box Hill, Doncaster, Springvale, Clayton and other surrounding areas.

We Love Referrals

Here at the Cantabile School of Music, we want to show our appreciation for referrals. If you refer a friend and they register for lessons for at least a month, we will you give you AND your friend a FREE 30 minute lesson.

There is no maximum of the amount of free lessons you can receive, so please refer anyone who you think may be interested in having music lessons with us.

Simply ask the front desk for a ‘Refer a Friend’ certificate similar to the one below:

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If your friend registers for lessons, we’ll be sure to send you one as well.

Thank you very much for your referrals !

Music Ladder

The Cantabile School of Music proudly introduces the Music Ladder System! We are one of the only music schools in Melbourne that gives students the opportunity to earn special colour wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests with the Musical Ladder System®. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full colour, really cool “Musical Ladder System®” wristbands that they can show off to their friends.

More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud and everybody wins!


Ask your teachers how you can climb up the Musical Ladder System® and earn your wristbands, trophies, certificates and also win some fabulous prizes !

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