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March Newsletter 2018

Marching into Easter

Who can believe it’s already nearing the end of Term 1? Hope you have all enjoyed your music lessons so far this year and are doing some great work with your music teachers!

Don’t forget that we are open during the school holiday time in case you’d like to keep up with your music even during the school holidays. We’ve also got a few special things planned for the school holidays, including a teacher’s performance, an AMEB Exam Information Session, along with a sausage sizzle so come and join us for these events! We’re also gearing up for launching our newest String Program due to start in Term 2!

If you’d like more information on any of these events please read on.

Enjoy the rest of the School Term!


Welcome to our new students!

Our sincerest thank you and warmest welcome to the students who enrolled in February 2018:

Tanya S. (Violin)
Jacob Z. (Piano)
Isaac W. (Piano)
Elizabeth H. (Piano)
Stephanie H. (Piano)
Joo Hao C. (Piano)
Lucas C. (Violin)
Chelsea K. (Voice)
Julien Z. (Violin)
Nazanin A. (Violin)
Archia Z. (Piano)
Joanne Z. (Guitar)
Robert A. (Piano)
Rachael S. (Violin)
Spiridoula Z. (Voice)
Dwayne B. (Piano)
Chloe W. (Piano)
Selena Z. (Flute)
Jacqueline L. (Violin)
Ethan W. (Voice)
Sophie T. (Piano)
Simon L. (Piano)

Important Dates

TERM ONE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: Friday, 30 March 2018 – Sunday, 15th April 2018

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Easter Weekend (School closed) 30th March to 2nd April (no lessons)

AMEB 1ST METROPOLITAN EXAM PERIOD: 23rd April – 12th May 2018

(1st Metropolitan Session) AMEB 2ND METROPOLITAN EXAM PERIOD: 21st May – 8th June 2018



TEACHERS’ PERFORMANCE AMEB EXAM INFO SESSION: Saturday 14th April 2018 11:30pm – 12pm

STUDENT CONTEST DEADLINE: Saturday, 21st April 2018

String Program Orientation Saturday 14th April 2018 Time 12:30pm -2:30pm





Answer in 100 words or less:

Why do you enjoy learning and playing music?

Be creative with your submissions – you can draw a picture, write a rap or even an acrostic poem. You can even submit a video to say why you enjoy music!

Submit your entries to the front desk or scan/email to: by the 21st of April (1st Week of Term 2) to be in the running to win!

We are selecting 3 winners so there’s more chances for you to win!

The winners will be selected by staff/teachers of the School and announced

at the end of April.


Teachers Performances

We will be running our first teachers’ performance for the year, featuring short performances by Cantabile’s very own music teachers. This will be a great opportunity for students to watch their teachers perform.

These performances will be spread across the school year and the concerts will be free of charge. Normally held on Saturday afternoons but do check the dates from time to time so you don’t miss out!

Venue: Performance Room

Cantabile School of Music

47a Myrtle Street, Glen Waverley

Date: 14th April, 2018

Time: 11:30am

Duration: 30 mins

Followed by sausage sizzle lunch!



Have you wanted to try a stringed instrument?

The Cantabile String Program is a great introduction to learning one of four stringed instruments in a fun and exciting way!

The String Program is a short course designed for students to have a jumpstart learning experience to one of four stringed instruments, the violin, viola, cello or the double bass.

Choose either the Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass

Students will choose one of these four instruments to learn for a period of two terms, in which they will learn the fundamental basics of playing the instrument in a group setting.

Classes will be conducted in groups of 2 to 4 students per class according to their instrument of choice.

Not only will they collaborate with other students in their group class, but during the term they will collaborate with all the stringed instruments together as they prepare for an exciting performance at our school concerts!

All materials and even the instrument will be included in the tuition so you don’t even have to worry about getting yourself an instrument.

Recommended age group: 6 to 12 years old

Tuition Fee: $30 per student for a 45 minute weekly lesson. Program will run per term for a period of two terms. Fee is inclusive of instrument and all learning materials.

Time and Day of Classes

Students will have their group lessons according to their respective teacher’s schedule. Combined stringed classes will be held on Saturday afternoons.

How do I register?

Make sure you come for our Orientation Day on the 14th April to get all the information you’ll need to register for the String Program.

We’ll be presenting some demonstrations of each instrument, and also providing instruments for the students to try for themselves.

Students that wish to enrol will be fitted with the correct sizing of instrument for them to use during the String Program.

For an expression of interest or for more information,

please call: (03) 9560 3010 or


***Enrol before the 14th April to get 10% OFF the First Term of the program!***

Jason Lim

String Program Director


About Jason

Jason is one of Cantabile’s Cello Teachers and is the coordinator and Director of our String’s Program. Having taught the cello for many years as a private teacher, he has also assisted and co-directed the Strings Program and orchestras at various schools such as the Carey Baptist Grammar School.

AMEB Info Session

An AMEB Examination Information Session will be held on Saturday 14th April to provide insightful information on the AMEB Examination process and registration. Parents and students interested in Music Examinations are encouraged to attend and welcome to ask any questions.

Students and parents who may already have experience with AMEB exams will also receive helpful information in student music examinations or can use this time to ask any questions related to music examinations.

Some topics we’ll cover include:

  • Best approach and benefits of doing AMEB exams
  • AMEB Syllabus and requirements
  • Demonstrations of the AMEB grading and criteria
  • Difference between AMEB and other examination boards
  • Examination Timetable
  • Open question and answer


Give us a call or send us an email before the 12th April, 2018

Ph: (03) 9560 3010



TIME: 12:30PM – 2:30PM

VENUE: Performance Room

Cantabile School of Music

47a Myrtle Street, Glen Waverley

Matthew Cheng
School Director

Music Ladder System

Look at all these lovely students who were awarded their wristbands and trophies this month! Congratulations to them all!

Would you like to start climbing the Music Ladder as well?

Here’s some frequently asked questions about the Music Ladder and how you can get started!

Q. What is the Music Ladder System?

The Music Ladder celebrates student achievement by giving our students the opportunity to earn special colour wristband bracelets, trophies, certificates AND prizes (all included in the tuition fees) for passing musical tests with the Musical Ladder System.

Q. How does it work?

According to the Music Ladder timeline (found at reception) students can progress to the next level of the Music Ladder. This is arranged with their music teacher. The music teacher will compose a test for the student to progress to the next level. Every level comes with a wristband and certificate but only certain levels will come with trophies.

Q. What do you get tested on?

Tests are arranged by the teacher and are specific to each student. The test can be based on the work the student has done during the lessons. Some examples could be to play a certain piece to a good standard, to play a series of exercises, to learn a song by memory. The possibilities are endless, but will be specific to the student’s level and ability.

Q. How do I start the Music Ladder?

If you’d like to start the Music Ladder, please speak to your teacher. The Music Ladder is optional to students so students are not automatically placed on the ladder. Once you inform your teacher, we will place you to start climbing the ladder and we can arrange for your first test!

Q. Why do the Music Ladder?

Doing the Music Ladder is a great way to get that extra motivation for learning and practicing a musical instrument. It’s something to look forward to and students do feel a great sense of achievement when passing that musical test and are rewarded for their hard work. It also helps students to practice more when a little pressure is presented to earn those rewards.

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