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WORKSHOPS

S.P.A.F. FRINGE EVENTS (Tuesday, 20 June 2017)

20% Early Bird Discount if you register before 1 June 2017

  • Creative Writing Workshop

(10am - 1pm) - $40 per Active Participant / $20 per Observer

  • Public Speaking Workshop

(2pm - 4pm) - $30 per person

  • Performance Arts - Introduction

(4pm - 5pm) - FREE to all participants of above workshop.

VENUE:  TCM Recital Studio @ Chinese Swimming Club [Location Map]

 

SPEAKERS / TRAINERS

MaryAnn W150 

Trainer & Examiner in
Drama & Speech Subjects

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Alecia W150

Head of Drama at
NAFA School of Young Talent

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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP DETAILS

  • Suitable for Upper Primary Students, although lower primary and lower secondary students are welcomed too.
  • This will be an interactive session open to young would-be entrants for the Creative Writing classes in the upcoming S.P.A.F. in July 2017.
  • There will be some exploration, using hands-on activities, of how to structure an engaging storyline using different stimuli such as pictures, music, poetry, prose and personal anecdotes.
  • The objective will be to create a piece of writing over which the author has ownership, and, at the same time, help to widen the use of the writer’s vocabulary.
  • 12pm-1pm - the participants will share their stories with their parents and friends and there will be a masterclass with suggestions for improvement within the S.P.A.F. guidelines and criteria.

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP DETAILS

  • Suitable for Upper Primary Students, although lower primary and lower secondary students are welcomed too.
  • This workshop will cover the elements of Public Speaking and is designed for Teachers and Parents who may be considering preparing students for entry into this area of the S.P.A.F. in July 2017.
  • Topics to be covered:
    • Structuring a speech in terms of content, fluency and relevance to the title
    • Styles of delivery including clarity, audibility, body language and engaging the audience with a natural, believable delivery style.

 

PERFORMANCE ARTS - Introduction

  • Free for Public Speaking and Creative Workshops participants.
  • An introduction to the immense possibilities that this class offers both individuals and groups to incorporate different performance and contributory skills into their presentation for this category of the Singapore Performing Arts Festival- S.P.A.F. 2017.

 

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JAMES KIRBY

ABRSM Examiner, Concert Pianist, Teacher and BIFF [The British and International Federation of Festivals] Adjudicator

As a soloist and chamber musician James performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe. His recital work includes appearances at major concert series in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Holland, the Czech Republic, Bermuda, Hong Kong and Malaysia and in the UK at Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals. Having studied at the Moscow Conservatoire (during which time he reached the semi finals of the International Tchaikovsky Competition) he returns to perform in the former Soviet Union every year. Highlights have included performances at the Sakharov Festival in Nizhny Novgorod and the Omsk Festival. His orchestral performances include concertos with the Moscow, Khazakh and Belorussian Symphony Orchestras, and the Arad and Oradea Philharmonic Orchestras (Romania), and the English and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and Astana Opera House. He has performed both Brahms Concertos in Russia and Romania.  

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WORKSHOPS - "Effective Learning, Practicing & Preparation"

Suitable for ABRSM, Trinity College London and other Graded music exams syllabus

(Saturday, 8 July 2017 - 2pm to 5pm)

Workshop Fee: $38.00 (Early Bird before 15 June 2017!). Usual: $48.00

  • Topics: 

- Scale Surgery - Discussion on practice techniques

- Practicing Technique, Pedalling and Characterisation [Part 1]

- Short Break

- Practicing Technique, Pedalling and Characterisation [Part 2]

- Sight Reading

- Elements in Aural Tests

- Q&A, Closing.

  • Calling for Performers for Workshop

  

PIANO RECITAL

(Saturday, 8 July 2017, 530pm to 630pm)

($20 per person but FREE for Workshop attendees and Lessons' Performers)

  • Recital Programme

        

Arabesque in C Op 18 (1839)

Schumann (1810-56)

 

Six Preludes from Book 2   (1912/3)

Debussy (1862-1918)

 
  1. Brouillards
  2. Feuilles mortes
  3. Les Fees sont d’exquises danceuses
  4. Bruyeres
  5. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
  6. Feux d’Artifice
 

Sonata in E flat Op 7 (1796/7)

 Beethoven  (1770-1827)

 
  1. Allegro molto e con brio
  2. Largo, con gran espressione
  3. Allegro
  4. Rondo: Poco Allegretto e grazioso

 

LESSONS

(Limited Slots, 8 to 10 July 2017)

  • SOLO Lessons - $200 per hour 

  • Public Master Class

- Performer - $80 (30mins) / $120 (45mins)

- Observer Pass - $10 each 

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VENUE:  TCM Recital Studio @ Chinese Swimming Club [Location Map]

 

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Piano Poetry Banner V3

 

A creative and fun collaboration between two artists and two art forms! Beginning with the much loved prologue from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the show explores the themes of romance, ennui, uncertainty, fear, anger, sorrow, regret and remembrance by interspersing solo piano music with readings. Passionate letters between Romantic composer Robert Schumann and his wife, poems by Britain's Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, adventures stories of a pet dog in Jack London's Call of the Wild will be paired with music. Piano and Poetry Pot Pourri promises to be an evening of discovery for the whole family!

 

ARTISTS

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Mary Ann Tear

(READER)

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Jacqueline Leung

(PIANO)

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PROGRAMME    

 

POT POURRI

Folk Dance from Romeo and Juliet Suite- Sergei Prokofiev

Prologue from Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

Blumenstück- Robert Schumann 

Letters by Robert and Clara Schumann

Nocturne from Soirée Musicales Op. 6 - Clara Schumann

Midnight Meeting- Carol Ann Duffy 

3 final dances from Papillons Op. 2 - Robert Schumann

Prayer- Carol Ann Duffy 

Sonata in A major D 664 2nd Mvt- Franz Schubert

Short Interval

The Call of the Wild (excerpt) - Jack London

Arctic Night from Eskimos - Amy Beach

Scottish Legend- Amy Beach

My love is like a red red rose- Robert Burns

Rêverie- Claude Debussy

The Flute Player - Gillian Bickley

Sonata in D minor K.32- Domenico Scarlatti

Widmung- Schumann/Liszt

Lyrics by Fried Rückert

 

 

* to be performed by Jacqueline Leung                     * to be read by Mary Ann Tear



Wed, 30 August 2017 730pm

Esplanade Recital Studio

Tickets: $38 standard

$20 for Student & Senior Citizen 

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SPAF Music Workshop Melanie V2

 

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Public Master Class with Melanie Spanswick

Saturday 12 Aug 2017 (2pm - 5pm), TCM Rectial Studio @ Chinese Swimming Club

  Programme: 

  • Sonatina Op. 36, No. 6 by Clementi (Grade 6)
  • Rhapsody Op. 79, No. 2 by Brahms
  • Landler by Schubert
  • Dance of The Little Swans from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky
  • Novelette No. 2 by Poulenc

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MELANIE SPANSWICK

Pianist, Composer, Writer, Music Educator and BIFF [The British and International Federation of Festivals] Adjudicator

Born in the UK, Melanie Spanswick’s reputation as a classical pianist, teacher, and writer has proffered a diverse career.

A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, Melanie studied the piano with Patricia Carroll, Tatiana Sarkissova and John Lill. Whilst at the RCM, she won many prizes including the Ziff prize for the most outstanding postgraduate pianist, Arthur Bliss Prize, Marguerite Long Chamber Music Prize, a Leverhulme Trust Award, and graduated with a Master’s degree in Performance Studies.
 
Melanie has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist at most of the major UK concert halls, and for countless music societies, university concert series’, and festivals (Windsor, Cheltenham, Brighton, Southwark, Prussia Cove).

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PIANO TEACHERS WORKSHOP & NETWORKING - "Play it Again!"

Suitable for Trinity College London, ABRSM and other Graded music exams syllabus

(Monday, 14 August 2017 - 10aam to 5pm)

Workshop Fee:

- Active: $68.00 (Early Bird before 15 July 2017!). Usual: $88.00

- Passive: $48.00 (Early Bird before 15 July 2017!). Usual: $68.00

- Fees inclusive of Workshop Handouts and Networking Lunch

  • Topics: 

- Workshop Overview

The workshop is very helpful for Teachers and for all levels of students (parents and teachers as well!) especially those preparing for Music Examinations.  Musical examples will be provided for the sight-reading and memorisation tests, there will be workshop hand-outs prepared for students (which can take away with them afterwards).   

- Piano Technique

This workshop looks at the basic techniques required in order to develop a fluid, comfortable and secure piano technique. The class will begin with a 25/30 minute lecture about the movements and flexibility needed, incorporating many practice ideas for students (and/or teachers). Wrist, arm, hand and finger technique are all surveyed, with exercises designed to help pianists, whether they are elementary or advanced in their playing. After the lecture (to which accompanying notes will be supplied for each participating student), each participant will have the opportunity to come to the piano and try out the ideas discussed.  This class works well with about 10 participating students (there could also be an audience too) and can take around 90 minutes, depending on the size of the class. 

- Memorisation

This useful skill often causes issues for students, yet with a few simple ideas and suggestions, memory work can be an enjoyable addition to a performance (and is an advantageous accomplishment for the FRSM and FTCL diplomas, as well as music college entrance auditions). This workshop begins with a 20 minute lecture (with accompanying notes for participants); surveying the history of playing from memory plus a detailed examination of many beneficial practice tools.  Each student then has the chance to memorise a short passage of music ‘on the spot’ (music supplied) and so hopefully they can see for themselves how quickly this element can be put into practice during the learning process.  This segment can last about 90 minutes with 10 participants. 

- Sight-Reading

An extremely important piano playing skill. Sadly it’s often neglected in lessons and in practice sessions too, often only incorporated in the run up to an exam. This workshop is designed to encourage and inspire students (and teachers) to work at their reading on a regular basis, honing and developing this element.  The workshop begins with a brief 15 minute lecture entitled ‘15 Top Tips’ (with accompanying notes for participating students), after which every pupil will read several examples (beginning with easier material). The class will finish with pupils playing duets (four hands) and trios (six hands) together.  This segment will last around 90 minutes with 10 students.

- Scales and Arpreggios

These technical elements appear in all graded exams, and are helpful at diploma level too. This workshop contains a lecture of around 30 minutes (and includes some of the information from the piano technique workshop, making it a great ‘follow on’ from the technique class). I survey the movements and practice techniques necessary to develop fluent, fast, even and musical scales and arpeggios.  Included are plenty of musical examples (on the accompanying notes for students), and we will work with a variety of touches, rhythms and accents, always checking hand positions, fingering and posture.  Students all have the opportunity to come to the piano and try various practice methods, in preparation for their exams.  This segment can last 90 minutes (or longer if each student wants to go through the whole scale syllabus for their exam)

- Launch of "Play it Again" Books 1 & 2 - by MelanieSpanswick

Aimed at 'returning' players who have spent some time away from the keyboard, Play it again: Piano gives you the confidence to revisit this fulfilling pastime and go beyond what you previously thought you could achieve. Each piece in this two-book course is accompanied by constructive and easy-to-understand practice tips to help get your fingers speeding comfortably across the keys once again! The Piano Technique and Theory sections will help secure a fuller understanding of music and technique.  

BOOK 1 will reunite you with the keyboard using original pieces from the piano repertoire and tips on how to get you playing fluently  once again.  This book ranges progressively from around UK grades 1 to 4 (elementary to intermediate). 

BOOK 2 is for the more confident  'former' piano player or for those continuing their journey from Book 1. This book ranges progressively from around UK grades 5 to 8 (intermediate to late advanced).

If you often find yourself saying 'I used to play the piano...' but wish you still did, then Play it again: Piano is the resource for you!

25% Discount! ONLY Workshop, Festival and Lessons attendees.

- Q&A, Closing

 

  • Calling for Performers for Workshop

  

LESSONS

(Limited Slots, 12 to 18 August 2017)

  • SOLO Lessons - $200 per hour 

  • Public Master Class

- Performer - $80 (30mins) / $120 (45mins)

- Observer Pass - $10 each 

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VENUE:  TCM Recital Studio @ Chinese Swimming Club [Location Map]

 

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Exciting and Unique system for teaching Young Learners!

MfLM Workshop Poster V4

Seminar Outline:

-          Introduction & Overview of Music for Little Mozarts (MfLM) Program

  • Characteristics of children ages 4 to 6 yrs
  • Why teach MfLM?
  • How is MfLM different from other music courses for children?
  • MfLM Components.
  • What will students learn at each level?
  • What happens at the end of the course?
  • Principles & Essentials of Group Teaching; Lesson Plan & Teacher's Guides.

 Work & Study on MfLM Book 1 -Lesson Book, Work Book & Discovery Book Work & Study on MfLM Book 2-Lesson Book, Work Book & Discovery Book;

 Demonstration Lesson on how to teach MfLM.  

 Special Focus: "Meet the Music Friends" - 5 Intro Lessons for beginners.

 

 

 

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