There are several opportunities to perform and to showcase progress.
My pupils participate in several festivals, concerts and recitals throughout the year, as I am qualified as a member of the New South Wales Music Teachers’ Association (MTA), a registered teacher with the Directory of Music Teachers.
Regular recitals and workshops are held at my home studio where feedback amongst pupils is welcomed as a means to develop the “inner ear”.
The Ryde Festival of Music is a great way to enhance performance skill. Participants can enter any number of sections, popular being a performance by an Australian composer.
The Annual Concert and Awards Ceremony is a good opportunity to perform. With dates set around October, students aim for any number of awards including trophies. These are presented to pupils who’ve shown consistency and excellence during the year. This is an exciting event where pupils participate and listen to their peers.
There is also the option to complete a music theory examination: it is encouraged that each pupil undergo training in theory.
Reports are issued twice yearly with many incentives for making practise fun and rewarding.