Mildura Weekly : Friday November 21 2014 Vol 9 No 3
14 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014 IT takes enormous dedication, abil- ity and concentration, and an even higher skill level, to pass your As- sociate of Music Australia practical piano examination. Long-time Mildura piano teach- er Meg Sullivan should know. She failed at her first attempt, at the age of 19, then passed the following year after realising that extra effort was required. So Meg is understandably chuffed, and very proud that one of her students, Naomi Hender, has reached the same lofty heights at just 16, and in only 12 months... while completing full-time Year 11 studies at Mildura Senior College. In fact, Naomi is so far advanced she is now teach- ing young students herself. “Naomi would be the most suc- cessful student I have taught,” Meg said this week. “She has been having extra tu- ition in Melbourne for the past few months...quite simply she has out- grown my expertise.” Meg said enormous dedication is required in order to pass the ‘A Mus.’ “It only happens after years of musical study,” she said. “It is a follow-on from preliminary piano, through Grades One to Eight, and often takes two years to complete. “Naomi successfully achieved her VCE Piano Performance last year, with different repertoire, so she learned her A.Mus.A program very quickly in order to be ‘at one’ with the music,” Meg said. “This is neces- sary at this level in order to convey the subtle musicality to an audi- ence. The performing exam usually involves a thoroughly-prepared pro- gram of musical pieces, ranging from Baroque through to the present day.” Naomi played the entire 35-min- ute program from memory, and when Megan asked if she thought she had made any slip-ups, Naomi thought for a while and re- plied; “Not that I can remember.” The talented teen must have impressed her two examining judges as well. Among the comments were that Naomi showed off a fine sense of style with a thoughtful approach to details, was stylistically informed, showed poise, control and a sense of vitality during a wide range of tonal contrasts, “with clear sensitivity to harmonic nuance.” Their summary commended a well-balanced program that was presented from memory, “dem- onstrating a clear awareness of all musical styles...with expressive and technically secure playing.” Naomi said music played a huge part in the life of the Hender family. Her earliest memory was as a three- year-old, when elder sister Elizabeth, then 11, sat her down to memorise – and then play – ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy,’ and ‘Mary Had a little Lamb.’ Elizabeth, now 24, is in Melbourne studying her Masters in Performing Piano. Naomi started playing with more serious intent as a five-year-old, and hasn’t stopped. As well as playing and teaching (and playing the vio- lin as well), she is a member of the 25-person strong Mildura orchestra, but doesn’t think she will have a ca- reer in the music industry. Although leaving her options open until she completes her stud- ies, Naomi is leaning towards a career in the field of law and crimi- nology, hopefully through Monash University. Naomi says she loves her mu- sic, and despite the career path she chooses, it will always be a big part of her life, hopefully keeping con- tact with her friends in the Mildura orchestra, whose ages range from 13 to 87. “And they’re always on the lookout for new members,” she said, if any musically-minded Mil- dura Weekly readers are interested. We’re happy to pass on your details. – ALAN ERSKINE Naomi, 16, a study in piano excellence • PLAYER OF NOTE: Talented teen Naomi Hender is in love with music, but does not see herself making a career of it. She is leaning towards law and criminology. THERE’S an old saying that carpenters don’t just build houses, they make dreams come true, and today - National Carpenter’s Day - is the day to thank them. And one regular reader had a great sug- gestion for Sunraysia motorists...when you pass a building site today, toot the horn as a way of showing your appreciation. Sunraysia Institute of TAFE teacher and apprenticeship trainer Geoff Leng says it’s a great idea, one that will be appreciated by ‘tradies,’ and he’s going that extra step by hosting a barbecue for builders and appren- tices at Dahlsens Building Centre in Bene- took Avenue from 7am today. It’s something he’s done for the past four years, with around 50 people taking up the offer each year. “Usually it coincides with builders or- dering materials they need for the weekend, so Friday is the best day to get them there,” he said. “National Carpenter’s Day helps to in- crease the profile of carpenters in the com- munity. Quite often they are undervalued, and not given the recognition they deserve. It’s the carpenter who makes sure you have a solid foundation around which to build your home, and the carpenter is the last one to lock up and hand you the keys.” Geoff said that at barbecues all over the country today, carpenters will be supported by major companies and private operators giving tool demonstrations, running com- petitions and giving away prizes. Geoff said the building game is one of Sunraysia’s biggest industries, with thou- sands of people relying on it for jobs locally. Nation-wide the construction industry has the highest number of businesses - around 350,000 - in Australia. It’s a business that employs more than a million people, in- cluding 98,250 carpenters and joiners. Geoff says that shining the light on car- penters might encourage young people to take up an apprenticeship in this trade. 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