Self-discipline: realise your future self

It’s good to have goals, yet despite your dreams and best intentions, you may lack the motivation to be productive. As your list of things to do grows before you,…

Immeasurable imaginations: learning through play

I often read children’s books so that I never lose my childlike imagination, that fertile ground from which robust flora blooms. Witnessing a child’s cognitive development is, personally, one of…

We are all creative: Sir Ken Robinson’s legacy

Throughout my career, as both a teacher and creative practitioner, there have been countless references to the work of Sir Ken Robinson, and rightly so. His research in, and commitment…

Positive. Negative. Positive.

With the advent of the transistor the world had changed. In some ways the humble triode is, in the opinion of this author, the most important invention of the 20th…

Synthetica will run sound production course for AYO National Music Camp 2020

Are you aged between 18 and 30 and keen on learning about live sound production in the context of orchestral music? If so, then you have until this Friday 28…

Reverb: know where you are

Reverb is one of those ubiquitous effects that almost all audio productions will use to some degree. Certainly used in controlled studio productions, and recordings especially, reverb can be found…

It takes a village…

The popular proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” rings true when it comes to putting on a production. There are many people involved in creating a performance…

11 tips to fund your art through grants

Among the variety of ways that we can fund our work, grants are amongst the most prominent in Australia. Devising and writing a grant is an art form in itself,…

Chill out with our digital magazine

I’m so excited to announce that the second issue of our quarterly digital magazine is now available to view online. Our inaugural issue is still live so you can enjoy…

Full ‘STEAM’ ahead for Potential Kinetics Theatre

Award-winning South Australian interdisciplinary theatre company Potential Kinetics Theatre premiered their new show Isolate & Izolál at Holden Street Theatres for the Adelaide Fringe on Saturday 2 March. The show…

God’s Debris – Book Review

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame writes a fictional thought-experiment that is designed to make a reader rethink the bigger questions in life. At 132 pages it is a novella but…

3 Simple Steps to a Successful Performance

You’ve got a gig! You’ve set the ground work by practising for hours on end. You know your material and you know that this performance is extremely important, but while…

New Year Inspiration: Flip the Negative

When setting goals for 2018, start with your mind. When your mind is well, other areas of your health and lifestyle begin to benefit. Everything starts with the mind. One’s…

Connect the dots

Music is a language that transcends logic, yet it requires rigour and calculated study before expression can flourish. Delving deep into a new piece of music can bring about a…

My Creative, Messy Mind

One thing I know about myself is that I like order. I’m a bit of a neat-freak externally, however, the mental noise and ideas that manifest in my mind are…

Booked In

I wrote this article as a tribute to Book Week. I have always loved reading and recently my appetite for books has been voracious. I may be turning into Belle…

Pure Imagination: the childlike mind

I work in a people-oriented profession; in particular, with children. One of my younger choirs (grade 6 & 7) inspired me to write this blog. Last week, in the midst…

Listen. Can you hear it?

I attended a choir trainer’s workshop today and we worked through repertoire that we are going to teach our students this year for a state-wide music festival. There were many…

#FAIL

Failure is not a dirty word. As the summer holidays dwindle away, I mentally prepare for the journey I am about to take with my students: facilitating their self-discovery, encouraging…

You live, you learn

I find myself quoting Alanis Morissette again so soon after my Isn’t it Ironic blog post. Wise lyricist she was, and she was definitely onto something. I think that clinging…

Work Smarter: Live Better

Isn’t it Ironic? Alanis Morissette could have used the following statement as a lyric in her hit song: Snail mail has become faster to deal with than email!!! Don’t ya…