Maestro & Me Week 8

Maestro & Me Blog Week 8

From Artistic Director, Gemma Turvey


It was wonderful to head back up to Buninyong last week to recommence our Maestro & Me Program for Term 3. I had missed my weekly visits and work with the students.


This session’s focus was at the other end of the composition process – performing! I wanted to discuss with the students what they thought makes a good performance.


After asking them to think about a concert or performance they had seen, we brainstormed what makes a performance good? You would hardly believe what some came up with – expressive, having the appropriate sound, having fun, empathy, silence (before and after), passion, energy. And not ONE of them said ‘No Mistakes’. That was music to my ears.


I then finished the session by sharing with them a golden rule of performing: The audience is on your side!

To illustrate this, we watched and listened to Patti Smith’s moving performance at the 2016 Nobel Prize Ceremony. If you haven’t seen it, you can watch it here*


The maturity of these children doesn’t cease to amaze me. There was no giggling, or laughing even when the ‘mistake’ happened. They were utterly captivated, and clapped loudly when it finished!


*I managed to stay dry-eyed for the students!


About Maestro & Me

Maestro & Me is an initiative of Buninyong Primary School and the NPCO, funded by Creative Victoria’s Artist in Schools Program.

Through Terms 2 and 3 students at Buninyong Primary School Years 3-6 will work with NPCO Artistic Director, pianist/composer Gemma Turvey learning how to improvise and create their own, original compositions! The program will culminate in their Music on the Mount concert in September, showcasing many of their compositions performed by the New Palm Court Orchestra for the broader school community!