Our Toowoomba branch has the advantage of existing in the rich musical environment of one of the largest regional centres in Australia. Our members live and teach in areas from Kingaroy to the north, Stanthorpe to the south and Chinchilla to the west. The branch has around 50 members who teach music practice and theory on a range of instruments using a variety of techniques. We endeavour to foster musical development through workshops and student recitals. One of our permanent events is the “Charles & Motee Rogers Piano Competition” which is held every year, usually in September. The piano competition is for young pianists who are residents of Toowoomba, the Darling Downs or the Lockyer Valley who currently study piano anywhere, or for other students currently studying piano in Toowoomba.
The Toowoomba branch will be hosting Daniel McFarlane and Anna Lu workshops on Saturday 2 March beginning at 1pm at the Choral Society Hall in Toowoomba (cnr Bridge and Raff Sts).
In Daniel's workshop (1.30pm) he will looking at compositional "tips and tricks" - good for high school students as there is quite a lot of composing in the curriculum. He will also cover his own compositions and those of other contemporary composers. You can check out his works and hear recordings online at www.danielmcfarlane.com. He is an up and coming young composer based in Brisbane. His published music includes the "Supersonics", "Soundwaves" and "Soundscapes" series. His music is graded from the lower to advanced grades of piano.
Anna's workshop (3.30pm) will be looking at teaching musicianship, theory and aural work from her "Music Bumblebees" workbooks. These books incorporate ear training to theoretical teaching for the young musician. Students who complete the series will have acquired knowledge equivalent to Gr 1 theory. She will also have a range of music gifts and resources on display including the adjustable piano pedal extender platform (which is a wonderful invention for young players who can't quite reach the sustain pedal). She also has a website -www.musicbumblebees.com.au