Monthly Archives: September 2011

Singing in Schools

Last Friday night on ABC TV’s Stateline program, there was a segment featuring a lady by the name of Rosalyn Happs, a music specialist trying to introduce the ‘novel’ notion of singing in schools. In case you weren’t aware, the overwhelming majority of teachers do not do any form of music tuition in their classrooms any longer. The reason? There’s a music specialist in the school. When they move to a new school with no music specialist they are so unused to programming in music that it never happens. This is tragic. It was wonderful to hear about Ros Happs’ program and realise mine is not the only voice out there in the wilderness urging teachers to teach music in their classrooms, in whatever form that may take. Anne Trigg, local ASME committee member, sent the following quote from Ros Happs, which I reproduce here: Continue reading

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How Brilliant Are You?

What prevents so many brilliant people from realising their potential is a fear that they lack the ‘credibility’ to share their brilliance. ‘ [they need] the depth and rigour that gives individuals the confidence to share their brilliance, knowing and believing in the value they deliver. Continue reading

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Finding Your Purpose

We hear a lot today about the importance of having a purpose. This puts pressure on people to aspire to noble and mighty causes, about which they may not actually feel truly inspired. It’s important to keep it all in perspective. Not everyone can be a Mother Teresa or a Nelson Mandela and that doesn’t make your purpose, for want of a better word, any less noble. Continue reading

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Whose life have you touched today?

“When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighbourhood. I remember the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it. Continue reading

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