Music

AMEB Music Exams 2020

AMEB students: Ellah Bowmaker, Megan Hain, Clover Hippisley, Declan Eshman Alex McWhirter, Sam Bowman and Riley Fleming

Seven Music students who are currently having Skype lessons with Mark Walton entered the AMEB Music Exams this year. Due to Covid, students entered the online AMEB Video Repertoire Exams as they were unable to complete face-to-face exams. All the exams were recorded in the school hall and uploaded for assessment. The students who participated were: Alex McWhirter (Grade 3 Trumpet), Clover Hippisley (Grade 3 Clarinet), Ellah Bowmaker and Megan Hain (Grade 2 Clarinet), Riley Fleming (Grade 2 Saxophone), Sam Bowman (Grade 1 Saxophone) and Declan Eshman (Grade 4 Saxphone). All of these students passed their exams and achieved some impressive results! They should all be commended for their hard work, dedication and excellent results! Another HUGE thank you goes to Mark Walton for his fantastic work with our students and for inspiring our musicians.
Aimee Rossler

AMEB Music Exams

Ellah Bowmaker, Megan Hain, Clover Hippisley, Declan Eshman, Alex McWhirter, Sam Bowman and Riley Fleming

Seven Music students who are currently having Skype lessons with Mark Walton completed their AMEB Online Video Repertoire Music Exams earlier this term. The students are as follows: Alex McWhirter – Grade 3 Trumpet; Ellah Bowmaker and Megan Hain – Grade 2 Clarinet; Sam Bowman – Grade 1 Saxophone; Riley Fleming – Grade 2 Saxophone; Clover Hippisley – Grade 3 Clarinet; Declan Eshman – Grade 4 Saxophone. All these students put a huge amount of work into their preparation and spent many hours rehearsing after school and on weekends – that’s apart from having Skype lessons during their lunch times. The recording process also involved quite a few hours of work after school hours and these students should be commended for their hard work. A HUGE thank you goes to Mark Walton, who has not only taught the students, but who has – and continues to – inspire them to do their best.

Aimee Rossler

Mark Walton visit

Mark Walton visited Coonabarabran High School during the school holiday on Thursday 16 July and Friday 17 July. Mark travelled all the way from Sydney to Coonabarabran to catch up with and teach his Skype students. Every week, Mark teaches 11 CHS students via short Skype lessons but this time students had 25-minute face-to-face lessons. The students who had the individual lessons were Megan Hain, Ellah Bowmaker, Olivia Meier, Claire Butcher, Sam Bowman, Declan Eshman, Riley Fleming, Caleb Smith, Clover Hippisley and Alexander McWhirter.

During the period of remote learning, Mark continued to teach all of his students via either short Skype lessons or telephone lessons at home. We are deeply grateful to Mark for his dedication and the amazing work he is doing with our students, even throughout all of the disruptions this year. Our students are so lucky to have him as teacher/mentor!

Aimee Rossler

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Live Music at Lunch: 18 June

On Thursday 18 June 2020, we had another Live Music at Lunch session at Coonabarabran High School. Lachlan Meier (Year 12), Luke Bonello (Year 12), Blake Murnane (Year 11), Mr Moffat and Felicity Maher (Year 9) entertained students during lunch. Students performed a wide variety of songs and medleys and did a fantastic job! What was particularly lovely was to see a large audience of students sitting and standing around, supporting our musicians! A huge thank you goes to Mr Moffat for always being so willing to perform with our students and for all the time he puts into rehearsing with them. Another huge thank you goes to Mr Armstrong for always being willing to not only help with sound-related matters, but also for helping train up some younger students in managing sound. A last thank you goes to Vance McDonald, Caleb Smith and Jacob Bonello for helping with the set-up and pack-up, and for being so willing to learn the basics of setting up sound for live events.

Well done to everyone involved for sharing your talents and music with the rest of the school!

Mrs Rossler

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