Pi­ano teacher shar­ing a love of mu­sic

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham pi­ano teacher Un­mani has praised the un­veil­ing of a com­mu­nity pi­ano in Hor­sham’s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict.

The pi­ano was found in a cup­board of the Hor­sham Art Gallery and re­stored with help from the Sal­va­tion Army and Na­timuk Men’s Shed.

She said one of her stu­dents, Jobe Keat­ing, loved to play it and had been known to spend more than an hour at a time sit­ting at the pi­ano.

“I would like to per­son­ally thank the coun­cil for plac­ing this pi­ano in the street,” she said.

“Numer­ous chil­dren were sighted play­ing it this week. It re­ally adds to our cul­ture as a vi­brant town.”

Un­mani is search­ing for new stu­dents to wel­come to her stu­dio in 2019 as she cel­e­brates 10 years teach­ing the rev­o­lu­tion­ary Sim­ply Mu­sic method.

The Sim­ply Mu­sic method, de­vel­oped by Aus­tralian Neil Moore, tem­po­rar­ily de­lays mu­sic read­ing while im­mers­ing stu­dents in the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing, be­gin­ning by dis­till­ing en­tire pieces into shapes, pat­terns and con­cepts that stu­dents can clearly see and eas­ily play on the key­board.

With no at­ten­tion on read­ing, stu­dents are free to re­late di­rectly to the pi­ano and de­velop a nat­u­ral con­nec­tion to the in­stru­ment.

Stu­dents learn a play­ing reper­toire of 40 to 50 pieces by mem­ory, in­clud­ing blues, pop, clas­si­cal and ac­com­pa­ni­ment styles.

Un­mani came across the method af­ter a friend suggested it to her.

She said de­spite be­ing ini­tially scep­ti­cal, she be­gan to use the method af­ter see­ing her stu­dents com­pos­ing and im­pro­vis­ing freely in the early days of their les­sons and ac­tively learn­ing ar­range­ments of orig­i­nal songs.

“Af­ter 40 odd years around the traps in mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion in the dis­trict, I’d in­ves­ti­gated ev­ery­thing I could to help make mu­sic learn­ing a plea­sure and some­thing Aus­tralians can do,” she said.

“I had no­ticed that un­less mu­sic came in fam­i­lies, peo­ple thought they weren’t mu­si­cal and the door was shut on pos­si­bil­i­ties.

“And if they had a try with a teacher and it didn’t work, they made the as­sump­tion they were hope­lessly un­mu­si­cal.

“As a school­child my­self, do­ing my AMEB ex­ams, I worked on my pieces and in­stantly for­got them af­ter all the stress of the ex­ams.

“At any time in the year I was lucky to be able to play one piece by mem­ory af­ter reach­ing Grade 8.

“That didn’t seem to be a fully ex­pressed mu­si­cian to me.”

Un­mani said she was look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing new stu­dents in 2019.

Dur­ing her 10 years run­ning the Un­man­imu­sic stu­dio, she has taught stu­dents rang­ing from age three to 83, in­clud­ing farm­ers, gar­den de­sign­ers, psy­chol­o­gists, re­tirees, busi­ness own­ers, peo­ple on the Autism spec­trum and peo­ple with Alzheimer’s dis­ease. “It’s en­rol­ment time now and I have a few spots for some more stu­dents,” she said.

Af­ter start­ing in Ru­pa­nyup, Un­mani moved her stu­dio to Hor­sham.

She is cur­rently build­ing a nine-me­tre di­am­e­ter su­per­adobe cir­cu­lar stu­dio at her farm in Wal Wal.

Un­mani cur­rently teaches about 34 stu­dents and also teaches vi­o­lin, ac­cor­dion and singing.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to en­roll as a stu­dent, visit web­site www. un­mani.com.au, email un­[email protected] gmail.com, call 0408 103 194 or visit Face­book page Un­man­imu­sic.


SIR – Con­grat­u­la­tions to all those who have re­ceived their Vic­to­rian Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion and Vic­to­rian Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­plied Learn­ing re­sults.

Com­ple­tion of sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone and achieve­ment, and one that should be ac­knowl­edged and cel­e­brated.

If you haven’t re­ceived the re­sult you had hoped for there are many other path­ways avail­able that will still en­able you to reach your goal.

Com­plet­ing your VCE or VCAL is an achieve­ment that all stu­dents should be proud of, re­gard­less of the re­sult.

An ATAR score won’t de­fine your life, it’s what you do with it from here that counts.

I would par­tic­u­larly like to con­grat­u­late Philippa Gan from Hamil­ton and Alexan­dra Col­lege who has achieved the high­est ATAR in the Lowan elec­torate with a score of 99.15, plac­ing her in the top one per­cent of the na­tion.

I also con­grat­u­late all lo­cal dux and high achiev­ers of 2018: John Gar­land, Baim­bridge Col­lege; Mitch Hair, Bal­moral K-12 Com­mu­nity Col­lege; Dayna Ken­nett, Caster­ton Sec­ondary Col­lege; Cait­lyn Glover, Dim­boola Memo­rial Sec­ondary Col­lege; Jas­min Tucker, Eden­hope Col­lege; Ni­cole Schutz, Hamil­ton Good Shep­herd Col­lege; Sara Mc­cuish, Goroke P-12 Col­lege; Har­ley Dick­er­son, Hor­sham Col­lege; Jock Mad­dern, Kaniva Col­lege; Andrew Fry, Moni­vae Col­lege; Mad­di­son Mor­gan, Mur­toa Col­lege; Char­lotte Kube and Court­ney Koop, Nhill Col­lege; Ger­ard Na­tivi­dad, St Brigid’s Col­lege; and Re­becca Hunter, War­rackn­abeal Sec­ondary Col­lege.

I’m sure that all our stu­dents have a very bright fu­ture ahead of them. Emma Kealy Mem­ber for Lowan

GRATE­FUL: Hor­sham pi­ano teacher Un­mani, with stu­dent Jobe Keat­ing, en­joy­ing the com­mu­nity pi­ano in the city’s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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