Piano teacher sharing a love of music
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