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I have set up this website to sell music to schools. As a result I will donate 50% of all of the sales of music and 100% of the donations towards providing a child who may otherwise not had an opportunity to learn a musical instrument. I will provide an instrument, music and tuition to that child based on the money generated through this website.
Why would I do this? Read on to find out.
It will be 40 years ago that I picked up my first musical instrument. I played trumpet in the school band. Thanks to Norm Gullick who guided and encouraged me in my formative years. Without his kindness I would not be still here making music today. I am a music tutor and band conductor today because of him and want to encourage and motivate as many children to play music because the outcomes of playing in a band are endless.
I remember the first day that I took my instrument home. I asked my little brother to conduct me, because that is how I thought you had to play. I had no idea I needed to be able to read music first.
After school I studied music in Scotland and developed and honed my skills. Upon returning to Australia I played in over 100 different musicals and orchestras in Sydney. I began conducting different ensembles that were both community based, in musicals and in schools.
It was during my ten years of conducting school bands that I realised I had a catalogue of music that I had written and other schools may also like to perform this music.
I cam from a working class family and music was not something that anyone had pursued before. Although supportive, they were not musical. I had the opportunity to learn due to the Department of Education providing free music education in those days. Sadly that is no longer the case. So if your parents can't afford to pay for music you may be left behind.
Music has taken me all around the world - USA, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico and all around Australia. Music can give amazing opportunities in so many ways and help a child's development socially, educationally and emotionally.