Chat Chat Chat!

Wednesday today at Shine was full of chatter in the waiting room. So much so that it distracted me away from my work a lot….hahaha…

Anwen’s mum bought a new camera and was trying to read the manual and figure out how to work in the new world of photography. But she got distracted from that also as we chatted about young children taking music lessons and the advantages of music schools over private music teachers. Anwen’s mum stating that the golden advantage of sending her kids to music school was ‘you have one in the other room, the other in another and then peace and quiet!’

Our older violin student Helen was talking about back in the day when there were no credit cards and how different life used to be. Hire-purchase options and buying things on layby all seem to have disintegrated quite a bit due to being able to buy things on credit. Imagine what buying things will look like 10 years down the track! Maybe we’ll have those barcodes embedded within our arms or something… :S Scary stuff.

Our teachers have the added stress of writing up reports for this term. I watched two of them side-by-side today proof-read, re-read and try to make their reports wonderful. Then they wondered if the students even read them and got a little discouraged. But you all do… RIGHT???



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Do you have Gangnam Style?

Today’s Wednesday music topic is all about the weird Korean man that’s gone viral with his new single – Gangnam Style.

Being a Korean myself I was highly amused to see this song being sung and danced to by people in random parts of the world.

The singer/rapper/dancer PSY has been around South Korea for a while now and has never failed to amuse with his own quirky style of music and blunt lyrics. He’s not the greatest looker, singer or rapper but it’s definitely his own style that’s got Koreans, and now the world hooked.

During these times where looks can be achieved (thanks plastic surgery) and voices made better (thanks audio technology), I think the the masses are hungry for something unique – yet natural. Probably why PSY’s Gangnam Style has become a worldwide viral hit.

As PSY proudly states ‘I’m Gangnam Style’ while pretending to ride a horse, what does YOUR own Gangnam style look like?


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Are YOU the next big star?


There’s always an audition program on TV.

Recently the first series of The Voice Australia finished and now they’ve started the next series of X-Factor. Unsure as to what happened with Australian Idol and I think they’re still searching on Australia’s Got Talent.

I always wondered whether they’d run out of talented people in Australia to fill up the contestant spots on the shows. I mean there’s only so many talented people one country can pump out…. or maybe they can.

I gotta say though the shows are pretty inspirational – makes me wanna audition and become the next One Directio- heheheh no not really.

“Why not wanna be like us?”

Apparently One Direction were eliminated individual contestants from the British X-Factor and then brought together as one team by the genius hand of Simon Cowell. Then history was written.

If you’re not feeling the big spotlights and cameras in your face, I guess you could opt for the slightly more do-it-from home method and become discovered like Justin Bieber.

“It all started from YouTube”

Little Bieber started when he was little-ler by posting videos on YouTube then got hitched with a record deal with the help of Usher and released that annoy- I mean catchy song “Baby baby baby WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAHHHHHH baby baby baby NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH“. Now he’s huge and now there are Beliebers all around the world.

Maybe you’re talented enough to not need any extra publicity and its your music that gains the attention before your face. One of my current favourite artists fit this mould, in the form of UK singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

Either way I wonder if any Shine students will be blaring out of the radios or flooding out of the TV sometime in the future 🙂


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Funny Wednesday kids

There are a few interesting students that come into Shine on Wednesdays. Let me introduce two of the most interesting ones!


Abhay, our 4 year old piano student was telling me about the woes of his life as he waited for his older brother to finish his lesson. As he coloured in dinosaurs he told me about the difficulties of being the youngest in the family.
“You know, I think that my parents are going to move me to another family. Yep”
I tried to convince him that they were just joking but he seemed pretty set that there’s a secret conspiracy in his family to shoo him out.

Adrian, our recorder student is one of the funniest kids I’ve met here at Shine. He’s always full of energy and words! 🙂
Today he kindly gave his mum a sticker (that he got from me) before kindly demanding another one for himself.
That sticker later ended up in the bin for some reason.

Looking forward to more young Wednesday quirkiness!

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The biggest thing after music lessons here at Shine is colouring!

Our younger students (but sometimes the odd older student or teacher) create wonderful artworks that nicely decorate the walls of Shine Music here. We have a variety from the humble colouring stencils to grand original masterpieces.

Today’s masterpiece of the day (well I only had the option of choosing out of one) belongs to Adrian’s flowers in a vase.

Simple, yet to the point. Artist Adrian has stated he will return next week with a Ben 10 masterpiece. I am eagerly looking forward to it!

Shine students! (and siblings) Rise to greater artistic levels. Us front desk girls are more than happy to print out any colouring needs 🙂

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The Friday experience

WIth university exams plaguing us poor front desk people, we’ve been having some major shift swaps recently.

I normally come in on Thursdays but had the wonderful pleasure of taking Jane’s usual Friday place at the desk.

Hence, I got to experience the Friday experience.

6 of our students and their siblings were involved in intense hide and seek games (which I didn’t even know was possible in this place). As I tried to get some of my work done I had little people hiding under my feet, the room behind me and every other place possible for a small person to fit

Then they hunted out a three week old leftover Pringles container and demolished the remains after checking the expiry date was far away in 2013.

Afterwards they marvelled at the fact I printed out an envelope from the printer. Because receptionists can print out anything from the printer – it’s a power that comes along.

On top of all that,One of our student’s younger brother was extremely disappointed at the fact a bouncy ball he was given to play with three weeks ago which added to the intensity.

Before I knew it the whirlwind of madness was over and then it became too silent.

Overall, it was a mighty interesting experience. I highly recommend that everyone has a go sitting at the front desk on Friday.

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The Tuesday students were lucky to have access to the communal chocolates at the front desk today! Thank you to Luna, our violin student who is leaving 😦
However Max (our star violin teacher) hopped out of his room every 30 minutes to grab one so I think in the end he ate the most.

What is it about chocolate that makes it so special?

Maybe it’s to do with the mysterious Cacao bean that originated from South America, which is now mainly harvested from West Africa! (Hey, I actually remember the stuff I learn at uni)
The bean itself is actually extremely bitter – but mixed with  the right proportion of sugar and other ingredients – it makes beautiful chocolate!

Think you’re a true chocolate lover?

Try 100% cacao chocolate and we’ll see how many of you will still be saying that.

Personally I’m a milk chocolate lover – so nothing over 50% goes down with me well haha.

What’s the strongest percentage you’ve gone?


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