2018 Summer School Rural Commuters – Emma Newby
Emma Newby is a home school student in year 10. She has been learning the piano for 11 years and the viola for 3 years after 6 years on the violin. She loves the deep tone of the viola and has not regretted the switch at all. She is currently working on my AMEB Certificate of performance on the piano and the 8th grade AMEB exam on the viola.
My Hometown I am from Dubbo, which is in the middle of NSW and can be hot and dry. It is often called the capital of the central west as quite a few of the smaller country towns surrounding the area rely on Dubbo for supplies, medical facilities and sources of entertainment, such as the zoo and cinemas and other such venues. It is part of a very large agricultural region.
My Commute I have my most of music lessons at the Macquarie Conservatorium of Dubbo. It is only a 10-minute drive. I have my piano lessons, music theory lessons, and chamber ensembles lessons there. I am also a part of a string quartet with some of the string teachers in Dubbo. My viola teacher, Fiona Thompson, lives in Bathurst so my mum and I usually drive the 2 ½ hours to the Mitchell Conservatorium in Bathurst once a fortnight. I am also a member of the Regional Youth Orchestra, which is organised through the Regional Conservatoriums of NSW.
When we go to Bathurst, it usually takes around 7 hours of my day with 2-½ hours there, my 2-hour lesson, and then the 2-½ hours back. So, to make sure I do not waste a whole day, I will do my schoolwork, listen to music, and read a book.
SYO Summer School 2018 I am looking forward to the opportunity to play with other students at a similar level in music at SYO Summer School. In Dubbo there are only a few people who are at that level and it is always enjoyable to play with like-minded people.
Supporting rural musicians Rural musicians need more opportunities like SYO Summer School, especially those who often can not afford or are not given a chance to experience playing with other students who are also serious about music.
My Future I hope to pursue music into my tertiary education. In 2019 I am going to do a diploma of music through the Central Queensland University partnering with Mitchell Conservatorium, Bathurst. It will help give me a jumpstart into a Bachelor of Music Performance, which I would like to do at the Sydney Conservatorium.
My Advice If you are serious about music, go out and experience as much as you can of different music opportunities, and get the best instrument and teacher that you can afford. It will pay off. Most regional areas have a regional conservatorium available to them, as there are 17 of them in NSW. These Conservatoriums try hard to provide all sorts of programs for students in the country, so make the most of them. Music will stick with you for the rest of your life. You never hear of someone saying, “I shouldn’t have learnt that instrument” or “I should have dropped music”. Usually it is “I wish I had…..”
This program has been made possible through the generosity of SYO Opportunity Fund Donors and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.