Piano, by Peter Goldsworthy

I enjoyed the article posted on this website on 28 March 2019 by Canberra music teacher and examiner Greta Grybaitis. It discussed ‘the consistency and discipline of practice and the practice methods’ and contained content relevant also to students of...

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Finding common ground

I recently bought the Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins at my local library book sale. I was glancing through the book and becoming interested in the quirky information it contains, and decided to look up the word rhyme. ‘Both rhyme and...

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Local Treasures

Does your local library ever have a book sale? My library (City of Hobsons Bay in Melbourne’s western suburbs) has a book sale each month. I have found some wonderful items over the years, and most seem to be either...

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A Graduation Day Challenge

The big day is approaching—the AGME Graduation ceremony! Whether you are attending the event because of your music studies or your speech studies, due to your participation in public examinations or tertiary courses, whether you are a teacher, examiner or...

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Collingwood is VERSING Essendon

A couple of months ago I was chatting about cricket with my 14 year old godson, and I couldn’t help but notice when he said ‘We’re versing Hurstbridge this weekend’. I was immediately reminded of the wonderful book Gift of...

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Reading aloud technique—five tips for improvement

Here are some tips to improve your child’s technique when reading aloud. Speech teachers commence with correct posture and book position, so that’s where I’ll begin in this article. Posture and book position In the two images above, Sameule Vaccaro of...

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Attention Drama Teachers – Primary and Secondary

Are you looking for a new teaching approach, maybe something different for 2019? Would you like to challenge your students and have them assessed in groups? You may like to consider the AGME’s Speech syllabi no 6 and 7, which...

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Jan shares a milestone with the Guild

2019 marks 50 years since the AGME began operations. But it’s also a 50 year milestone for one of the Guild’s most respected teachers—Jan Skinner. Jan’s first Diploma students qualified in 1969, two of 54 students to do so since...

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How do you pronounce Australia?

Have you noticed that our country’s name is often incorrectly pronounced? Here are some of the mispronunciations heard by speech teachers, as well as our recommended way to say Australia.   Some incorrect pronunciations Leaving out the first syllable, and starting the...

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Speech Pathologist or Speech Teacher: what’s the difference?

In brief … Speech Teachers (or Speech and Drama teachers, or Public Speaking teachers) usually qualify through public examinations offered by organizations such as the AGME. Speech teachers use a variety of activities to help students with formation of speech...

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