CCANZ - Positive Living Series Event - Auckland
Sunday 7 December 2014
It was a bright, warm, sunny summer evening, the perfect day for the Positive Living Series Event of CCANZ. The highlight of the programme was music and how it could be used effectively for making the world a better place.
The evening started with a brief introduction of the CCA and its objectives by one of the trustees. The guest-speakers at the event were two well-known musicians, Annabel Harrison, a registered Suzuki Violinist and teacher, and Tom Pierard, a celebrated Cellist and teacher.
There was a lively performance of musical pieces by Annabel and her young students, who played in harmony and synchronised with each other very well. Annabel talked about her training and experiences in music. She gave an overview of the Suzuki Method, explaining that it is not merely a method for teaching music; rather the aim is to develop a well-balanced, sensitive, self-confident individual with fine feelings. She emphasized that music could make one a finer person and vice versa. She concluded her interesting talk with another lively recital along with her competent students.
It was then the turn of the Cellist and performer-teacher Tom Pierard, who gave a brief introduction on his learning and experiences. He played a few enchanting musical pieces to show how music could convey different types of feelings. He spoke highly of the great master composers Bach, Vivaldi and played some of their pieces beautifully well. He highlighted that having a good environment and inspiration for learning music from a very early age helps greatly in making one a good musician and be able to present from the heart.
There was one essential message conveyed by both musicians - that music is to be encouraged in everyone, it is the language of the heart, and by performing wonderful music from the heart one can become a better person, which in turn would help in making the world a better place.
There was one essential message conveyed by both musicians - that music is the language of the heart, and by performing wonderful music from the heart one can become a better person, which in turn would help in making the world a better place.
It was a delightful evening filled with such soulful music that it seemed to have brought everyone closer to their hearts as they listened and talked about it.