I’m thrilled to announce our Kindermusik Program winner Emma Hagan! Thank you to all who entered the competition.
I will be announcing our other prize winners very soon..so stay tuned!
“Runyos…Ran… Rrrrano. What kind of last name is this anyway? What bloody country is she from?” This was the racist remark I heard the MC say to a producer of a show. I was opening act for a well-respected Australian Rock ‘n’ Roller more than 15 years ago when I was starting out in the club scene.
I remember that night, as vivid as the stench of 30 year old spilt alcohol mixed in with hairspray fumes that filled the dressing room. Dust and dirt camouflaged into the moss coloured RSL club carpet. The dim depressing lighting didn’t help. I could hear the geriatric voices of the men chatting away, they had no idea I was downstairs listening to their every word.
I hope things have changed since then.
This was just some of the remarks I have come across in my life.
Only a few years back, after spotting a photo of me on his desk, my husband was asked by an elderly female co-worker “oh you are a good person taking her in…did you meet in the Philippines?”
These remarks and experiences made me realise that I was going to keep going with singing and one day help people who would normally say nothing to find their Voice. Singing was that avenue. I knew in my heart that one day I was going to help kids or people who were just like me fight back in a way that could breakdown those barriers.
I look at my parents and how hard it must have been for them moving from the comforts of their homeland to make a better life for our family.
“Go back to your country!”
“Asians take all our jobs!”
These were just some of the racial comments we endured back in the late 70s when we first migrated to Australia.
The other day I had an Ah-ha moment…
I didn’t open up my singing school just to teach people how to sing. It’s an accumulation of what I felt as a child and young adult that brought me here.
I needed to be heard…I had something to offer…I didn’t know how or what it was I was supposed to do.
But I noticed that when I would sing people would stop and listen….
One Voice represents kindred spirits who need to be heard.
My dad and mum didn’t know it at the time but their Voice changed my world. They had the courage to move to a whole new country, with no family or friends to help them. They started from scratch. They met families and a community with similar values, hopes and dreams. They didn’t know it but their Voices help shape the community to what it is today.
Even the racial remarks made a difference in my world.
One Voice has a ripple effect and can change someone’s world…for the better!
Would love to hear your thoughts…
Tell us in the comment below…what’s your Avenue? Are you a dancer? An artist? A writer? A teacher?
What are you doing to be heard?
I met the beautiful and talented, Tina Harris, at our annual Kindermusik Australian/NZ Teachers Conference in Sydney 4 years ago. Fortunately, I was invited to be guest presenter/Vocal Coach to the many uber talented Educators.
It’s so inspiring to be surrounded by women like her, who work so hard to bring music into people’s lives.
I’m so thrilled to have Tina aka “Lah, Lah!” as our guest on the Blog.
It really goes to show that music is so powerful and a universal language. There are so many aspects and directions that Music can take you. That’s the beauty of it!
It’s a journey and it really can touch the soul of people no matter what age. Let’s hear about Tina’s journey so far….
Did you ever imagine your life the way it is today? How did you get to where you are now?
Oh that’s a hard question. The dream 20 years ago is so different from the dream 5 years ago. When I was a student I was studying Opera, so everything about music was really learning about languages, movement and acting. What I didn’t realize back then was that all that training was the perfect background for what I’m doing now. Performing as Lah-Lah, I get to use all the singing, dancing and acting but in a much more kid friendly kind of way.
Mark (my hubby) and I chased the music dream to Paris. But along the way we ended up in Japan teaching English.
I loved working with children and when we returned to Australia to have our first daughter; a friend suggested I look into Kindermusik. I opened the first Kindermusik school which soon became 4. It was a wonderful but crazy time. At the end of every term Mark and I would do a little show. Parents would also comment and say, ‘why don’t you do a big show’, so the idea was born.
Our first season was self produced, we put on 24 shows in two weeks (crazy when I look back now). We recorded a CD and off we went. Mark Plays in Monsieur Camembert so we put together a band of friends and Lah-Lah was off and running.
Out of season one Nickelodeon signed us to make video clips and the opera house and Enmore theater booked us for our first seasons.
How do you balance motherhood and being a business-woman?
Gosh, I try to balance it and I always question myself on how it’s going, but that’s just being a Mum.
I think it’s important to take time out. Working from home is challenging because you can work all the time but I’m getting better at closing the office door and just having family time. We’ve also started a little routine where we play games after dinner at the table. Kids love this and so do I.
Best advice someone gave you about motherhood?
When it all gets too much, put the kettle on:)
Worst advice someone gave you about motherhood?
Oh gosh, is there such a thing? It’s all been pretty good…..
What are your thoughts about introducing music and movement classes to children?
Oh yes, it’s the most important thing. Music Music everywhere! There has been so much written in recent years on the benefits to learning and experiencing music. Young children get so much out of it and it’s good for them.
I am concerned that public schools in Australia don’t have enough of an emphasis on music early childhood curricular.
So, it’s so important that we expose our kids to as much music as is possible and different musical styles from all around the world.
What’s next for you?
Well the LIVE show begins touring Sydney in the April School holidays. This is a brand new show and we’re writing it at the movement.
Then the Lah-Lah’s Adventures TV series starts. It’s on 7TWO on April 28th at 8am. It’s a brand new Preschool music show and nothing like it has been done before. All the music is recorded with beautiful musicians and we even have live underscore as part of the live action.
Live tour begins April 14th
April 14 – Castle Hill RSL Club
Castle Hill NSW Venue: Castle Hill RSL Club, 77 Castle St, Castle Hill Time:10:30am show
More info: www.castlehillrsl.com.au
April 15 – Parramatta RSL Club
Parramatta NSW Venue: corner Macquarie and O’Conell Streets, Parramatta Time:10:30am show
More info: www.parramattarsl.com.au
April 16 – Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club
Canterbury NSW Venue: Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club Time: 10:30am show
More info: www.chprsl.com.au
April 17 – The Juniors
Kingsford NSW Venue: The Juniors, 558A Anzac Parade, Kingsford Time: 11:00am show
More info: /www.thejuniors.com.au
April 22 – Harbord Diggers Club
Harbord NSW Venue: Harbord Diggers Club, 66-78 Evans St Freshwater Time: 10:30am show
More info: www.harborddiggers.com.au
April 23 – Blacktown Workers Club
Blacktown NSW Venue: Blacktown Workers Club, 55 Campbell St Blacktown Time: 10:30am
April 24 – North Sydney Leagues Club
North Sydney NSW Venue: North Sydney Leagues Club Time: 10:30am show
April 30 – Casula Powerhouse
Casula NSW Venue: Casula Powerhouse, 1 Powerhouse Rd, Casula Time: 10:30am show
Cutest thing you have ever come across at a live show?
We have a wonderful family of triplets who follows us around from show to show. I remember the first time I came out on stage and they were all dressed up like mini Lah-Lah’s including their Mum who was wearing red and white socks!
To celebrate our new website- Kindermusik with Tina Bangel has teamed up with our friends at Lah-Lah to bring you some wonderful prizes.
If you value the importance of Music your child’s life then you have clicked on the right buttons!
I wish you luck during our exciting competition.
Music transforms lives and by entering this competition you have a chance to win an 8 week Kindermusik program for your child valued at $145.00. This will include 8 weekly 45min classes and Online materials.
Our bonues prizes will be CDs and DVDs from Lah Lah. We are excited to see Lah-Lah’s Adventures TV series start! It will be on 7TWO on April 28th at 8am. Be sure to check out their live performances!
All you have to do is visit my Kindermusik page for details on how to enter! or Click on this link
Winner for the major Kindermusik prize must reside in Sydney but not restricted to the DVDs and CDs. Competition ends on the 1st of April, 2014.
Share for more chances to win!
I’m so excited to share the video Charice made for the One Voice students! In the video she talks about how it is an honour and a privilege to be an inspiration to young singers.
I hope it inspires people to keep dreaming!
Thank you to past and current One Voice students for their continued support and belief!
In 2010, my students made a YouTube Video to meet Charice! Many people shared our video and supported us including Lea Salonga! Because of this, the video went viral among Charice’s fans. I would have never thought that it would happen but it’s finally coming true after 4 yrs!!!
A special thanks to Cheers E Australia for making this happen!
Please share if you believe that dreams can come true.
Here is the original video One Voice made. This was when Charice was in Glee hence the Sunshine Corazon costumes and glasses. The video has now over 27,000 hits.
Tell us what dream has come true for you?
During my visit to the USA in 2013, I met with Jennifer Paige. She invited us to come to her Christmas gig at Orchard Supply Hardware store in Yorba Linda, CA. Being the Voice in their recent Jingle, Jen had numerous Christmas gigs for the company. She was also promoting her wonderful Christmas album.
Excuse the blurry photo. We had actually just arrive in LA that afternoon and headed straight to the gig hence the piece of luggage Christian was holding!
“I see you blowin me a kiss… it doesn’t take a scientist… to understand what’s goin on…baby….”
I bet those lyrics just rolled off your tongue…(it’s just like riding a bike but in the singing sense).
“Crush” was the song you needed up your sleeves, if you were in the Sydney Cover band scene 12 years ago! Many singers have agreed that they found themselves quiet clever just being able to string the words together…it was a wonderful song to sing and I fondly remember it being heavily requested during my gigs.
I am so honoured to have Jennifer Paige as our special guest artist. Jen generously shares her music industry experiences in the hope of inspiring our One Voice students and budding performers! It’s also the day of her new project release.
After my debut release, my album went gold/platinum in 16 countries and I toured the world for two years. I came back to Los Angeles to record my 2nd album, Positively Somewhere. Again, more touring; and, the recording of my 3rd album, Best Kept Secret. My most recent release was last December with my first Christmas record, Holiday. I’ve been fortunate enough to continue making records and to also sing on many behind the scenes projects for films like Autumn in New York, Simply Irrisistible and Smart People and lots of tv shows. I’ve been the voice of countless advertising campaigns, most recently, Overstock.com; and I’ve written songs for other artists, including the bands York and Smashmouth. A lot has happened in the years following my first single, “Crush”. I’m always grateful for the opportunities that come my way, and every new accomplishment is a reminder to keep walking in the direction of my dreams.
I’ve known since I was a little girl – maybe 5 years old, or so. It became more serious for me in High School. I did many talent shows and was accepted into the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts. After school I went on the road with a band and eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dreams of becoming a recording artist. I sang for anyone who would listen. I sang in local bands and sang demos for many local songwriters, including hit-songwriter Andy Goldmark. We ended up making my first record together. It was a very natural process. No one could’ve predicted I would have my first record deal within a year of moving to L.A. Fate, luck – who knows?
Sing anywhere & everywhere. Family events, church, talent shows, auditions, learn to play an instrument, join a band, begin writing poems and lyrics. If you don’t play an instrument, don’t stress – that’s why we co-write. Best advice I can give you: When your big break comes, be ready. 🙂
Every day life, people. nature, a great story, movies!
I sing quite a bit in songwriting sessions & recording sessions so that keeps my voice in shape. I think it’s a great idea to contunue lessons, no matter what level of ability you have; but, if I’m honest, I haven’t made the time for lessons in a very long time. I am pretty aware of my vocal strengths and weaknesses, and I always try be well prepared for recording. Even something simple like drinking hot tea with honey and warming up my voice on the drive to the studio can make all the difference.
I’m gearing up to release my latest with my duo, Paige & Palermo – Stay EP releases on June 4, 2013
Other than a duet with Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys, and a couple of international collaborations, I’ve worked as a solo artist. Paige & Palermo is myself and a talented artist named Coury Palermo. We co-created this new sound while writing the songs and experimenting with different styles. Our style is very much a combination of both of our solo styles – that produced a somewhat moody, singer/songwriter infused Pop.
Pray. A lot. It aint for the faint of heart. That’s what my parents would say… 😉
Know who you are as an artist. No one has the time or the energy to figure that out for you.
Once again! Thank you for reading and contributing to the conversation! We love to hear from you…
AN INTERVIEW WITH ANN VIOLATA FROM SBS FILIPINO RADIO!
I hope you enjoy listening to it.
Ann Violata from SBS FIlipino Radio asks how can these original songs sung and written by people in the music industry be protected especially here in Australia?
The song features my original song called One Voice co-written by Singer/songwriter Van Sereno.
Please be aware that most of the interview is in Tagalog although my answers are in English.
If you have any questions about APRA or songwriting please leave a comment or email me. I would love to connect!
My parents were lucky enough to Host Mr. C and his wonderful band members-Krina (Keyboardist), Juarde (Drummer), Dave (Bass guitar) & Junji (guitarist) during the RCS Australian tour in Sydney at Castle Hill, November 13th 2009.
I found Mr. C so humble and down to earth. He is an Icon in the Philippines, a living legend who has greatly influenced and shaped Filipino music and culture.
The concert was Amazing! The RCS (Ryan Cayabyab Singers) voices blended beautifully yet individually had their own unique sounds, style and tones that made their solo parts captivating.
Apart from their voices the simple and effective choreography was top-notch. Their coordinated costumes looked so stylish and oozed elegant simplicity.
I finally got the courage to ask Mr. C if he could answer a few questions for my blog. Hope you all enjoy his answers. I certainly did.
HI there Tina. I will try to answer your questions as best as I can.
But before that, I wish to thank you and most specially your dad and Mom for taking us into your house, I worry much though because I think we made such a mess of your otherwise clean and well-kept house!!!!
Your mom cooks very well, and both your mom and dad are so much fun to talk and exchange stories with.
Here are my answers:
1. Your daughter Krina toured with you in Sydney and is part of your band. How did you introduce her to music and at what age? And what did you do to help encourage her to pursue her music career.
Krina had seen me do my work (arranging, writing new music) at the piano since she could walk, or since she could remember. We noticed that she already had a good ear as a kid, she was in tune every time she sings and her natural tones were always ‘placed’ – no chest tones, no throaty sounds emanated from her as a kid, she had a naturally placed voice. We let her take piano lessons as soon as she turned three (same with my son) because as music educators, both Emmy (my wife) and I believe that early music education helps children grow up to become good, productive citizens – of course this does not manifest itself immediately, but as the person grows, because the discipline instilled in learning a musical skill is deeply ingrained. We have seen it in Krina; we also see it in Toma (our 18 year old son).
Discipline here doesn’t mean a certain rigidity in time and schedules, and in the military sense of discipline but more of a natural learning mechanism or method that supports the adage ‘pratice makes perfect’.
We all know what it means when we say practice makes perfect. But the end effect of this mantra is that the result makes for a satisfying feeling, a reward in itself.
We did not push Krina into a music career, it was her own decision. Let me give you an example of how we tried to discourage her early on.
When she was in grade school she wanted so much to join their year level singing competitions. We told her not to join – not because we just didn’t want her to join, but because she wouldn’t win this kind of competitions. Singing competitions in our country always focuses on the ‘birit’ or power singing – the louder and the higher the voice, the better the chance of winning. She wouldn’t win in this competition because Krina’s natural voice is not loud, and although hers was a soprano range, her voice quality was crystalline – pure and cherubic!
One day she came home from school (she was in grade two) she was crying so hard and we asked her why. She said she joined the singing competition (without our knowledge) and she didn’t win. It was such a heartbreaking moment. I think she was crying more because we told her before not to join any singing competition…
She joined again the next year. She lost again. But by the time she was in Grade 4 or 5, she finally won! Hurray! But we never knew how she did it, because we never encouraged her anyway! (We surmised that 1. Her main competitors in the past didn’t join any more; 2. She picked a better song to sing; 3. Her personality is such that she doesn’t stop until she gets what she wants…and that practice makes perfect)
Today she heads an all female jazz trio as music director, arranger and lead soprano. They do gigs in various music outlets – pubs, corporate events, and university functions. Plus, she will march next year
With a bachelor’s degree in music, major in choral conducting, summa cum laude at the University of the Philippines College of Music.
Did we influence her? Not consciously, but more like she imbibed it naturally – just by listening and observing. Just the way I did it as a child living in a house with ten lady boarders taking up music, and with a mother who was an opera singer (my dad wasn’t musical at all!), and with siblings who love to sing and play music.
2. What advice can you give to parents who want to introduce music to their children?
From the above (answer to #1) – it should be evident that either one of the parents must love music, must indulge in it, must be involved with music making, or must be a music lover of the first degree. When young children are taught music via the Suzuki method; the parents are required to do follow through exercises at home.
But I have heard other musicians who grew up with parents who are not musical at all. Life is a mystery.
3. Are there any reading resources or music that you would recommend to any parent, singing teacher or performer?
None that I can think of at the moment. But I think parents should research on music methods that they can be comfortable with for their children.
By the way, my two children attended a pre-school that had a very strong music program, involving various music education methods (Kodaly, Orff, etc) and very active music teachers who were very influential in shaping their musical skills. (By the way, Emmy and I never attempted to teach our children piano or voice – they had to be taught by other teachers in our music school. Eventually, our son Toma learned not only piano, but also voice, drums and guitar. He is not going to be a musician but his training in music will be a source of inspiration, or a source from where he can relate to abstract structures vis a vis every-day routines and realities)
4. What are you listening to on your Ipod or CD player at the moment?
None. I try not to listen to as much music as possible because as a music writer, it is difficult not to be influenced by what one hears. I did listen much to music before, through my formative, educational years. A lot of classical or serious music is inside my head and when I listen to them being played I connect right away. Same with other genres of music.
5. You mentioned in your Sydney concert that your last composition was your tribute to “Vegemite” for your Australian tour-which was perfect by the way-do you have any more plans to compose more songs in the near future?
I regularly write music for recordings, commercials, institutional, film, TV and theater. The experience I had tasting vegemite inspired me to write the song. It is supposed to be a novelty song.
6. Now that you have arrived home from Sydney, What is your next project?
I have a concert with Piolo Pascual (a Filipino multi-media artist) on Nov. 28, and the ABS-CBN annual Christmas Specials on Dec. 11. There are other gigs and commissions in between. That means a lot of writing
music materials, rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing…until we perfect the songs.
And lucky last
7. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Be the best in whatever you do, be an authority – and everything else follows. (And to be the best, one has to learn the ropes, learn everything about your career choice…plus, you must love what it is you are doing)
Again, thanks for the hospitality and give my best to Mom, Dad, Rob and Christian.
Thank you Mr. C for your inspiration and for bringing beautiful music into our lives!
Were you inspired too? Leave a comment below
Musically yours Tina