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Piano teacher Unmani sharing a love of music

GRATEFUL: Horsham piano teacher Unmani, with student Jobe Keating, enjoying the community piano in the city’s central business district. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

GRATEFUL: Horsham piano teacher Unmani, with student Jobe Keating, enjoying the community piano in the city’s central business district. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Horsham piano teacher Unmani has praised the unveiling of a community piano in Horsham’s central business district.
The piano was found in a cupboard of the Horsham Art Gallery and restored with help from the Salvation Army and Natimuk Men’s Shed.
She said one of her students, Jobe Keating, loved to play it and had been known to spend more than an hour at a time sitting at the piano.
“I would like to personally thank the council for placing this piano in the street,” she said.
“Numerous children were sighted playing it this week. It really adds to our culture as a vibrant town.”
Unmani is searching for new students to welcome to her studio in 2019 as she celebrates 10 years teaching the revolutionary Simply Music method.
The Simply Music method, developed by Australian Neil Moore, temporarily delays music reading while immersing students in the experience of playing, beginning by distilling entire pieces into shapes, patterns and concepts that students can clearly see and easily play on the keyboard.
With no attention on reading, students are free to relate directly to the piano and develop a natural connection to the instrument.
Students learn a playing repertoire of 40 to 50 pieces by memory, including blues, pop, classical and accompaniment styles.
Unmani came across the method after a friend suggested it to her.
She said despite being initially sceptical, she began to use the method after seeing her students composing and improvising freely in the early days of their lessons and actively learning arrangements of original songs.
“After 40 odd years around the traps in music education in the district, I’d investigated everything I could to help make music learning a pleasure and something Australians can do,” she said.
“I had noticed that unless music came in families, people thought they weren’t musical and the door was shut on possibilities.
“And if they had a try with a teacher and it didn’t work, they made the assumption they were hopelessly unmusical.
“As a schoolchild myself, doing my AMEB exams, I worked on my pieces and instantly forgot them after all the stress of the exams.
“At any time in the year I was lucky to be able to play one piece by memory after reaching Grade 8.
“That didn’t seem to be a fully expressed musician to me.”
Unmani said she was looking forward to welcoming new students in 2019.
During her 10 years running the UnmaniMusic studio, she has taught students ranging from age three to 83, including farmers, garden designers, psychologists, retirees, business owners, people on the Autism spectrum and people with Alzheimer’s disease. “It’s enrolment time now and I have a few spots for some more students,” she said.
After starting in Rupanyup, Unmani moved her studio to Horsham.
She is currently building a nine-metre diameter superadobe circular studio at her farm in Wal Wal.
Unmani currently teaches about 34 students and also teaches violin, accordion and singing.
For more information or to enroll as a student, visit website www.unmani.com.au, email unmani52@gmail.com, call 0408 103 194 or visit Facebook page UnmaniMusic.

Charlotte Baulman, aged 2, sitting with her grandmother, Heather Palmer from Sydney.

Charlotte Baulman, aged 2, sitting with her grandmother, Heather Palmer from Sydney.

Selena and Bailey Smith play a duet on the Community Piano

Selena and Bailey Smith play a duet on the Community Piano

Majors Carolyn Wright and Diane Romari form the Salvos, Peter Canning and Graeme Hately from the Natimuk Men’s Shed and local musicians, Frank Lyell, Selina and Bailey Smith with Mark Radford at the Launch of the Community Piano in Roberts place on Christmas Eve.

Majors Carolyn Wright and Diane Romari form the Salvos, Peter Canning and Graeme Hately from the Natimuk Men’s Shed and local musicians, Frank Lyell, Selina and Bailey Smith with Mark Radford at the Launch of the Community Piano in Roberts place on Christmas Eve.

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