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Initial impressions after using Mosaic with my whole teaching practice are that these books are best placed with the teenage and adult market, but with material also for primary age children. Younger children in my practice loved compositions in the collection particularly by Ben Crosland and Sarah Konecsni. This is a job well done, and I congratulate all the composers and Nikolas Sideris on the contents of these volumes.
This gives a comprehensive background to the vision behind the series. Volume 1 is for pre-graders to Grade 1, while Volume 2 is aimed at players around Grades 2 to 3. Having had a level of experience here within my own writing I would simply say that perhaps one of the greatest strengths of these books are that a Grade 3 student could benefit from Book 1 just as a Grade 1 student.
It simply depends what your purpose is for using them.
Each book is 32 pages long. They have beautiful, thick matt covers, with a very attractive cover design and cream pages within which is helpful for students struggling with visual stress caused by black and white print. When using these with students, all commented without prompt on the beauty of the design, and one even stroked it with appreciation!
The music engraving is clear and well-spaced. Fingering, however, is a little unusual in places eg. Nine Fingers bar 7 — finger 3 in the LH caused a number of students much confusion. Within each book is a title page, an index and notes on the works providing a useful insight into the composition. Non-slurred tenutos should be held for almost full value, but not legato, with equal slight emphasis given to each one.
Play the grace note in bar 15 as part of the chord, but let go before the other notes.
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Volume 1 is aimed at pre-grade 1 to Grade 1. With the level of phrasing demands, length, dynamic content and even modest hand shifts, I would suggest that these pieces are in reality more firmly within the Grade 1 boundary. However, I found my early stage secondary age children particular 13 years plus absolutely loved these books.
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In fact, a number have asked me to get their parents to order them which is quite an endorsement. To me it was truly fascinating seeing them totally embrace the music and get real joy from the compositions.
ALL pieces in the book have something to offer. I will be including this book in my teaching curriculum going forward for teenage and adult beginners. For younger students I will always have the book to hand for particular pieces I think are perfect for developing certain skills. Teachers should also consider using this volume with higher grade students to develop expression and sight-reading skills. My Grade 4 students enjoyed this far more than my usual sight-reading exercises.
I feel that the level of variety in this book makes it slightly stronger than Volume 1. Perhaps this is to be expected as a composer has a much larger musical pallet to compose with, simply because more advanced students can achieve more. Dotted rhythms and ties also appear throughout the book. The Queen's portrait is based on photographs commissioned by the Reserve Bank in The Queen gave her approval for use of this image on an Australian banknote in Microprint is very small but well-defined text that usually requires a magnifying glass to read.
When the banknote is held up to the light, a shadow image of the Australian Coat of Arms can be seen faintly, under other printing. On all genuine banknotes the window should be very clear and look like it's an integral part of the banknote, not an addition. When the banknote is held up to the light, a seven-pointed star within a circle is formed by four points on one side of the banknote combining perfectly with three points on the other side. These depictions of Australia's Old and New Parliament Houses are the designer's interpretation of architectural drawings and photographs.
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The patterns here reflect architectural items of the entrance to the ministerial wing of the New Parliament House and the skylights for the Members' Hall and the Main Committee Room. Intaglio is raised dark printing with a distinct feel. It's used for the portraits on banknotes and some other design elements. This image is the banknote designer's interpretation of an authentic horseman from the times of The Man From Snowy River. This design element is taken from the publication of Marie Cowan's arrangement of Waltzing Matilda , which was used at the time to promote Billy Tea.
When the banknote is held up to the light, an image of the Australian Coat of Arms can be seen faintly, under other printing. This imagery of a country woman and the surrounding landscape was inspired by the themes of many of Mary Gilmore's writings.
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Read Dame Mary Gilmore's biography. The schooner Mercury was completed in Sydney in It was owned for a time by Mary Reibey. This image is based on an illustration commissioned by the Reserve Bank in This image is based on a miniature watercolour painted on ivory that is held at the State Library of New South Wales. It is the only known portrait of pioneer businesswoman Mary Reibey. This building in Sydney's George Street was once owned by Mary Reibey and comprised shops and dwellings.
The image is based on an illustration in a book entitled Sydney in This is an interpretation of one of the first pedal-powered generators to operate the transceiver wireless sets, the sole method of communication on outback stations. Read Reverend John Flynn's biography. This image is based on a photograph taken of Reverend Col Harland in and provided by the National Library of Australia.
This image depicts the mission church at Point McLeay as it was in the late 19th century.
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This portrait of David Unaipon, an inventor and Australia's first published Aboriginal author, is based on an original photograph taken in This element is based on drawings from David Unaipon's patent application for an improved mechanical handpiece for sheep shearing. This is an extract from David Unaipon's handwritten preface to his story Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines. This portrait of Edith Cowan, who is best remembered as the first female member of an Australian parliament, was based on a photograph from the biographical register of West Australian Parliament.
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This composite illustration represents a foster mother and children who were wards of the state circa This image of Edith Cowan at a lectern represents her frequent public speaking on matters such as women's rights and children's welfare issues. Multi-coloured and multi-directional patterns of fine lines appear on each side of the banknote. This image is based on a photograph of the interior of Her Majesty's Theatre in Sydney.
A performance at this theatre in September was a highlight of Dame Nellie Melba's career. This design element is based on Dame Nellie Melba's signature, which appeared on the program used for her farewell performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London in June The Australian Concert Tour is of special significance as it was Dame Nellie Melba's first return to Australia from her successful overseas performances. The monogram on the program was designed by Dame Nellie Melba.
Dame Nellie Melba achieved international recognition as a soprano and enjoyed star status within Australia. This portrait is based on a photograph that appeared in a biography by Agnes G. Read Dame Nellie Melba's biography. This portrait is based on a photograph of Sir John Monash taken in