Tasman Leader : August 8th 2013
6 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 8, 2013 NEWS Yellow Pages House, 2nd floor, 190 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010 M 021 105 3729 E firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 03 539 0210 i Fax 03 539 0215 i www.hflaw.co.nz Hamish.Fletcher Lawyers Is that we hit targeted time frames Our point of difference at Heather Murray - Commercial Hamish.Fletcher Lawyers 5518502AA The price we say is the price you pay. No surprises. Jenny Walton e: jenny.walton@A1homes.co.nz m: 022 061 1002 P: 5477301 Show home: 98 Washbourn Drive, Richmond. www.A1homes.co.nz 5232937AA RIDING FOR THE DISABLED Find out the latest news and how you can help Richmond facebook.com/rda.richmond Motueka www.rdamotueka.org.nz 5457655AB Music for all: The founder of the Motueka Music Network, Eugenie Piozin-Belloir, with her children, from left, Tenzin, 6, Eloise, 4, and baby Willow. Photo: ALASTAIR PAULIN Music at their fingertips By ALASTAIR PAULIN Finding teachers and performers is easier now that Eugenie's database is available to all. The Motueka Music Network is a voluntary organisation whose mission is to create musical opportunities and connect all sorts of people who want to be involved in music in Motueka.'' Eugenie Piozin-Belloir When Eugenie Piozin-Belloir went looking for a piano teacher for her then four- year-old son Tenzin, she could not find one in Motueka. She ended up driving to Nelson to find a teacher who would take a pre- schooler, and two years later, when Tenzin wanted to learn the guitar instead, she went on the hunt again. But her frustration was not in vain. She decided to create a database of music teachers to make finding them easier for other parents. I was doing the work for my family so I thought I could share it with other people. She teamed up with David Armstrong from Vision Motueka and soon they had a committee of people to help make the idea become reality. As well as Eugenie and David the committee was Vision Motueka members Thuy Tran and Jarmo Saloranta, Motueka High School head of music Hilary Sinclair, and Riverside resident Verena Gruner. Now the Motueka Music Network is up and running and has grown beyond Eugenie s original vision, to include performers as well. Eugenie said that once she made some contacts within Motueka s community of musicians, she was able to find the information she needed but that the key was to make that information accessible to every- body. Her goal is to give more kids access to learning music because I think music is really important to education . The searchable database is now online at motuekamusic.org.nz, a site built by local web designer and photographer Andre Ismael through his business LightStyle. The cost of the website was met entirely from donations and a start- up $800 Creative Communities Tasman grant. Eugenie said that now that it was easier to find music teachers, the next step was to secure some funding to make those lessons more affordable for families. She would also like someone to take on the role of expanding the site to make it more of a resource for performers. The website states that it aims to build a strong music culture in Motueka/Tasman by providing a networking platform for the Motueka music scene, including (for example) the matching of students with teachers and performers with venues, and the promotion of musical events. The Motueka Music Network is a voluntary organisation whose mission is to create musical opportunities and connect all sorts of people who want to be involved in music in Motueka. Eugenie s quest may have paid off for Motueka and musicians in general but how did her search for a guitar teacher turn out? The database now lists nine guitar teachers and Eugenie said she was thrilled with Tenzin s teacher, Jim Young. And when the Tasman Leader came calling, Tenzin proudly ripped through a Rolling Stones tune on his three-quarter-size guitar. Eugenie may have given the next Keith Richards his start.
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