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AU$ 3,910 pledged of AU$ 35,000 goal
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By Peta van Drempt
AU$ 3,910 pledged of AU$ 35,000 goal
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About this project

“Can’t tell you enough how much I am appreciating these backing tracks. I had my first practice with my accompanist yesterday and I felt so much better prepared and confident. Thank you.” — Rhiannon S, performer and teacher

“Thanks so much for the recordings. My performance went super well and (the recordings) sounded really good on the sound system too!” — Samantha W, professional soloist

“I would find having a whole repertoire of accompaniments available for my students so much easier for my teaching. It would make my life so much simpler!” — Jess C, violin teacher

Do you or your students find it hard to prepare adequately for performances with an accompanist? In my 15 years as a professional accompanist I've noticed that when violinists learn pieces that are meant to be played with the piano part, they spend most of their time (i.e. months and months) practising alone, which means they only end up internalising half the piece. Then they arrive at the accompanist’s door (to see me!), with just a few weeks 'til their performance, and they have to hurriedly learn how the whole piece is meant to sound, and to feel. It can be stressful for students, teachers, and parents, not to mention the added expense of extra rehearsals. And for many students it means that, come the big day, they are under-prepared and miss out on giving their best performance.

Peta's Piano for Violin's streamable piano accompaniment recordings will revolutionise how violinists learn their pieces, helping them turn up to their live accompaniment sessions better prepared and ready to focus on the higher-level ensemble skills that are so crucial to making a performance truly shine. And on the day of the concert or exam, they are much more likely to give a performance that they are actually proud of.

As an exclusive special for our Kickstarter supporters, we are offering Lifetime Teacher Memberships for just a $250 pledge – that's a LIFETIME of access to our streamable catalogue as it grows from beginner through to the intermediate and advanced level pieces, for use in your teaching studio, and with the ability to share tracks through our app with up to 35 students, so they can practise with them at home – all covered by your membership.

Your pledge will help us make two things:

  • Recordings will be made by world-class concert pianists and accompanists playing a brand new S6 Yamaha grand piano in a state-of-the-art recording studio in Australia's beautiful Blue Mountains, under the masterful hand of our classical music producer and sound recordist Craig Field, a man with a passion for capturing the depth and beauty of the piano's true sound.
  • Our funding goal will enable us to create the initial BEGINNER level catalogue, containing primarily the early Suzuki Method books (up to book 3), as well as the early Australian Music Examinations Board grade books (up to about grade 4). [Note: We are not affiliated with these organisations - ours are independently made recordings. We possess the relevant production and distribution licenses for these works via APRA/AMCOS.]
  • We will add to the catalogue over time to include more methods/examination systems, other popular repertoire, as well as the intermediate and advanced level pieces (if you want your Kickstarter reward to include these higher-level pieces, your best bet is the Lifetime membership, so you can access everything into the future, not just what the Kickstarter campaign itself will fund initially).
  • If we exceed our Kickstarter goal, we will be able to add these higher-level pieces sooner!

       Listen to some samples:

              The Happy Farmer (Schumann, arr. Suzuki) - BEGINNER

              Cool It! (Bailey) - INTERMEDIATE

              Violin Sonata in Eb Major, Op. 18, 3rd movt 'Allegro' (Strauss) - ADVANCED

       Here's Mariko (from ViolinAdventures.com) giving one a whirl:

              Gavotte in D Major, "Rosine" (Gossec, arr. Suzuki) - BEGINNER

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  • Navigate easily through your entire library of pieces – by grade, composer, alphabetically
  • Stream recordings at full or slowed down tempos, straight into the studio, home or concert hall
  • Share recordings through the website/app with your students, so they can practise with them at home
  • Additional rehearsal features to be added in future, especially if we exceed our funding goal

       It might look a bit like this (demo only):

(Note: You will also be able to purchase access to individual recordings for $5-10 each, depending on difficulty/length. However this doesn't include the ability to share with students, or extra rehearsal features. Plus you will be restricted to just those pieces - you won't be able to access the full, always-updating catalogue. These features are only available through the teacher memberships.)

As thanks for helping us make Peta's Piano for Violin a reality, we are offering our $250 pledge supporters access to the entire catalogue FOREVER. You will always have access to high-quality accompaniments for yourself and your students, with more and more pieces being added to the catalogue into the future – and you'll never have to pay again!

We will only be offering Lifetime subscriptions during our Kickstarter campaign, so back us now to get access to a resource that will transform the music-learning experience for your students now and into the future.

I (Peta) had been accompanying soloists and ensembles for years, but when I began my graduate music studies in 2011 I began to learn the production skills to record my accompaniments. I started giving them to musicians who came for live accompaniment rehearsals, so they could practice with them at home in between our sessions. As soon as I did, something exciting happened. My clients (students and professionals alike) would come back to rehearsals with new-found confidence and ease in their playing. They raved about the difference it had made to their performance preparation and our rehearsals together became so much more productive and satisfying because we were freed up to focus on the higher-level performance stuff, rather than the basics of counting rhythms, figuring out entries, etc.

There was so much demand for the recordings that I decided it was time to start sharing them with the rest of the world. Being a stay-at-home mum with two very energetic little boys, spare time was scarce but I took what moments I could to chip away at building a rudimentary online catalogue, starting with pieces that teachers and students had been asking for.

My dream was to create a one-stop-shop for quality piano accompaniment recordings for any instrument or genre, making piano accompaniment accessible to anyone regardless of skill level, musical interests or financial situation. But at the rate I was going, working by myself, it would take me many, many years to build the kind of comprehensive catalogue I wanted to offer. *sigh*

So, I started to ponder how to make it happen. I’d need to find other artists to join me and a come up with a streamlined way for them to help me produce recordings, quickly and to a high standard. It was an ambitious concept, but the prospect of transforming the learning experience for musicians the world over gave me the courage to give it a shot.

Over the last year and a bit I have been building a great team and working on the first step in making my dream become reality: the first ever streamable catalogue of piano accompaniment recordings, starting with violin repertoire (hence Peta's Piano for Violin). After this, the goal is to move onto other instrument catalogues as well. But one thing at a time :)

I'm excited to make music-learning easier and more affordable for violinists (and in the future many others!). Thank you for being part of our journey!

Thank you for supporting us in bringing Peta's Piano for Violin to life. Every little bit helps, and as a thank you we have some exciting rewards planned for our supporters.

Remember that if you are a teacher with more than 35 students (the default number covered by your subscription), you can always add more to your account (see each pledge level for details).

And, if you don't play or teach violin but would still like to help us make this amazing project happen, you can choose to gift your reward to someone in need – perhaps a local violin teacher or school. (If you can't think of anyone in particular, we will gladly find someone to award it to on your behalf.) Your pledge will bring much joy and satisfaction to a lucky teacher and their students.

Risks and challenges

We've gathered a team of the world's finest recording artists, producers and engineers to bring this project to life. Peta's track record of producing piano accompaniments, combined with the extended team's experience and calibre of music-making, make the resulting quality of this project likely to be second-to-none.

There is the possibility of scheduling delays with recording artists, however as we have a sizeable team ready to go, we don't anticipate this being an issue.

As our project includes a software/web component, unanticipated complications may arise. However, our developers are very experienced and are committed to making sure the platform is delivered bug-free and available for you to use in your studio as soon as possible.

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    Thank You! + A Little Music

    Thank you for helping us transform the music-learning experience for violinists everywhere! We'll send you some music to enjoy, with an exclusive audio file of Peta playing an original composition piano solo.

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    3-Month Single-User Membership

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    3-Month Teacher Membership

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    6-Month Teacher Membership

    Your teacher subscription for Peta's Piano for Violin will be upgraded to 6 months, again allowing you to share with up to 35 students ($170 value). Includes rewards from all lower pledge tiers.

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    12-Month Teacher Membership

    Your teacher subscription for Peta's Piano for Violin will be upgraded to 12 months, again allowing you to share with up to 35 students ($300 value). Includes rewards from all lower pledge tiers.

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    Early Bird Lifetime Membership

    Your teacher subscription for Peta's Piano for Violin will be upgraded to a Lifetime subscription, again allowing you to share with up to 35 students ($1000+ value!). Your name will also be listed on a special “Thanks to our Sponsors” page on our website. Includes rewards from all lower pledge tiers.

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    Lifetime Membership

    Your teacher subscription for Peta's Piano for Violin will be upgraded to a Lifetime membership. This means you will have access to the entire catalogue of accompaniment recordings for your teaching studio FOREVER (including intermediate and advanced levels to be added in future), and can share the tracks with up to 35 students. ($1000+ value!) Your name will also be listed on a special “Thanks to our Sponsors” page on our website. Includes rewards from all lower pledge tiers.

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    LIMITED TIME: 2-for-1 Lifetime offer!!

    Get Lifetime membership for yourself and a violin teacher friend! This means both of you will have access to the entire catalogue of accompaniment recordings for your teaching studios FOREVER (including intermediate and advanced levels to be added in future), and can share the tracks with up to 50 students each. Total value $2000+!! OFFER ENDING SOON!!!

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    Two New Custom Recordings

    In addition to a Lifetime teacher subscription, you will receive two custom recording requests for pieces of any difficulty level. Includes rewards from all lower pledge tiers. ($1500+ value)

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    Two Recordings Mixed & Mastered

    Our brilliant producer and engineer Craig will mix and master the audio for two pieces of your choosing that you have recorded yourself. Includes rewards from all lower pledge tiers. ($1800+ value).

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    Intimate Concert with Australian Artists

    You and a guest are invited to an intimate concert and morning tea in the beautiful Blue Mountains performed by a virtuosic Australian violinist and concert pianist (accommodation not included). Includes rewards from all lower pledge tiers.

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    Audio Recording Session

    You and a guest are invited to Underwood Studio where you will rehearse and record high-quality audio for a piece of your choosing with one of our world-class concert pianists. Your recording will also be featured on our website in recognition and as thanks for your contribution. (Overnight accommodation in the Blue Mountains included.) Includes rewards from all lower pledge tiers.

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    Video & Audio Recording Session

    You and a guest are invited to Underwood Studio where you will rehearse and record high-quality video (and separate audio) of your performance of a piece of your choosing with one of our world-class concert pianists. Your video will also be featured on our website in recognition and as thanks for your contribution. (Lunch and overnight accommodation in the Blue Mountains included.) Includes rewards from all lower pledge tiers.

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    Violin Masterclass and Recording Session

    You and a guest are invited to Underwood Studio for an exclusive morning tea and masterclass session with a virtuosic Australian violinist where you will rehearse and then record a video (and separate audio) of your performance of a piece of your choosing with one of our world-class concert pianists. Your video will be featured on our website in recognition and as thanks for your contribution. (Overnight accommodation in the Blue Mountains included.) Includes rewards from all lower pledge tiers.

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