Mary Raptis

B.Arts (Music)   B.Arts Hons (Ethnomusicology)   GradDipEd (Sec)   Cert IV Music (Conducting)

1973        Began Violin lessons at school aged 9 with Erwin Meyer

1976        Leader of the Public Primary Schools Festival of Music Orchestra and Assisting Solo Artist

1977        Special Interest Music scholarship to Brighton HS. Studied with Beryl Kimber and Louise Woodcock.

1982        Studied at Adelaide University Degree in Music and Drama, Violin studies at Flinders St School of Music (FSSOM)

               with Rob Collins and was a member of Chamber Orchestra

1985        Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) at South Australian College of Advanced Education

1986        Honours Degree in Ethnomusicology at Adelaide University

1987        Accepted string teaching position in DECD (then Music Branch)

1988        Established Allegro Music  592-594 South Rd Glandore

1989        Joined AUSTA (Australian String Association)

1993-94   Trained and Conducted Public Primary Schools Festival of Music Orchestras

2000        Resigned from DECD

2001        Studied Conducting at Flinders Street School of Music with Carl Crossin - Director of Adelaide Chamber Singers

2003        Elected onto AUSTA Commitee 

2007        Allegro Music  relocates to 116 Anzac Hwy Glandore

2008        Became AUSTA Treasurer for SA

2011        Joined Unley Symphony Orchestra - Viola section

2013        Elected council member of MTASA

2014-15   Violin Tutor at State Music Camp St Peter's Boys College

2015        Resigned from AUSTA after 11 years on committee, 7 years as treasurer

2015-16   Leader of the PROMS Orchestra for the Metropolitan Male Choir of SA

2016        Viola Tutor at State Music Camp Concordia College

2016        Allegro Music Celebrating 28 years of music education

As I roll into my third decade of music education and string tutoring the skills and passion involved are heightened.

Mine is not work, but a craft that I have great harmony with. I share a spiritual connection with each student nuturing a deeper understanding and life long love of music.

The focus of my teaching consists of well structured technical content - this is essential at beginner stages but sadly often ignored.

Musicality is developed in conjunction with solid technique. String students prepare for exams with our resident accompanist and I indulge my love of conducting where possible with ensemble groups. Rehearsal techniques are important for string players and need developing. I work hard to encourage teamwork, confidence and fun with everything we do.

Many Allegro Music string students have been and are currently recipients of highly sought after string scholarships to private schools and Special Interest Music Centres ie Brighton, Marryatville, Woodville, Seymour, Immanuel, St Peters & Pulteney Grammar

I am a strong supporter of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra (ADYO) and the two training orchestras AYS & AdSi.

Directed by Keith Crellin, these groups provide string players amazing training and performance opportunities.

Many Allegro Music string students have played in the ranks of these orchestras. Participation is a total commitment by students and parents. Currently an Allegro Music  Viola student is a member of ADYO