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Rhythm Festival

This year the Ottawa Rhythm Festival is proud to present an exciting line-up of young performers showcasing contemporary rhythm ensembles and songs created by Canadian Composers. We will give you a taste of what we’ve learned so far this year in our local Music For Young Children Classes, from the 3-year-old beginner to more seasoned performers who have performed in the festival for a few years. The Rhythm Festival will have adjudicator Jeff Asselin, who is an international touring musician having toured all over Canada, United States and Europe and has been teaching and performing for over 20 years. This …

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2019 Recital

I was looking through my posts and noticed I had done up a guide last year.  I’ve adapted it a little for this year’s performance. It’s time for the recital day. Your child will get to showcase what they have learned this year. Can you remember when they couldn’t even find where “c” was on the piano, let alone actually read the music? So how do you Prepare for the Recital? Well, as mentioned, it’s a good idea to have them play a mini-concert for the family, even if it’s over the phone; they could even wear the clothes they …

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The Importance of Mindset

I’ve been working in Kindergarten classrooms lately. And I LOVE it! I was a little unsure about it as the program is so much different than when I taught Kindergarten a decade ago. For those of you that don’t know, the Kindergarten program is focussed on growth in a child centred, student-led play-based learning environment. Children are seen as capable and competent. There are no grades on the report card, but rather, information about how different skills are progressing. Kindergarten teachers get to write about progress and growth, rather than a measured and fixed grade. Growth was a big theme …

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Ottawa Rhythm Festival

This year the Ottawa Rhythm Festival is proud to present an exciting line-up of young performers showcasing contemporary rhythm ensembles and songs created by Canadian Composers. We will give you a taste of what we’ve learned so far this year in our local Music For Young Children Classes, from the 3-year-old beginner to more seasoned performers who have performed in the festival for a few years. The Rhythm Festival will also have adjudicator Leo Brooks of Treefrog Percussion from right here in Ottawa. After each age group, he celebrates the learning and gives constructive feedback to our young performers. He …

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I love our city!

I feel very fortunate to be living where I am. Our city has a lot to offer, parks, beaches, landmarks, festivals and more!  Now… how is this related to music? Well, we have the National Arts Centre here, and I wanted to share with you a couple of their free entertainment programs. This Sunday at 1:30pm  (11am in French),  you can see a couple of musicians go on a journey looking at Ludwig van Beethoven. Family entertainment: Ludwig van Cranky Pants  at the NAC Theatre meets concert in this quirky, comical performance featuring the much-loved dynamic duo, Marjo². Details: https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/18748 For …

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Welcome Back!

I know this has been a busy week of back to school and back to the routine.  Routine is good, and I’m looking forward to be a part of it. Don’t forget that our classes start tomorrow! See you soon!

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Thank You!

So we’ve just finished our recital, and I just love seeing how much the kids have learned. I just wanted to take a minute to share how much I appreciate your support! THANK YOU!!! To all you music parents out there that have supported your children in their music education, thank you! The kids have learned so much this year, not magically, but through your constant support. You rock! Though there are probably so many reasons you’ve decided to share this with your child, maybe it’s the fun, maybe it’s to learn the value of dedication and discipline, maybe to …

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Today’s Performance at the Recital 2018

I was looking through my posts and noticed I had done up a guide last year.  I’ve adapted it a little for this year’s performance. It’s time for the recital day. Your child will get to showcase what they have learned this year. Can you remember when they couldn’t even find where “c” was on the piano, let alone actually read the music? So how do you Prepare for the Recital? Well, as mentioned, it’s a good idea to have them play a mini-concert for the family, even if it’s over the phone; they could even wear the clothes they …

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Preparing for the Recital

As the recital approaches, have your child play for the family at home.  You can even Skype/Facetime some extended family members for the home performance.  Many kids are more nervous about playing in front of family members than for strangers.   You can do the mini-recital at home and have them even practice walking up to the piano, playing their piece and bowing at the end. Once they’ve practised this, the recital seems easier. If you find that the recital piece is getting “stale”, then it’s time to get creative.  Cut up some little pieces of paper and write different dynamics on each …

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