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Why Recitals are so Important

Recital time is upon us – just a few weeks away- May 6th bring your friends, family, and neighbours. As we prepare, I thought I’d share with you some of my thoughts on why recitals are so important. There are 3 weeks left now for your child to be friends with their piece of music. There will be practising, anticipation, practising, re-learning how to bow or courtsey, more practising and anticipation. Students prepare for a recital differently than they do for their lesson, and that is important! Mastery & an Opportunity to share their Accomplishments This is an opportunity to …

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Recital Program Artwork

Our recital is in 24 days!   If you have any artwork that you’d like to submit to the recital program please let me know.  I’d like it to relate to their song, or something they learned in Music class.  I can usually only feature a few pictures and will try to get them all in if possible ☼ 🙂 Here are some of the pictures previously on my recital programs. Chris-MB105202016_0000  

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Practice Tips post holiday

Happy 2018! I hope you enjoyed the holidays! Often coming back to practising the piano after a break can be a challenge. Even if your kids look forward to the class, practising might be another story this month. I just want to let you know that you are not alone, many families go through this struggle, and it gets better. Your kids are past the stage of realising that music lessons are a daily commitment (unlike swimming or other extra-curricular activities). In hockey for example “practice” is completely structured, directed, and supervised. As much as you want your child to …

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In the Hall of the Mountain King – Line Rider

Doodle Chaos perfectly sketched a special version of line rider by hand, and perfectly synchronised it to Grieg’s ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’. Check out how this line rider matches the chaos of the piece, and check out those dynamics! See how many music markings (tempos, articulations, dynamics) you can find. Edvard Grieg composed ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ for the Norwegian play Peer Gynt in the late 19th century. Written by the playwright Henrik Ibsen, the play sees the main character Peer Gynt attempt to enter a grand hall in which Dovregubben, the troll Mountain …

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Sight Reading

We’ve been doing some sight reading this month. I love how the MYC books post tips for sight reading (check the rhythm, time signature, repeating patterns, etc.). We also know about sight reading with “STARS”, but here’s more detailed info:   1) Focus on Rhythm.  Rhythm is the most important element of sight reading.  Even if you get the note wrong, you’ll still be in the right place.  And we all know that finishing on time is so important.  If this is your challenge, then you can work on it with any piece of music.  Just work on playing the …

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Fun Stuff

Who doesn’t enjoy fun stuff?! We’re all set for our Rhythm on Saturday, November 25th. I’m super excited and looking forward to it! Also, this year is our debut for the Kanata Santa Claus Parade this year!!! A few Kanata teachers are getting a group of us together to participate. We’re looking to have a group of us (Teachers, kids, and a few parents) walk the parade route (Terry Fox and Castlefrank to the Hazeldean mall). Students from any level are welcome to join in (yes, even Sunbeams 1). If your kids/yourself are interested in joining us please let me …

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Rhythm Festival

It’s time for the kids to share their wonderful music with their peers. I always get such great feedback from this opportunity. This year we have a super special adjudicator Leo Brooks! Rhythm Festival When: Saturday Nov. 25th, 2017. Where: Bridge Street Church, behind Canadian Tire https://goo.gl/maps/WFlmn Time: 10:15am for Sunbeam 1 students 12:45 pm for Sunbeam 2 and for Moonbeams 2 3:00 pm for Moonbeams 3 You will only need to give an hour of your time, so it is as long as a class. Cost: This is considered a class. There is no additional cost to you. Audience …

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Thanksgiving

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! Mine was great, even with teaching on Saturday. I’m grateful for my job in teaching music! Here’s a clip of the first class where we added some actions to our new song from Newfoundland – I’se the B’y – video courtesy of Daria Ghaby http://musicnora.ca/wp-content/uploads/IsethebyNora.mp4

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Loving Teaching – feeling blessed

September is tough on teachers (and kids, and parents),  I especially find that with all the extra administrative tasks this month.  Sometimes I’m up until midnight working, or waking up at 5:00 am to get something done before work. But you know what?! I LOVE TEACHING!  And the students I have this year are amazing! I got this super gift from my Moonbeams 2 student Lily, on the weekend.  She was inspired by our lesson last week and learning about stem directions.  She has a lot of info in here – Thanks so much Lily!:  

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