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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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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Practice Panic

We have begun our adventure in music-making once again. To me, September 1st is the real New Year’s Eve. The new school year, new friends, new games, new stickers, new school supplies, new fresh crisp books. So what happens with the shininess wears off the newness of returning, and the reality of practice and routine hits. Are you having practising struggles? If so, you’re not the only one. Summer vacation and holidays have a great deal of freedom with little focus and structure. Practicing requires both structure and focus, and this change can create some panic with the associated feeling …

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Want to train your brain? Join our classes

(Illustraion by Sofie Wolfson) “While brain training games and apps may not live up to their hype, it is well established that certain other activities and lifestyle choices can have neurological benefits that promote overall brain health and may help to keep the mind sharp as we get older. One of these is musical training. Research shows that learning to play a musical instrument is beneficial for children and adults alike, and may even be helpful to patients recovering from brain injuries.”  There is so much research to back this up.  Learning to play music has the ability to change our brains. …

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Children’s Art Tax Credit

It’s tax time again, and luckily there’s relief for Music for Young Children Parents. The tax credit was introduced a few years ago to help with expenses. If you have not yet received your receipt from me please let me know. Here is an easy to follow site for claiming the Arts credit: http://www.taxtips.ca/filing/childrensartscredit.htm This credit has been reduced to 15% of $250 instead of the previous $500. According to the 2011 Budget Website, “Parents will be able to claim the 15-per-cent non-refundable Children’s Arts Tax Credit on up to $500 of qualifying expenses per child incurred in 2011 and …

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If You Want To Accelerate Brain Development In Children, Teach Them Music

I recently came across an article that supports music education for kids. This is just a blurb from the article, but the real link below also links to the five year study. If You Want To Accelerate Brain Development In Children, Teach Them Music Alternative and complementary treatments such as creative art, meditation, and yoga have been proposed to bridge many gaps that conventional medicine cannot. But music, because of its ubiquity in our society as well as its ease of transmission, has perhaps the greatest potential among alternative therapies to reach people in deep and profound ways. Music matters …

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Music instruction improves cognitive, socio-emotional development in young children

It’s not surprising to see more research showing the benefit of music instruction for children.  Here’s a recent article that was published: Music instruction improves cognitive, socio-emotional development in young children Published on June 16, 2016 at 8:53 AM · No Comments Music instruction appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of the brain that are responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills, according to initial results of a five-year study by USC neuroscientists. LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads children in the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. PHOTO by Mathew. …

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Kids Fest

No festival is complete without music. I have 2 free tickets to give away for tomorrow’s Kids Fest (http://kidsfestottawa.ca/schedule/)! We will be doing at demo in the morning. To enter the draw, just comment on my page: https://www.facebook.com/KanataMusicLessons/ Goodluck, Nora

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