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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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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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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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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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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A New Look

(Okay, I’m totally in MYC mode, just humming the SB2 “A New Look” song right now. ) You’ve probably already noticed that I’ve updated my website to give it a new look. I discovered that many people were accessing my site from a phone or tablet, so I decided to make it look smoother. Please let me know what you think.

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1 week to go!

What to bring to the first class Classes start in one week.  If you have not yet done so, please download our calendar (http://musicnora.ca/schedule/calendar/); note the classes at the end of November. Parents have been asking me how to prepare, and what they need to bring to the first class, so here’s a list. New students: Pencil, tuition cheques (monthly/seasonal/annual – if tuition has not yet been paid), a smile. Please arrive 5 minutes early. Family registrants please bring in the MYC bag, tinsheet, etc. Returning students: Special pencil, tuition cheques (monthly/seasonal/annual – if tuition has not yet been paid), MYC …

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