November News 2019

A quick glance at what you’ll find happening in our studio in November:

  • November 4-8 Regular lessons and classes
  • November 11-15 FALL BREAK; NO LESSONS OR CLASSES (the exception to this will be Wednesday students who I started a week late and Thursday evening students who lessons I had to cancel last month.)
  • November 18 & 20 HOLIDAY UKULELE classes begin!  Monday class is FULL but Wednesday class still has some limited spaces!

Fall Break (1)

October 2019 Master Classes and Halloween Fun!

We had a terrific October of musical fun!  Here’s a little recap:

The week of Thanksgiving was our first master class (all studio group lessons) of the year!

We opened our master class with a partner game where older students were paired with younger students and searched for musical clues around the room then matched the musical vocabulary to their sheet.  This was a great moment to have some of the older students teach some of the terms to the younger/newer students.

 

Then we did a little musical improv with Halloween rhythms.  Students picked a rhythm card and created a melody for it on their keyboard with their partner while I accompanied.

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Students were given the opportunity to perform a piece they’d been working on since the start of lessons in November.

Then we tried something called SQUILT.  Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time.  We learned a little bit about Edvard Grieg and the music he composed for the play Peer Gynt and spent some time listening to and dissecting the piece, In the Hall of the Mountain King.  I wanted the students to listen attentively and focus on the essential elements of beautiful music:  Rhythm, Tempo, Dynamics, Instrumentation and Mood.  As we develop this habit for active listening it will be easier to be mindful of incorporating these essentials into our own playing.

We also had a little bit of a mini photoshoot and prepared new photos for our wall.  The polaroid photos and cards of last year were so cute but we have many new students this year and these photos turned out so great.  Pop in and check out our wall!

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Master classes are always a fun time and the little ones enjoy listening to and being partnered with some of the older students.

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We finished the month with a week of Halloween fun during our regular lessons and classes.  Particularly popular was the Trick or Treat cards.  Randomly throughout classes or lessons I would have a student pick a card that would have either a musical trick or treat on it.  If they drew a trick card, they learned a piano trick or technique and if they drew a treat card, we watched a fun piano youtube video.  We didn’t get through all the tricks and treats in lessons so if you want to try out more at home, here you are:

 

Hope you all enjoyed a safe and fun Halloween!

The Great Gumdrop Practice Challenge!

We wrapped up our year this year with the most intense practice challenge yet!  A studio versus studio practice challenge that pitted us against Swan’s Music Studio in Vanderhoof, BC!

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Each week we were inspired by a practice tip and issued a practice challenge…then we waited to see how many of our students and how many of Swan’s students completed the practice challenge!

 

What exactly was on the line?  Well for each studio, it was the bragging rights of having the best practicers. And to add a little extra motivation: the losing studio would have to video record and a concession speech congratulating the winning studio and admitting they were the best! 😉

For the students individually, each completed practice challenge earned them a guess for the giant gumdrop jar that was sitting in studio.  At the end of the challenge, the gumdrops would be added up and the closest guess would take it home…but each student that completed all four weeks of challenging would go home empty-handed, they would receive their own little treat bag!  In the end, it was Hope’s guess of 801 that earned her the jar!

 

In the end it was our studio that won….but just by a nose! Swan’s Music Studio really kept us on our toes!

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We celebrated our win and all the hard work at our final master class of the year!  We played our favorite pieces for each other, had a Note Speed competition, tried our hand at drawing a piano (great fine motor skill exercise and no easy feat drawing a grand piano!) and celebrated with an ice cream treat!  What a great end to another fantastic year of piano lessons!

February Mini Recitals

Among the many opportunities we enjoyed in our studio, the February mini-recitals were a special one!  Piano parents opened their homes during the Family Day week and students debuted their compositions or played a favourite composer from this year.

We then played a fun game of Mad Gab and laughed at our various piano-related stories!

And then, of course, we enjoyed some delicious refreshments! It was a great time of community building!

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Christmas Master Classes 2018

Well, that’s a wrap on week 14 AND 2018! We enjoyed Master Classes this week instead of regular lessons and it was, of course, a Christmas Theme!

We played Rhythm Instrument Karaoke, Name That Christmas Tune (Family Feud Style), Boomwhacker Karaoke, we crafted piano-themed fortune tellers for a special piano game and ended with a treat and my favourite Piano Guys Christmas video!

Just a reminder that the studio is now closed for the Christmas Break! Lessons will resume on Thursday, January 10th! Enjoy a wonderful break.

 

Yuletide By the Fireside!

Congratulations to all the students on a job well done! Our recital was such a beautiful celebration of all your hard work! What a treat to spend a Sunday afternoon with 34 of my most favourite musicians!

And a huge Thank You to all the parents who helped to provide such a delicious spread of refreshments. I’m fairly certain the students feel that’s the best part of recital!

Here is a little sneak peak of our time together. But first, a quick reminder that we will be wrapping up this week with special Christmas Master Classes in lieu of regular lessons. Please see your email for the Sign Up Genius link! Merry Christmas!  See you again on January 10th!