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!

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Year End Excitement 2018

It’s June! The last few months have flown by and we are wrapping up yet another wonderful year of Music making  with something very fun this week…but first, a bit of a recap:

May was a busy month preparing for our spring recital and we fine tuned our pieces in both private lessons and a  boot camp style master class rehearsal week. We had relay races that drilled bits of our pieces and then full run through both with and without distractions,

Then we celebrated with our first ever coffee shop style recital, a super fun experience!


This will be our final week of lessons until September and we are going out with a bang! In lieu of regular lessons this week we will have master classes with a very special theme inspired by my son’s birthday party: an escape room.

Bring the musical knowledge you’ve gained this year, your piano books and a sundae topping to share. I’ll provide the challenges and the ice cream to celebrate with at the end!



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Easter Master Classes ~ April 2018

We enjoyed another week of special all studiomaster class groups this week! I used the theme of Easter surprises throughout the class.

We opened with an ice breaker game. Each student pulled an Easter egg half out of a bag and then had to find their matching half. This also helped review their musical terms.


Next we did a little ear training with mystery eggs. The mystery eggs each had a small household item in them that students had to guess without looking. Some were able to guess, some asked for help before opening the egg….some items really stumped the. But it was wonderful to watch them engage their ears listening for the pitch and timbre of the sound in the egg to help them identify it.


Then we had SoloTime and each student played a piece they had practiced over Spring Break.

We did another mystery egg listening game but this time the mystery items were a treat to be enjoyed while watching a Piano Guys video.

Then we improvised as a group in 3/4 time .


We finished up with one last game of interval identification “survivor style” with Scrambled Eggs! The older students paired up with the you get students…but the younger students caught on so quickly, I’m not sure they needed the help!


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Piano Olympics 2018 Wrap Up

Well we wrapped up our Piano Olympics this week with some very special all studio masterclasses!

The students worked so hard on all the challenges these last 6 weeks and many completed above and beyond the 5 needed to receive gold!


We began our master classes with a bit of Olympic Trivia as an icebreaker and I was so impressed with their knowledge!

Then it was on to SoloTime as each student prepared a piece to play for the class! I’m always so happy to see how eager they are to get up and play and how attentively they listen to each other!

After solotime we played several “minute to win it” style music theory games. Some were played in teams of two like Rhythm Sort and some were played in two large teams like Composer ABCs (sorting composers by alphabetical order) or rhythm dominoes.

Then then it was time to award medals.


We finished up with Olympics torch popcorn and a short YouTube video of Mr Bean playing Chariots of Fire with the London Symphony Orchestra. 😊



March News 2018

What a fun week of Piano Olympics wrap up we have had!!  Today is our last day and there is still some room in today’s 5pm class if you missed out this week!  We enjoyed some really outstanding solo time (great practicing this week!!), a little Olympic trivia (boy these kids have been paying attention to the Olympics!), some very fun “minute to Win it” music games, a special treat with a fun Olympic/Piano themed youtube video….and of course, some very special awards!  Our gold medal tally has rivaled that of Canada’s right now!

We will now soon be heading in to March and I thought I’d send out the March newsletter early as there are a few important dates and studio closures coming up, so take a moment to read through this newsletter which I have tried to keep brief and easy to read.  I will do my best to send out quick reminders when needed over the next month.

The studio calendar has been updated on my website (https://wordpress.com/page/mmmusicstudio.com/168) but here are some important upcoming dates:

I will be away Wednesday Feb 28-Tuesday March 6 and there will be no lessons those days.  I will be with my husband helping to host the Fountain Tire Convention in Banff.

2. SPRING BREAK:  Spring Break will be March 26-April 2.  There will be NO LESSONS during this week

3. April 3-6 Easter Week Master Classes,  no regular lessons this week.  A sign up sheet will come out just before Spring Break.

4. I will be away again April 22-28 and there will be no lessons that week.  My husband has a conference in New Orleans and it just happens to be Jazzfest that week so I  had to jump at the once in a lifetime chance to take that in.

5. SPRING RECITAL: Ivories & Espressos!!!  The Spring Recital is officially booked!  Mark your calendars for May 26th!  We have a very special and unique Spring Recital in store for you this year!  A relaxed, coffeehouse-style recital will take place at the Legato cafe located inside Sherwood Park Alliance Church (1011 Cloverbar Road, Sherwood Park, AB) on Saturday, May 26th between 11:30 and 1pm.  I have booked the coffeeshop for a private function our studio only.  Seating is very limited (approx 75 or so seats) so we will divide into two separate concerts: one at 11:30am and one at 12:15pm.  This will allow room for family members to come and join us.  Please sign up for just ONE of the two time concerts.  Sign up only the performing student(s), not the family members, just as you would for a master class. (Siblings are of course encouraged to play in the same concert!)  Bring some goodies or water bottles to share at your table or surrounding tables during the concert as you will be free to mingle, visit and enjoy treats during the concert.  The Legato Cafe will also be opened by volunteer baristas  for coffee, tea, hot chocolate or even iced beverage purchases during the concert if you are interested.

To sign up, click on the link emailed to you  to choose your concert time! Please sign up before May 18th so I have time to put together our program.