Due to the freezing rain and ice pellets that we are currently getting, I am hoping that all my students stay safe and stay home. If anyone feels that they could arrive for lessons safely, please let me know. Otherwise I will see you all next week. If you wish to schedule a make up lesson for this storm cancellation please contact me at your earliest convenience and we will work out a mutually convenient time.
To all my students. I want you to do your absolute best during your lessons with me. The only thing that you could do to make it better for yourselves is to use some of these technique builders in your practice time.
1. Play your scales/gammes hands separately a few times before you play them hands together. Even if you already know how to play them, work on the crescendo's and decrescendo's first hands separate.
2. Play your scales/gammes both legato (smoothly connected) and staccato (detached) to allow you to hear the way the music could sound.
3. When you get really good at the legato/stacatto touch, try playing with your RH legato and your LH staccato and then switch it up.
4. Don't forget to play your triads and chords. These are best played immediately after the scale/gamme that corresponds to it.
Don't worry if you make mistakes while you are doing this, that is the whole point of it. These techniques will help you to grow faster in your musical journey.
And as always, ask me if you have any questions.
That is what I am here for.
September is fast approaching and I want to make sure that all my students get the time they are looking for. Please remember to get in touch with me before school starts to confirm your time slot.
Le mois de septembre approche à grands pas et je veux m'assurer que tous mes étudiants auront le temps qu'ils cherchent. N'oubliez pas de prendre contact avec moi avant le début des cours pour confirmer votre créneau horaire.
I am going on vacation from February 28th to March 10th, 2019. I want you all to know that there will be no lessons during this time. I hope that all my students have a wonderful March Break. I look forward to seeing you all when I come back, rested and ready to tackle some new pieces and techniques.
Learning a musical instrument is an excellent way to increase your brain power. We offer lessons in piano, vocal, guitar and violin. During all lessons you will learn the theory relevant to your instrument and skill level.
Please contact either Kim - 506-743-7734 or
to arrange for your free trial lesson. Kim teaches piano and vocal and Jess teaches guitar and violin.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Remember that music lessons make an excellent Christmas gift and we have Gift Certificates available for all who are interested.
Over the next 2 months (or so) on Saturday's I will be selling off most of my music books to make way for new programs and fun new books for my students. As you are walking past the Bouctouche Farmers Market, don't hesitate to stop by and see what I have for sale. All books outside are 50% off. All books inside are 25% off.
Also, Carole Boccoz is joining me and selling her homemade Kombucha and jewellery. You will not want to miss this. Hope to see a bunch of you guys come by and say hi.
Summer is just around the corner. Days are getting longer and warmer and flowers and plants are starting to grow. I know that students are going to be struggling with whether or not to continue their lessons throughout the summer months.
For those students who wish to continue, I will be offering lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday only for the months of July and August. Please let me know which day works best for you.
Enjoy the summer, keep practicing.
With February almost to an end, you can feel that spring is around the corner, even though it is snowing a bit today.
I promised to share some of my new curriculum for everyone on here. So, let's start with the names of the notes on the keyboard. I hope that you like what I came up with :D
Don't hesitate to let me know what you think. Feedback is very important especially at this stage of the writing process.
I am so excited to let everyone know I am writing my own curriculum for piano. It will be based on solfege in both English and French :D
As you know I am now living in New Brunswick, which is a bilingual province. I have been having a difficult time finding any French curriculum that makes it easy and fun for students to learn. So, the start of "Passport to Music". In my program we will be travelling around the keyboard using our black keys and white keys separate and at the same time, but with a fun little twist. I can't wait to show it to you all.
I am so happy here and the views that I have are spectacular. But I digress. The curriculum is coming along very very well, and I can't wait to share it with everyone. So, once I have a chapter done, I will be very kind and share some of it on here.
I hope that everyone is having a fantastic start to their 2018 and that God is blessing them beyond belief.
Why Does Music Education Matter?A few days ago, someone asked me for a few quotes about music education for an article he’s writing. His first question:
“why is music important to the development (both personal and academic) of our students?”
In our everyday lives as teachers, we’re not generally asked to explain why music matters. We’re busy planning lessons and concerts, attending faculty meetings, and calmly explaining to a pair of arguing children why it doesn’t matter “who started it.” We rarely stop to examine why we’re doing what we do. We just love it. We can’t imagine doing anything else. Music is everything! Music is necessary! But based on how frequently music gets cut from the school curriculum, not everyone sees it that way. I’m grateful to have an opportunity to sit down and really work out what I believe is the answer to this question. Here’s what I think:
Because administrators and politicians generally view music as an “add-on” or “special,” it can be the first program cut from a school facing budget constraints. As a result, supporters of music education constantly struggle to justify music’s importance. They might show how music improves math scores and increases school attendance, or they may demonstrate that the focus and discipline required to master an instrument improve students’ overall academic performance. Proponents of music education may also discuss one of the most compelling effects of music—the fact that creating music requires individual competence (based on practice and discipline) combined with attentiveness to others in an ensemble, and that this balance prepares children for success in any work or personal environment. They may also point out that learning to lead an ensemble, whether as a conductor, band leader, or first chair in an orchestra, is excellent preparation for leadership of any kind.
They’re right, of course, about all those things. But the underlying reason that music helps improve nearly every area of a child’s life is that music is a critical and necessary part of the human experience. The more you remove people’s access to creating and listening to music, the more people suffer, both individually and as a part of a culture.
Each of us has a heartbeat that makes us the walking embodiment of music. Our life force is a steady beat, the foundation for all music. When we are excited or frightened, the beat accelerates. When we are relaxed or at rest, the beat is slower. Music has its basis in our very core. Also, in order to communicate, we vary the pitch of our voices to create language. Varying pitches are the basis for melody. In fact, that’s why we can remember language in the form of lyrics to a song more easily than language in the form of a poem or expository prose. The song organizes the language into memorable pitch and rhythmic patterns, thus tapping into qualities which are inherent to our physical being.
Yet many in the U.S. and some other parts of the world increasingly view music as the exclusive domain of the extraordinarily talented. Many people will say that they can’t sing, or that they have no musical ability. The reality, however, is that they simply have had limited exposure to music, particularly at a very young age. What we think of as being inborn talent or genius is more likely a combination of some natural ability, passion, early exposure, extensive practice, and laser-like dedication.
Those same people who say that they are “not musical” often love listening to music and are deeply affected by it. That’s because music is a direct line to our emotions. Everyone from retailers to advertising executives to the person organizing the high school graduation knows this. Every spa plays slow music during treatments to help you relax, every professional sports event is peppered with music designed to heighten excitement. Even fans often chant and sing in response to the action. (“Let’s go Yankees,” followed by a rhythmic clapping pattern, is sung to the tune of a minor third.) Music is an intrinsic part of events where we feel complex or heightened emotions. Anyone watching a horror movie with his eyes closed can tell you exactly when something bad is about to happen because the dissonant music evokes an immediate visceral response. Music is power, and people who control the music are in control of people’s emotions. And those who choose to participate in music gain something deeply satisfying when they tap into that power, often a sense of relief or expression. Consider these examples:
• 45,000 people, many of whom will tell you that they “can’t sing” will nevertheless sing the chorus to “Hey Jude” with joyful abandon at a Paul McCartney concert.
• On 9/11, U.S. politicians spontaneously sang “God Bless America” on the steps of the capital building to express their sense of grief, anger, and patriotism. They didn’t spontaneously speak the pledge of allegiance in a monotone chant.
• For adults, a song from childhood or high school will evoke extraordinarily immediate and tactile memories of that time.
• Parents softly sing to babies to calm them and get them to sleep. Parents who “don’t sing” will purchase recordings and play them for the babies, knowing the effect they will have.
• Immediately after a disaster, what is done in order to raise money? A concert! Not products to purchase, not a performance of comedy sketches, not an art installation, but music. The music helps people process the pain of the disaster, and also provides a foundation to inspire people to give money to help victims.
Music is unique in that it is both a discipline and an immediate gateway to human emotional life. Children who participate regularly in music not only hone their abilities to focus, think, analyze, organize, and work with colleagues, but begin to master their own emotional lives. Many of the people causing harm in the world through violence, wars, intimidation, and corruption could have avoided that path if they had had access to both a better awareness of their own emotional lives and a constructive passion in which to direct their desire for power. Music provides both.
Read more: http://blog.thesingingclassroom.com/post/46195053828/why-does-music-education-matter#ixzz52rwvqYwM