Special Dates to Remember

May 26th, 2016

PARENTS: Can you help? We are looking for  wooden or metal wind chimes to use in the final concert piece.  Probably several would work beautifully. IF you can loan us yours for this Tuesday and concert day, please bring it to class this week (labelled clearly)

YEAR END ITINERARY:

 Every day until June 13th: Practice to perfect your concert pieces  This will ensure you have FUN playing the concert. Do your part to contribute your very best and treat your audience to a beautiful performance. They will be amazed at what you can do!

MAY 31- REGULAR classes at Towers  Percussion players in attendance at 6 pm
Ensemble Rehearsals 4:50 and 5:20( at usual times) with Coach: Leona Davidson

JUNE 7th at TOWERS (LAST DAY OF CLASSES): 
                CLASS TIMES ALTERED
    
    Beginners: Arrive 4:30 Class  4:40 till 5:15

    Intermediates: Arrive  4:40  Class 4:45 till 5:45 pm

    Beginners and Intermediates Bows on the Bus rehearsal 4:45 to 5pm

5pm till 5:15 FINALESilverbirch Rehearsal for ALL students 5pm till 5:15 

   Advanced: Arrive 4:50 Class 6 till 7pm
 Ensemble Rehearsal times: to be confirmed  4:30 to 5:00, 5:20 to 5:50 with Leona 

June 14  CONCERT  DAY at HOLLAND CHRISTIAN HOMES

1. ALL students bring music stands labelled with name, your labelled folder with required music inside, your instrument

2. Wear MATT t-shirts and dress-up clothing (NO blue jeans)

3. All students arrive at 4pm, go (to the right )directly to Harmony Hall to leave cases, etc 

4. Take instrument, stand and folder immediately to Heritage Hall for tuning and staging rehearsal

4:30 to 5:30 Dress rehearsal starts

5:30 to 5:45 break (if needed , bring small snack to eat in Harmony Hall)

5:45 Return to stage for concert performance

6 pm CONCERT starts, ends approximately 7:15.
Immediately take instruments and put safely into cases, return to hallway outside auditorium for  refreshments

TUESDAY June 21 4 to 6 pm

POOL PARTY at Ms Currie's home -rain or shine. Awards and certificates and FUN!
Address and directions to be given in class. Max.10 min. walk from Towers. 
All are invited to bring a small snack to share. 
NOTE If you plan to swim, you must have parent watching you every moment in the water. 


SUMMER PLANS

NO Classes are held over the summer 
All students are encouraged to arrange with your teacher to have a some private lessons. Instruments are kept over the summer by ALL students.
Registration Day for current students is September 13, 2016 .
For newcomers registration will begin in August.

                                                 "SHARING THE LOVE"


ADVANCED CLASS PERFORMANCE . We have a TOWERS event Sunday August 20 from 11 to 2. - the "Annual BBQ Appreciation Event"   FREE FOOD for performers too!
                                             RAIN DATE SUNDAY AUG 21
YES it is summer holiday time , and we would like to "pay it forward" to our Towers Management who provides all of our class and lesson spaces. 
Please mark your calendars NOW and confirm your attendance with Marilyn.



      "MUSIC GIVES A SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE,
             WINGS TO THE MIND,  
                   FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION 
                        and   LIFE TO EVERYTHING"..... PLATO                              



May 24 Classes at Holland Christian Homes

May 18th, 2016
FYI: JUNE 14th Concert starts at 6 pm 
Thinking ahead with Concert planning:
DRESS
Wear MATT t-shirts with dress pants/skirt and dress shoes- NO BLUE JEANS!
TIME of ARRIVAL
All students arrive at 4 pm- for tuning in Harmony Hall and set up in Heritage Hall
we will rehearse from 4:30 to 5:30, break for 15 min.
Assemble in Heritage hall by 5:50 for 6 pm concert start


THIS WEEK: Parent Interviews: Wed/Thurs/Friday

MAY 24th classes /rehearsals for ALL students at Holland Christian Homes

Bring: instrument, music and stand, wear normal school clothes.


ADDRESS: HOLLAND CHRISTIAN HOMES @ 7900 McLaughlin Rd. 
Enter at Main Entrance (just left of DUCA sign)
Turn right to unpack cases, leaves coats etc. in Harmony Hall. 
then to go to left again straight ahead to Heritage Hall for class.
 Parking  info: if you cannot find an unreserved spot in front, go to the right (north) behind building- lots of spots. (OR head across the next street south and turn left for more spots) Do not park in reserved spots.


Beginners:  ARRIVE 4:05, CLASS 4:15 TO 5 PM Bring stand, instrument, AFS and Silverbirch music

Intermediates: Arrive 4:35 CLASS 4:40 to 6 PM Bring instrument,stand and folder with all concert pieces

4:40 : "Bows on the Bus" rehearsal- Intermediates and  Beginners

Advanced: Arrive 4:45 till 7pm 

4:50 "Land of the Silverbirch"  CONCERT FINALE rehearsal ALL students
5 pm FRONT DESK PLAYERS accompany Christian in MAY SONG


5:10 to 5:50 Ensembles can rehearse concert pieces B:5:20 to 5:25 then A: till 5:50, in Harmony Hall Others can bring homework and stay quietly in Heritage Hall during Intermediate class. Be there for class start at 6pm
Ensembles will try out a part of their piece on the stage

 ALL STUDENTS Co-operation Required
In order to have as smooth a rehearsal at HCH as possible, please stay seated and quiet while you are in Heritage Hall. Be listening and ready to move quickly when needed. DO NOT leave the hall at any time without permission.

HOMEWORK



Beginners 


All For Strings:  3 exercises a day from 55 to75 Play each twice

Learn how to find notes to read Silverbirch music a little each day
Practice Long Long Ago Twinkles and Lightly Row


Intermediates

Silverbirch: Carefully read through each day to learn notes
Baroque Fanfare
Minuet
Pizzicato Magic


Advanced

 Ensembles: B Haydn 
                      A La Rejouissance

Silverbirch- watch key changes
Brandenburg- energy, lightness, short quarter notes
La Paloma-  use 4th finger or mellow open string sound
Londonderry- Air How about some vibrato!
Sine Nomine- Power and majesty- huge dynamic  contrast


PERSISTENCE AND CONCENTRATION THESE NEXT FEW WEEKS
WILL BRING YOU A VERY JOYFUL CONCERT EXPERIENCE!!



IMPORTANT CLASS TIME CHANGES

May 11, 2016


MAY 24, JUNE 7 AND JUNE 14
In order to put together and rehearse  larger ensembles  for June 14th CONCERT
we are making some alterations in class times.
Please read and note carefully the following date adjustments

MAY 24th CLASSES  at Holland Christian Homes

HOLLAND CHRISTIAN HOMES @ 7900 McLaughlin Rd. Leave case, coats etc in Harmony Hall, then to go to Heritage Hall for class. Parking  info: TBA

Beginners:  ARRIVE 4:05, CLASS 4:15 TO 5 PM

Intermediates: Arrive 4:35 CLASS 4:40 to 6 PM

4:40 : "Bows on the Bus" rehearsal- Intermediates and  Beginners: 

Advanced: Arrive 4:45 till 7pm 

4:50 "Land of the Silverbirch"  CONCERT FINALE rehearsal ALL students

Please try to be there this early, if you can, for first FULL orchestra  run through of FINALE ,SIlverbirch at 5pm 

5:10 to 5:50 Ensembles can rehearse concert pieces on after the other , in Harmony Hall till your normal class start at 5:50 . Others can bring homework and stay quietly in Heritage Hall during Int class.



CLASSES JUNE 7th at TOWERS

Beginners: Arrive 4:30 Class  4:40 till 5:15

Intermediates: Arrive  4:40  Class 4:45 till 5:45 pm

Beginners and Intermediates:  Bows on the Bus rehearsal 4:45

Advanced: Arrive 4:50 Class 5 till 6pm

FINALE: Silverbirch Rehearsal for ALL students 5pm till 5:15 

HOMEWORK

Beginners Tuesday Class

Practice your scale of D and AFS Book # 68 and #70, ADD 75

AND YOUR CONCERT PROGRAM PIECES:
Tues and Wednesday classes  Bows on the Bus:
                                                          Long long ago
                                                          "MIss Hot dog "Twinkle Line 1 and 2 only
                                                          Lightly Row
                                                             
 Land of the Silverbirch 

Beginners Wednesday class 
same as above 
Add AFS Concert Song


Intermediates

All CONCERT pieces: 

NEW: May Song- mark in all G#'s
Baroque Fanfare
Minuet
Pizzicato Magic
Bows on the Bus (cut- omit from bar 75 to bar 106)

Land of the Silverbirch all



Advanced

Ensembles: B:  Haydn pizz. 
A: PLEASE ASK FOR NEW PIECE NEXT CLASS- Handel : La Rejouissance


La Paloma
Londonderry Air
Sine nomine
Brandenburg
choice of Brother James or Jesu Joy- vote next day!

FINALE : Silverbirch



PRACTICE HARD - PERFORM EASY!!






















TEAM BUILDING for the CONCERT

May 4, 2016
photos- WE NOW HAVE HUNDREDS OF PHOTOS of MATT children! Once we get them sorted and weaned down- you'll be seeing them! Wednesday class: photos MAY 17th WEAR your t-shirts to class!

CONCERT HELP NEEDED

Our June 14th concert and May 24th concert rehearsal
at Holland Christian homes will require help from everyone who can be there!
Please see Mariliyn and sign up to help in one of the listed areas.

THANK YOU TO PARENTS who have already signed up to help!

INTERVIEW SIGN UP
Please find a slot which works for you to meet with Andrea.
We need your input, about lots of things, and you will learn how your children are doing.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
Sign up for fall classes before June 21st and receive a $5 discount per child enrolled

EXCELLENCE in PERFORMANCE
STARTS WITH
your child's home practice. Sit in at lessons and see how to make that practice productive.

HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

ADVANCED  

 Ensemble A May 10 plays second piece for Adv class,
                                 La Rejouissance  NEW Trio music for concert
 Ensemble B works on second piece  May 10  to be performed in concert

Next class Watch yourselves play : VIDEO Tape of April 26! :La Paloma   


 June 14th CONCERT   PIECES: 
Land of the Silverbirch: FINALE
Brandenburg Concerto
La Paloma
Sine Nomine
 Danny Boy
Star Wars -first section  NEW: Second section  .

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INTERMEDIATE
Practice FIVE DAYS every week

                                     PIECES for JUNE CONCERT: 

CONCERT FINALE PIECE   Land of the Silverbirch    MASS ORCHESTRA
NEW to come: Christian's solo, accompanied by student orchestra

1.Baroque Fanfare  violin 2 : learn all SOLI PARTS WELL- you have the TUNE !!!
2. Bows on the Bus please note the CUT and practice getting used to the "jump"
3. Pizzicato Magic
4. Minuet by Handel- for concert
                                                                

BEGINNERS
Practice FOUR DAYS every week. 

 FOR THE CONCERT you will play the SHOW OPENER with Intermediate students  part of the Bows on the Bus selection, which includes:
             practice well so you can have fun playing these songs  without music.

1.Long Long Ago
2.Lightly Row - ALL lines
3.Twinkles:  mississippi hot dog  

4. THIS WEEK : CONTINUE READING THE D SCALE AFS page 25 #73
WORK on CONCERT FINALE PIECE: Land of the Silverbirch.
  ALL FOR STRINGS continue #30 and on

Daily warm up:ONE OF:  D Scale, a Twinkle Rhythm including"I stop & you stop"  


“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace,                                                                                                                   abolishing strife.”
                                                 ― Kahlil Gibran
                                                                                                      

   

CLASS PHOTO DAYS THIS WEEK

April 27, 2016

   “Where words fail, music speaks.” 
                               ― Hans Christian Andersen                          



        WEAR YOUR MATT T SHIRTS AND A SMILE !

This week we'll have a Professional photographer taking some professional shots for our NEW WEBSITE and POSTERS. So bring your smiling faces with you to class!

PARENTS INTERVIEWS SIGN UP STARTS THIS WEEK Please find a suitable slot for a brief Parent meeting with Andrea; scheduled for 3 to 6 pm  May 25,26,27 



HOMEWORK


ADVANCED  


 Ensemble A May 10 plays second piece for Adv class,Starts Trio music for concert
 Ensemble B works on second piece  May10  to be performed in concert

Watch VIDEO Tape of April 26! :La Paloma   


 June 14th CONCERT   PIECES: 
Land of the Silverbirch: FINALE
Brandenburg Concerto
La Paloma
Sine Nomine
 Danny Boy
Star Wars -first section  NEW: Second section  .

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INTERMEDIATE

                                     PIECES for JUNE CONCERT: 

FINALE piece for all coming to you next week.
Christian's solo, accompanied by student orchestra

1.Baroque Fanfare  violin 2 : learn all SOLI PARTS WELL- you have the TUNE !!!
2.Bows on the Bus please note the CUT and practice getting used to the "jump"
3. Pizzicato Magic
4. Minuet by Handel- for concert
                                                                

BEGINNERS

 FOR THE CONCERT you will play the SHOW OPENER with Intermediate students  part of the Bows on the Bus selection, which includes:
             practice well so you can have fun playing these songs  without music.

1.Long Long Ago
2.Lightly Row - ALL lines
3.Twinkles:  mississippi hot dog  

4. THIS WEEK : NEW  READING THE D SCALE AFS page 25 #73
  ALL FOR STRINGS continue #30 and on

Daily warm up:ONE OF:  D Scale, a Twinkle Rhythm including"I stop & you stop"  

PARENT INTERVIEWS AND LESSON REPORTS COMING U[P

April  21, 2016 
         
― from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone :

          “Ah, music,"  he said, wiping his eyes.
                             "A magic beyond all we do here!”  
                                                                                                                     J.K.Rowling



WARM THANKS TO THE ADVANCED ENSEMBLE STUDENTS
WHO WERE ABLE TO PERFORM at THE "SIGNING CEREMONY" April 21st evening. 
PHOTOS will be forthcoming- check in again in a day or two !
YOU DID US PROUD!! And thank you parents for making this happen!


APPLAUSE FOR A GREAT PERFORMANCE

OXFORD MANAGER BERT STEENBURGH


TEACHER'S  REPORTS and INTERVIEWS COMING UP SOON
Annual 15-minute  Parent meetings with Andrea are coming up within the next three weeks. This time we will have a Private lesson progress report from our teachers to discuss, if desired, as well as parent comments and suggestions. It is a very important meeting for Andrea, since she is very interested in your views about MATT and rarely has the opportunity to communicate one -on- one with parents .
An interview  schedule will be ready within the next week. Please select a time suitable for you to attend. 



SOUND BYTES FROM ADMINISTRATION
The MAY calendar will be available this Tuesday/Wednesday - Copies will be available.  Please check your email for your e-copy. PLEASE  NOTE - there are LOTS of notable dates on this calendar. Be sure to  READ it THOROUGHLY!  THERE are LESSON ADJUSTMENTS for FRIDAY SATURDAY classes IN MAY due to long week-end.


HOMEWORK

ADVANCED  

ENSEMBLES rehearse this week April 26th -  Theory Room  4:50 TO 5:40                
Same Day: Ensemble 2 is asked to perform for Intermediates -end of class: 5:40  
Next week Ensemble A plays again for Adv class.

An Advanced ensemble, or two, will perform at the concert. Selection to be decided. Learn both of you current pieces well-both to be played for class .


VIDEO TAPING April 26! :La Paloma   we'll rehearse it twice then put it "on record!"

 June 14th CONCERT   PIECES: 
Brandenburg Concerto
Land of the Silverbirch
La Paloma
Sine Nomine
  additional student request for concert: DANNY BOY
                                                                          NEW: Star Wars -first section only  .




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INTERMEDIATE

 YOU WILL BE PLAYING THE FOLLOWING PIECES for JUNE CONCERT: 
1.Baroque Fanfare  violin 2 : learn all SOLI PARTS WELL- you have the TUNE !!!
2.Bows on the Bus
3. Pizzicato Magic
NEW: Minuet by Handel- for concert!
                                                                ENJOY PLAYING AND LEARNING THESE WELL!






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BEGINNERS

 FOR THE CONCERT you will play for SURE:

1.Long Long Ago
2.Lightly Row -we now have learned ALL lines
3.Twinkles:  mississippi hot dog  

4. And MORE to be decided! Something new from AFS book will be played in concert 
THIS WEEK : ALL FOR STRINGSReview AGAIN: page 16-18 # 25 to 28

HOME PRACTICE work on three above pieces for concert
Daily warm up:ONE OF:  D Scale, one Twinkle Rhythm including"I stop & you stop"  

THE AFTERGLOW - A JOB WELL DONE

   BY THE WAY:  THANK YOU SHAIDA SHIRAZI, YOUR FINE"EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY"

        AND :TO SEAN PARTINGON FOR YOUR CLASS PHOTOGRAPHY !