SPONSOR A STUDENT in OUR FUNDRAISER: "PLAY A THON II"

April 18, 2018

If you wish to donate to the MATT PLAY A THON, please go to our website 
musicatthetowers.ca and make your donation- see home page 

Scroll down for HOMEWORK

PARENTS NOTES 


1. Ivone Ragoobar is helping with Admin. work in Yogita's  absence.


She will also be the assistant in Wednesday and Thursday classes




Ivone 's contact info:

MATT Office : 905 497 2220  and mattchoral@gmail.com


Tuesdays :PARENT ASSISTANTS

Michelle Mack: Beginners
Mercy Mantey: Intermediates
Patrenella Lawson: Advanced


2. NEW Bulletin board - MATT office hallway:
                            current month calendar and lesson schedules
                            complete list of dates till June - see below

 This should help avoid calls/emails to ask for lesson information.
 Thank you all for your support as we adjust to these changes.


MATT CALENDAR till year end:


May 23 to 27  INTERVIEW SIGN UP FOR ALL PARENTS
   with Ms. Currie- discussion, private lesson progress report & your suggestions for MATT 

April 30 to May 11 LAST WEEKS of Private lessons- 
                               Parent Interviews.- all parents, with Ms Currie

Saturday May 5, 11 to 4 MATT PLAYTHON II FUNDRAISER at  SHOPPERS' WORLD
ALL Students and Parents are asked to help bring in pledges & to perform on May 5th
Please initial your name in class to indicate that you will be at the Play a thon event
See the calendar for your time slots. 

MAY 5 PLAY A THON SCHEDULE


10:30: set up - Wayne Strongman, NIcole Yoshimura

11:00 - 11:30: -  Beginners

11:30 - 12:30: CHOIR / Intermediate Ensembles
     
12:30 - 1:30: Intermediate Class

1:30 - 2 pm:  MATT Ensembles/ tentative- guest performers

2pm - 3 pm: Advanced Class

3pm - 4pm:  Northern Lights Quartet-
                     NLQ trio: Andrea Currie Jefferson  Leona Davidson, violins,
                                            cellist David Rodrigo

ALL performers receive a sweet treat after performing, Thank you,  Brampton Towers.!! 

Tuesday May 22-  DRESS (final) REHEARSALS- wear normal clothing
   at Holland Christian Homes- Heritage Hall,7900 McLaughlin Rd South 
                                         bring your instrument, stand , concert music
                                                          
Beginners: 4:30 -4:45
Intermediates: 5 to 5:45
Advanced: 6 -7pm

Tuesday May 29: FINALE SHOWCASE CONCERT 6 to 7:15pm
 at Holland Christian Homes- Heritage Hall,7900 McLaughlin Rd South 
                                        
ALL students arrive at 4:15 pm FULL REHEARSAL 4:30 to 5:45 pm
Wear MATT t-shirts, dress pants/shoes
Bring your instrument, stand , concert music

PARENTS: Please bring refreshments. We serve all who perform and attend, including residents of HCH .- to be co-organized by two parents. Mid -May we will post a sign up sheet in class. Sign up in class to bring your choice : beverage/ snack / fruit. It is always a feast of  wonderful variety!




TUESDAY JUNE 5: Year - end AWARDS CELEBRATION  4 to 6pm Ms Currie’s yard!
June 6 till mid. August - MATT office is closed
                                ADVANCED PERFORMANCES, MARKET BOOTHS TBA .
                                MATT Registration: Mid August - September 14


HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

BEGINNERS: 

1. Two - week MATT fundraising campaign: FIND PLAY A THON PLEDGES! 
2. Scarborough Fair- write in note names and practice to bar 27
3.Strictly Stings Page 17 - all
4. Scale of D 
5. Scale of G
6. Long, Long Ago- to be played from memory
7. Twinkles- three rhythms

INTERMEDIATES

1.Two - week MATT fundraising campaign: FIND PLAY A THON PLEDGES! 
2.. Scales of D and G
3. Water Music Dances 1 and 3 all
4. Crepuscule -mark in note names NEW- bars 48 to 76- Review all from beginning.
5.`Happy Blues- Review ALL  Work on CODA ending and "road map"

ADVANCED

1.Two - week MATT fundraising campaign: FIND PLAY A THON PLEDGES! 
2. Fiddlers Three: "FIDDLE Style"- use elbow motion/strong arm weight/ fuller bows 
3. Ave Verum: careful attention to BOWINGS- correct slurs,  perfect tuning 
4. Beauty and the Beast - to bar 69
5. Suite for Strings: Preludio and Gigue
6. Harry Potter: to bar 77- work on dynamics and strong ending!


"Music is the social act of communication among people, 
a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is." Malcom Arnold



WELL DONE, MATT PERFORMERS!

April 11, 2018: Please scroll down to last week's blog  for notices and homework!




WARMEST  CONGRATULATIONS!  
Advanced Orchestra Class  and Choristers!
 for your important musical contributions to our SPONSOR Appreciation Reception .


These MATT Parents played a huge role in presenting the event:
Kal Farah, Bradley and Arlene Georges, Bill Jefferson, Mercy Mantey, Richard Lai, Wayne Norman, Jelena Paz Popovic, Shawn and Ivone Ragoobar, Susan Thomas Jessica Tien. 

                                                      THANK YOU ALL!
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MATT  EVENT photos, taken by Jessica Tien. "MATT SNAP'D"
MATT CHORISTERS

ADVANCED ORCHESTRA 
 BRAMPTON CITY HALL GUESTS 

WAYNE and ANDREA with BERT STEENBURGH of OXFORD 

RECEIVING the OTF PLAQUE for MATT CHORAL PROJECT

APRIL SPECIAL EVENT - ALL SYSTEMS GO!

April 5, 2018 
PARENT NOTES 
DID YOU KNOW? According to the examination of 232 brain scans of children aged six to 18, lead by Professor James Hudziak, practising a musical instrument positively influences developments in the brain which help children to cope with emotions, improve attentiveness and sharpen executive functions. 

         Of course you did- your children are proving it- IF they practice lots!!

 1. April 9 to 13 WEEK 2- PRIVATE LESSONS/THEORY ARE ON AS USUAL THIS  WEEK 

2. APRIL 10 TUESDAY  INTERMEDIATES & BEGINNERS - CLASSES CANCELLED -
                due to special MATT Sponsor recognition event at that time
                             

3. ADVANCED STUDENTS: Tuesday APRIL 10: Event 5-7pm  "Lighting Lives with Music"

       Advanced Class Parents are invited to come and be a guest at the RECEPTION!

DRESS: Strings WEAR Dress shirts/blouses
              Choral students WEAR MATT t-shirts and "dress up" shoes pants /skirt
BRING: Music folder with one performance piece in it, music stands, instruments
        
TIMING
 5:30- arrival at Towers :  warm up/tune in Lunch Room.
                                       Choral students WEAR MATT t-shirts and dress up go to MATT office 
 5:50: ALL students Move to Party room with stands and instruments 
 6 pm: Strings Perform " Harry Potter"-  remain in place till end of formalities
           Chorus sings. When Children Join Hands and Sing
 ALL  remain in performance location till end of formalities
 6:15 approx. :STAY till formalities end- take stands and instruments back to Lunch room -
            You may leave then, or stay till 6:30.   
          Then you and you parents are invited to stay and enjoy!
       

4. PLAYATHON II     Saturday May 5- FUNDRAISER for MATT: 

Each MATT family Teacher Board member and and Staff member is requested to raise $100- by asking your teachers, friends family for pledges. More details  and Pledge sheets will be handed out next week in classes.


HOW does PLAYATHON work on Saturday May 5 ?
  •  Come to Shoppers World South Side Court 15 min before your scheduled time (below)
  •  ALL MATT Students play their class/concert materials for MALL audience at South Side Court in Shoppers World Mall. (same location as last year)
  • Set up your music stands and folders as in class.
  • Wear MATT t-shirts and casual clothes.
 TENTATIVE PLAYATHON SCHEDULE:      

                      Beginners play at 11 to 11:30 am
                      Intermediate Ensembles: 11:30 to 12 am
                      Intermediates: Play 12 - 1 pm
                      Choir : 1 to 1:30
                      Guest performers/ Advanced  Ensemble: 1:30 -2pm
                      Advanced Class: 2 to 3 pm
                      Northern Lights String Quartet: 3 to to 4 pm
        

  5.  ENSEMBLES      
To be considered to play in May concert your ensemble MUST perform for class within the next 2 weeks. Only Jasjeet's ensemble  has performed so far.
                              3. Cecilia has the dates for each ensemble to perform in class.starting April 17, and 24th and May 1st!


HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

BEGINNERS

1. Long, Long Ago: Review ALL LINES with repeated sections

2. D Scale - review with LONG bows- half notes
3.  G scale. Same fingers starting on G string : g a b c d e f# g, down f# e d c b a g

4. READING MUSIC: Strictly Strings. Page 17. work on all lines of P 17- 2 lines every day. Keep Eyes on the notes! NEXT week we add more notes KEEP YOUR EYES on the NOTES!

5. NEW SONG for MAY CONCERT: Scarborough Fair : 
                                                NEW: bars 8 to 15. Write in note names
                                                Review intro section to Bar 8. Learn to play this section well

6. REVIEW TWINKLES: Pick a different rhythm every day

INTERMEDIATES
Two MATTHEW'S-cello/bass section leaders 

1. HANDEL WATER MUSIC: Warm up:  SCALE OF D
                                 NEW:bar 31 to 46. BE SURE to have note names written in if needed                                    Learn to play this section  well!
                                    Review to bar 13, with repeats. Count eighth notes correctly- 1&2&3&4&

2. CREPUSCULE: Warm up Scale of G 
                             Review from beginning to bar 47- find YOUR melody parts
                             NEW section: Work ahead after bar 47 writing in note names if needed.   

3. HAPPY BLUES: Scale of D  Review the ending !
                               Keep learning perfect timings and correct notes.


ADVANCED
   


1 HARRY POTTER: PRIORITY for April 10 performance. 
                                         Start VERY softly- keep the tempos!
                            STUDY correct bowings throughout. Work on effective dynamics
VIOLAS: SOLO- Learn it well with your teacher. Learn to play it with style and comfort!
                                     
3. NEW BEAUTY and the BEAST: We will play bars 1-to 69 only
NEW Theme 2: bar 42 to 50. Learn your melodies- especially CELLOS!
  Violin 1- learn shifting sections with correct fingerings bars 17 and 18
 Please work at home and with teacher on bars 1 to 10. We will have teachers playing this with us.
VIOLA SOLO -with cellos- Bar 49 coming next week- have a look- prepare it well. 
CELLOS SOLO: bar 34. and barAsk private teacher for  good fingerings Practice every day!!! Susan will play this with you- but you must learn it. 

4SUITE FOR STRINGS.  Sarabande. 

5. Ave Verum - Continue working on perfect high C# and G#
                        Practice the smooth , soft sound with full bows

DID YOU KNOW? According to the examination of 232 brain scans of children aged six to 18, lead by Professor James Hudziak, practising a musical instrument positively influences developments in the brain which help children to cope with emotions, improve attentiveness and sharpen executive functions. 
         Of course you did- our children are proving it- IF they practice lots!!

                                    

SPRING -BUDDING PERFORMANCES

March 28, 2018
PARENT NOTES

TUESDAY APRIL 10:
                    CLASSES CANCELLED FOR INTERMEDIATES AND BEGINNERS
                             WEEK 2 PRIVATE LESSONS ARE ON AS USUAL for ALL students
Advanced Class- Violins

2. ADVANCED STUDENTS: Tuesday APRIL 10 TIMING :
        
 5:30- arrival at Towers :
 Strings warm up/tune in Lunch Room.
 Choral students go to MATT office
Advanced Class- Violas and Violins 

                                                            5:50: ALL students Move to Party room with stands and instruments 
         6 pm: Strings Perform " Harry Potter"-  remain in place till end of formalities
                   Chorus sings.  remain in performance location till end of formalities
          6:15 approx. :STAY till formalities end- take stands and instruments back to Lunch room -
             You may leave then, or stay till 6:30.   
          Then you and you parents are invited to stay and enjoy!
       
Intermediate violins

3. PLAYATHON II     Saturday May 5- FUNDRAISER for MATT: 

Each MATT family Teacher Board member and and Staff member is requested to raise $100- by asking your teachers, friends family for pledges. More details  and Pledge sheets will be handed out next week in classes.


HOW does PLAYATHON work on Saturday May 5 ?
  •  Come to Shoppers World South Side Court 15 min before your scheduled time (below)
  •  ALL MATT Students play their class/concert materials for MALL audience at South Side Court in Shoppers World Mall. (same location as last year)
  • Set up your music stands and folders as in class.
  • Wear MATT t-shirts and casual clothes.

 TENTATIVE PLAYATHON SCHEDULE:                              
Intermediate violin

                      Beginners play at 11 to 11:30 am
                      Intermediate Ensembles: 11:30 to 12 am
                      Intermediates: Play 12 - 1 pm
                      Choir : 1 to 1:30
                      Guest performers/ Advanced  Ensemble: 1:30 -2pm
                      Advanced Class: 2 to 3 pm
                      Northern Lights String Quartet: 3 to to 4 pm

6. ENSEMBLES: 1. To continue in ensembles, the following students must hand in to Ms Currie their completed Theory Book 1 by Tuesday April 17 : 
         Jasjeet Sidhu, Sofia Popovic, Rashad Merrick, Aaron Merisanu

                             2. To be considered to play in May concert your ensemble MUST perform for class within the next 2 weeks. Only Jasjeet's ensemble  has performed so far.


HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

BEGINNERS

1. Long, Long Ago: Review ALL LINES with repeated sections

2. D Scale - review with LONG bows- half notes
3.  G scale. Same fingers starting on G string : g a b c d e f# g, down f# e d c b a g

4. READING MUSIC: Strictly Strings. Page 17. work on all lines of P 17- 2 lines every day. Keep Eyes on the notes! NEXT week we add more notes KEEP YOUR EYES on the NOTES!

5. NEW SONG for MAY CONCERT: Scarborough Fair : write in note names /finger numbers for the intro section to Bar 8. Learn to play this section well

6. REVIEW TWINKLES: Pick a different rhythm every day

INTERMEDIATE

1. HANDEL WATER MUSIC: Warm up:  SCALE OF D
                                    Review to bar 13. Mark in names and learn notes from bar 31 to end.

2. CREPUSCULE: Warm up Scale of G 
                        NEW section: Work ahead after bar 43 writing in note names if needed.                                Review from beginning to bar 43

3. HAPPY BLUES: Scale of D  Review the ending !
                               Keep learning perfect timings and correct notes.


ADVANCED
   


1 HARRY POTTER: PRIORITY for April 10 performance. 
                            STUDY correct bowings throughout. Work on effective dynamics
VIOLAS: SOLO- Learn it well with your teacher. Learn to play it with style and comfort!
                                     
3. NEW BEAUTY and the BEAST: Bars 1-to 69 only
  Violin 1- learn shifting sections with correct fingerings bars 17 and 18
 Please work at home and with teacher on bars 1 to 10. We will have teachers playing this with us.
CELLOS SOLO: bar 34. Ask private teacher for  good fingerings Practice every day!!! Susan will play this with you- but you must learn it. 

4SUITE FOR STRINGS.  Sarabande. 

5. Ave Verum - Continue working on perfect high C# and G#
                        Practice the smooth , soft sound with full bows


ENJOY THE EASTER WEEK-END, ALL!

                                           

SPRINGING FORWARD with MATT

March 22, 2018
PARENT NOTES


NEW ADVANCED STUDENTS: for APRIL 10 performance at the Towers.
         BOYS Be sure to ask for your purple dress shirt this week
ADVANCED CELLOS in class
      GIRLS need to find a long sleeve purple dress blouse. 

APRIL 10 TIMING : arrive 5:15 : warm up /tune 5:30                                                            Perform 6 pm.  
 Then you and you parents are invited to stay and enjoy! 
ADVANCED VIOLINS in class 











1. CHORAL  STUDENTS : SPECIAL EVENT-
                                         Choral Concert Saturday April 21 evening.
 Cantores Celestes Women's Choir will present MATT with a $1000 sponsorship Guest                                      performance by the Emperor String Quartet.

2. NO PRIVATE LESSONS NEXT WEEK. (Holiday Friday) March 26 to 30 (see calendar) 

3. SESSION III is underway Please pay your fees at - now overdue


4. LAST ROSE/ ROSEBUD Concert is Saturday April 28. Order and pay by April 17!!  Please ensure your child has attended at least one of these concerts- required, along with excellent attendance at classes lessons (and Theory for INT and ADV), to receive year-end certificate.

5. TUESDAY CLASSES : APRIL 10 REMINDER . Due to our Special event in the party room APRIL 10, there will be no classes!

6. ENSEMBLES: 1. To continue in ensembles students must complete Theory Book 1-pass your completed theory book to Ms.Currie
                             2. To be considered to play in May concert your ensemble MUST perform for class within the next 2 weeks. Only one ensemble has performed so far: that is Jasjeet's group




HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

BEGINNERS

1. Long, Long Ago: Review Lines 1 and 2. Learn Correct notes and fingers 
                                   NEW : Line 3 and 4 follow hand out sheet 

2. D Scale - review with LONG bows- half notes
3.  G scale. Same fingers starting on G string : g a b c d e f# g, down f# e d c b a g

4. READING MUSIC: Strictly Strings. Page 15. review all -2 lines every day. Keep Eyes on the notes! NEXT week we add more notes KEEP YOUR EYES on the NOTES!

5. REVIEW TWINKLES: Pick a different rhythm every day

INTERMEDIATE

1. HANDEL WATER MUSIC: Warm up:  SCALE OF D
                                      NEW PLAN: For the May concert we will omit middle section.
                                    Review to bar 13. Mark in names and learn notes from bar 31 to end.

2. CREPUSCULE: Warm up Scale of G 
                        NEW section: Mark in notes for new section :bar 36 to 43 
review and learn bars 1 to 35

3. HAPPY BLUES: Scale of D Keep learning perfect timings and correct notes.


ADVANCED

1. BRING LAST YEAR'S MUSIC TO CLASS. Please sort into correct piles at end of class.   


2. HARRY POTTER. PRIORITY for April 10 performance
VIOLAS: BIG SOLO- Learn it well with your teacher. You will have ateacher playng with you- BUT YOU must play it well!
                                      Bowings/notes/rhythms to bar 77. Practice the new ending.                                                                         Thank you
3. NEW BEAUTY and the BEAST : Bars 1 to 69 only
VIOLIN I: Please work at home and with teacher on bars 1 to 10. We will have teachers playing this with us.
CELLOS: BIG SOLO: bar 34. Work with teacher to get good fingerings Practice every day!!! Susan will play this with you- but you must learn it.
ALL: start learning carefully bars  

4SUITE FOR STRINGS.  Sarabande. 
                                           TUNING , especially all accidentals (added sharps/flats)




5. AVE VERUM: This is our selected concert piece. Work carefully on c# and g#'s and gentle smooth playing.

6..FIDDLERS THREE: ALL- correct eighth note bowings, precise timing, light bow.


                                         HAVE a SUCCESSFUL PRACTICE WEEK!!