WHAT WE KNOW FOR SURE

WHAT WE KNOW FOR SURE!

Music is a force for good in your child-it enhances thinking skills, trains discipline, offers opportunities to collaborate with others regardless of social/economic, cultural or religious background.
It is a purposeful, satisfying and educational use of spare time.
Performing well brings a natural high, the well-earned exhilaration 
which comes with achievement-

and it lasts for life.
 
LET"S TALK!   PARENT MEETINGS THIS TUESDAY -
AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH CLASS.
Please bring your questions and comments.
 
ROSE/ROSEBUD ORCHESTRA
"When you wish upon a Star" FEB.14- 8pm Rose Theatre
It is great to see that several parents have made arrangements to attend this concert with their children. It will be an important chance for them to see a live concert with the youth orchestra- and lovely music. It's part of the MATT music education to see live performances on their instruments!
If you haven't done so yet, please contact Claudia this week and make arrangements for your tickets.
COSTS are much less than half of the regular prices!
(ADULT $20. and $10 total for up to 4 children inclusive)
Your relatives and friends can attend as well by contacting the box office-MATT friends can use "code50" when purchasing tix and get %50 off!
Box office tel. #:905-874-3612
 
Just FYI :ANOTHER FABULOUS OPPORTUNITY for you all :
"BOWFIRE" next Thursday Ja
n 29 at the Rose-
a whole different take on violin playing- I'll see you there!
See the Rose Theatre Website for more info!
 
 
Beginner Homework
Each day work on the following things-and mark on your chart:
 
Always check RH and LH position before you start each task
1.LONG BOWS-straight bows on open strings 
2.0-1 String cycle with beautiful sound and in-tune first finger
3.Scale of D
4.TWINKLE- long bows
5. Mississippi hotdog on each note of Twinkle- start at MIDDLE of bow
---------------------------
Intermediate Homework
Each day work on the following things-and mark on your chart:
    1. Review D scale- perfect tuning-long straight bows
    2. Review G scale - make a beautiful sound-use wrist to PULL  up and down
    3. AFS- Reading music well is the goal :
                            sharps or naturals are now very important.
Look at the beginning of the exercises and remember : F#? C# ? move fingers close or farther (for cello/bass different fingers are used) depending on these .
    4. REVIEW # 132-bowing is important- long,short,short
    5.165- will be a concert piece in June.
    6. #167 violins now read notes on the E string
    7. ALL students continue on to #171
 
ADVANCED STUDENTS
Each day work on the following things-and mark on your chart:
1. VIBRATO: practice exercise only. To save UNLEARNING bad habits later, please do not use it in music until approved.

2. Girl from Ipanema- challenging section:C to D. Work out your fingerings, sharps and flats, etc with your teacher.
3. Fiddle Dance learn well: 4 bars before 2 to 4 after 2
                                           Review the rest of the piece
4, Macpherson: review all up to bar 29-learn it well.
5.Review :Beethoven and Pomp
 
REMEMBER YOUR LESSONS are there to help you play well.
 Prepare questions about difficulties to ask teachers, while you practice.
Make all your music sound beautiful with long smooth bows!

VALENTINE CONCERT -Rose Theatre!

PARENTS  NOTES :
 
"When you wish upon a Star" Concert  Rose Orchestra with Rosebuds,
Feb 14 at 8pm at the ROSE THEATRE
features great Disney tunes and other favorites  your whole family will enjoy.
 
Why not make this your Valentine gift to them!
You can get our MATT low rates through Claudia- $20/adult and $10 total for up to 4 children. Sign up Tuesday- to be paid by Tues Jan. 27th.
 
 
Please refrain from using cell phones during your child's class- we are so glad to have you there watching and learning with them!
This will help you guide their home practice.

PRIVATE LESSONS
Our teachers are reporting that some of our students, who receive our free private lessons, are not practicing. Some are also missing too many classes. Since we pay teachers for these lessons, our money would be better spent on beginners who do the required work. We will be discontinuing these  lessons unless there is considerable improvement.
Please ensure your children are doing the required practice- at least 5 times per week most weeks. This will ensure continuation of their lessons.
 
HOMEWORK

Advanced
1.Bring Practice guides to class..
2. VIBRATO PRACTICE
3. SCALES: 2 octave D and G, with shifts and vibrato
2. Mya, Balaaj and Zoe - start to learn notes of trio music Contredanse. Rehearsal times to be scheduled -possibly during Intermediate class to start
3. Fiddle Dance : PERFECT section 13 to 14. Review and learn other hard parts.
4.. MacPherson's Lament: PERFECT all parts up to 36 Work on melody parts.
5. Ipanema: PERFECT bars 1 to 24. Find good fingerings(with teacher help for  bars 25 to 40


Intermediate
 
1.Bring Practice charts to class.
2.Scales of D and G- long bows and perfect tuning.
3. AFS :NEW Learn both A and B parts of#165. Count carefully.
4. Review AFS #161 and 153 for correct tuning of F natural and C natural.
 
 
Beginner
 
1. Bring Practice charts to class
2.. 0-1 string cycle with LONG bows and excellent bow grip
3.. Scale of D- listen for perfect tuning of each note
4. TWINKLE- Review and learn all lines correctly .
5. Rhythms Mississippi hot dog and run pony on Twinkle and in D scale

January Calendar



     Alternate Tuesdays Alternate Wednesdays                      Alternate Thursdays
5:00 Zoe Cecilia Group 1 Group 2       Rukundo Loren
5:30 Wahaaj 4:30 Chistian Ben 5:30 Graeme 4:30 Leila
6:00 Riley 5:00 Mya Kalpi 6:00 Thea 5:00 Sofia
6:30 Sydnie 5:30 Annalise Mirianna 6:30 Bishan 5:30 Leah
6:00 Alli
Marilyn and Elizabeth 6:30 Hanna


















Hi everybody, hope you all had a great time during your holidays, I'm sorry I was not here last week, I was only able to receive your emails and text messages until this past Friday, so I apologized for unanswered calls and messages. I'm attaching the calendar for this month here rather than printing them out so you can have access to the info at all times. I will also be sending it by email at beginning of month. It helps with cost and also helps me to get everybody to review our blog regularly ( very sneaky of me, I know : ),  Please let me know if you still need printout and I will try to bring it in for you asap. See you later,

Claudia

A NEW YEAR BEGINS

 
All of us at MATT wish all of our students and families
 a wonderful AND MUSICALLY REWARDING, 2015!
 
CHANGING THINGS UP A BIT
We may be re-organizing the classes slightly to accommodate the students' progress and balance our instrumentation. Our  "MATT SCHOOL" is like a kaleidoscope- the colors constantly change and we are constantly adjusting our thinking, ideas and goals to meet the need.
 
Please remember ,whether or not you are affected, the end result is to help EACH student achieve at the best possible level!
 
 
NEW THIS TERM- for all parents who are able to attend class with your child, thank you for being there, listening ,watching and learning with you children. When you go home to follow up during the week, this will be extremely helpful, especially for Beginners.
 
We respectfully ask that cell phones be off during class and that you sit near your child to watch and help them. This will ensure that your time at class will be as helpful as possible to your child.
 
 
HOMEWORK THIS WEEK
 
Beginners
 
1. Review position carefully.
(a) Left Hand: Make sure LH 1st finger is sitting right above the tape and remains there always. We are using fingers at all times now.
(b) Right hand : Make sure all fingers are rounded and firmly placed on the frog of the bow. All students need 1st 3 fingers securely around the bow.
 
2. Open-1 string cycle Right arm is lifted over the string and weight dropped onto hand for good solid sound.
 
3.Review and perfect  D Scale: D E F# G A B C# D and back
 
4. Review and perfect TWINKLE:
                         TWINKLE, TWINKLE
         line 1    //: D    D    A    A    /B    B    A____/
What fingers?(all - d0    d0  a0  a0   /a1  a1    0 ____/)

        line 2          G    G   F#   F# /E    E    D_____ :// repeat (FINE)
         (violin /viola   d3  d3  d2   d2 / d1   d1   d0)
                    (cello   d4  d4  d 3  d3/  d1   d1   d0)
        line 3      //: A   A   G  G    / F# F# D ____ ://PLAY TWICE                                                                                              THEN                    
      (violin /viola  a0  a0  d3 d3   / d2 d2 d1 d0) back to beginning
                 (cello  a0  a0  d4  d4  / d3 d3 d1 d0) back to beginning
 
 Intermediate
 
1. SCALES: play slowly with long smooth bows and listen for perfect tuning
                    (a) D MAJOR-start on G string
                    (b) G MAJOR- low c for all G A B C(low) D E F# (high)G
violin/cello, start on G string BASS start on G string -2
 
 
2. Review: AFS : #132 Long, Long, Ago
Think carefully about Bow distribution: Remember :LONG short, short, SLOW
                    FOR CAREFUL STUDY and TESTING in PAIRS!
 
3. AFS:NEW this week: #153-
there are no sharps: watch the low f's on the D string all the way through.
 
That means: on D string:
       cellos and basses, f is 2, violins /violas- f is LOW 2, touching 1
 
4. NEW: AFS : 155 to 161
 
4. Pomp and Circumstance- review and learn well.
 
 
Advanced
 
                            PLEASE Return all Christmas music and folders .
                         MAKE SURE you bring all your music to every class
 
1. Use Practice Guide, record practice and bring Chart to every class 
2 .NEW: VIBRATO -to present a full and mature string sound
Practise your exercise daily for a couple of minutes- ready to use by Feb 10th!
3. Two Octave Scales: G Major  : cello and bass start on G string
shifts: Bass repeat first octave . Cello start up from G string- 0134, D 0134,
A string  0 1 3 4, then shift up (thumb at body of instrument),  1, 3 4 and back down the reverse way. Listen for correct notes and tuning.
               
2. Review each twice a week and pick small parts to improve and perfect :
(a) Fiddle Dance
(b) Pomp and Circumstance
(c) MacPerson's Lament
(d) Beethoven Minuet
 
 3. Continue: Girl from Ipanema - up to the end of section B (bar 24)
Be sure to ask you teacher to write in good fingerings, especially for your melody bars.

 
 
    NEW YEAR"S RESOLUTION: 
 SET UP A GOOD DAILY PRACTICE ROUTINE for 2015
and stick with it!
You'll SEE and HEAR the results!

 



MERRY MUSIC MAKING

CONGRATS ALL !
You did a super job playing the Mall Concert Saturday!
Lots of people asked about joining our MATT program too!
Jingle Bells rang out at Shoppers World


 



This SATURDAY: ADVANCED and INTERMEDIATES are playing Carols at the Towers!
  • bring your instrument, stand and music
  • wear your MATT t-shirt
  • ARRIVE AT THE CLASS ROOM BY 10AM SATURDAY
We play in each tower lobby between 10am and 2:45 pm. We leave at 3pm.
CLAUDIA is buying pizza for lunch- at 12 noon when we finish 2ndTower
don't forget to say THANK YOU to her!
If you wish a drink etc. please bring one for yourself
 
NEXT TUESDAY CLASS!!
THIS iS PAY DAY for SESSION 2
last class till January 4th
Bring instrument and practice charts.
Bring a small snack for each member of your class if you wish.
Activities: concert photos
video clips
music games
 



homework this week
INTERMEDIATES AND ADVANCED:
1. PREPARE ALL CONCERT CAROLS AND SONGS FROM last week's CONCERT
Advanced:
2. work on Fiddle Dance hard parts-bring you practice chart to all classes
3. Work on Girl from Ipanema

Intermediate:up to
1. Work in AFS book all lines from 142 to 145
                                                   149 and 150
                                                   153, 155, 156, 161 and 164
2. Continue working on Pomp and Circumstance

 Beginners:

1. String cycle-long bows
2. 0-1 string cycle-long bows, perfect bow grip
3. D scale (Doh a deer) listen carefully-keep left  hand finger #1 on tape for good tuning (see last week's blog for notes.
4.TWINKLE, TWINKLE
         line 1    //: D    D    A    A    /B    B    A____/
What fingers?(all - d0    d0  a0  a0   /a1  a1    0 ____/)

        line 2          G    G   F#   F# /E    E    D_____ :// repeat (FINE)
         (violin /viola   d3  d3  d2   d2 / d1   d1   d0)
                    (cello   d4  d4  d 3  d3/  d1   d1   d0)
        line 3      //: A   A   G  G    / F# F# D ____ ://PLAY TWICE                                                                                              THEN                      
      (violin /viola  a0  a0  d3 d3   / d2 d2 d1 d0) back to beginning
                 (cello  a0  a0  d4  d4  / d3 d3 d1 d0) back to beginning
 
Mississippi Hot dog- MIDDLE BOW Review Twinkle notes and D scale notes with this rhythm on each note
Looking forward to seeing you all TUESDAY!
PRACTICE WELL to PLAY WELL!!!!


the Christmas Concert Count Down!

the Christmas concert count down!
ALL the INFO YOU NEED!!
 
 Beginners: TWINKLE, TWINKLE
       line 1           //: D    D    A    A    /B    B    A____/
What fingers?(all - d0    d0  a0  a0   /a1  a1    0 ____/)

        line 2          G    G   F#   F# /E    E    D_____ :// FINE (the end)
         (violin /viola   d3  d3  d2   d2 / d1   d1   d0)
                    (cello   d4  d4  d 3  d3/  d1   d1   d0)
        line 3      //: A   A   G  G    / F# F# D ____ ://PLAY TWICE                                                                                              THEN                        
      (violin /viola  a0  a0  d3 d3   / d2 d2 d1 d0) back to beginning
                 (cello  a0  a0  d4  d4  / d3 d3 d1 d0) back to beginning

 DOH A DEER  : D SCALE
 long notes on D string: D  E  F#  G, then short notes on A string: A B C#D
                   violin /viola d0 d1 d2 d3                                             a0 a1a2 a3
                             cello d0 d1 d3 d4                                             a0 a1a3 a4

Here's the Final Program order

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT SHOPPERS WORLD
ALL STUDENTS PLAY THIS CONCERT
PRACTICE EVERYTHING YOU PLAY so YOU CAN HAVE FUN !
  • wear your MATT t-shirt and pants /skirt for sitting on the floor part of the time!
  • Bring a music stand if you have one
  • Bring your instrument/and red binder with all music in the order below:

Dec 6 1 pm  Arrive at 12:30.
go to Winners Entrance Area first, to leave coats cases etc.
PROGRAM
 there are a couple of changes, so PLEASE make sure you change your binder to the correct order!

1. ADVANCED STUDENTS: Deck the Halls- carol
                     2.           ADD BEGINNERS: TWINKLE
                     3.                                         DOH A DEER
            BEGINNERS SIT DOWN ON FLOOR near parents
   4. ADVANCED STUDENTS : The First Noel-carol
                      5.                                 BEETHOVEN MINUET
                      6.                              Good King Wenceslascarol
7.                            MAC PHERSON’S LAMENT
8. ADD  INTERMEDIATES : We wish you a Merry Christmas - carol    
       9.                             POMP and CIRCUMSTANCE     
                 10.                        Hark, the Herald Angels Sing carol       
                     11.                            Joy to the World-carol
                     12. ADD BEGINNERS        Silent Night - carol
                     13.                                Jolly Old St. Nicholas-carol
BEGINNERS SIT DOWN
14. ADVANCED /INTERMEDIATE: Angels we have heard on high- carol
The End
THANKS TO YOU ALL
for SHARING YOUR GIFT of MUSIC with OTHERS! 

 

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS COMIN UP!


GET READY for DECEMBER 6, EVERYBODY!
 
HOW COOL IS THIS: ALL MATT STUDENTS
will join together at "Santa's Workshop" Shoppers' World Mall
ARRIVE at 12:30
we play at 1pm! done by 2pm
We will play carols, and other musical tidbits for the waiting parents and children. SEE the entire program under HOMEWORK below!
 
everybody wears their MATT t-shirt, (arriving this week)
brings their music stand/instrument
 
TOWERS CONCERTS with SANTA
We are SO sorry about the changing dates: the Towers Management has had a lot of trouble pinning down SANTA to come to their buildings-
 HE IS A BUSY GUY!


This is the final word :HONEST !!!
 
We will play with SANTA at each of the four buildings
SATURDAY December 13 afternoon!
 
HOMEWORK FOR ALL:
practice lots, so you can have fun playing:
Advanced: Minuet, Fiddle Dance, MacPherson's Lament
and ALL CAROLS
with Intermediates: Pomp and Circumstance and Carols
All together, with Beginners
Twinkles, Doh a Deer
AND  2 Carols
 
Beginners: 
Learn your D scale well- up and down again:
D E F#G A B C#D, then Down again:
A string: take off fingers on A one note at a time to open A
then All fingers on D and take off fingers again to open D.

TWINKLE, TWINKLE
                                //:   :// means repeat section between double bars
 
          line 1        //: D    D    A    A    /B    B    A____/

What fingers?(all:  d0    d0    a0     a0   /a1  a1    0 ____/)

              line 2         G    G   F#   F# /E    E    D_____ :// FINE (the end)

      (violin /viola   d3  d3  d2   d2 / d1   d1   d0)

                 (cello   d4  d4  d 3  d3/  d1   d1   d0)

               line 3 //:  A    A   G   G /F#  F#   E D_____ ://   DC al FINE
                                                                   (back to beginning, to FINE)
           (violin/viola) a0  a0  d3  d3   / d2  d2 d1 d0)

                    (cello  a0  a0  d4  d4   / d3  d3  d1 d0)

 
MUCH CONCERT FUN is COMING!!!!