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.
 
MUCH CONCERT FUN is COMING!!!!

ALL ABOARD the HOLIDAY TRAIN!!

Concerts
ADVANCED AND INTERMEDIATE CLASSES

Santa Days at the Towers
We just got confirmation on the dates and times four our Tower Concerts. I apologize for the changes and my date confusions, I m just too excited : )
We will be playing on the following dates and times:
December 11 (Thursday) 6:30-8:30 and 
December 12 (Friday)  6:30-8:30
This gives us one more week to practice which is great! 
                                    we will play Christmas Carols in 2 building lobbies each day.

Please wear your MATT T-shirts and colorful bottoms

bring instrument, stand and music

PRACTICE CAROLS (given out Tuesday)


ALL STUDENTS

SATURDAY DEC 6 arrive 12:30 PLAY at 1pm

concert at Shoppers World "Santa Workshop"

Please wear your MATT T-shirts and colorful bottoms

bring instrument, stand and music

PRACTICE CAROLS(Given out LAST Tuesday)

Homework
ADVANCED CLASS homework
 work only on difficult parts and MELODIES
do not start at the beginning unless these parts are there:
PRACTICE class music Fiddle Dance -ALL Pomp and Circumstance-ALL

Beethoven- ALL /MacPherson's Lament-ALL

plus we will add review music for Beginners

BEGINNERS HOMEWORK THIS WEEK
1.REVIEW-ALL POSITIONS CAREFULLY
2.string cycle
3.0-1 string cycle
4.TWINKLE line 1
5.NEW: D E F# G on the D string-fingers 1,2 3,(cello 4)
(a)place 1st finger on tape on D string-E
(b) leave 1st finger on string then add next finger:
 (c) for F# :for violin/viola 2-for cello, 2 &3  
and then (d) ADD the next finger for G for violin/viola close 3-for cello,4
Play these notes by pressing finger tip FIRMLY - with strong even bowing, this will create a clear sound.
INTERMEDIATES HOMEWORK

1.Pomp and Circumstance ALL

2. AFS Book NEW #127 

NEW continue into # 128 and 132 count 1&2&3&4& for eigth notes

NEW : Carol for Concerts: Joy to the World
Hop on the " music train" Learn your music homework well-
We're heading for  December CONCERTS!
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Holiday Events COMING SOON!

Here's the list of coming events:
please mark your calendars and sign up with Claudia to attend 

T SHIRTS ORDERED BY NEXT WEEK
please be sure to order your t-shirt Tuesday when you come to class 

ADVANCED AND INTERMEDIATE CLASSES
Santa Days at the Towers
Wed Dec.4 and 5 6pm till 7:30
we will play Christmas Carols in 2 building lobbies each day.
Please wear your MATT T-shirts and colorful bottoms
bring instrument, stand and music
PRACTICE CAROLS(to be given out Tuesday)
ALL STUDENTS
SATURDAY DEC 6 arrive 12:30 PLAY at 1pm
concert at Shoppers World "Santa Workshop"
Please wear your MATT T-shirts and colorful bottoms
bring instrument, stand and music
PRACTICE CAROLS(to be given out Tuesday)
PRACTICE class music Fiddle Dance/Pomp and Circumstance/
Beethoven/MacPherson's Lament
plus add review music for Beginners
SIGN UP for t-shirts
All students wear MATT t-shirts for our concerts.
Please sign up your correct size with Claudia and pay $10 so you will have one before Dec 3rd
HOMEWORK THIS WEEK
to be posted by Thursday
BEGINNERS 

1. TEST : MUSIC ALPHABET AND YOUR STRING NAMES:

 LEARN the MUSIC ALPHABET  : a b c d e f g, a b c d e f g, repeat

STRING NAMES

CELLO/VIOLA

                      memorize  C G D A  ie: C is lowest (thickest)  highest is A 

VIOLIN


                      memorize  G D A E  ie.  G is lowest (thickest) highest is E

             2. review-holding position, RH bow hold, first finger position
             3. review -String cycle-4  short bow strokes on each string up / back
             4. review- placement of first finger with LH contact points(happy faces)
             5. NEW: DDAABBA___- line 1 of Twinkle
              IN ALL PRACTICE, focus on careful straight bowing and good sound!

                                                      INTERMEDIATES

              1. AFS TRIOS : review 126 play with others next week
                    review 127,NEW continue till131     
              2. Continue in Book
              3. Scales of D and G- full bows, perfect tuning, good sound
              4. Pomp and Circumstance -up to Bar 25 and continue on!
                                                  CAROLS to come next week!
                                                       
                                                           ADVANCED

              1. NEW FIDDLE DANCE: through to 10-
                    LEARN ALL RYTHYMS and TUNES CAREFULLY
              2. CONCERT SONGS FOR DECEMBER: MacPherson,                           Pomp and Circumstance, Beethoven, Fiddle Dance!
                                          CAROLS to come next week!

                                   Tis the "Season to be Merry" START-UP!
                                                  



CHRISTMAS PARADE ANYONE?

MATT STUDENTS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO MARCH IN
THE SHOPPERS WORLD CHRISTMAS PARADE
We will be discussing this at this week's Board Meeting
BUT
We will need to know if you'd like to join into the fun.
Sunday November 23 11 am-( more info to follow)
Sign up on Tuesday

 
We have also asked for a performance slot to play a MATT concert there
at the SANTA WORKSHOP on a Saturday morning- in December
Keep watching for updates on this!
 
CONGRATULATIONS on a great concert!
  Kalpi (violin) and Sydnie (bass):
our first MATT student to join  Rosebuds and our first Rosebud player to join MATT:-backstage at the ROSE. ROSEBUD concert -Rose Theatre, Nov 1st
 
 
ROSE ORCHESTRA "CELEBRATION"  CONCERT
Saturday Dec. 6   8PM
at our beautiful Rose Theatre
Treat your family to a lovely evening of choral and orchestral favorites
We get the best prices in town, so buy your tickets from Claudia anytime before Nov 26th. This date is on your November calendar.
 
HOMEWORK THIS WEEK
 
ADVANCED
 
FILL IN AND BRING Practice CHARTS to class:
five days a week of 30 to 40 minutes will speed your progress,
if not, you won't have as much fun~!
 
NEW- "Accidentals sheet" helps with new notes
 "Girl from Ipanema" first 2 bars with correct bowings and rhythms
Continue with:
scales that go with each piece- G or D major
Fiddle Dance to 7, Beethoven to bar 34 and  Mac Pherson ALL

INTERMEDIATES

FILL IN AND BRING Practice CHARTS to class:
Practice at least 4 days- 30 min. each
1.scales of G and D major- with smooth long bows
2.All for Strings : NEW :#126 CONCERT TRIO
 LEARN WELL THE PART YOU WERE ASSIGNED A B or C
review  124 and 125

3.POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE: UP TO 14

BEGINNERS
FILL IN AND BRING Practice CHARTS to class:
Practice at least 4 days each week- 15 min.

1. CHECK RH and LH POSITIONS for perfection!
2. "String Cycle": practice 4 bow strokes on each string-
relax right arm and shoulder- weight on top of string, BUT no pressing!
3."0-1 String cycle": measure carefully the first finger position
Play 4 times :0, then 1  ON EACH STRING:
eg. C string:CCCC-DDDD(first finger pressed down on tape )
THEN DO THIS ON EVERY STRING . LISTEN FOR PERFECT SOUND

have FUN WITH YOUR FIRST FINGER NOTES!

Happy practicing everyone!~ 

MOVING FORWARD: PRACTICE CHARTS HELP!

INSTRUMENT INVENTORY: from Claudia to all Beginners:
Please make sure to see Claudia before class Tuesday to give her the number of your instrument. She will find the number if you can't.

MONTHLY CALENDARS
There is a bright shiny green November Calendar available for all students and parents. It contains blog address, phone numbers and e-mail contact info for MATT and for teachers. Keep these calendars in a safe place.
Remember that you are responsible to be at all classes and lessons.
 Any absence without proper notice will be noted-for lessons may be monetary penalties

THIS WEEK'S HOMEWORK:

INTERMEDIATES

1.Scales of G and D
2. AFS BOOK- REVIEW # 124, 125
3. NEW: TRIO #126 -learn one of the parts perfectly A B or
4. FOR PRIZE this week-   # 125 -must be PERFECT for a PRIZE!
              
5. Pomp and Circumstance up to bar 16. NEW: Continue into next four bars.

BEGINNERS
PRACTICE CHARTS
DAILY PRACTICE  is the way to improve quickly- at least 4 practice sessions ,on 4 days - should be recorded on your chart for the teacher's review at beginning of class
What to practice:
1. Review correct Bow grip- repeat 10 times-ALL fingers curved
                 correct sitting position-on front of chair, feet flat on floor
                 correct instrument holding position:
CELLOS: the cello is gripped by the inside of the knees & tilted slightly to right
2. Review : music alphabet a b c d e f g- a b c d e f g- etc
                 : names of your strings: they are a 5th( FIVE letters) apart
3. Practice : all bow games: monkey crawl/windshield wiper/twinkle coin

"STRING CYCLE" With excellent bow grip and instrument position, raise right arm above your LOWEST string. Drop the arm weight onto the string near the frog, relax right elbow and shoulder and play four short bow strokes on each string- up to highest and back down to your lowest.

NEW: FIRST FINGER PLACEMENT- all to receive 1st finger tape marking Tues.
                                - all left hand fingers are rounded like little hammers 
                                - very short finger nails
                                - press tip of finger firmly onto string
                                - the sound is open string - "doh"   then add 1st finger- "re"

cello: thumb sits behind second finger on back of cello neck, press tip of finger firmly onto tape and play

viola and violin: curl left hand fingers, slide hand away to end of string
                          place 1st knuckle opposite the end of fingerboard
                          thumb is touching at the fleshy side of first joint
                          press finger tip firmly onto tape
TRY PLACING THE FIRST FINGER UP AND DOWN ONTO THE STRING FOR CORRECT SOUND - USE GOOD BOW STROKES DOWN AND UP

ADVANCED
         1. PLEASE RETURN ALL OF LAST YEAR'S MUSIC TO THE FRONT TABLE

 2. MacPherson's Lament: ALL (a) scale of D
              (b) Find where you have the melody(tune).Practice it till it sounds good!                   

              (c) Find bars where you have repeated 16th notes- learn them one group at a time
              (d) Find the bars that have only 8th notes /rests-practice the counting-play

3. Fletcher: FIDDLE DANCE(a)  scale of G
                           (b) find and practice passages with extra sharps(Accidentals) 
                           (c) work on section 5 up to rehearsal # 7
                           (d) find bars with 16th notes-practice them one at a time

4.Beethoven: MINUET in G: work carefully on sections of the piece
                              sections to be played in quartets in class:
                                bars 1-4, 5-8,10-13, 14- 18, 20 - 22, 23 -26,27-30, 31-33
 
5. Elgar: POMP and CIRCUMSTANCE all-play through once this week. Correct bowing!
                                   Record your homework in your practice chart!

BONUS LESSONS BEGIN- LEARN THE POLICIES TO ENSURE THIS PRIVILEGE

PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT YOUR PRIVATE LESSONS ARE A BONUS- for  Intermediate and Advanced Students. We pay for them! Please be respectful of this privilege. If you miss one without proper notice, the cost will be added onto your fees bill. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE POLICY before missing a lesson!


 
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CHECK OUT THESE GREAT BEGINNERS' POSITIONS!

 
WATCH  LATER THIS WEEK FOR MORE PHOTOS!
 
                                                    HOMEWORK
Beginners
 
1. Review correct Bow grip- repeat 10 times-ALL fingers curved
2. Review correct sitting position-on front of chair
3. Review correct instrument holding position
4. LEARN the music alphabet a b c d e f g- a b c d e f g-etc
5. LEARN the names of your strings: they are a 5th( FIVE letters) apart

CELLO/VIOLA:
                      memorize  C G D A  ie: C is lowest (thickest)  highest is A 

VIOLIN:
                      memorize  G D A E  ie.  G is lowest (thickest) highest is E

6.  "STRING CYCLE" With excellent bow grip and instrument position, raise right arm above your LOWEST string. Drop the bow weight onto the string and play four short bow strokes UP to your highest string and back down to your lowest- Repeat on each string up to highest and back to lowest

 Intermediates

1.Scales of G and D
2. AFS BOOK- Work through last week 's assignment: start at #20 and continue to 123
3. NEW # 124, 125
4. FOR PRIZE this week-   # 124   with slurs-ALL bows are 2 beats long, with two notes within one bow
             -must be PERFECT for a PRIZE!
              
5. Pomp and Circumstance up to bar 16

 
Advanced

1. PLEASE RETURN ALL OF LAST YEAR'S MUSIC Tuesday

 2. MacPherson's Lament: (a) scale of D
                             (b) First violins learn bar 53 TO END
                             (c) viola, cello, second violin-learn bars 37 to 45
                             (d) bass practice opening melody for smoothness

3. Fletcher: FIDDLE DANCE: (a)  scale of G
                           (b) find and practice passages with extra sharps(Accidentals) 
                           (c) work on new section 5 up to rehearsal # 7

4.Beethoven: MINUET in G work to bar 33
 
5. Elgar: POMP and CIRCUMSTANCE all-review once or twice only this week

ON TRACK FOR THE YEAR AHEAD

Thanks to the NORTHERN LIGHTS QUARTET for visiting and sharing their music with us yesterday. Experiencing live concerts of our string instruments is an important part of the MATT education.
Here are a few photos of the event.

 
 







AND thanks for being such a great audience!

 
HOW TO EARN A MATT CERTIFICATE IN JUNE:
1. attend all classes, on time
2. attend all lessons, on time
3. Bring practice chart to every class:
Beginners practice at least 4 times/week
Advanced/Intermediate 5 times/week
5. attend at least ONE Rose/Rosebud concert this year
 
 
ADVANCED AND INTERMEDIATES: LESSONS THIS WEEK 
for violins and violas Wednesday and Thursday
NEXT WEEK, cellos and basses Tuesday 
 
ROSE ORCHESTRA CONCERTS pay by this Tuesday!
BE sure to sign up for live orchestra performances at the Rose Theatre Brampton. We get very low special rates-this year better than ever!
LIVE concerts are a part of your music education. First one Nov 1st
You will hear the Youth Orchestra- "The ROSEBUDS",
including our MATT student, Kalpi Patel
Pick up the info letter from Claudia- She must be paid, in cash,
by this Tuesday Oct 24
 
 
HOMEWORK

Beginners

1. Review correct Bow grip- repeat 10 times-ALL fingers curved
2. Review correct sitting position-on front of chair
3. Review correct instrument holding position
4. LEARN the music alphabet a b c d e f g- a b c d e f g-etc
5. LEARN the names of your strings: they are a 5th( FIVE letters) apart
CELLO/VIOLA lowest string is C, then up 5 to G up 5 to D, up 5 to A:
                      memorize  C G D A  ie: C is lowest (thickest)  highest is A 
VIOLIN lowest string is G, then up 5 to D, 5 more to D 5 more to A
                      memorize  G D A E  ie.  G is lowest (thickest) highest is E
 
6. NEW: "STRING CYCLE" With excellent bow grip and instrument position, raise right arm above your LOWEST string. Drop the bow weight onto the string and play four short bow strokes- Repeat on each string up to highest and back to lowest
 Intermediates

1.Scales of G and D
2. AFS BOOK- Work through last week 's assignment:114 to118
this week continue through to 120 p.34 PRIZE for playing #120 for the class!
3.Pomp and Circumstance up to bar 16
 
 
Advanced
 
1. PLEASE RETURN ALL OF LAST YEAR'S MUSIC  next Tuesday
 
2. MacPherson's Lament:  scale of D /work up to bar 40
3. Fletcher: FIDDLE DANCE: scale of G /continue to rehearsal #5 
4.Beethoven: MINUET in G work to bar 33
 
5. Elgar: POMP and CIRCUMSTANCE all-review once or twice only this week
                 
 Have a wonderful week!