A FRESH START

September 20, 2017


PARENT NOTES

STUDENT SUPPORT: This blog is presented to provide to Parents and Students with the needed information to succeed. Your consistent weekly "Blog tune-in" supports what you as Parents can do to enhance the success of your child.

VOLUNTEERING WITH MATT: Please let Yogita know if you are interested in helping with MATT activities- a detailed list of important but easy help items will be available soon.

HEADS UP!
ROSE / ROSEBUD ORCHESTRA CONCERTS : In order for Parents and students to realize the possibilities for our music students into the future, we offer very reduced price tickets for all Rose Orchestra concerts. Some of them also feature the Rosebud Youth Orchestra (some of whom are former MATT students) 
In order to receive a MATT Certificate at year end, every students is required to attend at least one of these concerts.
The first one is OCTOBER 28th , with Rosebuds!   ORDER by October 17th 
                                1 Adult $20 up to 4 children : total $10.00!!


HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

BEGINNERS

* REMINDER*: CAREFULLY UNPACK INSTRUMENT- ON THE FLOOR
 Without the bow: 1.Make a BUNNY-middle two fingers, thumb 
                                                                                wiggle bunny's nose  
                                                                                bent thumb "chin"
                                                                              practice ears up /ears down
                                    Practice making a bunny 5 times

     With the bow:  2. take bow out of case, tighten slightly:
                                                                        Hop "bunny" onto frog of bow, 
                                                                       two middle fingers flat on frog 
                                                                        Thumb bent inside frog
                               3. Violin/viola: place pinkie on top, round, close to middle fingers,
                                                      curve pointy finger  around stick of bow
                                   Cello/bass: all fingers are flat on frog, tips do not extend over edge
                                                     thumb is on the side , bent, tip on frog corner

Bow exercises with bow: With correct grip above,hold tip of bow in the air :

1. "Windshield wiper- wrist turns hair of bow to face ceiling, then to floor- repeat 5 times

2. "Monkey crawl" -Keep bow tip pointing to the ceiling:  finger tips crawl in small steps slowly up to the tip and back down to frog -repeat 3 times  

3. "Elevator" - NO bow: Place right hand in front of you with palm facing the floor
                    
                    (a) Place a coin on the top of our hand

Violin/viola:(b) without tilting the flat palm / dropping the coin, bring your hand up to eye                                level, fingers pointing left
Cello/bass: (b) without tilting the flat palm / dropping the coin, place hand in front of                                       "tummy  button", point your fingers forward

                    (c) Using Twinkle words for each movement, -Violin/viola- lower hand                                                                           smoothly to tummy button level, then back to eye level.
                            cello/bass- keep hand pointing forward and move hand out till arm is                                                       straight, then back to center.
                                                          Repeat till song is done!

                     Will look forward to seeing beautiful bow grips next Tuesday!

 TUESDAY INTERMEDIATES

 BRING COMPLETED PRACTICE CHARTS TO CLASS 5 sessions per week

For all selections below, write in note names in pencil if needed!

1. AFStrings book: review #70 to #75 up to end of Bar 4
2. Pizzicato Magic  -up to bar 4
3. Beethoven's Ninth - up to bar 8

                      In your daily practice, take the time to get to know each bar well.


ADVANCED CLASS

 BRING COMPLETED PRACTICE CHARTS TO CLASS 5 sessions per week

1. Scale of D 2 octaves. Each week someone chooses a rhythm for scale- have your rhythm ready! can have 8th notes, quarter notes, half notes- even 16ths!

2. Jingle Bells Hoedown.  For December 5- Rose Orchestra Intermission performance
Be working on your Double stop bars (ie. one note on top of another)-play the note that is NOT an open string 
OR if it is marked "div" play  one note only (outside players play upper note, inside -lower)

3. Andante Cantabile:careful work on timing and accidentals(added sharps) to bar 32-  there are lots of repeated parts.

4. Blue tango: a sassy dance- make sure the rests and dots are noticeable! Up to bar 20. Special attention to bars 7, 13 and 14

                               All great music!!!! Have an excellent week, everyone!





      



GAGE PARK BBQ Saturday Sept 9 ALL MATT FAMILIES are INVITED

Sept. 8

GAGE PARK SEPT 9 PERFORMERS' INFO

ARRIVE 11AM : GAGE PARK BANDSTAND, GAZEBO (Hurontario south of Queen)

BRING : instrument,
               9 pieces rehearsed- in folder you will receive the printed order at arrival
               clothes pegs
               music stand
WEAR: LAYERS-(weather: max 18 C)
             Purple MATT shirt, no jeans- black or darkish color

YOU ARE FABULOUS!! 
Thanks for attending this event . Have fun showing what you can do!!


REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2017

 at MATT office: 
Monday to Friday 10 am to 12 noon
MONDAY Sept 11  : 5 pm to 7 pm 

BEGINNERS: 
ORCHESTRA REGISTRATION BY SEPTEMBER 11TH
Orchestra- Strings classes are held:
 Tuesday 4 to 4:45 pm
OR
Thursday .4:30 to 5:15 pm

CHORAL REGISTRATION CONTINUES through the fall

Choral class is held :   Wednesdays  5 to 6 pm 

First class for all CHORAL and ORCHESTRA STUDENTS
: September 12:Strings/ 13:Choral /14: Strings See below 

                                                  
  RETURNING ORCHESTRA STUDENTS:
Come to Intermediate or Advanced class
Continue scrolling down for all details!

Looking forward to making music with you all!

REGISTRATION - By September 8 for Orchestra!!

      Welcome back to Music at the Towers!


REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2017

 at MATT office: 
Monday to Friday 10 am to 12 noon
Thursdays Aug 31 and Sept 7  : 5 pm to 7 pm 

BEGINNERS: 
ORCHESTRA REGISTRATION BY SEPTEMBER 8TH
Orchestra class Tuesday 4 to 4:45 pm

Thursday .4:30 to 5:15 pm

CHORAL REGISTRATION CONTINUES through the fall


Choral classes   Wednesday  5 to 6 pm 

First class for all CHORAL and ORCHESTRA STUDENTS
: September 12/ 13 /14/ 

                                                  
  RETURNING ORCHESTRA STUDENTS:

ADVANCED CLASS: PERFORMANCE Invited to  play 2 short Performances 

Saturday Sept 9, 11 am and 1:30 pm at Gage Park . 
Notice has been sent by email
Attendance Response is requested from each family as soon as possible. Thank you!

Rehearsal at Towers Thursday  Sept. 7 4 to 5 pm
 we will play our June concert music as at Garden Square August 16th

      ADVANCED AND INTERMEDIATES:  Registration  by September  8

CLASSES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 12 and 14
NB:Bring folders and all music, instruments and stands
SEE BELOW  to NOTE the day and time of your classes



FIND YOUR NAME IN THE FOLLOWING CLASS ASSIGNMENTS:

INTERMEDIATES
TUESDAY  5 to 5:45  : Ms Currie
VIOLINS
I Simone Gowe /Jasjeet Sidhu                                                 II  Lilly Pavkovic / Chloe Yang
Samantha Zorah / Aaron Jason / Jeremiah Mathew                Melissa Joseph /Levin Koovakkattil
VIOLAS
Sarah Zorah /Leo Koovakkattil /Tristan Roach
CELLOS
Joanna Joseph/ Joah Jason/ Matthew Daly
BASS
Matthew Lawson

INTERMEDIATES
THURSDAY  5:30 TO 6:15 PM Ms. Yoshi
VIOLINS
I Rashad Merrick / Jordan Merisanu                                          II Aaron Merisanu / Jeremiah Gowe
 Graeme Georges / Sophie Hernandez                                        Andrew Chen/ Mia Chen   
Sofia Paz Popovic / Reagan Lovell

VIOLAS
Rachael Ragbirsingh , Angelica Brown

CELLOS
 Johan Ragoobar/ Saige Lovell/ Ashleigh Brown /

ADVANCED CLASS
TUESDAYS 5:45 - 7pm
VIOLINS
I  Mya Norman / Leah Tiwari                                   II  *Nathan Merisanu / Sofia Merrick   
   *Christian Dal Dosso / Leila Merrick                         Aswin Senthilnathan /Julia Lai / Hana Mathew
  * Christian and Nathan may alternate roles                                                                                

VIOLAS
Elijah McLaughlin / Olivia Lawson / Madison Lovell

CELLO:
Elizabeth Lawson /Johan Jensen Joseph / Tanisha Warrier

INFO BLITZ! MATT ANNUAL BBQ EVENT/REGISTRATION /CLASS ASSIGNMENT!

August 24
WELL DONE, MATT  TEAM !
                           YOU ARE ALL TROOPERS!

Last Saturday, MATT tradition was kept proudly alive at the TOWERS Annual BBQ event, with our small but energetic team, who weathered some major wind  hazards and carried on! There's always fun and food too, thanks to the Towers Management!

The NEW MATT CHORAL program was introduced by  Director Wayne Strongman, who met with families and offered info about the new program.

The musical charge was led by Ms Yoshi, who played and directed, along with three now well-seasoned performers- Nathan, Jordan and Aaron Merisanu. They were supported by Rachael Ragbirsingh, as well as Samantha and Sarah Zouah .

Parents, as well as OXFORD BOSS, Bert Steenburgh, helped to hold wildly blowing music in place! But they all carried on- that IS the MATT spirit!

               Thank you also to Board President Bradley Georges, the Ragbirsingh's 
 Yogita Vivek Tiwari, , Arlene Saunders Georges, Mercy Mantey and Jessica Tiensovan. You                                            have all been amazing this summer!



REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2017

MATT office hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 12 noon
Thursday : 5 pm to 7pm 

BEGINNERS: 
ORCHESTRA APPLICATION FORMS DUE SEPTEMBER 8TH

CHORAL REGISTRATION CONTINUES

First class for all CHORAL and ORCHESTRA STUDENTS
: September 12/ 13 /14/ 
Choral classes   Wednesday  4:30 to 5:30
Orchestra class Tuesday 4 to 4:45 pm
Thursday 4:15 to 5 pm

                                                  
  RETURNING ORCHESTRA STUDENTS:

      ADVANCED AND INTERMEDIATES:  Registration  by September  8

CLASSES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 12 and 14
NB:Bring folders and all music, instruments and stands
SEE BELOW  to NOTE the day and time of your classes

FIND YOUR NAME IN THE FOLLOWING CLASS ASSIGNMENTS:


INTERMEDIATES
TUESDAY  4:45 to 5:45  : Ms Currie
VIOLINS
I Simone Gowe /Jasjeet Sidhu                                                 II  Lilly Pavkovic / Chloe Yang
Samantha Zorah / Aaron Jason / Jeremiah Mathew                Melissa Joseph /Levin Koovakkattil
VIOLAS
Sarah Zorah /Leo Koovakkattil /Tristan Roach
CELLOS
Joanna Joseph/ Joah Jason/ Matthew Daly
BASS
Matthew Lawson

INTERMEDIATES
THURSDAY  5 TO 6 PM Ms. Yoshi
VIOLINS
I Rashad Merrick / Jordan Merisanu                                          II Aaron Merisanu / Jeremiah Gowe
 Graeme Georges / Sophie Hernandez                                        Andrew Chen/ Mia Chen   
Sofia Paz Popovic / Reagan Lovell

VIOLAS
Rachael Ragbirsingh , Angelica Brown

CELLOS
 Saige Lovell/ Ashleigh Brown

ADVANCED CLASS
TUESDAYS 5:45 - 7pm
VIOLINS
I  Mya Norman / Leah Tiwari                                   II  *Nathan Merisanu / Sofia Merrick   
   *Christian Dal Dosso / Leila Merrick                         Aswin Senthilnathan /Julia Lai / Hana Mathew
  * Christian and Nathan may alternate roles                                                                                

VIOLAS
Elijah McLaughlin / Olivia Lawson / Madison Lovell

CELLO:
Elizabeth Lawson / Johan Ragoobar
Johan Jensen Joseph / Tanisha Warrier







MATT HITS BRAMPTON MARKET!

August 12
CONGRATULATIONS
                          and THANK YOU to 
                       OUR MATT TEAM!!

Students Mya, Leah, Kalpi, Ryan,
Nathan, Jordan and Aaron, performers.
assisted by teachers, Ms Yoshi and Susan Naccache

Student market helpers, Samantha and Rachael

Parents and Board members, Frances, Mercy, Samantha, Rob, Arlene, President Bradley and 
New Choral Director, Wayne Strongman. 

Today  at the Brampton Market- 
You were all important Ambassadors for the MATT program. 











It was a very fine event for MATT. 
Even the weather turned out well !! 


THANK YOU ALL
Enjoy the rest of  your summer!
from Ms Currie

THANK YOU , THANK YOU!!

June 21, 2017


A LETTER from MS. CURRIE,

Dear MATT Parents and students,

  If you attended the year end pool party yesterday, you received your certificates and special awards, for all your fine efforts this year.  It was wonderful that the weather turned out perfectly for us. And the excellent refreshments Parents provided for the concert last week were so ample that we were able to use them for the party as well.See photos below.

BESIDES the joy of seeing our children at play, I received some very amazing gifts from all of you! You certainly touched my heart with the unexpected presentation of beautiful , and PURPLE! flowers, as well as two very generous restaurant gift cards. Somehow you guessed our longtime favorite restaurant, which we hardly ever afford to visit anymore, and another one which we would just LOVE to visit! 
We will have two lovely evenings to enjoy throughout the next few months, thanks to all of you dear families.

Your participation in Music at the Towers is something which is my great pleasure to share- it is a joy for me to offer the gift of music, which has blessed me in so many ways all my life. So I think it is a WIN-WIN for us all!

Many thanks for your kindness and generosity to me, and for your continuing dedication to this "pearl of great price", MUSIC!

Congratulations on your hard work and dedication!

MATT's Special Award Winners:-


"Positive Musicianship "
Level I Misha Partington and Sophie Hernandez
Level 1 Chloe Yang
Level 1 Mathew Lawson
Level 2 Aswin Senthilnathan
Level 2 Johan Jensen Thomas
Level 2 Johann Ragoobar
Level 3 Mya Norman
Level 3 Riley Partington


"Musical Achievement"
Level 1 Jasjeet Sidhu
Level 2 Johan Jensen Thomas

"Leadership Award"
Level 2 Nathan Merisanu

"MATT Exemplary Leadership Award"
Level 3 Kalpi Patel


Play-A-Thon Winner:
The tied winners of Play a thon - Christian Dal Dosso and Johann Ragoobar will share the $50 award  $25 gift card each! Please be in touch to pick up your gift card before the end of June. Thanks to all for your Play a thon Pledges !! total raised :$2800.

With much love to every student and parent!
Andrea















PLANNING for SEPTEMBER:

  • instruments are yours till September-remember to keep them safe out of strong sun, and excess humidity. 





  • all sheet music and method books are to be kept safely for return next fall.

    • 17/18 MATT Registration: NOW till June 30 , resuming August 21 to Sept 8 only. Call Yogita or check blog/website to learn registration hours
    • FIRST CLASS of Session 1 for all students is Sept 12. You must be registered ahead to attend this class.
    PERFORMANCE DATE COMING UP:

    • Advanced/ Intermediates may be invited to play at the Annual Towers BBQ (no date known as yet)so keep your performance level up on all your pieces!!
    Sept 9th PERFORMANCE at the MARKET . We have a date to play Sat. Sept 9th at the MARKET . Please put this into your calendar.Time TBA


                 FROM ALL OF YOUR TEACHERS AND MATT STAFF
                                                         BEST  WISHES FOR A VERY HAPPY SUMMER!!!!  

                                                       KEEP   THAT    MUSIC    PLAYING!

    A FINE PERFORMANCE! YEAR END INFO AND PARTY PLANS!

    June 14,2017

    CONGRATULATIONS, STUDENTS,
                               ON A FINE PERFORMANCE!

    Our MATT year of classes, lessons and home practice came to its conclusion yesterday with everyone participating in the HCH YEAR END ANNUAL SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE. Many audience members were impressed with what you have accomplished in your first years on your instruments. AND your ability to sit quietly during the show, and move in and out of place in an orderly fashion is to be commended also! 
    And as you continue on with good practice habits, much more musical progress and fun will come along with it! 

    CONCERT PHOTOS PLEASE :Parents who have concert photos are asked to kindly send a couple of good ones of the group to Yogita or Andrea, to be published in this blog and website!


    DETAILS OF YEAR END:
    There are no more MATT lessons or classes, but you can request summer lessons from a private teacher- to KEEP GOING WITH YOUR GOOD PROGRESS (a very good idea!) 
    Beginners: we recommend that you work your way through the AFS book as far as you can over the summer.

    Please note the  following INFORMATION :

    • instruments are yours till September-remember to keep them safe out of strong sun, and excess humidity. 

  • all sheet music and method books are to be kept safely for return next fall.
    • 17/18 MATT Registration: NOW till June 30 , resuming August 21 to Sept 8 only. Call Yogita or check blog/website to learn registration hours
    • FIRST CLASS of Session 1 for all students is Sept 12. You must be registered ahead to attend this class.
    PERFORMANCE DATE COMING UP:
    • Advanced/ Intermediates may be invited to play at the Annual Towers BBQ (no date known as yet)so keep your performance level up on all your pieces!!
    • Sept 9th PERFORMANCE at the MARKET . We have a date to play Sat. Sept 9th at the MARKET . Please put this into your calendar.Time TBA

    MATT YEAR END PARTY - for students and parents:
    Tuesday June 20th 4 to 6pm: year end pool party at Ms. Currie's home

    NB: A Lifeguard will be present. Swimmers must be supervised by their Parents.
    What's happening: 

    • lots of food- carefully preserved from yesterday's generous parent offerings
    • swimming
    • student awards
    • National Music Camp scholarship 2017 winners
    • MATT certificates for all those who fulfilled MATT requirements
    • Play a thon:  final submission of pledges by all remaining students and families
    • $50  gift card prize awarded to student with highest pledge amount submitted
    • Please see email for address: within 5 min drive of the Towers

      
                       Hugs all round! See you next week!