TUESDAY CLASS TIME CHANGES START NOVEMBER

PARENT NOTES

1. TUESDAY CLASS TIME CHANGES, beginning November 6: 
Due to over-enrollment of 4:30 Thursday BEGINNER class, we need to move some Thursday students to Tuesday beginner class and offer the class at 4:30 instead of 4 pm.
This affects all Tuesday classes.
ALL Tuesday classes will have a time change as follows:
Beginners: arrival 4:15, class: 4:30 to 5 pm
Intermediates: arrival 5pm, class:5 :15 to 6 pm
Advanced  :arrival 6 pm, class: 6:15 to 7:15

2. CALENDAR EVENTS to note :
(a) STUDENT T-SHIRT ORDER-
                                          For Beginners  and any students who need a larger size.
     PARENTS please decide what size t-shirt your child needs and be prepared to pay $10 cash in advance when you place your order . Yogita will take orders for  2 weeks beginning Tuesday OCT 23

(b) DECEMBER 7 MALL CONCERT 7pm./arrive 6:15pm- for all students. This date is now final. Please ensure that your child will be available to perform that evening.Dress:  MATT t-shirt and festive colourful pants/skirt/ accessories- no blue jeans please.

(c) ADVANCED ENSEMBLE ROSE THEATRE PERFORMANCE: SAT Dec 1st. evening is confirmed:
Student apparel: Purple dress shirts/blouses, worn with- Boys: black dress pants -Girls: appropriate colour or black skirt/pants, ALL please try to wear dress shoes. 
Boys: Please see Yogita to obtain boy's dress shirt and bow-tie. 
GIrls- see colour and style sample in class- please find a blouse with long or 3/4sleeves in similar colour. Suggest Suzy Shier at Shoppers World mall- or wherever you find one!

HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

BEGINNERS:
four practice days per week
BRING YOUR PRACTICE CHART to CLASS
           1. Review: how to sit/stand correctly to play
                             how to adjust your bow grip (bunny hops onto the bow)
               BOW GAMES: Coin/eraser on palm -sing twinkle
                                        Windshield wiper, Monkey crawl, coin on hand
               
               Name your strings- top to bottom, bottom to top

            2.   Review: Playing notes on your strings
               STEPS: 1.with your best bow grip, lift the bow over the strings, 
                             2. touch middle of bow hair to one string,
                             3. let your arm weight "Drop down" onto string, hear a "crunch"
                             4. pull one short stroke down and then up again

TIPS for best sound:
 a) bow sits half way between bridge and fingerboard
 b) bow moves parallel to string,
 c) hair is flat on string -violin: lean wood away from nose, 
                                    - cello and bass lean stick upwards
  d) right elbow and shoulder are relaxed

3. Review STRING CYCLE: 
    

4. NEW: Placing the first finger on the string.  "open" D to E Reminders:
                                                           
  • All students have a 1st finger tape to help find the correct note, one tone from the open string
  • Left hand finger nails must be very short 
  • fingers are " little hammers"- they do not open out, but stay rounded over the strings
  • finger tip presses firmly onto the tape with "cushy part of finger"
  • listen for clear tone (doh-ray)play DDDD EEEE- 0000-1111
  • repeat to make a beautiful sound
  • for good sound, pull the bow strongly -use half a bow length!
5. NEW: TWINKLE LINE 1:  "___" means long bow- all other notes use short bow
                                 note names:            D D A A B B A___
                                 finger number          0  0 0  0 1 1  0___

THURSDAY INTERMEDIATES 





INTERMEDIATES
five practice days per week
PRACTICE CHARTS NOW REQUIRED EVERY CLASS 


1. Fandango: - CELLOS LEARN to play ALL of your MELODY : bars 29 to 43 ! Count eighths correctly
                      
    NEW: bars 67 to end 
WORK CAREFULLY TO LEARN NOTES in BARS 75 to 78! 
                   Write in note names where needed
                               
2. Review Scale of D one octave
3. Review: Trumpet Tune NEW : to be repeated in performance: 
           first line, piano, second line ff - fortissimo(as loud as possible-full bows!

4. Review: HTPO- Happy Song- notes and rhythms. Careful counting: letter B to  


ADVANCED
five practice days per week
PRACTICE CHARTS NOW REQUIRED EVERY CLASS 


1. Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: focus only on learning to play well your most difficult bars- CIRCLE them and practice them carefully and slowly 
a)Continue D scale practice for "RE-TAKE BOWING"  for opening bars.
b) ALL MARK in and practice c# or f# on your LOWER strings 
                                            
2. Pachelbel's  CANON .
viola and bass- repeated two bars-learn to make beautiful ringing notesa) CUT -play to bar 20 then skip to bar 40.
b) Write in NOTE NAMES  and fingerings on your lower strings
c) tune  your sharps (cellos-extensions) on lower strings 

3. Deep River: FOCUS ON BARS 35 TO 42 this week  
                         REVIEW ALL PARTS                                  
ORCHESTRA - JOINING YOUR PLAYING WITH OTHERS
                       make YOUR PLAYING a  GIFT  to support others in your section.

WE'VE GOT RHYTHMS !!

PARENT NOTES

             1. Music at theTowers-OUR VISION AND EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESS

Our goal at MATT is to guide your child into successful music training and the resulting sense of pride and achievement. We ask the lowest possible fees for this education, which provides not only musical education but also many proven side benefits for a successful future:
co-operation skills, self discipline, increased focus, respect for others. 

 Here are some important Parent tips for success in the program:

1) Check the weekly BLOG by Thursday evening to keep informed about MATT's activities and to review this week's homework. (Google Music at the Towers-go to BLOGspot)

2) Set up a practice routine of at least five (start with four for Beginners) parent-supervised sessions of 20 to 30 min 

   3) Record homework on the practice chart provided and bring the chart to every class.

4) Ensure that you attend all Tuesday classes and give advance notice for absence. Leave message for Yogita- 905 497 2220
4.) Drop in on the Private lesson occasionally, to see how the teacher approaches the learning.
5) Be sure to follow the Absence Guideline for missed Private lessons.



PRACTICE CHARTS will be checked in all classes next week, 
to help you organize your home review

HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

BEGINNERS:
four practice days per week

           1. Review: how to sit/stand correctly to play
                             how to adjust your bow grip (bunny hops onto the bow)
               BOW GAMES: Coin/eraser on palm _sing twinkle
                                        Windshield wiper, Monkey crawl, coin on hand
               
               Name your strings- top to bottom, bottom to top

               Review: Playing notes on your strings
               STEPS: 1.with your best bow grip, lift the bow over the strings, 
                             2. touch middle of bow hair to one string,
                             3. let your arm weight "Drop down" onto string, hear a "crunch"
                             4. pull one short stroke down and then up again

TIPS for best sound:
 a) bow sits half way between bridge and fingerboard
 b) bow moves parallel to string,
 c) hair is flat on string -violin: lean wood away from nose, 
                                    - cello and bass lean stick upwards
  d) right elbow and shoulder are relaxed

NEW: STRING CYCLE: 


  • Start on your lowest string   (thickest) .
  •  Follow steps above for good sound. Pull 4 strokes close to the frog  
  •  Then change your elbow level to move to the next highest string. Pull 4 strokes  
  •  Repeat on next 2 strings-to arrive at the highest 
  •  Return and repeat moving back to lowest string           

THURSDAY INTERMEDIATES 





INTERMEDIATES
five practice days per week
PRACTICE CHARTS NOW REQUIRED EVERY CLASS 


1. Fandango: - CELLOS LEARN to play your MELODY : bars 29 to 43 !
                      ALL Review counting and rhythms for the Beginning 8 bars  (intro)
    NEW bars 29 to 43 Write in note names where needed
                                3/4 time- 1,2,3 -say "REST"  to help with correct timing. 
2. Review Scale of D one octave

3. Review: Trumpet Tune 
4. Review: HTPO- Happy Song- notes and rhythms. Careful counting: letter B to D 


ADVANCED
five practice days per week
PRACTICE CHARTS NOW REQUIRED EVERY CLASS 


1. Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: 
a)Continue D scale practice for "RE-TAKE BOWING"  for opening bars.
b) ALL MARK in and practice c# or f# on your LOWER strings 
c)CELLO BASS/VIOLA : Careful practice of bars 29, 37 and 38 Watch for altered notes eg # to natural, natural to flat etc. and 
d) VIOLINS: SLOW and careful practice on BAR 51- use only 4th finger for A and A#. 
                                            All notes are on D string. REPEAT 10 times a day!

f) Review: "spiccato bowing"- how to bounce the bow- use  for repeated eighth note sections
NEW: Special attention to legato smooth section from 11 to 17

2. Pachelbel's  CANON .
a) Learn well from bar 1 to 14.
b) Write in NOTE NAMES  and fingerings on your lower strings
c) tune  your sharps (cellos-extensions) on lower strings 

3. Deep River: FIND YOUR MELODY- STUDY IT! learn the notes, rhythms, bowings to play the tune smoothly, beautifully and with feeling (dynamics help) 

                                  
ORCHESTRA PLAYING is sharing your music with others.
                                     MAKE your sharing A  GIFT by learning your own part well!

PRIVATE LESSONS BEGIN!

Oct 3,2018
PARENT NOTES

PRIVATE LESSONS- For Inter. and Adv, Students:

  •      FOLLOW your MATT Calendar!  THIS is WEEK 1. 
  •      NO Private lessons next week, Oct.8-20(Classes continue)
  •      WEEK 2 starts Oct. 15
  •      To avoid missed lessons and extra fees, review and follow Absence policy


2.ROSE and ROSEBUD ORCHESTRA CONCERTS:

CONCERT # 1.Sat Oct 27, 7:30 pm Rose Theatre  with Rosebuds:
                                                     "Haunting Melodies"
including Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter , Dance Macabre, Night on Bald Mountain-                                                                         ........you can't go wrong!!

Place your order by next Thursday Oct.11. Check payable to "The Rose Orchestra"
TICKET PRICES: for each concert :
Adult $20. each plus up to 4 children @$10 ! Total for 1 adult and children- $30
Series of 3 Rose with Rosebuds Concerts : 1 adult, up to 4 kids: $70 
                                                                  with 2 adults: $130. 



                                
PRACTICE CHARTS will be checked in all classes next week, 
to help you organize your home review

BEGINNERS:
four practice days per week

           1. Review: how to sit/stand correctly to play
                             how to adjust your bow grip (bunny hops onto the bow)
               BOW GAMES: Coin/eraser on palm _sing twinkle
                                        Windshield wiper
                                                        Monkey crawl
               Music alphabet, (A TO G, REPEAT)
               Name your strings

               NEW THIS WEEK! Playing some notes on your strings
               STEPS: 1.with your best bow grip, lift the bow over the strings, 
                             2. touch middle of bow hair to one string,
                             3. let your arm weight "Drop down" onto string, hear a "crunch"
                             4. pull one short stroke down and then up again

TIPS for best sound:
 a) bow sits half way between bridge and fingerboard
 b) bow moves parallel to string,
 c) hair is flat on string -violin: lean wood away from nose, 
                                    - cello and bass lean stick upwards
  d) right elbow and shoulder are relaxed

NEW: Play four short strokes on each string- lowest to highest or highest to lowest                        

THURSDAY INTERMEDIATES 





INTERMEDIATES
five practice days per week
PRACTICE CHARTS NOW REQUIRED EVERY CLASS 







1. Review Scale of D one octave
2. Review: Trumpet Tune 
3. Review: HTPO- Happy Song- notes and rhythms. Careful counting: letter B to D 
4. Fandango: - NEW bars 21 to 36 Write in note names where needed
                                3/4 time- 1,2,3 -say "REST"  to help with correct timing. 


ADVANCED
five practice days per week
PRACTICE CHARTS NOW REQUIRED EVERY CLASS 


3. Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: 
a)Use D scale to practice "RE-TAKE BOWING"  for opening bars.
b) Practice rhythm changes: violins: bar 19 to 20, viola/cello/bass: bar 25 to 26
c) Write in NOTE NAMES  and fingerings on your lower strings
d) watch out for c# or f# on your LOWER strings 
e) watch for altered notes eg # to natural, natural to flat etc. and 

f) Review: "spiccato bowing"- how to bounce the bow- use  for repeated eighth note sections
NEW: Special attention to legato smooth section from 11 to 17


4. Pachelbel's  CANON .

a) Learn well from bar 1 to 10.
b)Write in NOTE NAMES  and fingerings on your lower strings
c) tune  your sharps (cellos-extensions) on lower strings 

5. Deep River: FIND YOUR MELODY- STUDY IT! learn the notes, rhythms, bowings to play the tune smoothly, beautifully and with feeling (dynamics help) 

                                  
ORCHESTRA PLAYING is sharing your music with others.
                                     MAKE your sharing A  GIFT by learning your own part well!

ROSE THEATRE CONCERTS: ATTENDANCE FOR MATT

Sept 26, 2018


PARENT NOTES

1. Advanced and Intermediate Parents
The MATT privilege of subsidized bi-monthly private lessons: The best route to your child's progress on his/her instrument is through the individual assistance and guidance provided at one-on-one lessons with a professional teacher.
EVERY  MATT student is scheduled into a professional teacher's lesson roster. 
.
Advanced and Intermediate Private lesson schedule is being finalized this week. Yogita has been working hard to ensure that every student has a lesson slot. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ONE and that you attend each lesson .ADD this appointment to your MATT calendar now for the rest of the MATT year! Missed lessons without urgent cause and at least 8 hours advance notice may result in withdrawal of these lessons.
Parents may wish to sit in at some lessons and see what is being taught, to then be able to encourage your child in home practice.

2. ROSE and ROSEBUD ORCHESTRA CONCERTS:
MATT students may not know what amazing experiences are ahead for them as a member of a youth orchestra. 
In order for parents and children to realize this performance goal of the MATT program for our students, we have arranged low ticket prices for our Parents and students so that they have a chance to see the inspiring performances of our local Rose orchestra and the Rosebud youth orchestra , in the beautiful Rose Theatre. 
We have now 7 dedicated students who have been accepted into the Rosebud orchestra. Some, who are not yet in high school,are still part of MATT.

TICKET PRICES: for each concert :Adult $20  .up to 4 children total $10 !

We have seen how inspiring this is for our students Therefore EVERY student is required to attend a ROSE and ROSEBUD Orchestra concert once in the year, in order to receive a MATT certificate at the end of the year.

First concert: ROSE and ROSEBUDS perform Saturday evening, October 27th
- "Haunting Melodies"- children will love the colorful and familiar music with a slightly spooky theme!

Consider attending a series of 3 Rose /Rosebud Concerts for $70 !!!! one adult and up to 4 children each time Or for 2 adults with up to 4 children : $130.

Ordering begins this week October 2 and final order payment is due Oct 9th.
                                  Checks payable to "The Rose Orchestra"

PRACTICE CHARTS will be handed out next week, to help you organize your home review

BEGINNERS:
four practice days per week
Practice charts coming soon!

           1. Review: the parts of the instrument
                             how to open your case correctly
                             how to store your instrument when not in use
                             how to sit/stand correctly to play
                             how to pick up a pencil!! Adjust for your bow grip

NEW THIS WEEK: BOW GAMES: Coin/eraser on palm _sing twinkle
                                                        Windshield wiper
                                                        Monkey crawl
HOMEWORK HANDOUT. Using the Music alphabet, (A TO G, REPEAT)
                        Count 5 from lowest (thickest)string, eg from C string ,count C D E F G

                        Fill in all four string names and bring sheet to class


INTERMEDIATES
five practice days per week
PRACTICE CHARTS NOW REQUIRED EVERY CLASS 




1.Review :Correct sitting position, bow grip 
2. Review Scale of D one octave
3. Review: Trumpet Tune by Purcell in How to play in an Orchestra ( HTPO)  Trumpet Tune by Purcell
4. NEW: HTPO- Happy Song- notes and rhythms. Write in note names where needed.
5. NEW FandangoWrite in note names where needed.
                                3/4 time- 1,2,3 -say "REST"  to help with correct timing. Learn to bar 20.

ADVANCED
five practice days per week
PRACTICE CHARTS NOW REQUIRED EVERY CLASS 

 1. Scale of D: 2 octaves:  play in half notes, then quarter notes, then eighth notes 

2. Deep River: Review :all notes and rhythms. NEW WORK ON CAREFUL TUNING AND COUNTING OF THE INTRO 


3. Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: Review All notes and rhythms. Write in 1&2&3&4& counting for eighth note passages
NEW: "spiccato bowing"- how to bounce the bow- use  for repeated eighth note sections
NEW: Special attention to legato smooth section from 11 to 17
Practice individual bars with added sharps/flats

4. Pachelbel's  CANON TO START next week. Listen on You tube- you'll recognize it.
                        Check out and learn the notes in tricky bars.



DO YOUR PART! WE'RE OFF TO A GREAT START!

September 19, 2018
PARENTS NOTES

1. All Parents  are required to fill in an application form and an Instrument rental form for MATT instrument for your child.

2. MATT 2018/19 Calendar will be distributed next week. Keep it in plain view- you will need to watch for upcoming events, and lesson WEEKS postings

3. Intermediate and Advanced student are now signing up for Private lessons. The final schedule will be in place the week of Sept 25. Be sure you have made a careful note of your child's lesson times. Arrive early and be ready to enter at your lesson time.

4. Lesson and class absence policy documents will be handed out so that everyone is aware of notice requirements in case of illness. Read it carefully and keep it for future reference If you do not provide the required notice the full coast of a missed lesson will be charged to your account.
5 CALLING PARENT PHOTOGRAPHERS!! We need lots of class photos - if you are interested in taking some on your phone and sending them to Ms Currie, please speak to her next class. Always fun and rewarding to see our children in class!

NEW STAFF MEMBERS  BASS TEACHER, BRIAN BATY 
                                           CELLO TEACHER lyLE bROWN

Music at the Towers is pleased to introduce you to a new STAFF member.  Their Bios and photos  will be added to our website shortly. 

HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

We had a great start yesterday! Already making music!~

PRACTICE CHARTS will be handed out next week, to help you organize your home review

BEGINNERS:

           1. Review: the parts of the instrument
                             how to open your case correctly
                             how to store your instrument when not in use
                             how to sit/stand correctly to play
                             how to pick up a pencil!! Adjust for your bow grip


INTERMEDIATES.

1.Review :Correct sitting position, bow grip 
2. Review Scale of D one octave
3. Learn your notes and rhythms in : Trumpet Tune by Purcell in How to play in an Orchestra ( HTPO)  Trumpet Tune by Purcell

ADVANCED

 1. Scale of D: 2 octaves:  play in half notes, then quarter notes, then eighth notes 

2. Deep River: all notes and rhythms. Find the tricky bits and work slowly and carefully to perfect them

3. Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: All notes and rhythms. Write in 1&2&3&4& counting for eighth note passages


HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK!


                              

REGISTRATION DAY SEPT 11 FOR ALL STUDENTS

Tuesday Sept 11 


ALL FORMER AND NEW STUDENTS REGISTER TODAY SEPT 11

REGISTRATION TIMES: 

NEW BEGINNERS: 4 pm TO 5 pm

INTERMEDIATES: (including last year's Beginners) 5 to 6 pm

Bring your instrument, and folder no stand required today

ADVANCED: 6 to 7pm

Bring your instrument, and folder-  no stand required today

2018/19 CLASS ASSIGNMENT LISTS WILL BE POSTED TODAY at REGISTRATION


NEXT WEEK :

TUESDAY SEPT 18:

NEW BEGINNERS I: arrive 3:45 CLASS 4 to 4: 45pm

 TUESDAY  INTERMEDIATES: arrive 4:45 CLASS: 5 to 5:45

ADVANCED: arrive 5:45 CLASS: 6 to 7pm



THURSDAY SEPT 20

NEW BEGINNERS II- (if required)- 

INTERMEDIATES (LAST YEAR''S BEGINNERS)
arrive 5:15, CLASS 5:30 to 6:15


PREPARING TO RE-OPEN September 2018 !

MIDSUMMER, 2018 - lots of summer fun yet to come!

BUT it's not too early to get special dates into the calendar.

MATT OFFICE re-opens AUGUST 20. 
Call 904 497 2220
 for info about Registering your child.

BEGINNERS Registration form is available now on the website:www.musicatthetowers.ca
others to be posted  by mid August



ADVANCED CLASS AUDITIONS: DATES Thursday and Friday September 6 and 7,
                                                TIMES: starting at 3:30 - last audition at 6:15 
               LOCATION:Towers MATT office


HOW TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR 15 min ADVANCED AUDITION
  • Choose your available time window  from times above
  • email this info to Yogita@musicatthetowers.ca, after AUG 20  
  • for your best chance to receive your chosen time, email early!
  • Yogita will confirm your audition time via email

AUDITION RESULTS :You will be notified by Sept 10 which class you will be joining

INTERMEDIATE REGISTRATION (for all not auditioning for Advanced)
 to be completed the week of Sept 4 to 7
Remaining Intermediate Registration at 1st class, Sept 11: 4:45 to 5:45 pm

 Registration Form to be posted on the website after Aug 20th. Drop if off with Session 1 payment (check only-$70) at TOWERS TENANT SERVICES OFFICE in clearly marked envelope: "FOR MATT OFFICE" receive receipt at 1st class
 Rental fee week 2 $150. Lesson supplement paid in October

or for cash payment, meet with Yogita ( contact  : Yogita@musicatthe towers.ca.) and receive immediate receipt


 Classes resume September 11, 2018  Your class day/time will be confirmed via email

             
  ADVANCED REGISTRATION-for successful candidates: Sept.11, 2018 5:45 to 7pm
                 includes Session fee $75, (+ rental)   Lesson supplement paid in October