BEGINNERS' PARENT MEETINGS WELL ATTENDED!

January  18/17

PARENT NOTES
A SPECIAL THANK YOU :

Thank you to Kalpi Patel, our Advanced Class Concertmaster, and Leah Tiwari, Advanced Class 1st Violinist, for helping with classes during the Parent Meetings. They are on track to become Mentors in the MATT program!


1. PARENT MEETINGS YESTERDAY and TODAY: Many Parents of all Class levels took advantage of the parent Meetings yesterday, to stay on top of the latest MATT developments. A 6 month Calendar was distributed  so that ALL parents can clearly keep track of classes, lessons and Concerts till June. If you did not attend, it is crucial that you pick one up next week.

2 BEGINNERS' LESSON SIGN UP will be completed today, Wednesday January 18th. It looks likely that Beginners's will be able to start Private lessons the first week of February ,which will be a WEEK 1. Make sure you know whether your lesson is WEEK 1 or WEEK 2. (Private lessons are every two weeks - about 2 each month)Your  calendar will show you the dates of all WEEK 1 and WEEK 2. Mark all your lessons onto your calendar, and remember -do not miss any! These lessons are a privilege, to support your child's progress.- crucial to success. Read Absence document (handed out at meeting) for required notice for any Lesson absence due to illness- 6 hours notice is required!

3. IMPORTANT DATE: February 11, 8pm  ROSE ORCHESTRA CONCERT, with ROSEBUDS. ALL students should attend- they are performing our FINALE piece for June Concert!
Deadline for ticket order is Jan 31st.. Sign up starts this week Jan. 17th. ALL students are required to attend a minimum of one Rose O performance to receive year end Certificate.

4. WEATHER DAYS: MATT does not close for inclement weather. IF you cannot attend, your responsibility is to call and let us know MATT office: 905 497 2220. Then you avoid an absence mark. Yogita Returns Feb 1st. She will be receiving messages about any lateness or absence.

5. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: We can not award certificates to those who miss more than 3 classes, since success depends on being in class. Advance notice for missing class or private lessons must be given. 
 For Private lessons the teacher must be called first.Then call MATT office: 905 497 2220.

6. HOME PRACTICE : Teachers are reporting that some students are not practicing-reports to Director on progress are due this month. The Blog provides details of what to work on.
Let's make the best of this unique educational and affordable opportunity for your child's development. It's up to you, the PARENT to facilitate and support the home practice. If your child practices as required, progress is absolutely guaranteed! 

7. OUR FINAL CONCERT  June 13th, and important  June 
rehearsals/  Year End Party dates  are found in the new CALENDAR. 
ALL Children will enjoy the thrill of performing together,, as a culmination of their Year's work. Make sure you invite friends and family. They will enjoy the childrens' performances!

                                            Dania's Class PHOTOS this week!: 
Advanced Class players: 
Riley (NOW a ROSEBUD!!)                                                  and aspiring cellist ,Elizabeth.






















HOMEWORK THIS WEEK
PRACTICE  CHARTS REQUIRED FOR START OF CLASS THIS WEEK
BEGINNERS: 1.D scale- slowly, with excellent position
                       2.Review Twinkles -Long Bows
                                                   Mississippi Hot Dog- middle bow   
                                                  Run Pony  full and short bows
                       3.THEORY :  Theory sheets will be returned next week
  4. NEW THIS WEEK: Long ,Long Ago
      (a)Practice on D string: 
                          Full bow, half bow, half bow, full bow .
                       (b)Add notes to this bowing:  D-___D E F#____
               (that is:) D__ (Full bow) D (half bow), E (half bow)  F#___ (Full bow)


INTERMEDIATESPRACTICE  CHARTS REQUIRED FOR START OF CLASS THIS WEEK
                               1.AFS Book: review carefully and learn well:# 146/155/159
                               2.Scale of G
                               3.NEW Piece: Heart and Soul - Practice opening notes, then play with strong Pizzicato! LEARN YOUR NOTES AND RHYTHMS TO BAR 15!
                               4.Sahara- review
                               5. NEW PIECE NEXT WEEK


ADVANCED:PRACTICE  CHARTS REQUIRED FOR START OF CLASS THIS WEEK

1.All 2016 music but Canadian Ballad should now have been returned- if not please do it!! 

2. Review Canadian Ballad
3. Scale of G - TWO octaves
4. Besame Mucho- ALL , with correct repeats , Dal Segno and Da Capo-
Review eighth note and triplet parts first.  
5. NEW :PIECE: Grieg "Holberg Suite": Gavotte
Work on opening section, with clear notes and separated Slur pairs!


YOUR MISSION: PRACTICE to HELP YOUR CLASS ENSEMBLE SOUND BETTER!

HAPPY NEW MATT YEAR!

January 11,2017
PARENT NOTES

1. PARENT MEETING- ALL CLASSES- first 15 min of class. Bring your suggestions and questions.

2. BEGINNERS' PRIVATE LESSON SIGN UP- to be completed Tuesday Jan 17.

3. IMPORTANT DATE: February 11, 8pm  ROSE ORCHESTRA CONCERT, with ROSEBUDS. ALL students should attend- they are performing our FINALE piece for June Concert!
Deadline for ticket order is Jan 31st.. Sign up starts this week Jan. 17th. ALL students are required to attend a minimum of one Rose O performance to receive year end Certificate.

4. WEATHER DAYS: MATT does not close for inclement weather. IF you cannot attend, your responsibility is to call and let us know MATT office: 905 497 2220. Then you avoid an absence mark.

5. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: We can not award certificates to those who miss more than 3 classes, since success depends on being in class. Advance notice for missing class or private lessons must be given. 
 For Private lessons the teacher must be called first.Then call MATT office: 905 497 2220.

6. HOME PRACTICE : Teachers are reporting that some students are not practicing-reports to Director on progress are due this month. The Blog provides details of what to work on.
Let's make the best of this unique educational and affordable opportunity for your child's development. It's up to you, the PARENT to facilitate and support the home practice. If your child practices as required, progress is absolutely guaranteed! 


HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

BEGINNERS: D scale- slowly, with excellent position
                       Review Twinkles -Long Bows
                                                   Mississippi Hot Dog- middle bow   
                                                  Run Pony  full and short bows
                        THEORY : staff
                                              your clef sign
                                         finding notes - high and low, naming from bottom up

INTERMEDIATES: AFS Book: review carefully and learn 146/155/159/165
                               Scale of G
                               NEW Piece: Heart and Soul - have a look!
                               Sahara- review

ADVANCED:
All performed music to be handed in at class Jan 17
Review Canadian Ballad
Scale of G - TWO octaves
NEW PIECE : Besame Mucho- Review eighth note and triplet parts first. Try to perfect these sections for next class. Lots more music coming!


OKAY EVERYONE- Let's get back into practice routine this week!!
You'll see- It PAYS OFF!


                                           


HOLIDAYS COMING- LET"S CELEBRATE!

December 15, 2016
Some  Beginners in their FIRST EVER MATT concert.
CONGRATULATIONS to all MATT students !
Your Friday night Mall Concert was a big success!
A great gift to your parents, and our community.
Thanks to all the Parents :Richard and Wen Lai, Bradley Georges, Shawn Ragoobar and Board Member Francis Mancuso for doing such a great job of organizing the event for us.
Our Regional Councilor brought his family to hear us. He is sponsoring us with donations to our program. Thank you Martin Medeiros!
Regional Councilor Martin Medeiros (upper left) with the MATT performers.

THIS WEEK:
We will have a year-end party during your class- time Tuesday and Wednesday. No instruments/music/stands required.
Please bring a small snack to share with your class.
There will be no Theory or private lessons Dec.19 to 24th. PHOTOS AND VIDEOS


Our resident cello leader, and baker!!
WEEK 2 Classes Theory and Lessons will resume Jan 10 

HOMEWORK:


Beginners


Review:
1. D Scale, 
2. Twinkles- Long bows ,
                    Mississippi Hotdog  on each note 
3.   NEW:: Run Pony (LONG SHORT SHORT) try this on each note of D scale and/Twinkle 
4. Steps to reading music!! 
                        YOUR STAFF: Treble clef (G)  for violins
                                                 Alto clef (C)  for violas
                                                 Bass  clef (F ) for cello and bass
                                                  
                                               Intermediates
All for Strings Book:

1. p 39 # 141 Review low and high: F natural and F sharp
2.p. 39  #146 
3. p. 41 # 161
4. p.41 #157- SLURS. 
5. TRY OUT p 41 # 159. SLURS across two strings- smoothly down down, up up

Advanced
Fri Dec 16th : Important event- Mayor and Oxford Head in attendance 
Towers residents' Christmas party

 Carolling at the Towers Party1. arrive 5pm Meet Ms. Currie outside Party room.
                 Attending: Elijah, Ryan, Tanisha, Leila, Sofia, Mya, Leah, Riley, Dania. 

 A. PLACE CAROLS in BINDERS in order below  for SINGALONG 
 B. MARK INTRO BARS in pencil for each piece

Order of singing:
1. Angels we have heard on high  INTRO last 3 bars
2.Deck the Halls INTRO last 2 bars bass BASS plays Line A alone 1st time through.
3.Good King Wenceslas  INTRO last 3 bars
4.Joy to the World INTRO last 4 bars
5.Hark the Herald Angels Sing INTRO last 2 bars
6.Jungle Bells   INTRO: BARS 7 AND 8 then CONTINUE on to START: BAR 9

C. PRACTICE CAROLS carefully for correct /notes/rhythms/sharps etc. Try to learn carols so well you can have lots of fun playing the singalong!

Thank you all for participating in this  important event for the TOWERS!



IMPORTANT DATES

1.. Fri Dec 16th: Carolling at the Towers: arrive 4:45 Advanced students attending:Elijah, Ryan, Tanisha, Leila, Sofia, Mya Leah Riley, Dania

2. December 19 weekNO Private or Theory LESSONS will be held the last week before holidays.

3.. DEC 20 and DEC 21. Last class before MATT Winter Break 
4.. JAN. 10th Classes and lessons Start 2017 with  WEEK 2 THEORY and LESSONS.

WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS, FESTIVE SEASON, and NEW YEAR!!

BEGINNERS: YOUR FIRST MATT CONCERT!

December7, 2016
PARENTS' NOTES


SEE below 1. MORE PHOTOS of DEC 3rd Rose Theatre Performance by MATT ADV. STUDENTS
                   2.Important  Dates Coming up

Dec 9 MATT Performance at Shoppers World Mall

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:


SEATING: Chairs needed . Unfortunately there are only 30 chairs for the audience.If you can bring some more that would help. We do need armless collapsible chairs/stools for the cellists. Let us know if you cannot bring one for your cellist. All others stand to play. If grandparents come, please allow them to sit in the audience chairs. The program will not be more than an hour.
Students will all have to sit on floor when not playing, so please dress them in something you are not too worried about, but is still somewhat dressy for the concert. Black skirt or pants with t-shirt is good/colors good/ festive hair or neck wear also fun.

What to WEAR: new t-shirts with black or colorful pants/skirt, festive touches are fun
What to BRING:
 ALL: Instrument/ rock stop/shoulder rest
CELLOS- a collapsible armless chair IF possible -request one- if you do not have one to bring.
 ADV and INT- your program music in folder /red carol binder /labelled music stand - labelled with your name on masking tape

WHEN:  Friday night Dec 9, ARRIVE 7PM Go to storage room to leave cases and coats. Quietly wait for tuning and directions.
WHERE: Shoppers’ World Mall North Entrance on Charolais Blvd.  Go straight ahead past stores . You will be directed to the storage room to leave coats and cases.
We play in Santa Square beside Santa workshop.

Dec. 9th PROGRAM

BEGINNERS:
1.     Doh a Deer demonstration, and song Acc. by Adv Students
2.     Twinkle Twinkle Acc. by Adv Students

ADVANCED TRIO- Mya/Leah/Kalpi

INTERMEDIATES
1.     Concert Trio
2.     Sahara Crossing

                 
 ADVANCED
                  1. Pachelbel Canon
                  2. Christmas Pieces: We wish you
                                                     Carol of the Bells
                  3. Harvest Home

 8. Angels we have heard on high

 9. Deck the Halls_ all SING together    THE END 

 HOMEWORK FOR ALL STUDENTS
Daily, and carefully review all of your pieces on the program above 

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP

4.Tues./Wed. DEC 13/14 Session 2 Begins Fees Due $50/70/75

6. Fri. Dec. 9th Concert :ALL students perform.Shoppers World Mall arrive 7pm - 8:30

7. Fri Dec 16th: Carolling at the Towers: arrive 4:45 Advanced students attending:Elijah, Ryan, Tanisha, Leila, Sofia, Mya Leah Riley, Dania

8 December 19 weekNO Private or Theory LESSONS will be held the last week before holidays.

9. DEC 20 and DEC 21. Last class before MATT Winter Break 
10. JAN. 10th Classes and lessons Start 2017 with  WEEK 2 THEORY and LESSONS.


ROSE THEATRE INTERMISSION PERFORMANCE PHOTOS
CONGRATULATIONS, ADVANCED STUDENTS!






WELL DONE !

Thank you to our MATT teacher,Ms Yoshi. And  to Rose Orchestra players Loren, Denise, Merle, and Barbara for supporting us by playing along! 

SHARE THE JOY WITH MUSIC !

December 2, 2016
This week we begin our GIFT GIVING of the SEASON, with our MATT concerts. starting at the Rose Theatre this Saturday night.
Advanced students play during Intermission of the Rose Orchestra
"Christmas Music Box" concert. Discounts with special "Friends 50" code for friends of the Orchestra-that's us!

  PARENT NOTES

 Advanced Carollers! Friday evening Dec. 16th:
We need a definite answer re: attendance sat this event. 
Please write to Ms Currie today andrea@musicatthetowers.ca:

Kalpi, Leila/ Sofia, Christian, Elizabeth/Olivia, Dania, Hanna, Leah, Riley
I  need to let them know- Thank you.

Friday DEC 16 TOWERS Christmas event this year will be held in the Party room, instead of the travelling road show to the building lobbies. We are invited to play carols.
ARRIVAL TIME :5pm pm
We will play three carols sessions at 5:15, 5:30 and 6pm.




3. MUSIC AT THE TOWERS CONFIRMED  IMPORTANT DATES :


2. Sat. Dec 3: Advanced Students perform at Rose Theatre. Arrival time 7pm.All details posted below in blue.

4.Tues./Wed. Dec. 6 /7 Session 2 Fees Pay Date: $50/70/75
5.Tues./Wed. Dec. 6 /7  T-shirt pick up day

6. Fri. Dec. 9th Concert :ALL students perform.Shoppers World Mall arrive 7pm - 8:30

7. Fri Dec 16th: Carolling at the Towers: arrive 4:45 
8 December 19 weekNO Private or Theory LESSONS will be held the last week before holidays.

9. DEC 20 and DEC 21. Last class before MATT Winter Break 
10. JAN. 10th Classes and lessons Start 2017 with  WEEK 2 THEORY and LESSONS. 

DETAILS for Dec 3 concert.Our students will receive free tickets for the Rose Orchestra Dec 3rd “Music box” concert, and will be chaperoned throughout the evening by two of our parents, Susan Dal Dosso and Farrah Merrick.
ARRIVAL TIME:  Rose Theater by 7pm, to perform carols before the concert. They will be seated in the audience for the first half . At Intermission they perform in the Rotunda. They then watch the second half of the concert which will end between 10 and 10:30 .
Here are the details
DRESS: New tops/ dress shirts with colorful or black skirts/pants, dress shoes 
BRING: instruments and red carol folder  
MUSIC : All music on program below must be hole-punched and placed  in order in the red carol folder.
STANDS: ? No stands are required.
PROGRAM
7:25 CAROLS:  1.Good King Wenceslas
                  2. Silent Night
                  3. Jolly Old St Nicholas.
                  4. Carol of the Bells from 3 Xmas Pieces (to be played again later)
                  5. We wish you a Merry Christmas  (to be played again later)
                  6.  Angels we have heard on high
                  7. Jingle Bells
                  8. Joy to the World
                  9. Deck the Halls

INTERMISSION
                  1. Pachelbel Canon
                  2. Christmas Pieces: We wish you
                                                     Carol of the Bells
                  3. Canadian Ballad
                  4. Harvest Home
                  5 Angels we have heard on high #5 from carol book 

                       HAVE FUN SHARING THIS BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!!
                                   You will LOOK and SOUND beautiful!


HOMEWORK this week:

BEGINNERS:
REVIEW 1. perfect bow hold  (RH on chart) 
Bow exercises: 2."elevator"-  Coin/eraser "Windshield wiper"  3 "Monkey crawl".

BOWING - STEPS for good sound: LIft bow over string, "touch down" flat bow hair. Relax arm weight onto hand, feel the "grab", then PULL four strokes on each open string.

STRING CYCLE: .MISSISSIPPI HOT DOG: SHORT SHORT SHORT SHORT LONG LONG : HOW 2 Pull four short strokes, THEN 2 LONG in the middle of the bow on each string lowest to the highest string and back to the lowest.
OPEN -1 .STRING CYCLE: Play 4 x open then 4x 1 on each string. Listen for correct tuning and fix as needed Listen and fix- for tuned notes
                                                  
NEW THIS WEEK. 
1.Continue: ALLTWINKLE LINES: 1, 2 and 3
Use the sheet handed out to review lines. Practice many times with smooth and clear sound
2.D SCALE.  D E F# G A B C# D and down again!
 on the D string.D E F# G  on the A string A B C#D
Coming back down the scale from high D, remove one finger at a time (cellos use fingers 1 3 and 4), then after A place ALL fingers on the D and take them off one at a time. LISTEN carefully and fix to get right sounds.

TAKE THE CHANCE TO  practice lots, with careful attention to details
FOR YOUR first ever MATT concert NEXT WEEK!!

INTERMEDIATES Week 1 lessons and Theory  this week-
CHARTS TO BE BROUGHT TO CLASS- PRACTICE  5 DAYS- AT LEAST 30 MIN PER DAY! If you consistently don't have a chart,YOU will not play in the class!

Practice at least FIVE days a week.
Practice scales : G and scale of D
1. AFS book CONCERT TRIO #126 for December concert Learn YOUR assigned part    A B or C#  with the repeats, first and second ending and Da Capo. First ending is only played ONCE in the song- the first time through!
Simone and Reagan:  play Line A with Simone, Nathan and Jonathan. Aaron and Jeremiah, Jordan and Rashad, Julia and Aswin play Line B. All violas and Cellos play Line C


2..  Sahara Crossing -  Review through the piece counting all rests and playing in order with SIGN, Repeats and jumping to CODA:From beginning,play to BAR 63, then go back to BAR 27 S(SIGN) . Play to BAR 40 , (to CODA) then jump to BAR 64 , (CODA) to end .
Play through a few times beginning to end! 
Review the following: : Bar 52  rhythm, learn to  bar 61
                                                       Bar 64 to the end
                                                       Bar 68  PIZZICATO
                                                       Bar 43- two strings at once

                          
        Use your practice time to work hard and perfect all parts of your music!

ADVANCED Week 2 lessons this week- take your difficult passages to your lesson and make sure your teacher helps you learn them !!

CHARTS TO BE BROUGHT TO CLASS- PRACTICE  5 DAYS AT LEAST 40 MIN PER DAY! If you consistently don't have a chart you will not play in the class!

VIOLIN TRIO for MALL CONCERT- will be rehearsed this week. Learn your part at home .

Practice carefully FOR ROSE THEATRE CONCERT:
Check all counting as you play through and fix every piece a few times each.
1. Three Christmas Pieces-  short light fluffy notes when not playing melody
work on your solo parts where you have the tune- make it sound beautiful! 

2. Harvest Home:Review all parts and work to perfect them   violas practice Bars 17 to 20 Violin1: last three bars.

3. Canon: Review all -perfect each bar with correct dynamics and tuning
VIOLAS: Practice pizz notes for clear sound .
Cellos: in TUNE notes- smooth and beautiful tuning. especially B and F3 in bar 1
Violins: review and perfect all passages  for clear beautiful sounds. 
4.Canadian Ballad: Review : notes /rhythms /dynamics/bowings carefully.
                                          
          With your careful practice and preparation,you are going to be great!!!!!