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!


    June 10                                                   
                                                            
    CELEBRAMPTON!
    opening Ceremonies

      

     MATT STUDENTS, 
                        YOU WERE AWESOME!!
    I hope you all enjoyed this great event - we were all very proud of you:( in score order) Kalpi, Leah, Mya, Leila, Tanisha, Sofia, Nathan, Jordan, Elijah, Ryan, Johan and Riley  . The three Intermediate students proved to be excellent support to the Advanced group-
    Well don all.
    Thanks to all the parents who facilitated our participation in this special opportunity for MATT  today. iT WAS A GREAT DAY FOR US!





    ONWARDS NOW TO CONCERT DAY- LET"S KEEP UP THE GREAT PLAYING!!

    STILL TIME TO PRACTICE, EVERYONE:
    SEE YOU FOR A FABULOUS SHOW TUESDAY!!

    CONCERT DAY JUNE 13- Giving the gift of MUSIC!

    "Celebrampton" event O CANADA by MATT  ADVANCED STUDENTS
    Congrat's to Jordan and Nathan Merisanu who will play with the Advanced  Class!

    ALL will receive a detailed  info email tomorrow. Please read carefully.

    EXTRA PARKING TIME NEEDED
     N. B. Hurontario Street will be  blocked off for the event.
    Wear MATT t -shirts, dress in black skirt/pants no jeans or sneakers (bring sun block). 
    Bring O Canada Music and clothes pins

    PLAY a THON:

    We have received pledge funds from 11 parents and five Board members so far- to reach $2500. Thank you all !!! Our goal is $5000- We have 21 more Parents to go!
    Prize for most pledge funds brought in will be awarded at Year end Party!

     Parents -Please make an effort to contribute -do your part  to help MATT! 
    Goal: $100 per student- HOW to get pledges:

    Tell family, friends, parents of friends, church/mosque friends, teachers what MATT is, what you play, and ask them to sponsor you. MOST WILL! Tax receipts available for $20 or more- please get addresses of these people.

    HANDING in FUNDS: Place your funds in an envelope with your name on it
    hand in to Yogita Tuesday or at YEAR END Pool Party . 


    FINAL CONCERT PREPARATION 
    Homework: 

    Practice to correct difficult parts for all concert pieces you play
     FIVE more days to perfect concert music! 



    ANNUAL SHOWCASE CONCERT  Tuesday JUNE 13 Holland Christian Homes 6pm
                                                                                                 7900 McLaughlin Rd.

    1.Enter at  "MAIN ENTRANCE". COME EARLY to find parking.Car pooling helps

    REHEARSAL/CONCERT PROCEDURE  TUESDAY JUNE 13

    4pm: set up chairs Nijo, Siby, Brennan ,Bradley, Rachael, Trevon Daley Tech: Shawn 

     4pm till 4:15 ADVANCED and INTERMEDIATEStune in HARMONY HALL, then take your place for O Canada in Heritage Hall

    4:15 TO 4:25 BEGINNERS: tune 4:15 TO 4:25 in HARMONY HALL, then take your place on steps for O Canada in Heritage Hall


    4:30 to 5:30 pm Rehearsal 
    5:30 to 5:50 short break
    5:50 take performance places in Heritage hall  
    6pm Concert 

    2.TUNING Samantha Ragbirsingh, Aleksandra and Yogita will greet students from 4pm to direct them as last week. Int/Adv- tune 4pm Beginners tune 4:15

    3.WEAR  Purple t shirts and dress up pants or skirt- any color. No jeans or sneakers please. 

    4. BRING your instrument, your own concert music, IN CORRECT ORDER, your music stand with name on it,

    PARENTS are requested to bring refreshments: fruit/drink/treat to offer after the concert.
    Thank you all for all your hard work and support!



    CONCERT PROGRAM
    O CANADA-- C Lavalee

    BEGINNERS
    Twinkles Mozart
    Long ,Long Ago- Traditional

    VIOLIN DUET on stage
    Chorus from Judas Maccabeus- Handel
    Nathan Tiensovan and Jonathan Nguyen

    INTERMEDIATE CLASS
    There's Music in the Air- Root
    Heart and Soul- Carmichael
    The Prince of Denmark’s March- Clarke

    STRING TRIO on stage
    The Bluebells of Scotland- traditional
    Aaron Tiensovan, Jordan Tiensovan, violin; Johann Ragoobar, cello

    ADVANCED CLASS
     Holberg Suite - Grieg
    Besame Mucho- Velazquez

    VIOLIN SOLO
    Allegro and Largo
    from Vivaldi "The Four Seaons"
    Violin Solo Kalpi Patel

    Intermezzo from Cavaliera Rusticana – Mascagni

    STAFF ENSEMBLE :
    Adagio for Strings - Albinoni

    FINALE
    “Palladio”- Jenkins
     ALL STAFF and STUDENTS

    You are giving a wonderful gift to your audience-
     the gift of LIVE MUSIC!! 

                                       
    Tuesday June 20:  Year End Party: All who play in the concert are invited at Ms Currie's home 4-to 6 pm- 
    details via email and BLOG next week


                

    DRESS REHEARSAL JUNE 6 at HCH


    PARENT NOTES


    PLAY a THON:
    Thanks to all Students who participated in our 5 hour Playing marathon ! 

    PLEDGES : 
    Goal: $100 per student- HOW to get pledges:
    Tell family, friends, parents of friends, church/mosque friends, teachers what MATT is, what you play, and ask them to sponsor you. MOST WILL!

    HANDING in FUNDS: Place your funds in an envelope with your name on it
    hand in to Yogita at Holland Christian Homes Tuesday June 6


    May 29 -June 1st :the LAST WEEK 2 . Don't miss private lessons /Theory!!

    HOMEWORK THIS WEEKfor ALL students
    Practice all your class/ensemble pieces found in CONCERT PROGRAM BELOW  WORK on perfecting NOTES, COUNTING, TUNING, BOWING

    DRESS REHEARSAL TUESDAY JUNE 6
     at Holland Christian Homes 7900 McLaughlin Rd

    1.Enter at  "MAIN ENTRANCE". COME EARLY to find parking.Car pooling helps
    2.Samantha Ragbirsingh and Yogita will greet students from 4pm to direct them.
    3.Wear normal attire. Bring: concert music. instrument and labelled music stand 

    REHEARSAL PROCEDURE

    4pm: set up chairs Nijo, Siby, Brennan ,Bradley, Rachael, Brother of M. Daley

     4pm till 4:15 ADVANCED and INTERMEDIATES: tuning in HARMONY HALL
    4:15 TO 4:30 BEGINNERS: tuning 4:15 TO 4:25 in HARMONY HALL

    4:30 to 6:30 pm Rehearsal in Heritage Hall.  
    CONCERT PROGRAM
    O CANADA-- C Lavalee

    BEGINNERS
    Twinkles Mozart
    Long ,Long Ago- Traditional
    accompanied by Advanced Class

    VIOLIN DUET on stage
    Chorus from Judas Maccabeus- Handel
    Nathan Tiensovan and Jonathan Nguyen

    INTERMEDIATE CLASS
    There's Music in the Air- Root
    Heart and Soul- Carmichael
    The Prince of Denmark’s March- Clarke

    STRING TRIO on stage
    The Bluebells of Scotland- traditional
    Aaron Tiensovan, Jordan Tiensovan, violin; Johann Ragoobar, cello

    ADVANCED CLASS
     Holberg Suite - Grieg
    Besame Mucho- Velazquez

    VIOLIN SOLO
    Allegro and Largo
    from Vivaldi "The Four Seaons"
    Violin Solo Kalpi Patel

    Intermezzo from Cavaliera Rusticana – Mascagni

    STAFF ENSEMBLE :
    Adagio for Strings - Albinoni

    FINALE
    “Palladio”- Jenkins
     ALL STAFF and STUDENTS

    "Celebrampton" event O CANADA by MATT  ADVANCED STUDENTS
    Intermediates may audition for the 2 or 3 spaces available to join in! 
    Saturday June 10 at 11:15 am  in  Rose Theatre Square

    A few have not yet  confirmed attendance -do so right away!

    Arrive by 11:15 am to set up. N. B. Streets are blocked off for the market .
    Wear MATT t -shirts and sun block. Bring O Canada Music and clothes pins
    More info to come!



    MATT YEAR-END SHOWCASE  June 13, 2017 6pm at Holland Christian Homes
    All students perform. Invite your family and friends!

    June 6 rehearsal 5pm - all stay for the duration- till 7pm
    June 13 CONCERT 4:15 arrival / set up/ tuning 4:30 to 5:30 rehearsal
                                       6pm Concert 

    Concert dress: purple MATT t-shirts with colorful or black skirt/pants, dress shoes
    What to bring: music stand with name on it, instrument 
    Music to bringFolder, containing only concert music - hand in all other items before .
    PARENTS are requested to sign up to bring refreshments: fruit/drink/cookies 

    Tuesday June 20:  Year End Party  at Ms Currie's home 4-to 6 pm

                  If you WORK HARD practicing well, 
              You'll REST EASY and have fun playing in  the CONCERT !!

    See you TUESDAY at HCH!

     ________________________



      B

    PLAY A THON - GREAT JOB at the MALL!!

    May 24, 2017


    PARENT NOTES

    PLAY a THON:
    Thanks to all Students who participated in the 5 hour Playing marathon Saturday! 

    We had loads of new "MATT-ers" sign up after seeing and hearing you!.

    PLEDGES should be handed in tomorrow, unless you have been given an extension by Ms Currie. 

    Goal $100 per student- keep getting more if you are not there yet!!.

    Place your funds in an envelope with your name on it and give to Yogita tomorrow.


    THIS WEEK is the LAST WEEK 2 . Don't miss your private lessons and Theory!!


    SLIDE SHOW PHOTOS:   We are still taking class photos for year end concert Presentation.
    Please help with this and take photos during your child's class. Then Send to Andrea@ .

    Your help is appreciated - small close up groups, whole classes or individuals!
    Your creative poses too.




    "Celebrampton" event O CANADA by MATT  ADVANCED STUDENTS
    Intermediates may audition for the 2 or 3 spaces available to join in! 
    Saturday June 10 at 11:15 am  in  Rose Theatre Square

    A few have not yet  confirmed attendance -do so right away!

    Arrive by 11:15 am to set up. N. B. Streets blocked off for the market .
    Wear MATT t -shirts and sun block. Bring O Canada Music and clothes pins
    More info to come!



    MATT YEAR-END SHOWCASE  June 13, 2017 6pm at Holland Christian Homes
    All students perform. Invite your family and friends!

    June 6 rehearsal 5pm - all stay for the duration- till 7pm
    June 13 CONCERT 4:15 arrival / set up/ tuning 4:30 to 5:30 rehearsal
                                       6pm Concert 
    LOCATION : Holland Christian Homes: 7900 McLaughlin Rd. Plan to before  start time.
    Parking is difficult- car pool if possible. 
    Make your travel arrangements today! Notify Yogita if you need a ride.

    2. Concert dress: purple MATT t-shirts with colorful or black skirt/pants, dress shoes
    3. What to bring: music stand with name on it, instrument
    4. Music to bringFolder, containing only concert music - hand in all other items before .


    Year end SPECIAL  EVENTS
    1. Tuesday June 6 Dress rehearsal  5 pm to 7pm arrive at 4:45 -at Holland Christian Homes 7900 McLaughlin Road . Arrive early. Parking is sometimes challenging.
    2. Tuesday June 13:  Final Concert at HCH  (4:15 arrival 6pm concert).
    3. Tuesday June 20:  Year End Party  at Ms Currie's home 4-to 6 pm

       ________________________

    HOMEWORK !!



      Beginners:  

    DETAILED PRACTICE  CHARTS REQUIRED FOR START OF ALL CLASSES ALL homework listed below must be practiced during the week- at least 2 or 3 times each.


    THEORY  Homework hand out. Joanna, Lilly, Joah, Aaron, Jeremiah. 
                                                           

     1.CONCERT: O  CANADA! Practice the correct Bowing for the beginning:
                                                      "down--- up-- up down!"  Learn your notes for the swhole song!
         

    2. CONCERT  FINALE :PALLADIO:  Write in note names , practice the hard bars. Thsi week we work on the second half. Make sure you have reviewed and learned the FIRST HALF from this week's class

     3. CONCERT:  Long, long ago:  ALL lines to be learned well , from memory, with correct short and long bows

                    
      4 D scale- Listen for perfect tuning of notes; Check sitting /standing position, bow grip, straight bow, whole bows

     5 CONCERT: Review Twinkles : To play in JUNE CONCERT Long Bows
                                               Mississippi Hot Dog- middle bow  
                                               Run Pony  full and short bows

     REMINDERS to help with Note naming in Palladio:                                        
     Read your staff lines and spaces from bottom line up:

                        Violins: 5 lines: Every Good Boy Deserves Fun.  
                                 4 spaces : F A C E 

    Violas: 5 lines:  (FACE +G) OR Fat  American  Cats Eat  Garbage    
                 4 spaces: Great Big Dogs Fight

           Cellos and  Bass: 5 lines: Great Big Dogs Fight Always
                                            4 spaces: All Cows Eat Grass
                            

       

           Intermediates: 
                             DETAILED Practice charts required for start of all classes - 

        Practice each item below at least 3 times per week:

    1CONCERT AFS Book: # 165 - A: violin 1 B: violin 2,  viola and cello 

    2.Scale of G
    3. CONCERT Heart and Soul: ALL
                                            
    4.. CONCERT MARCH. Pr. of Denmark -ALL 
                  REVIEW with careful counting and military precision!  

    5.SCALE of F - (for PALLADIO) :practice reading and playing all notes on your F scale handout, including added higher notes.

    6.CONCERT FINALE PALLADIO! ALL students  play at end of concert
    Write in note names if needed Work on perfecting one bar at a time- then add the next bar

    7. CONCERT OPENINGAll students play O Canada- practice all parts at home

    8. SMALL ENSEMBLES for CONCERT - Practice to perform for class !! and CONCERT: DUETS 
                                                       Jonathan,/Nathan. : Judas Maccabeus
                                                                   Jordan /Aaron /JohanR :  Blue Bells of Scotland