MATT ACTIVITY UPDATES

January 17, 2018
PARENTS NOTES

1. MUSIC STANDS- Beginning MATT students will be requiring music stands within the the month. We will place an order for your convenience and to ensure that your stand does not break within a year or two. These are very sturdy ones, which should last a life time, available to you at our cost of $34 incl.tax, complete with a carry bag. Sign with Yogita if you would like one of these stands.

2. ROSE/ROSEBUD Orchestra Concert "Mozart Love- in" Saturday Feb 10th 7:30pm at the Rose Theatre. Sign up and pay Yogita for your tickets by Thursday Jan 25th. This concert includes a Special performance of , Mozart Symphonie Concertante viola. violin duet  and Rosebud student orchestra participation.

3.BEGINNER PRIVATE LESSONS will begin in February. Since home practice is scheduled and supervised by Parents , you are expected to sit in on these lessons to ensure you understand what the teacher is teaching and assigning for homework. 

Important reminders: 
1.Read, keep, and follow the MATT absence and lateness policy 
2.Practice and perfect each assignment given by your teacher. If you do this,your lesson will be prove to be a very helpful aspect of your musical training.
3.Carefully watch the MATT calendar for your lesson week 1 or 2. There are some weeks with no private lessons.
4.There is a $5 charge per lesson, unless you miss it without notifying the teacher as required.(then you pay the entire fee of $15 for a 30 min. lesson) Please be sure to pay Yogita for your Session 2 lessons before they begin.
 . 
4. VOLUNTEER PARENT MEETINGS
Within a few of weeks, meetings for Librarian and Photography volunteers will be held during your child's class. Dates will be given ahead. Please plan to attend.

                                          HOMEWORK THIS WEEK
                              
                      FACT: 20% of kids learn to play music.                            
70% of adults wish they had!

               ALL students are required to bring a completed practice chart to each class

Beginners: D scale ascending AND descending Twinkle 
                   Two Theory work sheets: The STAFF & LINES and SPACES 

Intermediates : AFS book #110/111, 126.first line. ADD#127 and #132 (review)  
                         NEW : Play and name notes:: Little  Classic Suite bars 1 to 4 

Advanced:  REMINDER: all students are required to be in the class at least 10 min ahead of start time to unpack, stet up, and tune
NEW:  Fiddlers three to bar 49     
        Ave Verum all- practice specific bars which have tricky fingering 

        Harry Potter- to bar 34      VIOLAS: practice main theme starting bar 35!

                                       

ONWARD INTO 2018

January 11, 2018


WELCOME BACK  and  HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

PARENTS' NOTES

1. BEGINNERS' PRIVATE LESSONS : sign up with Yogita by next week for Private lessons, to start in February. 
At this stage it is essential for each of you MATT students, receive individual help, to be the best you can be ! We are very confident in our teachers' ability to correct any position issues, guide you, and assist you in your individual musical development. Please be sure to add their assignments to your practice chart list.  
TEACHERS: Bem Partington, a fine young  musician and good friend of MATT, will be teaching the beginning violins and violas. Susan Naccache, and Elizabeth Wallace our current excellent cello and bass teachers, will help our youngest students 

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: these lessons take place  ALTERNATE WEEKS for all MATT students. You will receive the teacher's phone number before your first lesson.
In case of illness there is a required 6 hour notice to the teacher, required, or the full cost must be paid by the parent. If late, the lesson time is lost- the teacher must stay on schedule.
In short, value these lessons- they avail your child of his/her full potential as an individual, to progress as fast as he/she is able, while strengthening confidence and contribution to the class-orchestra ensemble. 
You will be given the absence/lateness  policy document to carefully read and follow. Speak to Yogita (or Andrea while Yogita is away in January),if you have questions.

2. VIOLIN /VIOLA STUDENTS PRIVATE LESSONS: Within in the next couple of days we hope to make an announcement regarding a new teacher for Advanced and Intermediate Students
We are very pleased that by next week all lessons will be back in place once again, in a  positive direction for our students and our program.We will update you, we hope by the weekend- check back for the news!

                                              HOMEWORK THIS WEEK
               All students have new materials to work on as review and re-start:


Beginners: D scale Twinkle, Theory work sheet for lines and spaces.
Intermediates : AFS book #91, 94, 95/96 and  Note naming: Crepuscule

Advanced:  REMINDER: all students are required to be in the class at least 10 min ahead of start time to unpack, stet up, and tune
NEW Ave Verum all- practice specific bars which have tricky fingering 
        Harry Potter- to 34      VIOLAS: practice main theme bar 35!

                                          JOYOUS SOUNDS TO ALL!!

HAPPY CELEBRATIONS - MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

Dec. 14, 2017- last post for 2017!

  CONGRATULATIONS to all Students and their Parents!

You have made excellent progress since September- Students supported by Parents who work hard to encourage, cajole, to keep playing every day - this is why Parents are the most important part of the MATT program- along with their children!

I am sure you have seen that MATT is a very unique way 
to learn and enjoy the many blessings of music.

As we continue this dedication into 2018, we naturally continue to grow our skills and understanding of music, 
right through until our MAY 29th  concert! 
Wait till you see what you can do then!

PARENTS' NOTES

 PAY SESSION 2 FEES BEFORE HOLIDAYS- NOW 3 WEEKS OVERDUE
MATT NEEDS YOUR CO-OPERATION.Thank you.

This week, Dec 18 to Dec 22: All classes are running, but no lessons or Theory classes.  Every class will have something special going on, as we close 2017.

Ms. Currie's classes on Tuesday: no instruments or folders are required.
If you would like to bring a small snack for us all to share this would be welcome. 

Wednesday Choral class will be joining in to one of Ms. Currie's Tuesday classes- starting at 4pm (Beginners), 5pm (Intermediate) or 6pm (Advanced)

Ms Yoshi's Classes will be held with Ms Yoshi Thursday. She has special activities planned for you- making music cards, playing music bingo and charades  
treats to share are welcome.


2018:  MATT resumes the week of January 8th- with all regular classes, private lessons, ensembles and Theory classes 

You have all needed information in your MATT CALENDAR. 
Please be sure to watch it every week -this will help everyone, especially our wonderful Admin Assistant, Yogita, She does an amazing and efficient job of keeping track of everything for us!

TO ALL FAMILIES FROM ALL OF THE MATT STAFF, 
   MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS !

OUR SEASONAL GIFT TO OUR COMMUNITY

Dec. 9, 2017
MATT FULL CAST PERFORMANCE FRIDAY NIGHT:
WELL DONE!

THE HAPPY  FACES OF THE WHOLE MATT CREW,                        FOR BEGINNERS, IT WAS THEIR FIRST PERFORMANCE!    


SONGS & CAROLS OF THE 
                             MATT CHORUS 
             BROUGHT LOTS OF JOY TO ALL









THANK YOU TO YOGITA, 
PRES. BRADLEY and ALL BOARD MEMBERS AND PARENTS WHO HELPED WITH     THE MANY DETAILS OF THE FINAL MATT CONCERT EVENT  OF 2017!

REGULAR CLASSES AND LESSONS THIS WEEK! DEC 11 TO 15

THE FOLLOWING WEEK WE HAVE CELEBRATION CLASSES -INCLUDING SPECIAL                                                                                   FUN AND TREATS TO END THE YEAR!

ADVANCED STUDENTS PLAY ROSE THEATRE ROTUNDA!

Dec 4 - 7, 2017
!KUDOS! to MATT Advanced Players....



                                  
 


for a FINE Performance Saturday Evening                                      at the Rose Theatre! 

Thankyou to ,
Susan Naccache, Teacher / Assistant; 
Chaperones, 
Farah Merrick and Susan Dal Dosso 
Admin. and Promo, Yogita Vivek Tiwari

 Joe Ferrari, Rose Theatre liaison, 
Tammie Thompson refreshment co-ordinator
What a great team! .

Friday December 8Shoppers World  MATT concert: ALL STUDENTS 
                       
Please Note: CHANGE of CONCERT LOCATION in SHOPPERS World 

WHERE TO GO: Entrance beside Bad Boy Furniture on Hurontario
                  We play  in the area outside of WINNERS

WHEN  TO ARRIVE:               6:45: Advanced Strings 
                                                 6:50 : Intermediate Strings 
                                                 7:05  Choral students  
                                                 7:10  Beginners
6:45 :Teachers present to tune with Nicole, Jelena, (Cecilia), Andrea,

WHAT TO BRING: ALL : instrument, rock stop/shoulder rest 
                            ADV./INT.: music folder, stand with name on it
WHAT TO WEAR: MATT t-shirt with colorful pants/skirt and festive touches if you like.
                         PS Keep in mind, we will have to sit on the floor at times

PROGRAM ORDER:
1. Chorus:                           Frosty the Snow Man                             
                                           When Children Join Hands to Sing     
2. Chorus with Beginners : Doh a Deer
                        Beginners: Twinkle -with piano
3. Chorus:                          Up on the Housetop                         
                                           Hymn to Freedom                                    
4. Chorus / Int. Strings:      Here Comes Santa Claus
        Intermediate StringsPizzicato Magic
                                           Beethoven's 9th
5. Chorus:                           Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
                                           Santa Claus is coming to town
6. Advanced  Strings :         Blue Tango
                                            Jingle Bells Hoedown (with Cecilia / Nicole)
                                            Angels we have heard     all who can-  SING!!
                                             
   HOMEWORK
 All students practice their concert pieces above
Get to know the hard parts so you'll have fun playing the CONCERT!

CHOIR and INTERMEDIATES GREET SANTA

Nov 30
 CONGRATULATIONS
             TO ALL PERFORMERS!
 Last Saturday, at Shoppers Mall
          our brand new MATT Choir and Intermediate Students shared their joyous sounds with lots of other children as Santa arrived  at his        Shoppers World Workshop.


<-Intermediate  Orchestra Violins






Here they are - the NEW Music at the Towers Choir! 
Wayne Strongman leads his exuberant choristers and some of their parents- even a MOM on flute!




WELL DONE!!

PARENT NOTES

1. ADVANCED STUDENTS : Here's what's happening Dec 2 :Rose O. Concert:
Three chaperones will be with the students all evening. Please make sure they arrive in good time . And be prepared to pick them up at 9:30pm. Meet them in the Theatre lobby.

WHERE TO GO: Rose Theatre Brampton - STUDIO Theatre (green room)
WHAT TO WEAR, for  this fancy occasion: DRESS UP!
boys: dress purple shirt/ bow tie for  black pants, dress shoes
girls:  purple blouse ,colorful skirt /pants ,festive touches, dress shoes
WHAT TO BRING:
Instrument- no stands required
Music in folder: Blue Tango
                            Andante Cantabile
                            Eleanor Rigby
                           Jingle Bells Hoedown
                            Carols: Silent Night, Angels we have heard on high

ARRIVAL TIME: 6:25pm 
                           6:30 Tuning and Rehearsal :6:30- 7:15 
                           7:15 Move to Seats in auditorium for 7:30 concert
                       During Intermission, perform, then have snack in lobby
                       Return to seats for second half of concert
  9:30 - 10 pm At end of concert- pick up your instruments, coats and music. Meet parents in lobby

2.LESSON CHANGES FOR Ms YOSHI'S STUDENTS: 
Watch email for your new lesson time. Confirm with Yogita immediately. Thank you!


Friday December 8: Shoppers world  MATT concert: 
                       ALL STUDENTS PERFORM

ALL PARENTS ARE ASKED TO HELP with this event. 
                                  Be sure to sign up for a task on Yogita's task list this week.

 DETAILS FOR MALL CONCERT  DEC 8 7:30 pm performance:

WHERE TO  GO:    Shoppers World Mall 
                                        ENTER AT  CHAROLAIS BLVD DOOR: "Medix Court"

           Two Parents will be there to direct you to  "green room" when you arrive. 

WHEN  TO ARRIVE:               6:45: Advanced Strings 
                                                 6:50 : Intermediate Strings 
                                                 7:05  Choral students  
                                                 7:10  Beginners
6:45 :Teachers present to tune with Nicole, Jelena, (Cecilia), Andrea,

WHAT TO BRING: ALL : instrument, rock stop/shoulder rest 
                            ADV./INT.: music folder, stand with name on it
WHAT TO WEAR: MATT t-shirt with colorful pants/skirt and festive touches if you like.
                         PS Keep in mind, we will have to sit on the floor at times

PROGRAM ORDER WILL BE IN NEXT WEEK"S BLOG
                                                     
HOMEWORK THIS WEEK
Practice all your concert music!

BEGINNERS  NB: BRING COMPLETED PRACTICE CHARTS TO CLASS -
                                  requirement :4  practice sessions per week.
1. REVIEW DAILY :Repeat 3 to 5 times each :
               a). Review: correct bow grip, sitting position, instrument hold. 
               b). Music alphabet: abcdefg  repeat abcdefg etc
               c). Name your strings

2. Review: String Cycle- TWO rhythms: "Mississippi Hot dog" middle bow
                                                    "Run pony" :  on each string - long short short

Review: 0-1 string cycle "  Review carefully the correct placement of first finger- Review HOW to find your first finger spot correctly

4. Use  Hand out- to play all the notes of the D Scale up and down


FOR DECEMBER 8TH CONCERT: 1. Doh a DEER: D scale
                                         2. Twinkle- follow your hand out for all fingers and note names.

INTERMEDIATE
       NB: BRING COMPLETED PRACTICE CHARTS TO CLASS -
    requirement : 5 practice sessions per week.

   FOR Nov 25th Santa event: 

1. Jingle Bells- learn with short notes- for happy effect! 

2. NEW THIS WEEK:  HAPPY BLUES: AFS  p.47, # 183   

2. "Here Comes  Santa Claus" .

  (a) Practice playing to the end 

  (b) Write in notes names for ALL notes of the song.


3. CONCERT SONG AFS #75 very smooth bowing

                                             
4. Pizzicato Magic   

5. Beethoven's Ninth - Practice- bar 21 to the end  

6. Doh a Deer: D scale 



                      
ADVANCED CLASS

 ***BRING COMPLETED PRACTICE CHARTS TO CLASS 5 sessions per week

1. NEW CAROLS: Violin 1 plays Line A all others play Line B
                               Angels we have heard on high
                               Silent Night

2. G scale: Eleanor Rigbycellos: learn  important bars- 4, 26, 28 to 31

                                                                                    new bass notes bar added


    ALL: Work on your  Melody Bars. 

            :Practice Spiccato bowing for short notes- strong bounced bow

                              

3. D scale Jingle Bells Hoedown-
                 Review ALL- find tough parts and repeat repeat till very comfortable

                                                               
                Mark in notes and finger numbers with pencil where needed.                              
   
4. D scale Andante Cantabile:ALL  work especially on:
                                                  CELLOS: bar 43 to 57
                                                  EVERYONE: bar 58 to the end
                                                  ALL:  REVIEW all of your hard bars . 
                                      Cellos play penciled-in to bass part : bars 49 to 64
5. G scale Blue Tango:  Practice the whole piece! Play with PASSION
ADVANCED STUDENTS: PRACTICE CAREFULLY and
 HAVE A BLAST SATURDAY NIGHT !!

EVERYONE ONE ELSE: GET READY TO SHINE -YOUR TURN NEXT WEEK!





The MATT CHORUS DEBUT Saturday Nov 25th 10:30 am!

Nov 23, 2017
PARENT NOTES
Happy Birthday Melissa!

 NOV 25th Performance : INTERMEDIATE STRINGS and CHORAL STUDENTS
all participants have 2nd Special rehearsal today- Thurs 23 Nov. 5:15 in party room 

SATURDAY Nov 25th : DETAILED  INFO

WHEN TO ARRIVE: 9 am- You will be greeted and directed by MATT Parent greeters 
WHERE TO GO: Shoppers World Mall northwest door on Charolais (Medix entrance)
WHAT TO WEAR: MATT t-shirt, colorful  skirt / dark pants, festive touches no blue jeans 
WHAT TO BRING: Strings : music folder with music in order below, music stand with                                                                                                                             your name on it

PROGRAM ORDER- Strings - use your folder to organize music as follows:

1.Hymn to Freedom- Chorus
2.Frosty the Snow Man -chorus 
3.Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer -chorus 
4.Concert Song-  Strings 
5.Pizzicato Magic- Strings
6. Doh a Deer - (no sheet music -D Scale )Combined  Chorus and Strings
7.Up on the Housetop - Chorus 
8.Beethoven 9th - Strings
9.When children join hands to Sing  Chorus
10.Jingle Bells -Strings - or Combined Chorus and Strings

*AND when Santa shows up : Here Comes Santa Claus - combined.Chorus sand Strings 
*Afterwards some of the above will be performed once more.


PLEASE NOTE the times for Saturday: 
 arrival :9 am performance 10:30 am  further details below

Please NOTIFY Yogita immediately if you cannot attend the Nov 25th Sat morning event or any special rehearsal .

Concert prep. requires focus.

2. ROSE ORCHESTRA CONCERT ticket DEADLINE : Nov. 23rd.
for Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 pm Concert at Rose Theatre
Ticket purchase deadline Today Nov 23 by 6pm.     
   
Here's what's happening at the Dec 2 Rose O. Concert:
  • MATT Advanced Students  Intermission Performance
  • 6 to 7:15pm. "Instrument petting Zoo" for children
  • Children's Choir
  • Music from Home Alone, and Polar Bear Express
  • Treats and other surprises!
Parent Reminder:  MATT students are required to attend one Rose O concert each year, an important part of their music education, and to earn their MATT Certificate  


 Advanced Students Blouses/ shirts. A special dress shirt /blouse is worn for our Rose Theatre concerts. Please make sure you have spoken to Farah Merrick about your child's attire.



UPCOMING MATT PERFORMANCE EVENTS

1. Saturday November 25INTERMEDIATE STRINGS and CHORAL STUDENTS :
 9:00 am arrival at Charolais Blvd Door- 10:30 am Performance

2. Saturday Dec 2ADVANCED STRINGS:6:45 pm arrival Rose Theatre
 ROSE ORCHESTRA INTERMISSION CONCERT-
  Wear: Dress shirts - dressy skirt/ dress pants/dress shoes.
  Bring Instrument and music- no stand required

3 .Friday December 8: 

ALL MATT STUDENTS play : ANNUAL SHOPPERS WORLD MALL CONCERT 7:30 pm
ARRIVAL TIMES: at CHAROLAIS BLVD DOOR: 
                                                 6:45 pm Advanced Strings
                                                  7pm: Intermediate Strings 
                                                 7:15 ALL Choral and Strings Beginners

                                                     
HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

BEGINNERS  NB: BRING COMPLETED PRACTICE CHARTS TO CLASS -
                                  requirement :4  practice sessions per week.
1. REVIEW DAILY :Repeat 3 to 5 times each :
               a). Review: correct bow grip, sitting position, instrument hold. 
               b). Music alphabet: abcdefg  repeat abcdefg etc
               c). Name your strings

2. Review: String Cycle- TWO rhythms: "Mississippi Hot dog" middle bow
                                                    "Run pony" :  on each string - long short short

.  Remember  that your elbow will change levels for each string
.


Review: 0-1 string cycle "  Review carefully the correct placement of first finger- Review HOW to find your first finger spot correctly

5. Use  Hand out- to play all the notes of the D Scale up and down

 Review  "TWINKLE" LINE 1           D D A A / B   B  A___/                                                         
                                                          0 0  0 0  / a1 a1  0___/

       NEW     LINE 2          G   G   F#   F#/ E    E    D_____ :/       
                    violin /viola   d3  d3  d2   d2 / d1   d1   d0
                              cello   d4  d4  d 3  d3/  d1   d1   d0
                             bass    g0  g0  d4   d4/  d1   d1   d0

                     LINE   3     //:A   A   G     G   /F# F# E D  ://                               
                      violin /viola  a0  a0  d3  d3   / d2  d2 d1 d0
                                cello  a0  a0  d4  d4   / d3  d3  d1 d0
                                bass  g1   g1   d0 d0   / d4  d4  de d0





INTERMEDIATE
       NB: BRING COMPLETED PRACTICE CHARTS TO CLASS -
    requirement : 5 practice sessions per week.

   FOR Nov 25th Santa event: 

1. Jingle Bells- learn with short notes- for happy effect! 

            

2. "Here Comes  Santa Claus" .

  (a) Practice playing to the end 
  (b) Write in notes names for ALL notes of the song.
3. CONCERT SONG AFS #75 very smooth bowing
                                             
4. Pizzicato Magic   

5. Beethoven's Ninth - Practice- bar 21 to the end  

       



6. Doh a Deer: D scale 

                      
ADVANCED CLASS

 ***BRING COMPLETED PRACTICE CHARTS TO CLASS 5 sessions per week

1. NEW CAROLS: Violin 1 plays Line A all others play Line B
                               Angels we have heard on high
                               Silent Night

2. G scale: Eleanor Rigbycellos: learn  important bars- 4, 26, 28 to 31

                                                                                    new bass notes bar added


    ALL: Work on your  Melody Bars. 
            :Practice Spiccato bowing for short notes- strong bounced bow
                              

3. D scale Jingle Bells Hoedown-
                 Review ALL- find tough parts and repeat repeat till very comfortable

                                                               
                Mark in notes and finger numbers with pencil where needed.                              
   
4. D scale Andante Cantabile:ALL  work especially on:
                                                  CELLOS: bar 43 to 57
                                                  EVERYONE: bar 58 to the end
                                                  ALL:  REVIEW all of your hard bars . 
                                      Cellos play penciled-in to bass part : bars 49 to 64
5. G scale Blue Tango:  Practice the whole piece! Play with PASSION

                                                        We practice for: 

PERFECT NOTES, EXCELLENT TUNING, CORRECT BOWINGS, HUGE DYNAMICS,

                                     so we can reach THE BIGGER GOAL :

                                     TO MAKE THE MUSIC COME ALIVE!