The winter holidays are rapidly approaching and with them our formal recitals. Our first Christmas Recitals are on Sunday, November 29th at 2 pm (piano) 3:30 pm and 5:15 pm (int/senior violin); all these recitals are fully booked but there is still time (not too much tho) to register for piano and Suzuki string students for our second Christmas Recitals … Read More
This study reiterates why music is an important part of every child’s education: https://www.facebook.com/groups/suzuki.teaching.ideas/permalink/1144089598952295/
A really great video which explains why pianos are always out of tune, and why strings are easier to tune exactly!!!(or at least, should be !)
Ever wondered who wrote “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”? Here is a link to musicforyoungviolinists.com and an article by Canadian cellist and teacher Murray Charters about how the tune came to be known as it is today, and used by Shinichi Suzuki as the foundation piece for young violinists.
Did you want to try out a new instrument this Summer? Or perhaps get a head start on your theory requirements? Arbutus Music Academy’s Summer Theory and Guitar camp registration is now open! Courses are available in Rudiments, History and Harmony, as well as children and adult Guitar camps. Deadline for theory registration is May 30th. Deadline for guitar camp … Read More
The registration for Arbutus Academy’s Year End Recitals is now open! They will take place on Sunday, May 31st (Intermediate/Senior Strings) and Sunday, June 14th (Piano/Voice and Junior Strings) at West Point Grey United Church. For more information and to register, please click here.
April 2015 Newsletter
A mother shares her creative idea for structuring daily practice with her kids in this interesting blogpost. . The Practice Fairies
Join us on Sunday, January 25th from 12-1:30 at the Gallery for a Jazz Fiddle workshop with Cam Wilson! (free for Arbutus Academy students). If you are interested, please sign up and ask your teacher for the charts you will need to learn.
Here is an excellent blog post on the preparation for beginning Suzuki lessons on any instrument. Enthusiasm for the instrument is a good place to start; this explains how to take it beyond that first step and prepare the student for a successful introduction to music lessons. Principles of Sowing and Reaping
Learning to play an instrument may be more effective for treating childhood psychological problems than pills, a study has found. Children who play musical instruments are more focused, emotionally controlled and less anxious. Brain scans found playing music altered the motor areas of the brain, because the activity requires control and coordination of movement. But even more important were changes … Read More
Big THANKS to all teachers, students and volunteers for their hard work which made the Winter Recitals a huge success!!! One more week and the Holidays are here! Well deserved time to sit back and relax. Also the end of the Fall Term is approaching rapidly. The last lessons of the fall term are on the week of January 12th … Read More
After high calibre performances of our Intermediate/ Senior students last Saturday we are looking forward to our Junior violinists and cellists next Sunday the 14th! Piano/Voice recital starts at 2:30pm Junior Violin/Cello recital starts at 5pm (violinists and cellists please be there 15 minutes early to tune). The run through for all participants is this Sunday! As you probably noticed … Read More