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2014-04-01

Spring 2014 Newsletter - Opus 7

We love Spring here at Motif for a variety of reasons; less teaching in the dark, more sunshine, a sense of a fresh beginning after Spring break and the chance to end the year strong as students work towards their own personal goals, CD recordings, exams, festivals and our year-end recital.

 

This has been a year of much change for us (Jeff and Amie) and we thank you all for your patience as we have been juggling emails, phone calls, scheduling and planning as well as being completely smitten with our very loveable, extremely distracting S month old, Lincoln. We look forward to the coming months and welcome your input as we strive to learn and grow as individuals, teachers, business owners and members of our community.

 

Jeff & Amie Webster and the Motif Teachers

 

SAVE THE DATE

APRIL 18TH - Good Friday - NO lessons *

APRIL 21ST - Easter Monday - NO lessons *

MAY 19TH - Victoria Day - NO lessons *

MAY 24TH - Workshop Day (Saturday) - Motif & The Rose Theatre, Tin Town

JUNE 7TH - Elevate the Arts (Saturday) - Downtown Courtenay

JUNE 21ST - Motif Showcase Recitals (Saturday) 

 

* unless contacted for snow day make-up lessons

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Exam Results

 

Kassandra Warner - Basic Rudiments - 1st  Class Honours

Ankit Bakshi - Basic Rudiments - 1st  Class Honours

Linda Bizier - Basic Rudiments -  1st Class Honours with Distinction

Taeryn Novak - Advanced Rudiments - 1st  Class Honours

Hayley Waldhaus - Advanced Rudiments - 1st Class Honours with Distinction

Linda Bizier - Grade 6 Clarinet Practical - 1st  Class Honours

Nathania Schmaling - History 3 - Honours

 

 

WIND ENSEMBLE SPRING CLASSES WITH RACHEL FULLER B.MUS

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, Trombone  

WEEKLY GROUP CLASSES START ON APRIL 7th.

 

Adults / Home Learners (Grade 7-12):  5 STUDENT MINIMUM PER CLASS

Mondays: 1:30-2:30pm & Thursdays: 2:30-3:30pm

 

All Students (Grade 7-12):  5 STUDENT MINIMUM PER CLASS

Thursdays: 4:15-5:15pm

 

TUITION & MUSIC TOTAL:  $170.50 *

 

* Instrument Rentals not included, but can be arranged through Long & McQuade


This is a fantastic opportunity for students who would like to learn a band instrument or improve their skills and participate in a group ensemble with instructor Rachel Fuller.

 

This class includes 10 - one hour group classes and a final performance at our Motif Showcase Recital on Saturday, June 21, 2014.  If students have previous experience on their instrument, additional opportunities can be provided for solo parts and further technique development. 

 

MOTIF STUDENT CD AND SONGBOOK CHALLENGE

ALL Ages / Levels / Instruments

 

Practice to get your SONG ready to submit on or before Friday, May 16th!

 

There are TWO ways to enter!

1. Practice, prepare & record your favourite piece to submit by CD or MP3 file.

2. Record or submit sheet music for your OWN composition.

 

15 pieces will be selected in each category AND all entrants will be entered in our prize draw for gift cards to local businesses, iTunes cards, Motif T-shirts, sheet music & more!

 

 

MOTIF SHOWCASE RECITAL: MUSIC FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Saturday, June 21, 2014 (Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College)

This year, students may choose what country they would like to “represent.”  All levels and instruments are invited to participate and students of all ages are welcome.

 

There will be a limit of 30 performers in each recital time and sign up sheets will be available at the beginning of June or students may email motifmusicstudios@gmail.com to let us know which time works best for you. Family, friends and guests welcome.

 

Admission is free, but donations to support Filimon (our Motif sponsor child) are welcome.

 

2:00-3:30pm - All Student Recital - All ages, levels and instruments welcome

4:00-5:30pm - All Student Recital - All ages, levels and instruments welcome

6:00-7:30pm - All Student Recital - All ages, levels and instruments welcome

 

10 WEEK CLASS VOICE WITH ANNE BATEMAN, M.A, B.Mus, A.Arts, AVCM

JUNIOR CLASS VOICE (Ages 10-13)

 Wednesdays, April 9th - June18th

TIME:  3:15-4:15pm                    

COST: $165

This is a great class for students who love to sing, or musical theatre students who would like to learn about their voice and sing a variety of music styles in a group setting, with an option for a final group performance.

 

ELEMENTARY VOICE (Ages 6 - 9)

Thursdays, April 10th-June 19th

TIME:  3:00-3:45pm                    

COST: $124

Young students will enjoy learning to use their voices, learn a variety of different songs and enjoy singing in a small group with an options for a final group performance.

 

LEARN TO SING (Ages 14 - Adult)

Thursdays, April 10th-June 19th

TIME:  7:00-8:00pm                    

COST: $165

 

Would you like to learn more about vocal production, vocal technique and increase your confidence? Enjoy learning in a small, encouraging group 

environment, with an option for a final group performance.

 

PERFORMANCE PREPARATION TIPS FROM MOTIF TEACHERS

As students start to prepare for the Campbell River Friends of Music Festival, our upcoming Motif student recital and RCM exams, here are a few tips to remember.

 

Speak loud and clear when announcing your piece ... speak so that someone at the back of the room can hear you.  Take a few deep breathes before you start to play to help keep you calm.

 

- Teacher Nathania

 

1. Practice with a metronome.  This way you know if you can play in time!  If you make a mistake just keep going, this is a similar situation to if you were playing with a band or accompaniment.

2. Record yourself at home so you can listen back. It can sometimes sound very different from how you imagine you are playing!

 

- Teacher Rachel

 

 

1. Practice "SLOWLY" in sections "BACKWARDS".

2. If using the pedal - Practice with you performance shoes on.

3. Be present in your mind and your ear when practicing. Take one small bar or phrase - play it, stop and analyze what you did then play again with a conscious effort to correct what you are working on. Always listen to develop diagnostic skills.

 

- Teacher Cindy

 

1. Warm up - chromatic exercises or any scales are good.

2. Have fun - the world won't end if you mess up!

 

- Teacher Jeff

 

COMOX VALLEY CHILDREN’S CHOIR

For the Love Of Singing

Auditions May 2014

Choir Season Runs September 2014 - April 2015

  • For children 8 - 12 years
  • Fun learning group
  • Non-competitive
  • Social & educational

 

Information and Booking:

comoxvalleychildrenschoir@gmail.com

250-792-3173

www.comoxvalleychildrenschoir.com





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