Brainy’s Practicing Challenge 2016

This was the second year for Brainy the Octopus’s practicing challenge.  This ran for three weeks.  Each week, students were challenged to play one of their pieces eight times.  If they met the challenge, brainy collected a penny.  At the end of the three weeks, all pennies were tallied and the total number of pennies – 40 – was converted into loonies.

 

Brainy at the Bank

Brainy gets very good exchange rates.

Parents were also invited to match donations, and many did, so the total amount brainy had to spend on food bank food was 78 dollars.  Wow!  Brainy took a lot of selfies, so students got to see the entirety of his trip in the studio this week.  It was a fun way to show them the results of their hard work!

Brainy says thanks

Brainy and friends thank the studio’s students.

Brainy is grateful to all the studio’s students for working so hard during the challenge, and is grateful to the parents for supporting their students with their donations.

 

Winter Recital 2016

This afternoon the studio had it’s winter recital for 2016.  Students  worked hard and did a lot of practicing – thanks to everyone for sharing their music!

A lot of preparation is involved in learning recital music.  Practicing pieces to learn notes, rhythm, and dynamics (and all the rest) is the first step, but as recitals get closer, students start getting used to performing.  Playing for family, recording themselves, and doing a practice run through are some ways.  In the studio, students rehearsed their pieces for Rudolph, who was an enthusiastic audience member.  He did a great job helping students remember to bow.

Rudolph the Reindeer

 

At today’s recital, students performed a number of solo pieces and some ensemble pieces.  There were a few piano duets, a piano and clarinet piece, a piano and clarinet quartet, and a piano and violin duo.  One student played a piece she composed herself, which was really fun to hear.  We finished up the concert with everyone playing ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ together – some on piano, and many on various percussion instruments.

Thanks everyone for taking part – the residents at Stensrud Lodge undoubtedly enjoyed the music, and it’s a fun way to celebrate all the pieces students have learned so far this term!

Brainy, Puffy, and Concert Programs

Composing for NaNoWriMo

This year in the studio we worked on composing music during the month of November.  November seemed a great time to do this as it’s also National Novel Writing Month.  Thus, it seemed like a good time of year to be working on a musical kind of composing!  All students worked on writing pieces, and after November finished, I typed them up in a music notation program.  Since then, we’ve been adding and editing what we’d written so far.  it was a lot of fun, and was a great opportunity for students to try their hand at creating their own music!

Staff paper and Pen