Spring Recital 2017

The studio’s spring recital was today. It was a fun concert! Students celebrated all their hard work practicing this year by playing some of their favorite music.  Puffy the puffin enjoyed hearing everyone’s lovely playing.  He had the front seat in the house – right on the piano! Performances included pieces for solo piano, piano… Continue reading Spring Recital 2017

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… Continue reading Brainy’s Practicing Challenge 2016

Spring wrap-up

It was a fun year in the studio!  We started the year with Composer Elections, and in December, we had a practicing challenge.  Brainy the octopus collected food for the food bank for every selection played 8 times during the week.  Students have taken part in the Saskatoon Music Festival, RCM examinations, and studio events.… Continue reading Spring wrap-up

Brainy’s Practicing Challenge

Starting in November, Students had to complete a practicing challenge.  The mascot of our challenge was Brainy the octopus.  As such, students were given one challenge a week.  During the week, they had to complete this challenge 8 times.  Challenges included: playing a piece 8 times, doing 8 pages of theory, and sight reading 8… Continue reading Brainy’s Practicing Challenge

Inside the piano

This week in the studio, we’ve been exploring inside the piano! As studio members will know, I’m currently taking care of Gustin House’s wonderful Knabe.  (I looked up its serial number on the internet, it looks like it was built in 1914.)  The piano tuner came to replace a string (C3, or the C below… Continue reading Inside the piano

Composer Elections

This year in the studio, we had composer elections. This was a fun way to learn a little about music history whilst celebrating the fun of voting! As you can see, there were four parties running this year.  They were: the Baroque party – leader, J. S. Bach Classical party – leader Franz Joseph Haydn… Continue reading Composer Elections