Musical Passports

If you’re following the Studio on our Facebook Page, you’ll know we’ve been doing a new activity in the studio this year – musical passports!  We’ve been visiting different countries as a part of our musical travels this year. So far, we’ve visited: Japan, Germany and Austria, and North and South Sudan.  Most of the… Continue reading Musical Passports

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

Quote

Mike Babcock received an honourary doctorate at the University of Saskatchewan at their spring convocation ceremony last week.  This quote came from his acceptance speech.

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

Welcome Back

The lesson year has started again, and it’s been fun having everyone back in the studio.  We’ve been learning lots of music already, and have been having lots of fun with a special project this year.  We’re electing a composer to fit the theme of national elections later this year.  Look forward to some posts… Continue reading Welcome Back

Recent Performances

It’s been a fun few months for performing! In June, I had the pleasure of performing at Gustin House for their “Art and Artists of our Land” concert, featuring Canadian music.  I played a piece called Adagio by local composer Ewan Coxworth. The same evening, I performed at the Strata Festival.  The piece we played… Continue reading Recent Performances