Raw Classical

We were moved today by the unexpected rawness of Ezra Azmon’s viola-playing on the corner of Walmer and Bloor, just outside the gray brick of the Shopper’s Drug Mart. I had read about him in a Star article and I’m glad to have finally heard him live.

Something about the sound of the bow urgently clinging to the strings with each gesture made every phrase more palpable. Azmon’s music was a salve for the heavy tiredness of the last few weeks.

More on Azmon here: //www.cbc.ca/i/caffeine/syndicate/?mediaId=1074472003654

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New Year, Old Tracks

I meant to post some Student Salon highlights before the new school year, but time does seem to fly…

Here’s the playlist featuring my students’ commitment, work, and musicality:

Don’t forget, lessons begin September 11, 2017. Looking forward to seeing my students again!

If you haven’t already done so, do check out the Student Compositions page.

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Last week of lessons!

Lessons end this Friday, June 23!

It has been another fulfilling year teaching my small group of students. They just keep on growing both in height and musical expression. I look forward to seeing you all in September. I’ll be posting highlights from the Student Salon over the summer, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, enjoy this classic tune:

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March Break!

There will be no regularly scheduled lessons this week, but if I have arranged a make-up lesson with you, I’ll see you then!

Have a wonderful week.

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Lessons Resume

I’m looking forward to the new year!

A quick reminder that piano lessons resume the week of January 9th. In the meantime, here’s a tune I’ve been feelin’ since I heard it on The Get Down, that textured dramatization of hip-hop’s early days (available on Netflix, if you’re interested.) See you soon!

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The year’s almost over…

It’s time to celebrate with music.

Our annual Student Salon will take place this Saturday, June 18 at 4:00 p.m. I’m looking forward to sitting back and enjoying the sounds.

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March Break – March 14 to 18

Yup! It’s time for a piano lesson break. No lessons next week, giving students plenty of bonus practice time!

Remember that if you’re ever curious about lesson dates, a calendar is available at https://myrtlesmusicroom.com/lessons/calendar/.

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It’s Reading Week…

…which means no regular lessons this week as I try to do more PhD work and get over my cold and fever.

I hope you enjoy Family Day.

Here’s one of my faves for listening on this cold winter’s day. Hope you find it as peaceful as I do.

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Happy Holidays!

DontUseThatTone-MozartCartoonIt’s been a hectic term for me – all those books and articles (that I should have read, haha!), all that grading for the Cultural Perspectives course, interview conducting and transcribing, the constant attempts at writing, and of course, the piano teaching.

It’s been another few months of learning more about and from my students. Yes, there’s been music-making, but what stands out more to me are their perspectives on school and life, as well as the laughter. I gotta love the laughter.

Have a restful and joyous holiday. See you all the week of January 4!

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A New Lesson Year About to Start!

I’m bracing myself for an incredibly busy year as I get back to my PhD work while teaching, playing, and watching a fascinating baby grow up. I’ll be getting lesson plans ready during the remainder of the summer to get a head start on all the work.

This year’s registration deadline is September 1st and lessons begin September 14, 2015. Don’t forget to check out the Calendar throughout the year for lesson and holiday information.

I’m looking forward to seeing my students again!

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