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The Joy of Playing Ensembles

1/3/2014 11:32 AM

Music learning may be more interesting when you learn with friends and play together.  When children play in ensembles, they have individual responsibilities but also share the experience of making music with the other players. The size of the ensemble, whether a duet or a small combo, or larger groups like a chorus or an orchestra, really does not matter. It’s just great for kids to be with other kids who understand the language of music and share a particular musical interest. There is a common experience of what a rehearsal is, what practicing means, or what a good or bad performance feels like.

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Yes, you have signed up for the examination and in a week, it will be the big day.  Now your adrenaline starts pumping, your stress level is starting to elevate.  The anxiety of getting it over with increases.  You just want to do it, whatever!!!

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The following letter is a parent from our Junior Music Program addressing to our teacher Ms. Debbie Cave.  It is very touchy and would like to share with everybody.

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Steinway Factory Tour

2/28/2014 1:08 PM

Steinway Factory Tour

The Steinway & Sons Factory is located about half an hour’s drive from Manhattan in a city called Astoria near Queens.   As we were late due to traffic, the staff was kind enough to bring us through a shortcut to catch up with the rest of the touring guests.

The tour guide, who was a retired engineer from the Steinway factory, gave us an insightful tour from his first-hand experience by showing us each step involved in the production of a Steinway grand piano. The process began with combining thin sheets of wood, laminating them and then bending them to the shape of a grand piano.  It is left to dry in a temperature controlled room. When it is ready, we followed closely each step involved in the hand crafting of the piano.  With so much attention given to detailed craftsmanship, I can appreciate now why Steinway’s hand-made pianos are the world’s finest pianos! It was one of the highlights of our New York trip.

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Crescendo International Competition – Honor Recital at  Carnegie Hall’s Weill’s Hall

On  Monday February 17, 2014, eighteen Vancouver students performed at the Crescendo International Piano Competition at  Carnegie’ s Weill’s Hall.  It is quite an experience for the children to have an opportunity to play in this historical building.  The concert went smoothly and all students were presented with very elegantly designed certificates.  All first place winners were awarded a small scholarship for encouragement.

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The Historic Steinway Hall Tour

Across from Carnegie Hall in Manhattan New York is the Steinway Hall. Surrounded by construction blocks, its entrance was hardly noticeable.  In the midst of pouring rain and snow, we entered this historical building.  The marvelous paintings and the beautiful chandelier from the rotunda has drawn our attention.  Walking down the hallways are showrooms with different models of Steinway Grand pianos.  Photos of famous Steinway Artists are posted on the walls of the showrooms.  Upstairs are the rehearsal rooms and a mini-recital hall.  The history of Steinway and Sons are displayed inside the showrooms.  As I was signing my name on the guest book, I realized this place will be history as it has been sold and this hall will move to somewhere else in the next couple of months.

 

 

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Congratulations to Alice Man and her teacher Ms. Chieko Louie!  Alice has received her Gold Medal with Highest Marks in the 2013 RCM Grade 8 Flute Examination in B.C.  Alice began her musical journey at four joining our Yamaha Junior Music Course with Ms. Rebecca Cheng as her teacher. She has graduated with the Yamaha Extension Course and continued her piano study and achieved her ARCT in piano performance in 2013.  She also began her flute lessons a couple of years ago with Ms. Chieko Louie at the Tom Lee Music Richmond Academy. She has been an active flutist in her school band as well as the Richmond Youth Orchestra.  Currently, Alice is in Grade 11 and preparing for University next year.

Alice Man with teacher Ms. Chieko Louie at the RCM Convocation on at UBC Chan Centre on March 2, 2014

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A Letter of Appreciation

3/21/2014 5:39 PM

A Letter of Appreciation was sent to Ms. Debbie Cave, our Yamaha teacher in Vancouver and Coquitlam schools.

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Congratulations to the students of Ms. Rebecca Chan (RMT, A.L.C.M., L.L.C.M.) who have achieved the highest score for their respective grade levels with the Richmond Registered Music Association.  From left to right, Samantha Phu (Grade 5 RCM piano), Joshua Kwok (Grade 7 RCM piano), Adrian Chen (Grade 2 RCM piano), Sam Wong (Grade 8 piano) and Nicole Chiu (Grade 9 piano). They all started with Yamaha Junior music course  at the age of 4 with Ms. Rebecca Chan.  Samantha and Joshua have also completed Junior Advance Course.  Currently, they are all students of our Ensemble Club  in Richmond. 

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