March 18, 2018

When we think of our imagination, I would hazard a guess that the first thought that comes to mind, is the ability to create a story, or a narrative. We are home alone on a cold night, hear the wind through the window, and all of a sudden, we imagine we are in a scary...

February 4, 2018

There are many hours of work and thought that go into the creation of art. As musicians, we spend years perfecting technique in order to properly execute difficult passages. We learn how to read languages including music notation, directions in Italian, German, or Fren...

December 19, 2017

Now that I’ve been on holidays for a few days it’s hard to believe the level of stress that accompanied the end of term. With the number of concerts, exams, and papers, I experienced a level of stress that I hadn’t felt since, well, I was in school the last time.

It is...

November 19, 2017

We have been studying Bartok's choral works for children's and women's voices. This simple song has been running through my head for a few weeks now. Based on folk song, the words describe a very universal feeling - the loss of love.

It opens with, "Don't go, do not go...

November 12, 2017

Halloween in Transylvania is a little different than in Canada. There were not any costumes or trick or treating. There is an appeal to going to Transylvania this time of year, even if we chose this as a holiday destination based on Dracula and our preconceived notions...

October 15, 2017

Communication. It's something we all use in order to have our needs met. From the time we are born we receive visual cues, touch, gesture, and finally words, the one's we receive and the ones we speak. For our every basic and not so basic needs we require some level of...

October 8, 2017

When I first started to study music seriously over 12 years ago, I had an idea that improvising was something only jazz musicians could do. As students, we would go to the Yardbird Suite in Edmonton, AB to watch our fellow classmates perform on the open mic night. I wa...

October 1, 2017

Our ear training classes have been following a format that I have started to notice and thought I'd attempt to pen down. Every class starts with a warm-up in solfege. First we sing the scale by steps and then in canon form. We move on to outlining chords in root positi...

September 24, 2017

Every year, teachers face the excitement or perhaps anxiety of starting a new school year. There is something about meeting your new students or packing away the summer clothes that recalls a feeling of renewal. In Saskatchewan, this is usually accompanied by crisp fal...

September 16, 2017

There is nothing like uprooting your life in your thirties after establishing a solid education and career. No matter how much you plan and consider all of the possible outcomes, when you finally take the plunge, the unexpected seems to surface. At least, that was my e...

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