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Ontario Music Programs In Decline: Are We Forgetting The Value Of Music?

| July 10, 2017 | 6 Comments
Ontario Music Programs In Decline: Are We Forgetting The Value Of Music?

    Ontario Music Programs In Decline: Are We Forgetting The Value Of Music? Over the past twenty years there’s been a slow decline in the number of schools in Ontario that employ specialist music teachers. In 1997, roughly 60 percent of all public schools employed music teachers, down to 40 percent at present. The […]

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Desiree Dawson Wins CBC Searchlight 2016!

| May 25, 2016 | 7 Comments
Desiree Dawson Wins CBC Searchlight 2016!

Did you follow CBC Searchlight 2016? Celebrating its fourth year, it is a contest where musicians from all corners of Canada compete for a grand prize worth $50 000! This year’s top four finalists got to perform before a studio audience and CBC’s celebrity judging panel during a prime-time televised broadcast to win the top […]

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Should Beginner Guitar Players Go Acoustic Or Electric?

| December 1, 2015 | 2 Comments
Should Beginner Guitar Players Go Acoustic Or Electric?

When you first decide that you want to learn the guitar, you’ll be faced with plenty of questions. But you’ll ask yourself one before any other. You’ll have to decide whether you’ll start to learn the instrument on the acoustic or electric guitar. Though you may have a very straightforward answer, to some this isn’t […]

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“Joy to the World”

| December 24, 2014 | 15 Comments
“Joy to the World”

Did you know that “Joy to the World” was not originally a Christmas hymn?  One of the most published Christmas hymns in North America was actually written about Christ’s Second Coming, not His birth.  The hymn was first published in the early 1700s by English hymn writer Isaac Watts.  Only the last half of the […]

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“Away in a Manger”

| December 23, 2014 | 9 Comments
“Away in a Manger”

As a private music teacher, I am often surprised to find that some of my students are not familiar with many Christmas carols. I remember singing carols with my family when I was a child. “Away in a Manger” is a wonderful carol to teach your little one. The text of this beloved Christmas carol […]

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Imagination Movers! – A Review on their Recent Ottawa Concert!

Imagination Movers! – A Review on their Recent Ottawa Concert!

Recently my family and I got the chance to go see the all amazing Imagination Movers. My son Marshall is in love with them, and when I saw the chance to get to their show, I jumped on it! (Literally, I was laying in bed and I saw the opportunity to go and I jumped out […]

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Do You Have a Little Performer in Your Home?

Do You Have a Little Performer in Your Home?

While our family was on vacation recently, we went to see a local musical theatre production put on by a group of about twenty young adults. They all had different musical and acting backgrounds, but all of them were passionate about what they were doing. It was a delight to watch and listen to them. […]

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FREE Music Classes in June for Children Birth-5yrs with Cappella Music Together

| June 3, 2014 | 5 Comments
FREE Music Classes in June for Children Birth-5yrs with Cappella Music Together

  Try it for FREE in June **Invite a friend** CANTERBURY Community Centre 2185 ARCH STREET, Ottawa, ON Tuesdays 6pm (June 3, 10, 17) *Must be accompanied by adult This is a FAMILY CLASS birth-5 yrs. As a group, we play with songs and rhythm chants by exploring and experimenting with things like: • Vocal […]

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Let the Stress Melt Away

Let the Stress Melt Away

Last night as my son was taking a break from a difficult homework assignment, he went to the piano. His stress began to melt away as he played. After a few songs he was ready to get back to work. The power of music is incredible! Both our son and daughter relax by playing some […]

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Sing Like Nobody’s Listening!

| February 28, 2014 | 10 Comments
Sing Like Nobody’s Listening!

My friend has this saying on her bathroom wall: Sing Like Nobody’s Listening! What a fabulous quote. Do you love singing in the shower? Are you shy about singing around others? Guess who loves your singing voice – no matter how good or bad you think you sound? Your child! Go ahead and see how […]

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The Christmas Truce 1914

| December 23, 2013 | 4 Comments
The Christmas Truce 1914

Many journals, letters, and memoirs recount a Christmas miracle on the Western Front during 1914. Roughly 100,000 British and German troops ceased fighting and came together in the spirit of Christmas. It began when some German troops raised candles above the trenches and started singing Christmas Carols – one of them was Stille Nacht (Silent […]

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“O Little Town of Bethlehem”

| December 19, 2013 | 3 Comments
“O Little Town of Bethlehem”

This beloved Christmas carol was written by Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), a Harvard-trained minister who was exceptionally devoted to the children in his Sunday School in Philadelphia. When he visited the Holy Land in 1865, he wrote the children telling them of “standing in the old church in Bethlehem, close to the spot where Jesus was […]

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Silent Night – The True Story Behind This Well-Loved Christmas Carol

| December 10, 2013 | 6 Comments
Silent Night – The True Story Behind This Well-Loved Christmas Carol

Beautiful storybooks have been written about this true story. One our family enjoys is A Carol for Christmas written by Ann Tompert and illustrated by Laura Kelly. Some mice tell how they were hungry and chewed the leather organ straps so that it could not be played. On December 24, 1818, Father Joseph Mohr, the […]

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