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 Life is a score that we play at sight, not merely before we have divined the intentions of the composer, but even before we have mastered our instruments.

~ Lewis Mumford

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a music teacher's creed

Music is a science.
It is exact, specific; and it demands exact acoustics.
A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities,
volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.

Music is mathematical.
It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions
which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.

Music is a foreign language.
Most of the terms are in Italian, German or French;
and the notation is certainly not English but a highly developed
kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas.
The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.

Music is history.
Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation,
often even the country and/ or racial feeling.

Music is physical education.
It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek and facial muscles,
in addition to extraordinary control of diaphragmatic, back, stomach, and chest muscles,
which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.

Music is all these things, but most of all,

Music is art.
It allows a human being to take all of these dry, technically boring
(but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion.
That is one thing science cannot duplicate;
humanism, feeling, emotion, call it what you will.

That is why we teach music.
Not because we expect our students to major in music
Not because we expect them to play or sing all their life
Not so they can relax
Not so they can have fun.
But so they will be human
So they will recognize beauty
So they will be sensitive
So they will be closer to an infinite beyond this world
So they will have something to cling to
So they will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good--in short, more life.
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?
That is why we teach music.

~Author Unknown

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You’d better shape up to sing along to the electrifying movie musical complete with on-screen lyrics and the chance to become a T-Bird or Pink Lady for the night! “Sing-a-long-a Grease is much more than just a movie”, says producer Ben Freedman. “It’s an interactive experience and the most fun you can have with your clothes on.” Costumes are most definitely encouraged but singing is mandatory! The event begins with a vocal warm-up led by the evening’s host who will present a comprehensive guide to the accompanying actions and use of the interactive “fun pack” consisting of various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film. As well, audience members who are dressed up will be invited on stage to compete in a costume contest. 

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the stage musical, Grease which premiered at the Off-Broadway Eden Theatre in downtown Manhattan on February 14, 1972 before moving to Broadway four months later. In 1978, it spawned into a feature film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The movie became an instant blockbuster hit with the soundtrack album selling 28 million copies worldwide. Get ready to sing to all of your favourite Grease classics including “Summer Nights”, “You’re the One That I Want”, “Hopelessly Devoted to You”, “We Go Together” and “Greased Lightnin’” when Sing-A-Long-A Grease comes to the River Rock Casino Resort on September 21, 2012. 

Tickets: Orchestra $19.50 | Golden Circle $29.50 | plus service charges

Tickets on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone 1-855-985-5000 or online

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Sign up for Fall Music Lessons

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My favorite convertible (Murphy) is bed in the form of an upright piano. It was built in 1865 and is now on display in the Decorative Arts collection of the Brooklyn Museum.
This piece would have allowed one to have the ultimate status symbol – a piano – and an extra bed all in one piece of furniture!
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I don’t care much about music. What I like is sounds.
~ Dizzy Gillespie

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This is a pretty unique gadget. It’s a pair of gloves that works just like if you had a real piano to play with. Just put on the gloves and use any surface as it was a piano. Each finger tip represents a note and the device features 8 different instrument sounds, 8 background rhythms, and 6 built-in demo songs. Pretty neat and the price is $35.

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The Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform in Richmond Sept. 17 as part of its Western Canadian tour.

Under the direction of guest conductor Wes Janzen, a music professor at Trinity Western University, the orchestra and chorus will perform sacred and secular classical masterpieces by Handel and Tchaikovsky. The musicians will also perform Ukrainian folk songs in costume, Slavic a cappella music and virtuoso instrumental music.

This is the first time Richmond will host the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, which includes 45 singers and 45 instrumentalists—all professionals, most having trained at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music.

The Monday concert takes place at 7 p.m. at Bethany Baptist Church, 22680 Westminster Hwy. (604-519-0123).

Admission is free, but donations to the humanitarian ministries of the group are appreciated.

For more information, contact Victor Pauls at 604-278-1434.

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oh, my......

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quoting Emanuel Ax
We should welcome applause whenever it comes.

~ Emanuel Ax
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