The Ottawa Community String Orchestra Concert – June 6 & 7 2015


I thoroughly enjoyed today’s Ottawa Community String Orchestra Concert at the Amica in Blackburn Hamlet. The musicians have obviously worked very hard to prepare the Programme over the course of the year and Anne Cure did a wonderful job as conductor. I’m very proud of Carol Easson, an adult student of mine, who has gained so much through the experience with the orchestra and was absolutely glowing! I encourage all adult amateur string musicians to participate. Contact Joan Henry (cellist in the orchestra) at or ask me about it at your next lesson. Thanks for sharing your love of music!

Ottawa Community String Orchestra Programme Front


Practicing Without Reminders

ARTICLE: How to Get Your Child to Practice Without Asking or Reminding Them

Is that even possible? It certainly is! Here is an interesting article about children and helping them build independant practice habits. Cassie’s ideas are simple and can be applied by anyone with minimal effort. With practising, it’s often the small things that make the biggest difference. Leaving the case open, for example, keeping the violin in sight and in mind, or listening to lots of inspiring music.

Drawing Contest

The violin studio’s Holiday drawing contest has begun! Submit your drawing before  December 1st. It must touch on both themes: music and the Holiday Season. The winner will have his or her drawing on the front of the Studio greeting cards. Good luck! I look forward to seeing your drawing!

Improve Your Sight-Reading is an excellent site that has many drills to help you work on your reading skills and up your speed. A good way to use this tool is to aim to do a certain number of exercises daily, e.g. 20 note-name questions, and note your accuracy and your time. You’ll see improvement in in both which will boost your confidence and motivate you. Remember, the better your reading skills, the more efficient your practice sessions will be.

  1. NOTE NAMES: You can practice these as do-ré-mi or ABC. You also have the option of focusing on a certain group of notes, say line notes or space notes.
  2. Now that you’re well acquainted with note names, TIME YOURSELF.
  3. VIOLIN FINGERINGS: When you try your hand at this drill, practice naming the notes before you select its location on the fingerboard. For an extra challenge, add sharps and flats!

Flash Games for Theory and Ear Training

Visit Music Fun for fun educational flash games to help practice theory and ear training skills.