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BC Lower Mainland Festival and Competition List

July 8, 2018 at 9:33 am

PIANO FESTIVAL & COMPETITION OPTIONS

SPRING 2018

KIWANIS VANCOUVER            COMPETITIVE                  VARIOUS LOCATIONS – VANCOUVER

APRIL 9 – 30                                    APPLICATION DEADLINE:  JAN 22

COST:  $20 – 50 RANGE PER CLASS

CARILLON MUSIC FESTIVAL         COMPETITIVE                  SURREY/NEWTON

APRIL 7 – 29                      APPLICATION DEADLINE:  FEB 2

COST: $20 – 30 RANGE PER CLASS

CHANCELLOR MUSIC FESTIVAL NON-COMPETITIVE        BURNABY

MAY 7 – 9                                        APPLICATION DEADLINE:  FEB 20

COST: $35 – 45 RANGE PER CLASS

BC CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC  COMPETITIVE                  BURNABY

MAY 1 – 26                                      APPLICATION DEADLINE:  MAR 10

COST:  $20 – 30 RANGE PER CLASS

(NOT YET CONFIRMED) FESTIVAL ON THE LAKE        NON-COMPETITIVE              BURNABY

~MAY 20 – 30                   APPLICATION DEADLINE:  ~MAR 27

COST:  $30 – 50 RANGE PER CLASS

 Please be sure to consult the festival websites for possible changes and to confirm deadlines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why We Teach Music

October 27, 2012 at 9:17 am

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

 

Denis Khvatov: The Musical Sparrow Piano Method

July 24, 2012 at 8:43 am

written by Victoria Warfield, July 24, 2012

Denis Khvatov was born in Moscow in 1969 and took his first piano lesson at the age of six. His musical journey has taken him through  early studies  at the Gnesins Music School and then to the Russian Academy of Music.  He graduated with a Masters Degree as a highly qualified piano teacher and performer.  His teachers included Vyacheslav Gabrielov (piano), Andrei Khitruk (piano), Elena Kadashevich (music theory) and Larisa  Gerver (music theory).

Denis Khvatov is now a piano teacher in Vancouver, Canada, who has recently become a publisher.  He is introducing an All-in-One book for beginners which combines the European teaching approach with a Canadian sensibility.  This is a comprehensive method that covers teaching needs from the very beginning up to a Grade 2/3 standard.
You can explore the book on the official web-site:
http://musicalsparrow.com/index.php/table-of-contents/?___store=default

All the musical pieces included in this book are recorded and files are available to download for free.  Denis discusses the structure of the book and his concept for the Method  in the Preface by following this link:

http://www.musicalsparrow.com/MP3/page004-6.pdf

I was particularly impressed with Denis’ clarity in describing these exercises for preparatory technique.

Unfortunately, until the book is  accepted for distribution by major music book stores you will need to contact Denis directly through his website.  Official price of the book is $45 CAD.