Hopping Right Along

Music Hoppers are hopping right along with Ms. Lauren, learning about various instruments. We’re developing skills in singing and drumming, while setting a strong foundation for future music lessons! We love what we do!

Harmonic Harps

We were lucky to be able to pop in during Caroline MacKay’s harp recital rehearsal with her students. If there is one Christmas concert that you should see, it is “A Touch of Grace”, happening here at the school on Sunday December 9th. All of these students have private lessons, and today was the first day they gathered together in a group to play; the pieces fit together perfectly. Caroline’s husband built most of the harps in the class, which is a craft in of itself. The best part of visiting today was seeing how much each student enjoyed playing. Excellent work everyone!

Ana Styles has been playing for two months, and practices every day!

Meet Baldwin

Meet Baldwin. Baldwin is a Betta fish who lives in Karen Rempel’s room. He enjoys listening to music and providing a strong ear of support for all of Karen’s students. Karen also has a really fun game of Snakes and Ladders in her room, for students when they make progress; they roll the dice and move spots accordingly. Such a great way to make learning fun!

Crinkling in the Snow

Today in Music Makers: the young Mozarts were learning about sound and the difference between “forte” and “piano” by wearing Winter boots that crackle in the snow. The more wrinkly the paper boot was, the louder the snow was crunching. This is a great way to help kids learn musical terminology. Some fun may have happened at the same time. 

Rotary Carole Festival

On Saturday, December 1, 7pm at the Performing Arts Centre, students ages 5-18 of Morna Howie and Bev Martens will be performing at the Rotary Carole Festival. Entrance is by donation. Here they are rehearsing, for what is sure to be a phenomenal event! Did I mention adorable?

George’s Caelestis

Meet cellist George Kiraly. He is one of our instructors here at the Vernon Community Music School, and every other Saturday he hosts the Caelestis’, a group of determined students with a variety of backgrounds. Many of George’s students started playing the cello/bass instruments in their retirement. This is truly a fabulous group to be a part of!

Loft Recital Success

This past Friday we had a student recital, for anyone who was interested in showing off what they have been working on, similar to a jam night. Thank you to all the students who participated:

  • Esme and Hadley Lanway, playing their duet ‘Yankee Doodle’
  • Ava Hawthorne, playing ‘I’m a Little Teapot’
  • Ella Hawthorne, playing ‘The Muffin Man’
  • Stella Affleck, playing ‘Come By The Hills’, ‘I’m Wishing’, and ‘The Girl I Mean To Be’
  • Jasmine Hanry, playing ‘Little Elves & Pixies’
  • Hadley Lanaway, playing ‘Funny Puppy’
  • Sophie Joerissen, playing ‘Chocolate Cheesecake’
  • Katie Hilsman, playing ‘L’etoile du matin’, ‘The Path to the Moon’, and ‘I Whistle a Happy Tune’

Below are some photos of the evening. If you have any images you’d like to see on our website, of this event or any other musical event at the Music School, feel free to email them to vcms@shaw.ca. 

Leaf Rakers, Unite!

This past weekend we had a marvelous time at the annual Leaf Raking Gala, the most talked about event of the season. The weather was the perfect temperature to keep us going and turn our noses red. We stomped, scraped, and swept the leaves into piles in no time, with a few laughs in between. Thank you so much to everyone who came out and helped make the job easier!

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Glee is getting ready to blow your mind and “pour some sugar” on a spectacular evening! This is just a small snippet into what they’ve been working on, and it’s nothing short of fabulous. With songs like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot:, “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Juke Box Hero”, and “Wanted Dead or Alive”, this show will get your feet tapping and your heart singing. You may even be inspired to be a part of the action next year. “Don’t Stop Believing”! Have you bought your tickets yet?

*WARNING: This show may cause you to dance in your seat. You’ve been warned!