The weather is changing and spring is finally here! Our spring break is happening on the third week of April and what better way to wrap up our last week before we close the school than with an Easter Celebration! It’s going to be fun filled event including a potluck, egg hunt and a visit from the Easter bunny! There will be a $2 fee per student that will include an easter basket and fun prizes. You can sign up in the Main Office and make sure to do so soon because we only have limited spaces. So remember to mark your calendar: Saturday, April 12th is the Easter Celebration from 3 – 6pm and parking will be available at P.U.E.N.T.E. Learning Center. See you then!
One of the coolest things about working in the main office is learning about new instruments that are either donated to the school or are brought in by students and share a background story about it. With so many interesting instruments coming in and out of the office, I thought it would be fun to share with you all here on the blog. Let’s start this series with Sarah, a piano student who had gone on vacation with her family to the Grand Canyon and had brought back a really cool instrument as a souvenir. She said that she didn’t know much about the instrument but really liked the bright colored strings that hold the pipes together. I thought it would be fun if I did some research and shared the information with her so she had some background information for her next show and tell. I did a quick google search and it says that it is called Anatara. It is the ancestor of both the pipe organ and the harmonica. The pipes are typically made of bamboo and originate from Peru and Bolivia. According to this website,”It is tuned pentatonically (5 note scale). The Antara is easy to play and colorfully adorned with textile fabric. Archaeological studies have shown the ANTARA to be one of the oldest instruments of Andean culture.” To continue with this fun series, next up we will be talking about the marimba which was kindly donated to us and will be finding a home upstairs with Natalia who teaches an introduction class to music.
If you visited the google page today than you may have seen this cool video celebrating Claude Debussy’s birthday. This link gives a bit more detail on the google doodle. If you think the piece being played in the video sounds familiar thats because if you have taken the tour of the school with Bernard he plays a snippet of this beautiful piece. It is called Claire de Lune translated to Moonlight. (It was also made popular in the movie, Twilight) Here are some facts about this incredible french composer:
– He was also known as “Claude of France”.
– Is seen as the founder of musical impressionism.
– His father wanted him to join the French Navy; some say it is the reason the sound of water is in much of his music.
– His godmother was the person who pushed for Debussy to learn how to play music.
– He started taking piano lessons at age 7 and progressed so well that he entered the Paris Conservatory when he was 11.
– He later dedicated Children’s Corner Suite to his daughter, Claude-Emma.
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Lets talk about the guitar. It is one our most popular instruments, we have students of all ages taking guitar lessons. Here is what the book had to say:
– The daily practice can be excellent therapy for asthmatic and other delicate children who need their minds taken off their physical condition.
– It takes two or three years of weekly lessons and daily practice to reach the level of playing graded pieces.
– Playing guitar correctly develops considerable strength in the fingers, wrists, and forearms.
– The best progress is made by children who are good at mental arithmetic and good with their hands.
The book had three chapters on guitar, it had information on the classical guitar (information above) as well as the electric and folk guitar. Most of the information fits all instruments but here are some fun facts included about those two instruments:
– This instrument is not hollow like the classical guitar, it is solid and heavy with steel strings (this is something to keep in mind if the student is young).
– A reminder that this instrument does make a lot of noise so please consider the noise level the student will make while practicing at home.
– It is usually played solo or accompanying their own or friend’s voice.
– It’s a light, hollowed-bodied acoustic instrument. It looks like a large classical guitar, but the strings are made of steel, to give a louder, harsher sound.
– The capo is a device clamped on to the strings to make playing easier.
I hope you have been enjoying this series, It has been so much learning about instruments. Up next we’ll be talking about the trumpet so stay tune for that post.
We had a jam packed house full of artists today who came by to help out with the finishing touches on a couple of projects for tomorrows event. Everyone from parents to students and even a couple of teachers had a brush in hand and added color to our posters. It was so cool working along side so many creative people. It’s thanks to these wonderful people that our events turn out great and help our school grow more united. Tomorrow is the big day! So don’t forget to stop by for a fun filled event that includes fun games, yummy food oh and did I mention a bounce house (!!) exciting right? See you tomorrow!
While doing some spring cleaning around the office, I came across a couple of records that were donated to the school. I happen to own a record player and thought it would be fun to bring it in and try the records out. I’m happy to report that the record player was a hit! It was a great conversation starter with all the curious students and parents who walked by the office and saw it. Seeing everyone’s face light up when they put the needle down and heard the first note of the song was the absolute best!