School News

Come join us at Aberdeen Center on December 20, 2014

Posted: December 19, 2014

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Come join us at Aberdeen Center from 3:00pm-4:30pm on December 20, 2014! Our students will be performing a variety of Christmas Tunes that you do not want to miss! Hope to see you all there!

Practice-A-Thon 2014 Results!

Posted: December 12, 2014

Musical Fitness and Technique Contests

Posted: November 21, 2014

Musical Fitness and Technique Contests will be happening on November 30, 2014 in the Chopin Room!

Musical Fitness 3:15pm Technique Tests 4:00pm
Level 1 Ashlyn H. (JB) Grade 8 Kelly K. (HD)
Level 2 Brendon W. (JB)
Hillary K. (KL)
Grade 10 Russell N. (ML)
Level 3 Regan W. (JB)
Level 4 Justin W. (JB)

Scholarship Recital Tickets and Rehearsal!

Posted: November 8, 2014
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Our Scholarship Recital is just around the corner. Recital tickets are available from your piano teachers!

There will be a rehearsal on November 16, 2014 for all students participating in the Scholarship Recital. The rehearsal will take place in the Chopin Room. Students are not required to dress up, but are required to bring their own music!

1:30pm
Linus C.
Cynthia C.
Aiden C.
Thomas C.
Kim D.
Matthew E.
Emmet E.
Caelen M.
Elya M.
Markus M.
Danielle R.
Wesley T.
Jacy W.
2:30pm
Kiara A.
Kylie A.
Marcus C.
Mason C.
Stella D.
Daniel F.
Mizuki K.
Hillary K.
Samantha L.
Samantha N.
Christina R.

Scholarship Recital Snacks

Posted: November 1, 2014

Attention all parents and students performing in the Scholarship Recital:

We need your help! Please bring your favorite snacks to share at the Reception following the Recital.

Sign up on the School’s Bulletin Board!

Snack Suggestions: cookies, cupcakes, donuts, chips, brownies, fruits, cheese and crackers

Pop/Rock/Jazz – Welcome Back, Victor Noriega!

Posted: May 5, 2014

We are proud to welcome Victor Noriega back to our School this month! An award-winning pianist, composer and arranger, Mr. Noriega is an original voice in jazz. He has been a featured artist in such music festivals world-wide including the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Earshot Jazz Festival, the Bumbershoot Festival, the Filipino-American Jazz Festival, and the Philippine International Jazz Festival, and has performed in premier music and jazz venues in North America and other parts of the world. A versatile player, Mr. Noriega currently works on a diverse set of projects and collaborates with artists from a wide range of musical backgrounds.

Victor Noriega will be offering the following course at our school…please contact us with any inquiries or to register!

Pop/Rock/Jazz: Making the Music of Today
Learn the quintessential skills of today’s modern musician, including improvisation, applying theory to real music-making situations, developing a good feel/chops for every genre, and making music (jamming!) with others.

Victor Noriega

Victor Noriega

Our Big Move & The School Improvement Project

Posted: November 7, 2013

After a solid 20-year run at our W 7th location, we welcomed the opportunity to relocate the School to our present space near the intersection of Quebec St & E 7th Ave (Q7). The timing was right – but it sure was tight! Our aim was to cause as little disruption as possible to piano and theory lessons, even in the summer. Thus, lessons were to continue at W 7th through mid-August and we would reopen with the first week of school in September at Q7. Looking back, it is hard to believe we actually managed to move within this time!

Our big move involved working with building managers and contractors to renovate the space. This process, which began in early summer, included replacing old carpet with a beautiful wood-laminate floor; sound-testing each room and installing soundproof materials inside the walls; repainting walls and doors from a faded pink to the current white-and-black; adding security features to all doors; and installing Wi-Fi (of course!) for the convenience of our students and parents. With the new location ready to go, we called in the movers. Our extensive music library, paperwork and furniture took 8 hours to transfer; our dozen instruents took 5 hours. Then came the long process of settling in. We worked with a young furniture designer and local craftsman for the built-in wood cabinets in each classroom. We curated series of sheet music from our decommissioned music archive and other memorabilia to adorn the walls. Although it is a new location, our goal was to imbue our space with meaningful reflections of our 50-year history while updating our overall feel and look.

How many men does it take to move a piano? (Left) Packing up the Knabe Grand. (Right) Hauling the instrument up the main stairwell at Q7

How many men does it take to move a piano?
(Left) Packing up the Knabe Grand. (Right) Hauling the instrument up the main stairwell at Q7

At our new Q7 location, we are joining what is fast becoming a vibrant artistic hub: downstairs from us is Arts Umbrella’s Q7 facility for their dance programs; across the street is the Sarah Mclachlan School of Music and a block away is the renowned Goh Ballet Academy, which many of our students also attend. While children have their lessons, parents can take younger siblings to a nearby community park, grab coffee at any number of trendy spots along Main Street, or shop at Whole Foods, Canadian Tire, Best Buy and Home Depot just a few blocks away – all open until 10pm. As more young families are moving into the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, Cambie Corridor and Olympic Village complexes, we envision ourselves thriving in this dynamic and energetic environment. And we hope you will, too!

To raise the necessary funds to create a comfortable and creative learning environment for our students, parents and teachers, and to help with the renovation and moving expenses, we are launching THE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, which will involve students, parents, teachers and alumni. We welcome your fundraising ideas and contributions to make our School space the best that it can be, to make it the most conducive to our educational and musical goals. Stay tuned!

Left) Susan Wong Lim and Angela Barbour supervise six heavyweight piano movers as they move the Steinway Grand into the performance room. (Right) Jessie Kumagai, Angela Barbour and Kristin Lim unwrap stereo equipment.

Left) Susan Wong Lim and Angela Barbour supervise six heavyweight piano movers as they move the Steinway Grand into the performance room. (Right) Jessie Kumagai, Angela Barbour and Kristin Lim unwrap stereo equipment.

50th Anniversary Celebrations Recap

Posted: November 7, 2013
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This year our School celebrated its 50th Anniversary!

From January to May, our 50 Questions game headed up by enthusiastic teacher and vice-principal Angela Barbour kept students and parents busy and our hallway buzzing with colourful activity – from team photos to team logos to team scores! Thank you, Mrs. Barbour! Many students keenly participated, absorbing obscure and fascinating facts along the way.

The Team Birthday Party was held March 17, 2013 and enjoyed by all. Activities included face-painting (thank you, Lynn L.), games of Forte & Musical Twister, and a scavenger hunt!

Our 50th Anniversary Celebrations culminated in a marvelous Grand Gala Concert and Reception at the Vancouver Playhouse on May 26, 2013. Current and former students joined forces with the Vancouver Piano Ensemble to present an unforgettable afternoon of music celebrating the full range of the piano repertoire. The concert was open to the public and was well attended by our families, alumni, and friends.