Music up til now….

Hi everyone:


Up til now all classes, yes including kindergarten, have been learning to read and clap rhythms… we’ve gotten up to 8th notes and who knows how far we can go?

Any student wanting to download a page of rhythm studies can now download it off my blog.

As far as music videos we’ve watched Paco de Lucia, the great flamenco guitarist, and videos of my student Mia Kelly, a phenomenally talented 15 year old. Also we’ve watched the Master Drummers of Burundi, and from my series of great Canadian musicians, we saw Glenn Gould playing playing excerpts from the Gold berg variations. I’ll also have a series on great Jewish musicians coming soon…

I’m entertaining the possibility of inviting my guitar elective class out to my recording studio in Aylmer to see how a song is produced in a professional setting… will confirm that soon…

That’s all for now!

Please allow me to introduce myself!

Hello all parents, students and faculty of the OJCS!

I wanted to take this moment to introduce myself  to everyone and let you all know how excited I am to take over the music program at this wonderful school. To find out more about my biography in detail you can click on Biography to the left of this page. Right now I would just like to express the 3 goals  I hope to achieve this year.

My primary goal is to simply expose all the children I come into contact with to as wide a sampling of musical styles as possible. We will be playing, listening, dancing and talking about classical , jazz, folk , world music, in English, French, Hebrew, and, who knows, maybe even Esperanto! My secondary goal is to develop the singing skills in children from kindergarten to grade 3 and the guitar skills from grade 4-8. My final goal would be to encourage any of the students who have exceptional abilities in music to take their talents to a higher level with extra work, or help finding a suitable private teacher.

I look forward to hearing from everyone their opinions, ideas and any suggestions that would help us enjoy this musical journey to its fullest!

Musically yours, Rene