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It’s now the start of summer though given the amount of rain and a scorching daytime high of 17 degrees, I question the season. Still, it’s time for another blog. This one has nothing to do with singing and music but it has quite a bit to do with swim suits and the beach weather that will come eventually – it has to. Jump in.
For the last two weeks of April of this year, I was the vocal adjudicator for the Pacific Northwest Music Festival, held annually in Terrace, BC. It was my first time adjudicating a music festival like this one and it was such a wonderful experience. I have never written my blog in the following point form style; however, this way of writing seems more fitting for this entry. Here are some lessons that I learned from a week as an adjudicator.
Fortune Favours the Bold
I often mix certain pieces of music that I'm singing or listening to with other senses such as smell or with particular feelings or even with works of literature. I realize that crossing all of these wires together may put me into the odd ball camp but finding odd people in the arts is so common that it's almost not worth mentioning.
If you are a literary sort or if you took a post secondary English literature course or two, you will know that the title of this blog post is a direct theft from the epigraph of E.M. Forster's novel, Howard's End. Published in 1910, it's a lovely Edwardian novel about class, love and marriage - with a hint of the terribly sad World War I innocence, of a life and a time that was about to be irrecovably shattered. The words "only connect" refer to the novel's message of human connection in terms of class, emotion, intellect and sexuality.
It is now the lazy, hazy, dog days of summer as I write this after returning from a family vacation. During July and August, my teaching schedule tapers off. My husband is a school teacher and now that we have kids in school or about to start school, our vacation time is best taken in the summer. Last year, my husband, my younger brother, our two kids and I stole my parents’ van and visited the Grand Canyon en route to a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas.
Voice Lessons & Music Instruction
Miriam's studio is located in the Fraserview area of Vancouver. Rates for individual voice, piano and theory lessons are $19.00 for 30 minutes or $37.00 for 60 minutes.
Friendly environment, very encouraging and free to do what we wanted to.
Atmosphere was relaxed and Miriam ensured everyone participated at a smooth pace.
Very good teaching method.
I find her leadership inspiring.
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