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Building the Buzz about Cadenza!

The Royal Conservatory just sent out a message telling teachers about Cadenza, an online notebook that streamlines the process of making lesson notes and motivates students to practise. Feedback about the tool,  from teachers and students and parents, has been very positive. We’re excited that so many teachers across Canada have now heard about this Read More

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Cadenza and Notemaker – what’s new, FAQ?

Congratulations! We’ve made it through the usual September and October “getting back into the groove” issues, and will soon be done with November’s “post Halloween sugar” roller coaster! Amidst all this fun, have you managed to start using Cadenza to encourage more intentional practising and clearer teacher-student communication? A few? Many? Gold stars to all! Read More

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Curious Piano Teachers

There’s a marvellous organization spear-headed by two UK piano teachers, Sally Cathcart and Sharon Mark-Teggart, called The Curious Piano Teachers. Their most recent blog mentions the Music Tool Suite, and we’re delighted to be highlighted. Turn around’s fair play – this also gives us the perfect opportunity to let you know about this fantastic professional Read More

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Cadenza in the Real World, Part 1

As a long standing teacher advisor on the Music Tool Suite project (the creators and developers of Cadenza, Notemaker, and DREAM) I’ve recently been blogging with great excitement about Cadenza. I’ve played around with demo versions in the development stage, and I’ve play tested the final version with “dummy” student accounts. I originally titled this Read More

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Angela Elster Receives Meritorious Service Decoration

On this past Thursday morning, June 23, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) to 52 recipients from various sectors across the country during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. One of the recipients was Angela Elster, who served on the Executive of the Music Tool Read More

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Cadenza and Notemaker, Together!

Do you remember that old commercial for those peanut butter cups? “You got peanut butter on my chocolate!” “You got chocolate in my peanut butter!” Then both parties take a bite and suddenly their irate expressions turn ecstatic? Well, that was me and several of my best “music geek” students a short time ago when Read More

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International Survey Winners!

Back in October, 2015, the Music Tool Suite project launched a huge international survey of music students, parents, and teachers to find the answers to questions including… What do students find most challenging in terms of practising between lessons? What strategies do they use to become more self-regulated as learners? What kinds of repertoire and Read More

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DREAMing … About Modes

A long, very long, time ago, I learned about modes. I didn’t actually learn about them in a proper “I’ve got this” way, but I did pass that section of the RCM rudiments exam. Yup, memorize the little acronym sentence (which I immediately forgot in my post-exam relief), calculate where the semitones fall, and identify Read More