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Jennifer Wakefield

Toronto Vocal & Piano Teacher

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Jennifer Wakefield2022-09-09T15:10:32-04:00

B.Mus. (U Lethbridge)
B.Ed. (U Calgary)
M.A. (York U)

Jennifer Wakefield has been a vocal coach and music teacher for over fifteen years. A native of Alberta, Jennifer completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Lethbridge in 1995 and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary in 2003.

During the final term of her B. Ed. Degree, Jennifer relocated to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for five and a half years, where she held classroom music teaching positions from K-12, conducted an adult community choir, private vocal lessons and participated actively in the local Tanzanian music scene as a soloist. Jennifer’s hands-on exposure to traditional Tanzanian music led her to pursue an MA in Ethnomusicology at York University which she completed in June 2012.

Her recent projects include a vocalist for a Fujiwara piece in the Danceworks 40th Anniversary event, backup vocals for singer-songwriter Melanie Peterson, singer in “Have you seen my sister?” a vocal installation featured at Toronto Nuit Blanche 2017, soprano in “The Christmas Story” pageant a cappella quartet, and arranger/ vocalist and flautist in a Sprig of Rosemary, a Celtic music duo.

Get to know Jennifer…beyond the BIO!

Hobbies: cycling, hiking, choir

Musical influences: Beethoven, Loreena McKennitt, Blackmore’s Night, Karine Polwart

Favourite food: chocolate, cheese

Least favourite food: not enough chocolate, mushrooms

Favourite music: folk rock

Favourite song: Too many to narrow it down! / Both Sides Now (1969) – Joni Mitchell

Favourite movie: Life is Beautiful

Favouirite movie music: Star Wars / Dirty Dancing

Favourite musical theatre/opera: La Boheme – Puccini, Rent

Best quote from your teacher: “Ya gotta love it!”, “Success is 10% talent and 90% hard work.”

Favourite quote: “Life is short, eat dessert first.”, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

Favourite book: The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Best thing about teaching at ABC: Meeting great students and making great music!

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May 31 to June 7

Hi all,

This will be the last homework post from me as I will be moving on to a new job as of June 13, 2022. Your new teacher will be sending the posts going forward. It has been a joy and a privilege to teach such wonderful students! I wish you all the best in your future and never stop playing music!

Tuesday students:

Gerardo

Recommended minutes to practice:  30 min per day

What to practice:  C major and A minor scales and triads

Spanish Caballero with metronome, Great Clock- dynamics and improv

Isabella

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 min per day

What to practice:  O canada, let’s go fly a kite

How to practice it most effectively:  Listen to recordings of those pieces, how do the singers perform it differently

Christian

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 per day

What to practice: warm-up exercise, chants of monks (review), Planetarium (p26), Minuet  (p27)

Linda

Recommended minutes to practice:  30 minutes per day

What to practice: Technique: all level 1 scales and triads, B flat major scale, d and g minor

Review any previous songs learned, Fur elise, Amazing Grace, Allegro in Bflat major

Wed students:

Vlada

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 per day

What to practice:  warm-up, sing through previous repertoire: Scarborough, Castle, Ancient Dreams

Choose a new song

Caedan

Recommended minutes to practice:  15 min per day

What to practice:   pg. 49 Russian folk song- with dynamics, p 52 and start 53

Remind him that playing music is more than about playing the correct notes- make music, feel emotion

Oliver

Recommended minutes to practice:  15-20 per day

What to practice:  Adventure warm-up in c and g pg 63

Grumpy old troll- pg 39

Miikwan

Recommended minutes to practice:   15-20 per day

What to practice:   pg. 18, Ode to joy with left hand chords

June 5th, 2022|

Homework May 18-24

Hi all,

Here are some notes for this week. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your long weekend!

Wednesday students:

Vlada

Recommended minutes to practice:  15 min per day

What to practice: warm-up you tube, keep space on your vowels, Ancient dreams

How to practice it most effectively:   write words that help you sing it with the emotion you think fits

Caedan

Recommended minutes to practice:  15 min per day

 What to practice:   Pg. 47 petit minuet, previous songs for fun

How to practice it most effectively:  play with feeling, notice all the things you can do already on the piano!

Oliver

Recommended minutes to practice: 20 min per day

What to practice: Lightly row, Forest song- pg. 36 to start, think about dynamics, mood

Naiara

Recommended minutes to practice: 20 min per day

What to practice: Can’t stop- start with pre-chorus chords, Impossible- get lyrics

May 19th, 2022|

Homework May 12-18

Hi all,

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine! Remember: practice makes progress. See you homework below.

Tuesday students:

Gerardo:

Recommended minutes to practice:  30 min per day

What to practice: C major scale, triads, use metronome

Spanish Caballero- start the end, keep the drama

Maria:

Recommended minutes to practice:  20 min per day

What to practice:   Scales: D major, B minor, triads

Anyone- chords- start with chorus

Boss Baby- chords- look for chords close by in position

Fur elise

Christian

Recommended minutes to practice:  15 min per day

What to practice: Roman trumpets- pg 22, Do a deer, use all your fingers

Isabella:

Recommended minutes to practice:   10-15  per day

What to practice:  Let’s go fly a kite, sol fege video on you tube

Linda:

Recommended minutes to practice:  20-30 min per day

What to practice: Hanon #6, e minor scales- HT

Sightreading

Red Satin Jazz

Wed. Students:

Vlada

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min per day

What to practice:  Warm-up video, Ancient dreams

listen closely to the melody, how she uses her voice to express the lyrics, try with karaoke track

Caedan:

Recommended minutes to practice:  10-15 min per day

What to practice:  Review note names on the staff often, review pg. 46, start pg. 47

Naiara:

Recommended minutes to practice:   20-30 per day

What to practice:  Can’t stop this feeling chords- review the positions, use you tube to help you.

May 13th, 2022|

Homework May 5-10

Hello all,

Keep up the good work! Here is your homework for the upcoming week.

Tuesday students:

Gerardo

Recommended minutes to practice:   30 min per day

What to practice:  C major scale, A minor natural, C major triads broken, argeggios pg. 10-11

Spanish Caballero

How to practice it most effectively:   Start at the end and work your way back to the beginning, check your tempo with a metronome

Maria

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 per day

What to practice:  Anyone and Boss Baby- chords, Scales- E flat major and C minor- harm and mel.

How to practice it most effectively:   work out the chords that are closest to each other, 1st and second position

Christian

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min per day

What to practice:  Roman trumpets, reading seconds

How to practice it most effectively: Check hand position, fingers curved, wrist flat

How parents can support practice: Watch for proper hand shape

Isabella

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min per day

What to practice:  Warm-up sol fege, let’s go fly a kite

How to practice it most effectively: Sing with a full voice, well supported by breath

How parents can support practice: Prepare track and listen for full sound

Linda:

Recommended minutes to practice:  30 min per day

What to practice: Good work on Etude, Start Red Satin Jazz, cranky cat as technique, Hanon #6, Scales: E minor harm and melodic with metronome

Wed students:

Vlada:

Recommended minutes to practice:  15 min per day

What to practice: warm-up you tube, Ancient dreams

How to practice it most effectively:  read through all lyrics so you understand them, google the singers meaning of the song

How parents can support practice: prep you tube  song track and warmups

Caedan

Recommended minutes to practice: 15  min per day

What to practice:  Let’s play ball- check notes, say notes out loud, continue to pg. 47., review Ode to Joy

How to practice it most effectively: Caedan wants to finish a song and move on, but its better to slow down a bit and really get comfortable learning to read the staff

Oliver

Recommended minutes to practice:  15-20 per day

What to practice:  Ode to joy with chords (print out), Lightly row, start Forest song- pg 36

https://www.music-for-music-teachers.com/ode-to-joy.html

How to practice it most effectively:  Look for patterns in the music, repeated notes to help you read

Naiara

Recommended minutes to practice: 20 min per day

What to practice:  Can’t stop this feeling- chords, All through the night- finish

How to practice it most effectively: Try the chords without the song, then try it with the song on you tube

Miikwan

Recommended minutes to practice: 15  min per day

What to practice:  Pg 16-17 book, Ode to joy with chords, Fur elise with letter names

How to practice it most effectively: Slow down a bit and really get comfortable learning to read the staff

May 5th, 2022|

Homework for April 28-May 3

Hi all,

Wow! It’s almost May! That means that there are two months before summer starts! Yay! What can we learn in the next two months? What can we learn in the next week? If you believe in yourself, anything is possible! Keep doing your best! Please see your homework below.

Tuesday students:

Gerardo:

Recommended minutes to practice:  30 min per day

What to practice: C major and E minor scales, argeggio pg 10 all keys

Triads- C major- 2 octaves, HS

You played Gumdrops confidently!

Work on Spanish Caballero –

How to practice it most effectively:  Practice the arpeggios first on pg 10, then isolate the more difficult bars and practice those, then try all

Maria:

Recommended minutes to practice: 30 min per day

What to practice: Scales with metronome: Fur elise, Anyone

How to practice it most effectively: Fur elise- write in the note names if necessary, Anyone: explore playing the chords closest to each other, play HS

Isabella

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min per day

What to practice: Part of your world, Let’s go fly a kite

How to practice it most effectively:  Use recording, try talking it through before singing

How parents can support practice: work together in parts

Christian

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min per day

What to practice:  Try playing row, row, row your boat by ear, Pg. 21 book

How to practice it most effectively: Keep your fingers round, wrists flat

How parents can support practice: watch posture and hand shape, set a regular time

Linda  Recommended minutes to practice:

What to practice:  G scale, E minor, triads, sightreading

Cranky Cat, start a new Etude next week

How to practice it most effectively:  Practice a small section at a time, visualize fingerings

Wed students:

Vlada

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 per day

What to practice: warmups- you tube, start lightly and smaller range and expand higher and lower

Ancient dreams- goal to become independent of the singer- sing it with karaoke version

How to practice it most effectively: one section at a time

Caedan

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min per day

What to practice: Review intervals- thirds, fifths, print out c scale

Book- pg 45 review, start pg. 46, Row row row your boat by ear

https://makingmusicfun.net/htm/f_printit_free_printable_sheet_music/c-major-piano.php

How to practice it most effectively: Encourage emotion in the playing, dynamics, review note names as he plays

Oliver

Recommended minutes to practice: 20 min per day

What to practice: warmups- c scale and intervals, print ode to joy with chords

Book: Lightly row- good start, keep working on it to become more comfortable, start Forest drums

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/freesheetmusic/ode-to-joy-piano-fancy-lh.pdf

Naiara

Recommended minutes to practice: 30 min per day

What to practice: warmups- c scale

Songs: All through the night- 3rd line, print chords to Can’t stop this feeling

Miikwan:

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min per day

What to practice: using all your fingers, warmup- print Peanut butter etude pg 5 below

Fur elise, Ode to joy- print

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/freesheetmusic/ode-to-joy-piano-fancy-lh.pdf

https://www.true-piano-lessons.com/support-files/psfbeginnerlevel1.pdf

 

 

April 28th, 2022|

Homework April 21-26

Hi all,

You are making good progress. Keep it up!

Please see your name and specific homework below.

Tuesday students:

Gerardo:

Recommended minutes to practice:  30 min

What to practice: C major scale and A minor harmonic scale, arpeggio c major

Pieces: Gumdrops, Spanish Cabellero

How to practice it most effectively: Work the parts that are new, hands separately slowly, think about making music not playing notes

Maria:

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 min

What to practice:  B flat major scale, D minor- harm/ melodic, with metronome (quarter =80), triads (quarter= 69 broken, quarter= 120 solid)

Funny puppy- esp bars 11-14

How to practice it most effectively: Check posture and hand/ wrist position
How parents can support practice: listen for even scales, encourage working on hard sections not playing through only

Isabella: Do, re, mi- good work!

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min per day

What to practice: Do warmups that increase your range and where you can sing and listen for vowels

How to practice it most effectively: Sing it with the emotion behind the words, be an actor

How parents can support practice: create a regular schedule and place for practice

Christian

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min per day

What to practice: P. 17- melody on c and g, pg. 18, Do re mi

How to practice it most effectively: Check your hand position (puck in your hand to keep it round), arms in l shape

How parents can support practice: Watch for hand position and posture

Vlada: Good work on Castle on a cloud

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 min per day

What to practice:   RCM level 1 technique, Ancient dreams

How to practice it most effectively: Practice hard sections, write down the exact times from you tube.

Alex:

Recommended minutes to practice:  20 min per day

What to practice: Warmup, Fingers crossed

How to practice it most effectively: Make it your own performance, bring your feelings to the words and vocal tone

Caedan:

Recommended minutes to practice:  15 min per day

What to practice:  pg 46 frogs

How to practice it most effectively: review staff notation and treble clef/ bass clef poems for notes

How parents can support practice: help review staff notation and treble clef/ bass clef poems for notes, reinforce notes on staff and on piano

Oliver:

Recommended minutes to practice:  15 min per day

What to practice: Recital piece- This is not jingle, Lightly row- start left hand

How to practice it most effectively: review staff notation and treble clef/ bass clef poems for notes, always be musical

Naiara:

Recommended minutes to practice:  30 min per day

What to practice: Faded- chords and simply

How to practice it most effectively: continue from where you have learned, keep reviewing staff notation and treble clef/ bass clef poems for notes

Miikwan:

Recommended minutes to practice:  15-20 min per day

What to practice: pg. 14-15 book, Fur elise- write in note letters

How to practice it most effectively: keep working on staff notation and treble clef/ bass clef, balance reading with ear training

 

April 21st, 2022|

Preferred Books for Jennifer’s Students

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My First Piano Adventure

Book A

My First Piano Adventure Lesson Book A

Written for ages 5 and 6, My First Piano Adventure captures the child’s playful spirit. Fun-filled songs, rhythm games and technique activities develop beginning keyboard skills.

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26 Italian Songs and Arias

for Medium High Voice

26 Italian Songs for Medium High Voice

This authoritative edition of the world’s most loved songs and arias draws on original manuscripts, historical first editions, and recent research by prominent musicologists to meet a high standard of accuracy and authenticity. Includes fascinating background information about the arias and their composers, as well as a singable rhymed translation, a readable prose translation, and a literal translation of every single word. This title is available in SmartMusic.

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Folk Songs for Solo Singers

Vol. 1
for Medium High Voice

Cover of Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Vol. 1, Medium High Voice

Selected for contests and adjudications around the country, this incredible volume includes 11 favorite folk songs expertly crafted for solo voice and piano. Arranged by Alfred Music’s finest writers, such as Philip Kern, Jay Althouse, Don Besig, Ruth Elaine Schram, and Carl Strommen.

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Easy Songs for the Beginning Soprano

Easy Songs for the Beginning Soprano

This series was designed to supplement traditional vocal instruction and works perfectly as preparatory literature for The First Book of Solos and The First Book of Solos Part II . Each piece is in English and has a limited vocal range as well as a piano accompaniment that is playable by a student pianist. The pieces include art songs, folksongs, humorous songs, and suitable vintage popular songs and are all appropriate for contest solos. The audio tracks include professionally-recorded accompaniments.

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