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Jennifer Wakefield2022-01-11T13:37:20-05:00

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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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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|

Homework for April 13-19

Hi all,

Keep working hard-  success is 10 percent talent and 90 percent hard work! But also, enjoy your long weekend!

Tuesdays

Student 1: Gerardo

Recommended minutes to practice:   30 min per day

What to practice:  Technique: C major and A minor scales, 2 octaves (remember fingerings)

Songs: Captain Hook- nice playing, Almost like a dream- use metronome at quarter note = 70

How to practice it most effectively:  check your arm position (L-shape) and round hand (like you are holding a ball)

How parents can support practice: help establish a private space and regular schedule, buy a Four Star Sightreading book level 2

Student: Maria

Recommended to practice:  30 min per day

What to practice: Technique: B flat major and G harmonic and natural minor scales and triads- use a metronome, formula pattern- D major

Songs: Funny puppy, We don’t talk about Bruno

How to practice it most effectively:  please move your piano, or raise your bench to ensure your arms are in an L-shape

Student: Isabella

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 min per day

What to practice: Review you tube sol fege and recording of Do a deer

How to practice it most effectively: do a small section at a time

How parents can support practice: help establish a private space and regular schedule

Student: Linda

Recommended minutes to practice:   30 min per day

What to practice: Technique: E minor- harmonic and melodic, triads in E minor, Four star sightreading level 2

Pieces: Cranky cat- start HT slowly, Etude in C- its coming along well. Work on the few bars that are not as fast as the rest.

How to practice it most effectively: do a small section at a time

Wed students:

Student: Vlada

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 min per day

What to practice: Warmup you tube and Castle on a cloud

How to practice it most effectively: start in the middle to practice the end, work on the words we circled for bringing out the emotion connected to them.

Student: Alex

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 min per day

What to practice: Keep reviewing note reading and ear training, Fingers crossed

How to practice it most effectively: notice where your breathing originates- is it shallow or low in the belly?

Student: Caedan

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 min per day

What to practice: Review of Ode to joy, try any song you played earlier in the book, start at pg. 46

How to practice it most effectively: keep using all your fingers, concentrate for a short time then take a break!

Student: Oliver

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 min per day

What to practice: Runaway rabbit, try playing pop songs that you like

How to practice it most effectively: do a small section at a time, check for louds and softs, even practice for a short time,

Student: Naiara

Recommended minutes to practice:   20 min per day

What to practice: Piano tiles- Faded, songs with chords

How to practice it most effectively: do a small section at a time

Student: Miikwan

Recommended minutes to practice:   20 min per day

What to practice: Book: Review pg. 12 and 13, read through 14 and 15

How to practice it most effectively: be sure that you are sitting high enough that your arms make an L shape

How parents can support practice: check posture

 

 

April 13th, 2022|

Homework for April 7-12, 2022

Hello all,

Good effort in your lessons. It is so satisfying when we put daily time and energy into our playing. When you practice more regularly, you will see how your skills grow!

Tuesdays

Student 1: Isabella- good start!

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 min per day

What to practice: Sol fege you tube

Song: Do a deer-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drnBMAEA3AM

https://prim14.discip.accaen.fr/IMG/pdf/doe_a_deer_part_et_paroles.pdf

*Please print this for your next lesson.

How to practice it most effectively:  warm-up with the sol fege video, then practice the song singing along with the you tube

How parents can support practice: Schedule the same time and place every day for practice

Student 2: Christian

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 min per day

What to practice: Review PDF pages in the Accelerated piano book

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_5CXPkWBonA2r5e8OOY2HsdJNBLK13cZ

How to practice it most effectively:  check your arm position (L-shape) and round hand (like you are holding a ball), use all our fingers

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

Student 3: Linda

Recommended minutes to practice:   20-30 min per day

What to practice: Technique: E minor- harmonic and melodic and G major scales- 2 octaves, F major triads- broken and solid, major and minor chord identification

Repertoire: Minuet in A minor- Good job on this one!

Etude: well played, keep working on increasing the tempo with metronome

Cranky cat: once you are comfortable with HS, try HT slowly

Wed students

Student 1: Vlada

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 min per day

What to practice: warmup with you tube, ear training http://www.howtosingsmarter.com/solfege/

Castle on a cloud- good progress- start on page 2 and practice the ending, good support for the high notes

Student 2: Alex

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 min per day

What to practice: warmup http://www.howtosingsmarter.com/solfege/

Practice learning to sight sing use you tube below, Fingers crossed- make it your own performance

Student 3: Caedan- well done on your March song

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 min per day

What to practice: Continue with pg. 43, try playing twinkle twinkle by ear- start on middle c

Student: 4: Naiara

Recommended minutes to practice:   20 min per day

What to practice: c, f major  scales, warmups, All through the night

How to practice it most effectively:  write the notes in if you need to, start in the middle so you practice the ending, sing along to your piano melody

How parents can support practice: work out the notes for the melody together, check if written notes are correct

Miikwan: loved your compostion!

Recommended minutes to practice:   15 min per day

What to practice: Review book pages 9-11, continue with 12 and 13, keep composing, explore online games for learning piano notes

http://musicards.net/

How to practice it most effectively:  check your hand position-  round hand (like you are holding a ball), use all your fingers

How parents can support practice: double check fingerings and hand position, encourage use of all fingers

 

April 7th, 2022|

Preferred Books for Jennifer’s Students

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My First Piano Adventure

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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