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Katie Thurman2020-07-14T11:22:06-04:00

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (York University)

Katie Thurman is a singer, pianist, accompanist, and teacher based in Toronto. Her passion for music has been with her since childhood, and she is excited to have recently completed her undergraduate degree in music at York University.

Trained classically in piano, she continues to explore other styles including pop and jazz, as well as write her own compositions. Her vocal training is in both classical and musical theatre styles, as well as lengthy choral experience both in and out of school.

Katie spent 6 years singing with WIBI A Cappella, a collegiate-based group, during her time at York, and is proud to have competed with them twice in the ICCA (the very competition the Pitch Perfect films were based on!). Currently, she sings with the Toronto-based That Choir.

Katie loves all types of music, but spends most of her time listening to pop, indie, and alt-pop records.

Katie also writes her own songs and is working towards putting together an EP. Aside from music, Katie’s other passions include baking, film, and psychology. She loves teaching and is always pushing herself to grow pedagogically and musically!

Get to know Katie…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: baking, watching movies/TV, writing, yoga, hiking

Musical influences: Classical: Natalie Dessay, Maria Callas/Pop: Arcade Fire, Lana Del Rey, BANKS, Florence & the Machine, Rhye

Favourite food: Pasta

Least favourite food: Seafood

Favourite music: pop & alt-pop, indie/folk, dance, and all things Celtic

Favourite song: currently “Favourite Boy” by Half Moon Run

Favourite movie: Eighth Grade

Favourite movie music: A Single Man, music composed by Abel Korzeniowski?

Favourite musical theatre/opera: Les Misérables

Best quote from your teacher: Vocal teacher: “Just go for it! We want to hear ‘Katie-and-a-half'”.

Favourite quote: Motivation comes from work

Favourite book: The Handmaid’s Tale

Best thing about teaching at ABC: I like sharing my knowledge with students, and I learn from them too!

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Assignments for the Week of April 10-16

Hi everyone,

With the transition to ZOOM video lessons, I am no longer able to write down notes and musical material in the students’ books/binders. Instead, I have created PDF documents for each of you and dropped them into a Google Drive folder. The link to your documents is listed in the What to practice heading under your name below. You should be able to access the documents simply by clicking on the link. Here are your practice assignments for this week:

Damian

Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing the verse and chorus to “Back in Black” by ACDC: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Take these two parts of the song that we have learned so far and practice playing them together. This means going straight from the verse into the chorus and then from the chorus straight back to the verse. It is important to be able to do this without stopping or slowing down during the transitions. Practice playing the last bar of the verse and then the first bar of the chorus. Do this several times in a row. Then try playing the last bar of the chorus and the first bar of the verse several times in a row. 

Koel

Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice page 3 of “Smoke on the Water”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Count the rhythms in each of the drum fills very carefully. Be sure to identify which notes are eighth notes and which are sixteenth notes. This is critical to playing the rhythms correctly. In the guitar solo section, focus on keeping the non-accented notes on the snare drum soft by only lifting the sticks about an inch or two above the drum. This way, when you play the accented (loud) notes, they will really stick out.

Jonathan

Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice playing along with “Blue Train” by John Coltrane, “Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock, and “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Link to Blue Train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT_Zs5FKDZE  Link to Cantaloupe Island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B1oIXGX0Io Link to Take Five: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmDDOFXSgAs

April 10th, 2021|

Preferred Books for Katie’s Students

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Faber & Faber Piano Adventures

Lesson Book Primer Level

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The 2nd Edition Primer Lesson Book introduces the keyboard, note values, and the grand staff. Students play in C 5-finger scale patterns, develop recognition of steps and skips, and learn letter names independent of finger number. Musicianship is built through the use of dynamics and coloristic experimentation with the pedal. The book is organized into units which represent the major concepts and skills. As new units are introduced, earlier concepts and skills are constantly reviewed.

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Music for Little Mozarts

Lesson Book 1

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Lesson Book 1 is pre-reading. Concepts taught are: How to sit at the piano; Correct hand position; High and low; Loud and soft (forte and piano); Keyboard topography; Bar line and measure, Quarter, half, whole notes and rests; and Repeat signs.

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Alfred's Adult Basic All-In-One

Book 1

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Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course is designed for use with a piano instructor for the beginning student looking for a truly complete piano course. It is a greatly expanded version of Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course that will include lesson, theory, and technique in a convenient, "all-in-one" format. This comprehensive course adds such features as isometric hand exercises, finger strengthening drills, and written assignments that reinforce each lesson's concepts. There is a smooth, logical progression between each lesson, a thorough explanation of chord theory and playing styles, and outstanding extra songs, including folk, classical, and contemporary selections.

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RCM Voice Repertoire

Prepratory Level

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A Comprehensive Voice Series serves as the official resource for voice assessments of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Featuring an outstanding selection of voice literature and supporting materials, this series offers a truly enriched learning experience to help ensure student success. As in previous editions, Resonance encompasses a rich and varied selection of Repertoire, Vocalises and Recitatives that students of all ages and voice types will find appropriate to their musical interests and level of technical ability.

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Vocal Workouts for the Contemporary Singer

Cover of Vocal Workouts for the Contemporary Singer (Berklee Press)

The vocal workouts in this much-anticipated follow-up to Peckham’s The Contemporary Singer are based on Berklee College of Music’s highly effective vocal method. This volume will help vocalists develop the voice through good vocal health, warm-up exercises, advanced techniques, stage performance advice and more. Includes companion online audio for ultimate interactive education!

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Alfred's Teach Yourself to Sing

Cover of Alfred's Teach Yourself to Sing

Learn to sing and open up a brand new world of musical knowledge with this exciting method from Alfred Music. Beginning with the fundamentals, you will learn about equipment used by singers, vocal health, and getting acquainted with reading music. You will then move right along to breathing, vocalizing, proper warm-ups, and singing songs, lesson by lesson, all while continuing to increase your knowledge of reading and understanding music. You will learn to sing an array of musical styles including pop, jazz, classical, and musical theater. Near the end of the book, you will be introduced to the idea of individual interpretation, which will help you color your songs with your own unique style. The book features a chord and scale chart for reference during and after your lessons.

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