Timothy Bartsch

Toronto Cello & Piano Teacher

Timothy BartschABC Academy of Music2018-10-20T14:09:42+00:00

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ARCT (RCM – Cello)
ARCT (RCM – Piano)

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Originally from B.C., Timothy Bartsch is a classically-trained cellist, pianist and vocalist whom, upon the commencement of a diploma program at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Detmold, Germany, returned to Canada to pursue his dream of becoming a singer/songwriter.  As his vocal training and song composition progressed, he performed the cello and the electric keyboard in various touring bands of contrasting genres.

Then, in 2003, Tim realized that his unique song style would be best suited in a musical.  After the completion of his musical’s first draft, in 2004, he began the process of the recording of his songs.  In 2005, without any prior knowledge or experience in the dramatic and cinematic arts, but with the eventual support of an amazing and accomplished team, Tim rented a hall for a week, six months in advance, and then successfully launched the production of his multimedia rock opera.  This extraordinary feat was an eye-opener for Tim, surpassing all of his expectations.

Tim takes pleasure in teaching piano, cello and voice, and has branched out in his tutelage over the years: songwriting, musical theatre and choir.  He loves sharing his knowledge of music and art with students of all ages, desiring that they, too, will foster an indelible appreciation for the arts.

Get to know Tim…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Walking in nature, cooking, checking out awesome musical acts.

Musical influences: Bach, Chopin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Queen, David Bowie

Favourite food: My original creations!

Least favourite food: Anything processed.

Favourite music: Classic Rock, Romantic, most songs from the 70s.

Favourite song:  Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

Favourite movie:  Excalibur.

Favouirite movie music: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana from Excalibur.

Favourite musical theatre/opera:  Jesus Christ Superstar/La Boheme

Best quote from your teacher:  “Rhythm is King”

Favourite quote:  “Follow your bliss, there is no rule other than this!”

Favourite book:  “Spontaneous Evolution”

Best thing about teaching at ABC:  It’s a music school for the 21st century!

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Homework for Week Nov. 20 – 26

Elspeth

Great job today, dear!!!  You are really making progress with all of the idiosyncrasies of articulating the bow.  Remember to make sure your body is also moving to the strong beats as you play.   And, ask Long & McQuade to exchange your cello for one that’s better in tune, and to buy a music stand!  And, please cut ALL of the white of your fingernails!!!  We will start left hand technique next lesson.

Minutes to practice: 45 (or more) per day.
What to practice: The first page of your music book.
How to practice it most effectively: As written above.

Homework for Weeks Nov. 6 – 18

Elspeth

Fantastic job today, and excellent attitude, dear!!!

Work for next couple weeks ~

  1.  Buy the cello method book
  2. Practice the finger bow exercises, making sure each finger contact point is exact.
  3. Practice single strings and double stops (2 strings at the same time), moving to the rhythm as you change bows seamlessly while keeping the bow straight for each string.

Practice as much as you can!!

Homework for Week Jan. 13 – 19

Mazin

Awesome work on Dill Pickles this week, Maz!!!  I am really impressed with how your patience with practicing/working your songs has matured over the last few months.  Keep it up!

Minutes to practice: 45 per day, or an hour if you can/like!

What to practice: Songs listed in your notebook.

How to practice it most effectively: As described in the lesson and in your notebook.

Michael

Another great lesson today, Michael! Remember that when things seem not to be working/sounding as well as they were before while practicing, to attempt the passage again in slow motion, and to ALWAYS keep moving to the rhythm!!

Minutes to practice: As much as you like/can!!

What to practice: The pieces in the book we covered today marked with today’s date, as well as any pieces in the other study book you would like to work on.

How to practice it most effectively: As described above. 

How parents can support practice: To make sure Maz has enough time to devote to practice!

Homework for Week Jan 6 – 12

Maz

Great lesson today as always, Maz.  When you practice, be patient with yourself — attempt the passage at a tempo where you are certain you can make right as much as you can to the best of your ability.  Remember, it’s all about SOUND PRODUCTION.

Minutes to practice: 45 per day.

What to practice: Pieces listed in your notebook for this week.

How to practice it most effectively: As described in your notebook.

How parents can support practice: Please help Maz find the time to practice!

Michael

Another fantastic lesson with you too, today, Michael, as always.  You’re probably the best ‘practicer’ of all of my students. 

Minutes to practice: As much as you like!!

What to practice: The pieces listed in your notebook.

How to practice it most effectively: As described in your notebook, and by imitating the way I play your songs in the recorded videos.

Minutes to practice: What to practice: How to practice it most effectively: How parents can support practice:

7. Mic and stand

Homework for Week Sept. 15 – 21

Natalie and Nadia

Great first lessons (with me), girls!!  Though the first attempt at the keyboard setup wasn’t ideal, we managed rather fairly.

Remember to ALWAYS keep your core (tummy) muscles ENGAGED while you are playing.  And, MOVE to the rhythm of the piece you are playing (and pay attention to how the DANCE changes throughout the piece, if it does at all).  This includes MOVING to a comfortable rhythm (as long as it’s not one movement per note) when playing scales.

Natalie, CUT YOUR FINGERNAILS!!  hehe..;)  For Storms, what I wrote above especially applies to you with this song.  Try it, experiment with it, and it will open whole new musical worlds for you.  I promise you!  Also, try to make melodic chords as legato as possible by choosing fingers that make this possible (especially for the top note of the chord).  Pushing wrist forward after articulating the chord adds to this effect.  Make sure you’re holding down ALL of the half notes and whole notes in chords while other parts of the chord are moving.

Nadia, while your core is engaged, and you are moving to a rhythm, practice the scales I assigned you AS SLOW AS YOU WANT TO, as long as the tempo is –STEADY–.  We’ll talk about spider fingers next week..

Preferred Books for Tim’s Students

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PIANO BOOKS

FLASH CARDS

Cover of Hal Leonard Music Flash Cards (Set A)

120 color-coded cards to learn basic musical symbols, all notes from low ledger C to high ledger C, and rhythm patterns in 4/4 and 3/4. Also includes cards that focus on recognition of steps and skips on the staff.

Excellent for parents to help their kids at home with musical understanding – even if the parent is not musically trained!

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RCM Piano Repertoire

Level I, Celebration Series (2015)

Cover of Celebration Series Piano Repertoire Level I (RCM)

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RCM Celebration Series Piano Etudes

Level I

Cover of RCM Celebration Series Piano Etudes, Level I

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RCM Technical Requirements for Piano

Level I

Cover of Technical Requirements for Piano (RCM)

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Faber & Faber Piano Adventures

Lesson Book Primer Level

Cover of Faber Piano Adventures Lesson Book Primer Level

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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Faber & Faber Piano Adventures

Popular Repertoire Book Primer Level

Cover of Faber Piano Adventures Popular Repertoire Book Primer Level

Contents include: Catch a Falling Star * Happy Birthday to You * I Got Rhythm * I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing * Lean on Me * The Lion Sleeps Tonight * The Planets, from Animaniacs * The Rose * and Star Wars (Main Theme).

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Faber & Faber Piano Adventures

Theory Book Level 1

Cover of Piano Adventures Theory Book Level 1

The 2nd Edition Theory Book provides instruction, reinforcement, and creative applications of basic theory concepts. Students will enjoy note-naming with StoryRhymes, explore improvisation, and engage with eye-training and ear-training activities all within a fun-filled context tied thematically to the Level 1 Lesson Book pieces.

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Faber & Faber Piano Adventures

Performance Book Level 2A

Cover of Faber & Faber Performance Book Level 2A

The 2nd Edition Level 2A Performance Book offers an array of colorful elementary pieces that reinforce the concepts presented in the Lesson Book. The selections range from arrangements of classical compositions to American folk songs and imaginative originals. Students and teachers will enjoy the wide variety of sounds and musical textures in this collection.

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Faber & Faber Piano Adventures

Theory Book Level 2A

Cover of Faber & Faber Piano Adventures Theory Book Level 2A

The 2nd Edition Level 2A Theory Book has thematic tie-in with the Level 2A Lesson Book, inviting students into the pages for deeper understanding. A wide variety of theory activities engage students with eighth notes, phrases, transposition, and 5-finger scales. Composer biographies provide valuable context for Lesson Book pieces while helping students review key concepts.

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Faber & Faber Piano Adventures

Theory Book Level 2A

Cover of Faber & Faber Piano Adventures Theory Book Level 2A

The 2nd Edition Level 2A Theory Book has thematic tie-in with the Level 2A Lesson Book, inviting students into the pages for deeper understanding. A wide variety of theory activities engage students with eighth notes, phrases, transposition, and 5-finger scales. Composer biographies provide valuable context for Lesson Book pieces while helping students review key concepts.

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CELLO BOOKS

Early Start On The Cello

Book 1

Cover of Early Start on the Cello by Sassmanhaus

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Cover of Everybody's Favourite Cello Solos No. 40

Easy to intermediate arrangements designed to bring out the finest qualities of the cello. Includes folksongs, dances and works by Debussy, Chopin and Brahms. The cello part is also included on a separate insert.

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