Timothy Bartsch

Toronto Cello & Piano Teacher

Timothy BartschABC Academy of Music2019-03-26T16:59:29-04:00

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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 July 6 – ?

Great lessons today, you two, and good seeing you guys again after my long absence.

Mazin

It’s an excellent thing getting lessons from another teacher once in awhile.  A new perspective on the same challenges can bring new light on the situations.  Remember, RHYTHM IS KING in music, so one must always not only be vigilant in following exactly what’s written on the page, and being aware of the rhythmic structure (where the STRONG BEATS lie) of the piece (and if this changes throughout the piece), but also KEEPING A STEADY TEMPO, even while practicing in slow motion.  Good practice methods are also key to learning a piece efficiently and properly.

Minutes to practice: 45 minutes per day (especially that you’re in summer mode now, unless you go on vacation, of course;)
What to practice: All of your remaining songs starting with ‘Chanson’.  And, try the new songs in the Motown book I gave you (listen to them in YouTube first to get an idea on how they go).
How to practice it most effectively: As written above.
How parents can support practice: Check in on Mazin regularly to see how his practice is going.

Jiwon

Great job again today, Jiwon!!  Really focus this week on keeping your left hand ‘claw’ (thumb between 2nd and 3rd fingers, away from the neck) and arm in an arch (elbow forward) as you play ALWAYS so that you can focus on making your bow strokes AS SOSTENUTO AS POSSIBLE.  And, remember, short, fast separated strokes (8th notes in the case of your current exercises) should also be done with flexible bow fingers, maintaining the straight bow.

Minutes to practice: 60 minutes per day.
What to practice: The exercises with today’s date written before them.
How to practice it most effectively: Be determined, don’t get frustrated (take breaks when you feel agitation/loss of focus mounting), simply breathe, and analyze everything you are doing.  FOCUS ON YOUR SOUND PRODUCTION (and intonation).

Homework for April 10 – 21

Briel

Another great lesson, and a great practice this past week, Briel!!  Keep it up.  Remember to arch your wrists (and elbows out) when articulating in order to play the keys on your fingertips, to make a bright quality of tone!!  Be aware of the sound you’re producing on each melodic key from the moment your finger contacts the key until AFTER your finger leaves the key.  And, be precise with the timing of when fingers come off keys.

Homework for Week May 5 – 11

Mazin

Yet another great lesson today and practice this past week, Maz. You are on an extended positive roll!! Keep it up!

Minutes to practice: 45 per day.
What to practice: The pieces noted in your notebook.
How to practice it most effectively: Moving to the rhythmic feel of the piece before you play, slow down the motion, then practice H.S. or H.T. in SLOW MOTION while you continue to move to the piece’s rhythmic feel.

Brigitte

EXCELLENT improvement in intonation this past week, Brigitte. Though this has been a struggle, you finally are getting the hang of it. Remember to move in the right way to the strong beats of the exercise/piece you are playing. Forward and Back, Side to Side, or a mixture of the two. It will help with your bow articulation and sound production!

Minutes to practice: 45 per day.
What to practice: The exercises marked with today’s date in your study book.
How to practice it most effectively: Keep on doing what you did this past week. It’s working!!!

Chloe

Though the same problem of hesitating/doubting yourself before beginning to play reared its head again this week, you did make progress in the lesson. Please practice in the same way tonight and before your performance at the recital tomorrow. I hope all goes well. Good luck!!!

Minutes to practice: 30 (or more) per day.
What to practice: After the recital tomorrow, continue practicing the pieces assigned from last week.
How to practice it most effectively: Moving to the strong beats, counting yourself one or two bars in before you begin playing, then conducting yourself in (lifting your hands) on the count before you are to begin.
How parents can support practice: Encourage Chloe to not hesitate before playing.




Homework for Week April 18 – May 4

Mazin

Great lesson again, today, Maz. Dill Pickles is now ready to perform. Wild Flowers is better, just remember to not ‘stomp on those flowers’!!

Minutes to practice: 45 per day.
What to practice: The pieces listed in your notebook.
How to practice it most effectively: Eyes on page, ears on the sound, at steady tempo
How parents can support practice: Make sure Maz finds the time to practice!

Brigitte

We dug in further into what might be holding your intonation issues back. Please practice these exercises in the way described below, and we will see if there is an improvement!!

Minutes to practice: 45 per day
What to practice: The same exercises as last week.
How to practice it most effectively: Anticipating the next note’s pitch BEFORE you play it, and then assess it as you are playing it and modify it to the pitch to the correct pitch before moving on — all while practicing in slow motion at a STEADY TEMPO.

Chloe

Progress, progress, progress, every week!! Good song choices for the recital. Now, you know how to play confidently, so ‘practice performing’ so that when you’re actually performing in the recital, playing your pieces will be a breeze!

Minutes to practice: 30 (or more) per day.
What to practice: The pieces noted in your notebook.
How to practice it most effectively: Before playing, moving to the correct rhythm, and then CONDUCTING yourself in on the count before you are about to play!
How parents can support practice: Ask Chloe to explain the above as it applies to what we covered in the lesson today.


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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)

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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

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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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