Timothy Bartsch

Toronto Cello & Piano Teacher

Timothy BartschABC Academy of Music2018-10-20T14:09:42-04:00

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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!

Latest Homework from Timothy

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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 Feb. 24 – Mar. 2

Mazin

Excellent lesson today, Maz, and my, ‘Dill Pickles’ is sure coming along!! Two new songs to start working on.

Minutes to practice: At least 45 per day.
What to practice: All the songs noted in your notebook.
How to practice it most effectively: Paying attention to all of the correct notes and fingerings as written on the page.
How parents can support practice: Make sure Maz finds the time to practice!

Jabari

Another great lesson, today, Jabari. Big improvement from the fall in the lessons. Now, if you could practice more often, we will be off to the racetracks!

Minutes to practice: 30 per day.
What to practice: The pieces marked with today’s date in your music book.
How to practice it most effectively: Sitting with good posture, articulating the keys with HIGH wrists, steady tempo (speed), and correct rhythm!
How parents can support practice: Make sure Jabari finds the time to practice and encourage him to practice well!

Chloe

Wow, Chloe!!! What a rhythmic improvement/understanding over last week. Your practicing really paid off.

Minutes to practice: 30 per day.
What to practice: The pieces/pages noted in your notebook.
How to practice it most effectively: With the metronome once you’ve figured out the correct notes and rhythm. Then, without the metronome, while moving to the strong beats as you play!
How parents can support practice: Praise Chloe for her efforts in practicing.

Homework for Week Feb. 17 – 23

Brigitte

Another great lesson today, Brigitte. Just remember, more practice = faster improvement!

Minutes to practice: 45 per day.
What to practice: The exercises in your book marked with today’s date.
How to practice it most effectively: By focusing on making every bow stroke SOUND as beautiful/interesting as possible with your R.H., and by making sure every L.H. articulation is a) in tune and b) ‘plucks’ the string when coming off.

Mazin

‘Dill Pickles’ is really starting to sound good! Remember to practice those exercises daily to make your left pinky stay curved when off the keys.

Minutes to practice: 45 (or more) per day.
What to practice: The pieces marked with today’s date in your book.
How to practice it most effectively: Your lower bass clef and below the clef note-reading needs improvement. Please study! And, remember to count the 8th counts out loud in ‘Gigue in A major’ as you practice.
How parents can support practice: Make sure Maz has enough time to practice!

Nicole

Thanks for the honesty in sharing your hand tension while articulating the bow, Nicole. Cello is not a good choice for you right now, but maybe one day. Glad to see you picked up the piano again so quickly!! Hopefully it doesn’t cause you pain. Remember to do the finger/wrist stretches before and throughout as you play, and, please, do not overdue it!!

Minutes to practice: 45 per day.
What to practice: Familiarize yourself with the first few songs in Piano Adventures Level One Lesson Book One.
How to practice it most effectively: By a) figuring out where the strong beats in the piece should be, then b) moving to them while pushing your wrists forward as you play.

Jabari

Good behavior in the lesson today, Jabari! Please practice on your own when your mom isn’t home. Take responsibility, young sir!!!

Minutes to practice: 30 per day.
What to practice: The pieces/pages marked with today’s date.
How to practice it most effectively: Keeping wrists high, steady tempo and correct rhythm, notes and fingerings.
How parents can support practice: Please practice with him when you can, and encourage him to practice on his own when you’re not home!

Chloe

Lovely teaching you for the second week, dear! I am glad we found something (math and science) we both appreciate. I hope you understand my ‘music equation’ and how important it is to making sure the sounds you create sound musical!

Minutes to practice: 30 (or 45?) per day.
What to practice: The pieces in your book marked with today’s date.
How to practice it most effectively: a) with a metronome, making sure you’re playing the notes to the click of the metronome in sync b) then without the metronome, trying to move ONLY to the circled counts (the strong beats) as you play.
How parents can support practice: Ask Chloe to show you what we did in the lesson today, read the notes I wrote, practice with her in the beginning of the week, then check in on her practice over the 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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