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Timothy Bartsch2021-08-04T04:42:38-04:00

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ARCT (RCM – Cello)
ARCT (RCM – Piano)

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 until April 21

Briel

Another great lesson, and a great practice this past week.  Remember to be aware of/listen to the sound production from the finger articulation process from when the finger first makes contact with the key, what it (and your body movement) is doing while it’s pressing down on the key, and how it comes off the key.  All of this action effects how the key struck will sound!  High wrists put the finger contact point on the key on the fingertips which produce a bright quality of tone, so please incorporate this action into your sound color palette of sounds to play with as you play!!

Homework for Week April 3 until next time I see you!!

Briel

Another great lesson today, now put what we went over into practice, and you will be a better player next time we meet, I assure you!  Remember to always BE IN MOTION to the rhythmic feel of the piece BEFORE your fingers touch the keys.  Also, pay attention (listen) to HOW your fingers come off of keys, and to come off of ‘popcorn staccatos’ as quick as you can to make them sound exciting.

Homework for Week May 19 – 25

Mazin

Minutes to practice: 45 per day.
What to practice: The pieces noted in your notebook plus ‘St. James’
How to practice it most effectively: Really get into the dance character of the rhythm BEFORE playing, and then remaining in/following it throughout the piece.

Brigitte

Minutes to practice: 45 per day.
What to practice: The exercises assigned last week.
How to practice it most effectively: By meditatively moving to the rhythm, listening to the sound your bow is making AND your L.H.’s intonation — adjusting your fingers accordingly BEFORE you finishing playing the note.

Chloe

Minutes to practice: 30 (or more) per day.
What to practice: The pieces noted in your notebook.
How to practice it most effectively: By analyzing carefully what each piece needs rhythmically, melodically and articulation-wise BEFORE you attempt to play it. Then, play it!!
How parents can support practice: Keep on encouraging Chloe. Whatever she’s doing, it’s working!!

Homework for Week May 12 – 18

Mazin

Great job performing in the recital last week, and yet another good lesson today. Keep it up!

Minutes to practice: 45 per day.
What to practice: Your currently assigned pieces minus last week’s recital repertoire.
How to practice it most effectively: By intentionally articulating each melodic note (regardless of which hand) to create the best sound production.
How parents can support practice: Make sure Maz has the time to practice!

Chloe

Minutes to practice: 30 minutes (or more) per day.
What to practice: Your currently assigned pieces minus last week’s recital repertoire.
How to practice it most effectively: By pushing your wrists forward on every strong beat, regardless of which finger is articulating the key. Get to know the different sensation for each finger when pushing the wrist forward!
How parents can support practice: Continue doing whatever you’re doing; Chloe’s pianistic progression is fantastic!!

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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