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Project Description

DMA, Choral Conducting (UofT)
M.Mus., Choral Conducting (UofT)
B.Mus. (U of Newcastle, Australia)

LTCL & ATCL (Trinity College of London, UK)
L.Mus.A. & A.Mus.A. (Australian Music Examination Board)

Tracy Wong hails from Malaysia and is a choral conductor, music educator, and composer. She is completing a Doctor in Musical Arts (Choral Conducting) degree at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt after obtaining a Master in Music Performance (Choral Conducting) at the same institution. She is also a proud recipient of the 2016 and 2017 Elmer Iseler National Graduate Fellowship in Choral Conducting.

Tracy has led choirs in Malaysia and Canada, including the Kuala Lumpur Children’s Choir, University of Toronto Women’s Chorus, Young Voices Toronto, and Mississauga Festival Youth Choir. She has also conducted choral workshops in Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Canada, and France. Tracy’s choral works have been published and performed by Malaysian, Canadian, and American choirs at international competitions and festivals. She has also recently completed the compilation of Nancy Telfer’s choral compositions, a resource for music educators and choral directors.

Get to know Tracy…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Singing, rock climbing, yoga

Musical influences:  The Idea of North, Bobby McFerrin, Sting, Tallis Scholars, Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Favourite food: Dumplings!

Least favourite food: Anything with wasabi

Favourite music: A cappella

Favourite song: But Not For Me (as performed by The Idea of North)

Favourite movie: All the Harry Potter ones

Favouirite movie music: Soundtracks from the Harry Potter series and The Lord Of The Rings

Favourite Musical Theatre/Opera: Songs for the New World and The Last 5 Years (Jason Robert Brown)

Best quote from your teacher: Happy are those who are flexible, for they shall bend and not be broken.

Favourite quote: Happiness shared is doubled, sorrow shared is halved. – Swedish saying (?)

Favourite book:  (currently) Blowing My Own Horn by James Morrison

Best thing about teaching at ABC: The wonderful people I get to meet!

Latest Homework from Tracy

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Homework for the week of May 24, 2018

Hi, everyone! For piano students: David will be replacing me for the next 2 lessons as I will be away in Spain and Portugal doing workshops and concert with 120 middle and high school singers for a festival. Lessons are on as usual and I will see you when I return for June 14 lessons.

Olivia

Warm up: “the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue”

Tomorrow: clear words, breathe at the right places, and make sure you have lots of mouth space

Eliana

Continue writing a plan for your daily home practice. Use the reminders I wrote as a guide on the goals for each item.

Lia

*important* Make sure to follow the steps & reminders in your notebook when you’re practicing your pieces. Very important!

Recommended practice: at least 3 times a week, 20mins each time

Claire

Recommended practice: at least 5 times a week, 30mins each time

 

Gianna

Pg 54 & 55 (music track 28): revise. make sure to keep singing the letter names as you play.

Pg. 58 & 59 (music track 30): new. Make sure to check where your fingers go before you begin. Also remember – notes in treble clef and has stems up, play with right hand; notes in bass clef with stems down, play with left hand. Make sure to play page 58 twice because of the repeat sign :||

Recommended practice: daily practice, 15mins each time

Maddy

Bach Minuet – Use metronome at 70. Focus on clean articulation and clear differences between legato, detached, and staccato notes. Also, shape the phrases.

Handel – revise RH & LH separately with proper fingering. Focus on LH, second part of the music. Practice in small phrases so that it’s not overwhelming. Remember to keep your eyes on the music!

Recommended practice: daily, at least 30mins each time

Emet

Flute (pg. 32): new, make sure to check which hand is playing. Also be careful of the octave shift at the end.

Rabbit (pg. 33): new, say the letter names as you’re playing to become more familiar with the notes.

Kollel

Waltz: relax your wrists when you do turns. Make sure you add pedal, and check dynamics.

Coconut shuffle: difference between staccato & accent. Play a little faster!

Preferred Books for Tracy’s Students

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Celebration Series Piano Repertoire - Prep B

Cover of Celebration Series Piano Repertoire Prep B

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Celebrate Theory 2

Royal Conservatory of Music

Cover of Celebrate Theory Book Two by Royal Conservatory of Music

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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

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

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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