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Zoe Fong2020-07-14T11:21:51-04:00

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Master of Music (Boston University)

Bachelor of Arts (Brandeis University)

Zoe Fong is a M.M. graduate of Boston University School of Music and B.A. graduate of Brandeis University, where she studied music education and music composition respectively. She is a viola, violin, and ukulele player and has performed (primarily as a violist) in Canada, the United States, Austria, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the Philippines. As a composition student at Brandeis, she focused on film scoring and minored in film studies, and additionally went abroad to Vienna, Austria for one semester to focus on viola performance. She loves musical theatre as well and has experience as a music director, conductor, performer, pit orchestra musician, and producer in various community and university productions.

While Zoe has found joy in many musical areas, she has found her true calling in music education. She has taught a range of ages and musical subjects including preschool music, elementary chorus, band, strings, and general music, middle school jazz band and strings, high school strings, chorus, and music theory, and private viola, violin, and composition lessons. There is nothing she loves more than sharing her passion for music and helping her students find their own passion and artistic voice.

Get to know Zoe…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Teaching myself new instruments, dancing, reading

Musical influences: Kim Kashkashian, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Danny Elfman

Favourite food: Dumplings

Least favourite food: Broccoli

Favorite music: A little of everything!

Favourite song: Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Favourite movie: Ladybird

Favourite movie music: Edward Scissorhands – Danny Elfman

Favourite musical theatre/opera: Les Miserables, Hadestown, and Hamilton

Best quote from your teacher: “Don’t leave your baggage at the door. Bring it in and let’s make music with it.”

Favourite quote: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” – Leonard Bernstein

Favourite book: The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon…and also Harry Potter by JK Rowling

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Weekly Homework Post – April 7/8, 2021

Hello, everybody! Just two reminders for you this week: 1) next week is your April break, but we still have lessons scheduled, so remember to come to your lesson or call the office if you want to cancel, and 2) if you have decided to participate in the recital, make sure to register for the performance. Info on how to register should be in parents’ emails!

Jaron – great work sight-reading Allegro today!
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: G, D, and A Major scales (continuing to do your posture and bow hold check each time before playing, and also making sure your bow is staying in the middle of the bridge and fingerboard), Long Long Ago (practice long-short-short rhythm patterns and focus on third line), and Allegro (play through slowly and get familiar with notes).

Olivia – great work sight-reading Go the Distance today!
– Recommended practice time: 30 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: review 2-octave major and minor scales (try to memorise fingering patterns for each scale), Go the Distance (play through slowly and get familiar with the notes, and pay special attention to shifting section), and Mirror duet (we didn’t have time to play this today, but continue focusing on second section even eighth notes).

Amaia – I missed you today, see you next week!

Crosby
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: 0-1-2-3-2-1-0 fingering patterns on each string (keep an eye on your bow hold while playing and make sure your hand and fingers are on the frog), A and D Major scales (remember that D Major is very similar to A Major, you are doing the exact same thing but just on D and A strings instead of A and E), Twinkle (theme and variation A “pepperoni pizza” – play the first two lines for variation A and look ahead if you wish), and Lightly Row (first line, and look ahead if you wish!)

Hendry
– Recommended practice time: 20 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: G, D, and C Major scales (one octave), C and E-flat Major scales (two octaves, continuing to do your posture and bow hold check each time before playing, and also making sure your bow is staying in the middle of the bridge and fingerboard), Minuet 2 (keep an eye on m. 25 line and make sure the rhythm pattern is long-short-short-short-short), Starting the Case (keep watching out for low first fingers and high third fingers, and keep on practicing E-flat Major scale before playing the second section), and Disillusion (play-through to practice for recital).

Grace
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: G, D, and A Major scales (continuing to do your posture and bow hold check each time before playing, and also making sure your bow is staying in the middle of the bridge and fingerboard), O Come Little Children (including dynamics at the end and focusing on the last line), and May Song (look out for dotted-quarter note rhythms and string crossings at the beginning and end).

Thank you, stay safe, and happy playing!

April 8th, 2021|

Weekly Homework Post – April 19th, 2020

Olivia
– Reminder: Try to set up and locate the Zoom link a few minutes before class starts.
– Recommended practice time: 30-45 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: Our basics review – 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, open, and Spock hand positions; speaking the note letters before playing, and notation review on musictheory.net. For G, D, and A minor scales, think about the hand positions before playing the entire two octaves. Finally, for the Mirror Duet, once you decide which person plays upside down, feel free to sight read the first few lines and get a feel of the music! Look it up on YouTube as well and see which recording may be your favorite.

Thank you and happy playing! I hope everyone is staying healthy and well!

April 19th, 2020|

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