Tag Archives: Liana

Choir! Choir! Choir! (Liana and Chrissy) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

Love singing? Join us!

Don’t know if you are a singer but want to try it out? Join us!

All are welcome.

We will use popular songs from the Toronto based drop-in choir group Choir! Choir! Choir!

We are also hoping to open this up to the community as well and get more voices to come join us!

Mishmash (Liana)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Continuing from previous term, new members by permission only.

Required texts/materials: You will need your instrument, your music, and a pencil at each rehearsal.

Music Theory Sandbox (Liana) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This will be an open session for taking your music theory abilities to the next level and/or applying them to something you are interested in. I can help you develop ideas, and will be on hand to answer questions/help, but ultimately you’ll be picking a project or setting a course of study for yourself and going about your business.

Here are some ideas for taking your theory to the next level:

  • Practice existing skills on ToneSavvy and/or Teoria
  • Pick some new topics to delve into using online/print resources
  • Work on transcriptions
  • Work on arranging projects
  • Do some harmonic analysis
  • Write bass lines
  • Compose (using notation)

I will support each of you, providing some instruction as needed and hold you accountable to whatever your goals are, but I will not be leading the entire class through a specific curriculum — it’s up to you to think about what you want to study/work on.

Before the first class, you will need to communicate with me about your intentions. If you are unsure, chat with me before stickering so we can develop a loose plan for you before you commit to the class.

Required texts/materials: You'll likely need your computer and headphones, perhaps a midi keyboard (the school has limited resources for you to use), and probably a mechanical pencil!

Crashing Cymbals (Liana) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

Rumor has it that there are students among us who are intrigued by the idea of jazz but have little or no experience actually listening to or playing jazz. Jazz is at the root of most of the music you listen to, and the ability to play it (even at a basic level) will make you better at almost any other form of music that you play.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a quick read on why every musician should study jazz. (It has bullet points, so you can get right to it!)

This is a class for learning about and practicing the art of jazz and improvisation. Think of it as an intro: some simple basics to get you going. From there, you’ve got to find your inspiration and work to hone your craft.

The class will include a smorgasbord of things that will give you a better understanding of jazz: some light music theory, a wee bit of jazz history, some listening, and of course, some playing.

Open to any instrument/vocals (horn players: please join us!), and you need not be an expert to partake in the fun! You will, however, need to step outside of your comfort zone, take some musical risks, and contribute to an encouraging, positive musical environment.

Note: This class is for people new to jazz. If you’ve already taken Crashing Cymbals, this isn’t for you… Come talk to me if you think you are the exception — I’ll take 1 or 2 more experienced folks who can help keep us going while being an encouraging cheerleader for those new to the art form.

Sundry

Continuing from previous term, new members by permission only.

Required texts/materials: You will need your instrument, your music, and a pencil at each rehearsal.

The Bears (Liana)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Continuing from last term, new members by permission only.

Required texts/materials: You'll need your instrument, your music and a pencil at each rehearsal.

Diverse Voices & Yummy Things (Liana & Elizabeth) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

In this block class, we’ll gather daily to consume and discuss media by and about diverse humans. We’ll hear from various voices on topics like identity, cultural appropriation, queerness, institutional racism and human rights, and we’ll pull from assorted forms of media including podcasts, documentaries and tv/sitcoms. Each class one of you will provide either a yummy treat or a yummy beverage for everyone to share!

Whiteness/straightness/cis-ness/male-ness etc. in media is the norm; this is an opportunity to approach important topics from a different viewpoint and perspective. 

No homework, just come ready to contribute to discussions each day.

This class is very similar to other iterations of POC Podcasts and Diverse Voices, except we are expanding to include media beyond podcasts!

Midrange Frequency

Continuing from previous term, new members by permission only.

Required texts/materials: You will need your instrument, your music, and a pencil at each rehearsal.