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Drum and Fife Lessons in Cape Breton Begin Jan. 12


Starting January 12 Drum and Fife lessons will be held on Saturday morning at Cape Breton University at 10:00 am in room CE261 (in hallway located across from the Art Gallery in the Great Hall)

There will be three groups – Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

There are two sessions –

Session 1 – Jan 12 to March 10 – $50.00

Session 2 – April 6 to June 1 – $50.00

Contact Karen from The Fortress of Louisbourg Association at 733-3548 to complete registration and payment by Jan 12, 2013

For more information contact: or

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Wolfville June 8 & 9 – Provincial Music Festival

What: The 28th Annual Provincial Music Festival – piano, voice, strings, woodwind, brass, guitar, chamber, musical theatre, and percussion

When: June 8th and 9th – all day (Gala Concert at 7 p.m. in Festival Theatre)

Where: Acadia University, Wolfville is the primary venue

Who: Performers across Nova Scotia from all the other local festivals

Admission:  Day passes are $5, 2-day admission is $10, Gala Concert admission is $10

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The Story of Swan Lake – Review


Maestro Classics produces Stories in Music™, a classical music CD series for children ages 5 through 12.  These CDs have won over 45 awards and help expand your listening horizons, develop listening skills & form musical memories, and encourage the family to listen to music together.  As a private music teacher, whose children adore music and dance, I was delighted to receive The Story of Swan Lake in exchange for an honest review 🙂 Photobucket

The Story of Swan Lake includes a CD and activity booklet.  The CD includes music by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  There are 7 tracks:

  1. The Story of Swan Lake – plays the full score of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, with a gentle narration describing the story and what’s happening in the ballet
  2. Tchaikovsky’s Life – learn all about the composer
  3. Speed Metal Swan – a surprisingly well-done rock version of the Swan Lake theme – I love it!
  4. About the Music
  5. Tchaikovsky Wrote a Great Ballet – lyrics set to the Swan Lake theme
  6. Want to Have Some Fun? Prepare to Perform – teaches the lyrics to the song (and you can follow along in the activity booklet)
  7. Tchaikovsky Wrote a Great Ballet Sing-Along – music only for the song, no words, so your child can sing karaoke-style

The booklet includes a few puzzles, discussion of musical terms and instruments, as well as write-ups on the people involved in the making of the CD.  And there’s more!  We were able to turn this into a homeschool unit study with the Free Homeschool Music Curriculum Guide for Swan Lake on the website.  It covers History, Science, Geography, Language Arts, Art, Music, and Math, with links to articles, books, activities, etc.    Hey fellow music teachers, Curriculum Guides are coming soon! I believe children as young as three can easily enjoy this CD and activities with their family, and my ballet-loving daughter would probably have loved it as young as two years old.  She is currently 7 years old and my son is 12, and we all enjoyed learning more about Swan Lake.  We also watched the ballet (we happen to own the video, but most libraries have a copy)!

Each CD is $16.98 US plus shipping (4.95 to Canada via USPS), or just $9.98 for an mp3 download with pdf booklet on the Maestro Classics website.  Some other CD’s available in the series include Peter and the Wolf, The Story of Handel: Water Music, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  Not sure which ones you want?  You can listen to samples of every CD online.  Or pick up a pack of four or a pack of nine CD’s and save.  Just a note – I had trouble with setting up an online account and their great customer service got right back to me; they are having trouble with the account registration service, so to checkout just choose the yellow Checkout button when it comes up and just skip creating an account for now.  Hopefully they’ll have this all worked out shortly 🙂 PhotobucketPuzzles and Games to get monthly puzzles, games and activities!  You can also check out Maestro Classics on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. You can see what other families in the Crew thought of The Story of Swan Lake HERE.


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The Atlantic Film Festival – Sept 15-24

The Atlantic Film Festival is held every September in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From the website…

“Strong east coast roots support a unique format for Atlantic Film Festival with its distinctive focus on film and music. Large enough to attract the world’s most notable actors, directors and producers, but intimate enough to be innovative and flexible in its approach to the changing needs of our industry, audience and the communities we serve, the AFF provides an unpretentious atmosphere for watching some of the best international, Canadian and Atlantic Canadian films, while showcasing some of the best musical talent the region has to offer.”

To see the full schedule, click HERE.

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Singing Through The Centuries at South Shore Waldorf June 24

South Shore Waldorf School
64 School Road Blockhouse
JUNE 24th 7:00 p.m.

with Jeff Spade music teacher, Chicago Waldorf School

Human beings have always made music. Through experiencing how music has changed from earliest times to the present, we can begin to understand how human consciousness has also changed. How are we different from our ancestors? How are we the same? Explore Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern musical styles. Learn a lot and have fun!

Jeff has an M.A. in Vocal Performance and has been a music teacher in Waldorf schools for the past twenty-one years. Currently, Jeff teaches vocal music in grades 3–12 and orchestra in grades 4–12 at the Chicago Waldorf School and singing, recorder and music curriculum courses for the Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program. In addition to his work in the Waldorf movement, he maintains a private vocal studio in his home, directs opera and musical theater, and is an assistant conductor for the Chicago Licorice Sticks, a clarinet orchestra performing music from all genres.
(902) 624-0874

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Cape Breton Music For Young Children Classes

Update: As of 2019, the only MYC classes in Cape Breton are offered in Mabou. Learn more here:

A new session of Music For Young Children classes begins January 11th!  Music and Movement classes are for ages 0-3, and Piano/Keyboard-based classes are for ages 4-12.  Private piano lessons for ages 13 and up and/or Grade 2 Piano and up are also available.  Classes are held at the home studio in Marion Bridge, just 10 minutes from Sydney.  To register, contact Kimberly at OR view the entire detailed schedule and register online at:  The Music Class