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Sweet Home Chicago

The classic Robert Johnston blues shout Sweet Home Chicago allowed the band to learn the shuffle rhythm, stop choruses and the 12 bar blues form. Sitting under a Pine Top Perkins piano figure, the guitar adds the blues grease to … Continue reading

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The Integrated Rock Band Project

From April to the end of June we rehearsed and learned a repertoire of 5 songs, including looking at different arrangements. In late June we started to record and sequence demos in preparation for for our week of recording. We were … Continue reading

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Adapted Musical Theatre

The season as come to and end, and we have had our performance. This year’s production was a Vancouver adaptation of a Graham Greene farce – retitled and reworked as Our Man in Kitsilano. Here’s the opening scene – what … Continue reading

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Bandwagon Project

MTC Studio has been chosen to receive two grants to spearhead a unique project – an integrated rock band – which will be heading to the recording studio for a week in July. More accurately, the recording studio is heading … Continue reading

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Anti Bullying Symposium

The Vancouver School Board Anti Bullying Symposium featured the Windermere Inclusion project dance routine as the opening presentation. This school sets the bar for inclusion, and I am extremely fortunate to be part of such a great team. Inclusion works when … Continue reading

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The Inclusion Project update May 2013

Wow! When people are included, miracles happen. After a few months of hard work in our Music Therapy sessions with the Windermere Lifeskills Class, it all came together in two performances. The Senior Dance Class and Grade 9 Choir were … Continue reading

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Another great week – no make that month

MTC Studio started the Summer Rock Band Recording project. The Music Therapy Trust Fund generously supplied a grant that will allow 6 teenagers to learn and record some songs – we are not sure how many yet, but it may … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras Indians

We were in New Orleans, staying at our friends’ place in the Lower 9th Ward, and were invited to be part of a new Indian tribe’s first coming out on St. Joseph’s Eve night.  This great community event starts in … Continue reading

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A Video Win!

I am happy to announce that a video of All You Need is Love from the MTC Studio Inc. Inclusion Project at Windermere has been selected as the 3rd place winner in a youth and compassion video contest. The winnings … Continue reading

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What a great week!

What a great week. The Windermere Inclusion project has another performance on Friday, and the choir is all set and rehearsed – topped off by a fabulous seminar at Roland Canada on the use of digital instruments in a music … Continue reading

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