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Top 10 Reasons To Do A Ptarmigan Happy Dance

Nobody likes to wear their jackets and use their umbrellas in July, but here at Ptarmigan we’re singing in the rain:) So much has unfolded in the last few months, and there is so much good brewing. In fact, let’s do a Top 10 Ptarmigan Happy Dances: Check this also https://www.masonicsupplyshop.com/apron-cases/

  1. Our Pender Island Youth Film Festival. It was such a cool event that even today, months after the fact, a community member mentioned how great they thought it was:) For anyone out there that didn’t get to see the 22 short film submitted by our Pender youth ages 0-19, contact us and we will send you link where you can view them all (made possible by David Ohnona…thanks David!). We’re thinking of doing it again in 2017 around the April 22nd mark…keep your eyes peeled!
  2. The 1st annual Pender Island Youth Talent Show was quite impressive. A sold out audience and over 60 young, talented Pender-ites strutting their stuff. We can’t wait for next year’s…June 10th…although if it gets any bigger, the Community Hall might explode.

Introducing New Dance Instructor Jane Rideout

We are thrilled to announce a new season of the dance program that has been lovingly sustained over the years by Lindsay Landry. Hope Bay Dance Program will return in September with dance classes, but this time, to give our amazing Lindsay some much needed support, we’ve brought on new-to-the-island Jane Rideout to instruct the 3-5 year old class, and the 6-9 year old class.

Jane became passionate for the performing arts from a young age. She has been singing, acting, and dancing for most of her life. Jane studied at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Oak Bay, BC. She has volunteered as a teacher assistant at Steps Ahead Dance Studio in Mill Bay, BC, and has taught musical theatre at Stage Coach Musical Theatre School in Langford, BC. Musicals that Jane has been a part of include: Grease (Chalkboard Theatre – Cha Cha), Les Misérables (Comox Youth Music Centre), Shrek: the Musical (Comox Youth Music Centre – Shoemaker’s Elf, Featured Duloc Dancer), South Pacific (Pacific Opera Victoria – Liat), and Young Frankenstein: The Musical (Canadian College of Performing Arts).

Registration deadline is Sept.7th and classes start on the 14th/15th. Register by emailing Krista. (Email will be added soon)

Details as seen on poster: Wednesdays 430-530pm 10-12 years old – $144 and 545-645pm 13+ years old – $144. Thursdays 4-445pm 3-5 year olds – $120 and 5-6pm 6-9 year olds – $144.

Introducing New Ptarmigan Team Member – Sabrina Werbowski

We’ve been adding names to our roster of amazing artists and artist-facilitators…Carlee Bishop and Kevin Rust in Victoria and now a fellow Pendrite, Sabrina Werbowski, who joins us to facilitate a 10 week Music Theory For Beginners program starting Oct. 20th.

Sabrina is already a beloved piano teacher here on the island and brings with her over 12 years music teaching experience through the Royal Conservatory of Music, specializing in Music Theory. She is also singing and sometimes playing with the Pender Island Community Choir, and is thrilled to be able to bring back a beginner’s music theory course since putting on her own program last year quite successfully. 

I asked her a couple of questions about the Music Theory For Beginners, and thought I would share her answers here for anyone wishing to know more about what they would be signing up for…

Q: Why do you think offering a Music Theory For Beginners program is important?

A: I feel Music Theory is the backbone of any strong understanding to music.  Whether you enjoy just listening to music, singing at home, singing in a choir or have played an instrument for years, this course will help you build a foundation in understanding key aspects of the elements of music: rhythm, melody and harmony.

Q: What kinds of things will the students be learning over the 10 weeks? A: Pitch – Accidentals, landmark note patterns and note names on the grand staff. Scales – Major and minor pentascales Triads- Solid and broken chord patterns Rhythm – Simple time, basic beat, pulse, notes and rests Intervals – distance between notes, harmonic and melodic notes We will also learn stem direction, dynamics, articulation, Italian music terms symbols and signs. Q: Will there be ways to keep going after the 10 weeks? A: My goal would be that if this course is a success, there could be a following intermediate course and then a final advanced course.  We are going to touch on basic music theory in this course, however if people are wanting to learn more and keep up the class, we could offer other classes 🙂  If there is a need for teenagers perhaps that may need help with theory alongside of band or private music lessons, I would be into that as well 🙂 Sabrina will be providing the handouts needed for each class, and will also have the option to make a full textbook available to anyone who wishes to purchase one in addition to their class fees. Register here if you would like to be part of this program. And to Sabrina, welcome! The Ptarmigan team love adding fresh new faces to our roster of talent, and you are no exception.

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