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TSO Preludes & My Birthday

My birthday is coming up! I'm going to be 9 years old soon!

My favourite birthday so far was when we had a duo from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra come to my school. (I was still going to a regular school then.)

Ed Hayes and Marie Gelinas played songs from all around the world. They are a part of the TSO Preludes program where they do musical presentations in schools. I don't remember the names of all of the songs but I do remember the Russian Sailor's Dance, Hava Nagila and Where Have All the Flowers Gone. 

It was really fun because we listened to good music and we got to play some percussion instruments. They had drums, shakers, rhythm sticks and even a rain stick. Some of them I had never even seen before.

This percussion instrument was shaped like a frog!

Some kids even got to play the percussion instruments while Ed and Marie played on cello and keyboard! That was cool!

Here is one of my favourite songs from the presentation:

A Jamaican Folk Song

Thank you so much Ed and Marie!!!
I really loved the presentation and I hope to see you again sometime. :-)


The TSO doen't offer the Preludes programme any more. :-(


Redemption Song - Playing for Change

Somebody sent me a link to this great video on youtube. It's Redemption Song and it's played by musicians all around the world! It's amazing.

Playing for Change's website is: 


For my Mom...

My Mom has been sick, so I taped this song for her. It's one of her favourites... It's "Watermark" by Enya and Nicky Ryan. I know it's not perfect, but I know she'll love it.


Today's Piano Tuning

Today we had our piano tuned again. I sat and listened while the piano technician was tuning.

I heard that it's hard for people with perfect pitch if they want to be a technician - but I'll still keep it in mind if I don't become a Conductor when I grow up.

My favourite part of the tuning is when it's all done and I get to play with it still open. It's so pretty!


My Grade 4 Exam Results

I finally got my grade 4 piano exam results!
I got 90%. That means I got first class honours with distinction!
I'm so happy!

Here's a link to the pieces I played for the exam.

I might do another post with some of the other grade 4 songs that I like.