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Duncan Cello and Harp Festival

It's really happening - the Great CVMTA Harp and Cello Fest, February 23 and 24th, 2018! This should be an amazing and well-packed two days!

Morag Northey is the cello clinician who will astound you with her insights and teaching style. Marilyn is handling the harp portion, but we plan to do a lot together - to introduce a number of pieces for harp and cello, and then play them in ensemble, and then separate the groups to workshop the music and then come together again - it should be beautiful, for it is a fabulous combination. If you have a cello playing music partner, even better, but if you don't, here is chance to find one!!

The day times (9:30 - 3:30) are just the beginning!  More details and registration here!

Duncan Ensemble Class - term 2

Duncan Ensemble Class - term 2

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Feb - June

Duncan Adult Ensemble -  2, 4, 5th Wednesdays at 10 am. This is open to ALL LEVELS two five-month terms. $199 per term.  Register by email, and bring a cheque to your first lesson, or just click the link "add to cart" yellow button above to pay by paypal or visa.  Starts Sept 13th.

This is the registration for the second term Starting Feb. 1 -

Host a Workshop in your area

Marilyn is available to teach workshops just about anywhere if the booking is early enough! She taught adults and youth in China last summer, and her students had a wonderful learning experience by all accounts!

Her popular Harp Day workshops on the island serve multiple levels and teach technique and ideas about "how to play" with less focus on "what to play". A student said recently "I love these harp day workshops - you're inspiring and comfortable, and I leave energized". That was beautiful to hear, though I usually leave exhausted -  but that's my job! 

Workshops can be from 2 hours to 5 days. Here are a few recent offerings - but let me know what you would like to experience!

  • Ensemble playing for harps and other instruments  - adding flutes, violins, and recorders to a harp ensemble.  Some repertoire and ideas that are easy, enjoyable and beautiful.
  • Arpeggios and chords - all the beautiful ways we can combine these to make music for individual play or to enrich a group piece. Uses her own arrangements of folk and composed music.
  • Christmas Music - let's prepare 2 or 3 pieces for immediate and satisfying play that mixes and matches your skills and tools to create "arrangements" that you will play anew every time! These could be as short as 2 hour workshops, up to 2 four-hour classes.  Solo and multiple harp arrangements
  • Oh Canada Jam - in time for the sesquicentennial!   Playing those iconic Canadian tunes from a lead sheet. Both the tools and tunes.
  • Elements of music - Music theory  from the body's perspective. Our body is the instrument that plays other other instruments, and the rhythmic, tonal, and expressive elements of music are best learned in an embodied way. Using ideas from Dalcroze, Feldenkrais, and my own many years of teaching adults and children, this class will help students REALLY learn to count and to think musically.  Best in a series of one-hour classes, or as a 2 day workshop.
  • Chinese meets Celtic - and infusion of both elements for a delicious tea. Ideas from one culture can help us hear the other, in music and life!
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