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2014 Tiny Tinkles students are the youngest to win opportunity to perform with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra. Check out Cornelius' AMAZING performance here!!!
2014 Tiny Tinkles wins
the "Sing Me A Song BC Contest" under 11 group
Check out the links to see how we wrote our music and our winning entry! Special thanks to ShawTV Chilliwack for all of their help!
Stay tuned for new links with the award presentation from the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governer of BC!
2012 Tiny Tinkles on Shaw TV
Go Fraser Valley!
What an amazing opportunity to be featured on our local Shaw TV channel!
Special thanks to Miss Chelsea and Mr. Cornelius for being such enthusiastic performers in front of the cameras!
2011 Tiny Tinkles Student Chosen to Play with CSO!
A Night to Remember.....
Congratulations to Danaeya!
Seven year old Danaeya auditioned and was selected by a panel of judges from the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and the CHWK Branch of Registered Music Teachers to be one of eleven performers to play with the ochestra at the Piano Extravaganza! Danaeya has only been taking lessons for just over 1 year! What an accomplishment!
2012 Tiny Tinkles in the Valley Voice
Tuesday January 17, 2012
Fipple Flute Fun
Rainbow Recorders program teaches parents and kids to learn how to play
Submitted by Debra Krol/Michelle Enebo photos
earn together & practice together with your homeschooler in a group setting. Play duets or jam with a CD. You will have fun with your child in this class!
I call this program “Rainbow Recorders”. Quite obviously, this is not a new idea to the world – Recorders have been taught in schools for probably 50 yrs. The point is, many families in Chilliwack have decided to home school but don’t feel comfortable to teach fine arts, especially music.
The recorder is an amazing instrument! Students learn how to read the most basic of notes and rhythms in a very methodical way. Everything learned is step by step – it is easy to master learning the soprano recorder. So many enjoyable pieces can be played on it.
In a world where everything is turning to being technology based, playing the recorder is a great “hands-on” way to increase confidence in a child’s learning ability. The skills of note reading are learned and without even a thought, ear-training and sight-singing skills are introduced. All of these principles can easily be transferred to any instrument and will establish a better understanding of how to express oneself musically.
A parent who learns to play an instrument with their child will find it to be a genuinely connecting experience. The child will enjoy and appreciate seeing that everyone needs practice and that it is OK to make mistakes!
Another program that I offer is the “Music For Little Mozarts Classroom Method”. It is a group class for preschoolers ages 3-5 that runs for a 10 week session with weekly classes that are approximately 45-60 minutes long.
There are 3 levels in the Music for Little Mozart Program. After completing all 3 levels, students are ready to move to Private Lessons on the piano or other instruments if they wish. The course serves as an introduction to the basics of music and introduces all concepts in a comfortable atmosphere.
Sessions 1 and 2 will be offered in January, and in March, Sessions 1, 2, and 3 will also be available. The “Little Mozart” program is an exciting group class that develops general musicianship skills through listening, singing, playing basic percussion instruments, playing music turn taking games, and structured movement. Each lesson is consecutive and new skills are learned and expanded on.
The stories, coloring, and craft activities make it fun for the little ones to learn. Each Level ends with a Music Party and a Recital! This program presents an excellent opportunity for parents to be involved in their child’s creative development.
Piano for Preschoolers
My First Piano Adventure is an exciting piano program for 5-6 yr olds. Capture your child’s creative spirit and imagination!
Music For Little Mozarts
A General Music Program in a group setting that introduces your preschooler (3-4) to beginning musical concepts to pre-pare them for private lessons. Sing, Dance, and Play with percussive instruments.
Imagine a group recorder class that you and your children take together!
Learn the Soprano Recorder from the beginning. How to play and read all the notes, jam with a fully band mixed CD, and enjoy performing duets together. Earn Ribbons as each section is mastered. Submit the Report Card at the completion of class to your home school to receive credit for learning.
Music For Little Mozarts classes include parents
Sourced by Staff/Voice
njoy a group class with your child (children) small groups of 4-6 students weekly. Singing, listening, hands-on activities, and movement! Lessons are grouped in 10 week sessions and the cost is $15 per lesson (approx 45-60 min. in length) plus a $25 registration & a $25 supply fee.
This is a generalized music program that does not require you to have a piano at home. Fee includes: two stuffed animals (which must be brought to each class, a music workbook, laminated writeable/erasable staff board with a pen, music CD for at home practice, online subscription to www.musiclearningcommunity.com, and a music bag to put everything in.
A Discount is available for families with more than 1 child registering. At the end of each session, students will receive a certificate and participate in a Tiny Tinkles Studio Recital!
More about Music for Little Mozarts
This program has three levels! Level One will be offered at all September Sessions, select January sessions will offer Levels One and Two, select April sessions will offer Levels One, Two and Three. Each lesson follows a structured format much like a preschool class - we start with our hello song, then move on to a review of material covered from previous lessons, then on to story time when new ideas and concepts are introduced.
The introduction of new songs follows and children have to opportunity to experiment with sounds and rhythms by using percussion and rhythm instruments while singing and moving to the music.
Each class is consecutive and builds on from the previous lesson so new musical material is constantly being introduced and expanded on. A coloring or craft activity precedes our ending of the lesson where we sing our Goodbye song . Turn taking, imitating, structured movement, and manipulative art re-enforce everything that is covered in each of the lessons.
This type of approach to learning makes the Music for Little Mozarts program an enjoyable experience for both the parents and the children!
Registration will end September 23rd!
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2010 Tiny Tinkles Receives Recognition!
Voted "Best Studio Name Ever" by www.MusicLessonMatch.com
Article Published August 9th, 2010
This week’s lesson tips are brought to you by Debra Krol, a busy mom and piano teacher with many young students aged 3 and 4.As the owner of Tiny Tinkles Piano Studio, (yes that is correct-TINY TINKLES-MusicLessonMatch.com’s winner of the best studio name ever!) she sees the benefits
from having clear and concise practice routines.
Thanks DEBRA! Great advice!
As a teacher I can’t stress enough – one of the key elements in being a
strong pianist is mastering technique! Who could imagine building a
beautiful house without a foundation, or trying to build a muscle car
without an engine?? Beginning with scales to triads to arpeggios, technique
is the basis of perfected piano performance. Don’t let anyone tell you your
child is too young to play scales! From the very beginning I introduce “my
kids” to Stepping Stones (Five note Pentascale – C D E F G ).
We sing “I am go-ing up and go-ing down” we sing each syllable with each
note of the scale. This simple little exercise lets your child know what
the scale sounds like and they are excited to be able to play something they
can sing along to! Try making up your own silly words like “Spi-ders
sneak-ing up and sneak-ing down” or “La-dy bugs crawl up and they crawl
down.” As you can see, there are many ways that you can make scales fun and
rewarding for your child!
Try practicing them with your child – duet style! First, you can
demonstrate, then try playing them together like a duet, and when they are
ready, leave your child on their own to play solo! Don’t worry, I am not
telling you that since your child is taking lessons so should you! This can
be a very rewarding experience between parents and children! Besides, most
adults can easily see and demonstrate how a pentascale is played. It
doesn’t need to be perfect, infact, your child will enjoy seeing that you
make mistakes too! Nobody is perfect – Practice makes perfect!
Start with the easy white group – C Major, G Major and enjoy the spooky
sound of a minor! Demonstrate how they move climbing up and when they are
ready, climb back down.
Sing finger numbers while you play, then move to letter names to re-enforce
the geographical locations of the notes on the piano. For variation switch
sides on the piano bench, see who sounds better playing the low notes or the
high notes. Try experimenting by playing hot potato style – staccato!
(short detached notes) Play it loudly and have your child echo back and
vice versa. The variations are endless – I’m sure you can find your own
ideas that will work best for you and your child.
Listen carefully, it is quality not quantity that counts. If your child has
just started playing it is unlikely he/she will be able to achieve a legato
(smooth and connected) sound, but it is the ultimate goal. Make sure all the
notes come out evenly – evenly spaced and with the same dynamic (volume
When your child has mastered the white key groups move on to the
white-black-white groups and continue to gradually add scales when they are
ready. Don’t give them too many though, you want them to succeed and feel
proud of themselves and not overwhelmed.
As your child’s finger dexterity increases, finish the scales with a triad
at the end – they will be so thrilled they are able to play “fancy” scales!
Scales – who would’ve thought something so easy could be so much fun???
Visit www.tinytinkles.com wesbsite to see some helpful scales sheets for
young performers and many other learning resources.