Teacher Training Workshops

Twice a year Music Together runs teacher workshops in Tokyo. There is a 3 day workshop where people are learning to become Music Together teachers for the first time. As part of that we invite families to come and take part in free demo classes, to help illustrate to the trainees what a class is like. Again, many families from my center took part this week and I’m so pleased they enjoyed the experience. 

Then on the 4th day, there is a Skills and Songs Workshop for existing teachers, and this is part of our ongoing training and development. Today’s topic was about advocating for early childhood music education in our centers and wider communities. 

If you are not quite sure what Music Together is all about, watch this short video (with japanese subtitles) to see the impact and passion classes can have on the families that attend. 

http://youtu.be/T0J8y6myV0M

SHO Traditional Japanese Mouth Organ

This week, during a meeting of the Hudson Antiques Tea Club, I was treated to a private performance by one of my guests.  She brought with her a SHO, a traditional Japanese mouth organ, which was originally used in Japanese court music.

It was a really interesting sound, with quite a high pitch. Have you ever heard this instrument?

I am always very excited to find out about new instruments.

I wonder if it is difficult to play . . . . ?

sho - traditional japanese mouth organ
sho – traditional japanese mouth organ

This is not the lady I met, but here is a link to someone demonstrating the Sho that I found on youtube.

Winter Term Registration & New Classes for 2015 冬タームお申込み+新クラスのお知らせ

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Register NOW for the Winter Semester which starts on the 8th January 2015.

This term is the `BELLS` Collection.  It has some great tunes in it, including the The Bells of Westminster which I love as it reminds me of my hometown, London (see photo above).

I am pleased to announce that we will be opening some more classes in 2015.  I soon hope to offer a second class on Saturday mornings in Higashi-Nakano starting at 11am.

Furthermore, we hope to start an afternoon class on Thursdays starting at 3pm.  This will be a good time especially for children who are in preschool/kindergarten and cant attend morning classes.

Please email me to register. I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year xxxx

Gillian

OCHIAI PEACE FESTIVAL 落合公園ピースフェス 

OCHIAI PARK PEACE FESTIVAL Sunday 31st August 2014
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Ochiai Music Together will have a stall at the Peace Festival in Ochiai Park and for the first time this year I will also be leading a workshop for families – a short 15min demo of Music Together. Please come along and enjoy the local festival.

今年も落合公園ピースフェスに出店して、ワークショップもやります。15分程の短いデモクラスみたいなことを行います。ぜひ遊びに来て下さい。

http://ochiai-fes.jp/index.html

Spring Semester Starts `MARACAS`

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Spring Semester starts this week, the 24th and 26th April.
Am looking forward to leading the class in song and dance.
Song great songs await us in the `MARACAS` collection from all over the world.

And we have a new exciting toy to play with this semester – an Octoband!!
Octaband stimulates self-expression, spontaneity, and awareness of others.

I hope we don`t get too tangled up in it 🙂

Jet Lag

Jet lagged toddlers. Bad news for parents. Good news for me. Was so happy to see Riku and Nana in class today. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, up at the crack of dawn I think. They just flew back yesterday from overseas. Great class with lots of mums, dads, grandma, and good friends. We did a great celtic themed dance and do si do’ed and swang our partners around the room. Yee-Ha. Thank you for my lovely gifts

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End of Term

Am very grateful that all 12 students came to class today. I was highly skeptical due to all the rain! You have proved me wrong 🙂 Sorry to see some families for the last time, thank you for a great winter semester. And pleased to meet so many new families today. I hope you will join the Spring Semester. Received some lovely chocolates and cute dungarees for Rose from a family today, thank you :). Remember, there are two more classes this weekend on Saturday and Sunday in Higashi-Nakano. Drumroll ….. On Sunday my husband Tsuyoshi will be coming along too and will accompany me on his guitar! Exciting.

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Winter Semester 2014

Winter Semester 2014 starts this week on the 9th and 11th January.

There is one place left in the Thursday class, and five left in the Saturday class. So please register now if you are interested.

We have some new cute maracas for the play along basket “woof” And “ribbet” 🙂 And a fun new Singalong Storybook for the song ‘Ridin’ in the Car’.

I look forward to seeing you all and singing and dancing away the cold this winter.

Rock on!

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