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Music lessons, art lessons with Deborah Robinson

The Dark of Winter

The Dark of Winter

mountain-stream-2The dark of winter is on us, reminding me of deep snowy woods and promises to keep. I liked to recite that Robert Frost poem when I was hurrying home in the dark on the pathway next to the woods.

Long nights with abstractions incubating under the surface has been my preoccupation. There has been no painting this year.  Much happens in the time of winter solstice. Though uneventful on the surface, underneath activity has taken place & I expect to get the paint brushes out soon.

To take advantage of the light, bright as it is and short as it is the best therapy of year. Walk into it gently, as it is a sharp contrast to the darkness. I take time for solitude, happy to have some rest time before lessons begin again.

Note that I have imported all my blog posts from the other platform which has now closed.  Everything is here now and if you explore, you will find a variety of writings and works in progress. It was fun for me to check my old blog posts, as I have blogged since 2005. Sadly there was no way to import the comments.

Teaching music, guitar & piano, has kept me busy. Here is my advice for a young composer, one of my students.

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When composing music, find sounds that go with the idea and feeling of the song and the words. Write words for the music. Music is a feeling, a language, Tell a story with the music. Listen to and learn ideas from other people’s music. Now I will do the same with my own compositions. Teaching is a good reminder.

mountain-stream This mountain stream does not stop running though it is winter. I got drinking water from there while in the mountains and it tastes amazing. Fresh, clear and clean.

Keep moving and let all that is within move too. Let go to make room for the new.

And now the days begin to get longer.

Wishing you all the best for a prosperous & joyous new year.

 

 

 

Music Lessons

Music Lessons

Music lessons in your home. Learn to play piano or guitar now! Find out how much fun music lessons are. Music is a way to build a sense of accomplishment and to bring joy into your life.   All ages welcome.

Some openings for FALL 2017!
Book today!
NO Registration fee. Pay monthly.

Private music lessons; piano and guitar in the comfort of your own home. I have a few openings left in SW Calgary.
$30 per half hour
$45 for 45 minute lesson
$60 one hour lesson
Summer lessons are available upon request.

How does it work?

Dedicated students who want to have fun with learning music! I will help you to make your musical dreams a reality. A teacher who thinks out of the box, I can show you different ways of looking at the music. Your music lessons will be in your home, on either piano, or guitar.

Do you have a strong enough desire to want to play? When considering music lessons, one must understand it is a commitment to learning, which entails practicing in between your lessons. A willingness to do the work required to carry out your goals?  If so, I may have room in my schedule for you.

Registration is ongoing, dependent upon availability. Please contact me if you want to meet your musical dreams.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Achieved a high level of musicianship
Self-disciplined, organized & punctual
Able to motivate & inspire students
Love of music & enjoy teaching music lessons

SKILLS

Piano, guitar, voice, performance, composition, arranging,
Teaching private music lessons, coaching, mentoring

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A slice of one of my original paintings
WHAT I TEACH
  • Reading music on piano and guitar
  • Fundamentals all ages, adult beginners piano & guitar, songwriting, performance preparation
  • Theory, sight reading, ear training, scales, RCM PIANO teach to Grade 8
  • Piano, jazz and blues piano chord structures and improvisation, modes
  • Guitar, note reading, tabulature, chords, scales, chord progressions, fingerpicking, cycle of fifths
  • Skype Lessons Upon Request
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experienced Professional Player & Performer
  • Songwriting; Berklee College of Music
  • Developing Your Musicianship; Berklee College of Music
  • Jazz Improvisation I & II; Capilano University, Vancouver, BC
  • Classical Piano (11 years, Grade VIII RCM)
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, RCM London, UK
  • Private Guitar Studies; Heather Bishop

Recommended Piano Tuner: itune4u Tell Colin or Rick I sent you.
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Art Lessons

Art Lessons: Learn to draw and paint.

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I offer art lessons for children and adults alike in Calgary, Alberta.

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Have you ever said. “I cannot draw!”? I can tell you it is because no one has ever showed you how. Like anything else, creating art takes practice to produce results. Learn basic drawing concepts and the elements of design, including composition, perspective and colour theory.  Many of my students are in amazement at what they are able to create. I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you.

As an art educator, I can teach one on one personal art instruction, group classes or workshops. Art camps for children is something I am in the process of setting up and these will be available during spring and summer breaks. Locations will be announced, as I will pick a place that is suitable for the number of people involved.

best art teacherMy specialty for group art lessons are ages 8 to 12. Classes for teens and youth, ages 13 through 17 are arranged. I also enjoy teaching adults. If you want to create a community mural project, I can facilitate that while engaging the members of your community. Let me know what your group interest is, and we can set something up.

I am continuously developing new curriculum to share with my students. Drawing, painting, pastels, charcoal, life drawing, plein air painting is some of the techniques we will explore in your art lessons. We will study the elements of design, colour theory, line, form, perspective, proportion, and various materials. We will discuss techniques of famous artists and will emulate some of those in our own work.

I am happy to take on groups of special interest. If you have a group who would like to learn something in particular, please contact me, and I will be happy to gear classes or a workshop in your area to your needs. Location will decided, depending on demand.

Social Media Web Design

Social Media Web Design Marketing

Social Media Marketing Web Design Services

Connection • Engagement • Presence

Who is managing and creating your content? Maybe it’s a new website you are after, or you need marketing assistance for your small business or event. Did the search results bring you here? You know you need to be on Social Media, but have no idea where to start. I specialize in supporting your event or business, through blogging, social media, marketing, web design and writing relevant content for search engine optimization (SEO), giving you time to do what you do best.

My marketing experience goes back to the days when I was designing print ad & radio campaigns for my hair salon. Even before that, I was designing flyers, business cards and painting sandwich boards for our vintage clothing store business in Vancouver’s Gastown. I found out recently, the new owner is still using the cards I designed oh so long ago.

I have changed with the times, embracing the new technology. I cannot help but think how wonderful it would have been to have these tools at my disposal several years back. Regardless of the times, the message remains the same. It comes down to people and I am an intuitive marketer, who can help you to create a presence. I have a proven track record of being on the social web for more than ten years.

And I love the web!

See the ENGAGE MY SERVICES page to find out what’s in it for you.

Social Media Strategy

Social Media

I am a connector.
Hire me to tell the story of your brand.
Empower your business through social media.
Social Media Coaching & consulting.

So many have a great product or services to sell yet may have no time left over to promote themselves. You’ve spent a lot of time developing your vision. You want to market yourself effectively so you can engage your target customer. Managed effectively, you will have a strategy for success driving traffic to your site, thereby increasing your profits. Be ready for your audience when they find you.

Every business has a story and you need to get your name out there. With a proven track record of more than ten years of being connected on the web. I have blogged for more than ten years. My Twitter following is well-developed and active daily. I am on almost every social network and so I can set you up on any platform(s) that is suitable for your business or event.

I will design a strategy to engage your target audience, set up and monitor your accounts as well as coach you in maintaining your presence by showing you how to increase your follower counts. As a content creator I seldom run out of something to say. Your story needs telling.

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram … & more …

Social Live: Social media coordinating for events.
Branch out and find your people on the web.