Do you have a family tradition of a concert under the Christmas tree?
If you start learning violin now, by Christmas you will be able to play at least one song. The chances are better that you will be able to play a number of them.
In 2014, we had a Christmas Music Workshop, something we wanted to continue as a yearly tradition in our studio (the Moncrieff Music Studio, of which my violin studio was a part).
A small bit of our story
2015 rolled around and my mom-in-law had terminal cancer. We were looking after her, as a family. There was no time for organizing a workshop.
2016, we were in the throes of moving house – and we had moved out our studio concert into December as there were flash floods on the roads on its original date.
The concert was followed one week later by our year-end Ceilidh (usually we tried spacing these out).
For Christmas, after an eventful year, we had a small chamber concert – with my son, daughter, father, and myself, we played some quartets for the family.
It is 2018. We have spent almost 2 years in a daze mourning the death of our beloved Iain – husband, father, soulmate, band-mate, and also the hub, the mover and shaker of our music studio. We relocated to Ireland last year, here we are. Do I miss my South African students? Terribly. But without Iain, I simply could not carry on there.
I still teach violin. There is no reason Cobh should not enjoy at least some of the benefits of the Violin Studio and its vibrant activity and ideas. The focus is on enjoyment of music; I’m strict with technique but as soon as is practical, move children towards playing together. First comes the love of music, then the facility.
So, if you want to learn how to play a few Christmas carols before Christmas, to perform under the tree, for your family, grandparents, parents, children, siblings, cousins… you’re at the right address.
There are 7 Christmas carols, varying from “Jingle Bells” to some traditional German ones, hidden between the 30 well-known tunes in this book.
Most of them are easy to play even for very basic beginners. Some are really easy. One has some interesting string changes.
And here is the cutie who sat and posed for the cover (without realizing it at the time – don’t worry, I have her permission to use these images):
Practicing with her Daddy.