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I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M DOING WRONG!


“I don’t know what I’m doing wrong!”. It was funny the first couple times, but now it must have been the seventh lift. My arms were getting tired and sore! My friend was also no longer laughing and I could see her questioning my once  e xperienced knowledge of “canoe-ship” behind her eyes.

We were attempting to put my very heavy canoe (approximately 80 pounds) on top of her black SUV. We had done this so easily just the summer before, so I wasn’t sure why it was such a struggle this time

My idea (to make it easier) was to lift the canoe onto our shoulder and then over our heads onto the SUV. 

What I didn’t realize were my efforts were actually making the task much more challenging than necessary! I literally forgot how to lift a canoe. 

Have you ever felt like this? Something that you know and have done thousands of times and suddenly, after some time has gone by, you go to attempt it again and realize you’ve completely forgotten how!? This can be both frustrating and self-deprecating. 

I know, as musicians and parents, we see this all the time. That piece I once played for my exam on the piano? Gone. Just like that. Where did it go? It took a hike, said “See ya never!” and walked out of my brain. 

Rude.

Okay, maybe not…but that’s definitely how it felt! I know it once existed there but it felt like my brain developed a hole and lost some vital information that I once treasured…and I wanted it back!

I am telling you this story because I know you have all been there at least once. And I want to tell you that there is hope. That voice in your head saying, “It’s gone!”? That’s a lie. Or that voice that tells you “You can’t do it.” is also a lie! Don’t listen! Take a breath. And trust that it’s still inside you. Take time with that piece (play it hands separate first if on the keys or try warming up your voice more or play it slower than you once could). You’ve got this. It will come back and a lot more quickly than if you had never played it before.

I looked at my friend and said “You know, maybe I’m remembering this wrong. I think I’m panicking because I’m worried the canoe is too heavy but I don’t remember it being this difficult last summer. Let’s try lifting directly over our heads in one smooth motion.”

We got it that time! In one smooth motion we lifted the heavy canoe from the ground up and over our heads. We laughed a little and easily place the canoe on top of her SUV. Even though we had tired ourselves out by attempting to lift it incorrectly ten times prior this time was filled with ease. It just took time for me to remember how

So before you give up on that beautiful piece you could once play, know that it’s still there. It may take a little time and patience to remember it, but you will never really forget it. Just be patient with yourself!



Here is a picture of us successful at lifting and tying the canoe down on my friends car! It is a 17 foot 80 pound canoe. (Standard canoe's are approximately 15 feet and weigh 45-60 pounds).


 

Student of the Month!

Pictured above is my student Summer and she is 10 years old. Summer is always a joy, smiles every lesson and has encouraged many of her friends to join RMA over the past two years.

1.  What instrument do you play? Piano

2.  How long have you taken lessons? 2 years

3.  Who is your favourite musical artists? BTS

4.  What are your other hobbies, besides music? Soccer and tennis

5.  Favourite food? Sushi!

6.  What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months? I love all the songs that I play! I especially like "The Silent Moon" by Nancy Telfer

The Academy would like to thank Summer for referring her friends to take lessons at Rumble Music Academy!


Every month the Academy will have a "Student of the Month". Would you like to be the next student of the month!? You can! Refer a friend, or tell me you're performing, or doing something unique with your talents and I would love to make you the next student of the month!

 
AUTUMN SCENTS

First Time in a Helicopter

This summer I had my very first helicopter ride! It was probably my most memorable experience in 2021.

I also got the best seat on the helicopter. Right in the front by the captain! The helicopter was basically all windows including from by my feet, the entire side of the door and above me. I felt like I was in Jurassic World!

We flew over our beautiful Niagara Falls while a pre-recorded tour spoke the entire time giving us the history of both the helicopter and the falls. 

I totally recommend this experience as a first-time helicopter ride for anyone who has not been in one but would like to try

 
BEDDING SETS

WIN a $25 Amazon 

GIFT CARD!!

RMA students share a picture of your online lesson from home and…

PHOTO CONTEST!

This photo contest has been extended!! Get a friend or family member to take a picture of YOU and you could be on the very first page of RMA’s website!!! 

Here are the details: 

  1. A HAPPY and LAUGHING picture (see the example provided above)
  2. Your instrument must be in the picture (piano, guitar, ukulele or showing you're singing, etc.)
  3. If you have a sibling who takes lessons, you may take a picture together!
  4. Natural light is best!
  5. Be mindful of your background
  6. Submit your picture by October 15th

The WINNER will get their picture on the homepage of www.rumblemusic.ca and a $25 GIFT CARD for Amazon!!

 

Upcoming Events


Thanksgiving Day 2021 

We will be closed for Thanksgiving Day on 

October 11th, 2021


Virtual Fall Recital 

Fall Recital will be held online via Zoom 

An email will be sent out with the Zoom ID and password both the week before and the morning of. Friends and family are welcome! 

Friday October 22nd, 2021 6pm



 

♫ REFER A FRIEND ♫

SPECIAL!

If you have a friend who might like to take lessons, you can refer them to the Academy and if they sign up for lessons you will receive a FREE additional lesson! 

You can use this extra credit to sign up for an extra lesson in the week, make your lesson time longer or try a different instrument! 

Did you know you can take other instruments at the Academy like Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele and even song writing!? You can check out more details about that HERE.

It’s very easy to refer someone. Just visit: www.rumblemusic.ca/referafriend

Type in your name, their name and their email address and we’ll take care of the rest!

There’s no maximum to the number of free lessons that you can receive!

 
 
 
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The Girl Who Screamed, "I NEVER WANT TO PLAY PIANO AGAIN!"

Saturday, September 4, 2021 by Ris Rumble | Newsletter


The Girl Who Screamed, 

"I NEVER WANT TO. PLAY PIANO AGAIN!"

The date is October 15, 1992. A nine-year-old girl is practicing piano after school on a Thursday afternoon. The sun is shining, and it’s a beautiful day. All she wants to do is go join her friends who are playing a game of Sardines outside. 

She is struggling to play a piece assigned by her teacher. And she is clearly very frustrated over the fact that her insurmountable mistakes are taking time away from joining her friends.

During her frustrations and desire to be somewhere else she grabs the corner of her piano book and whips it across the room in one smooth aggressive motion. This sudden movement rips the book in half, hitting the wall behind her and causing the book to fall to the ground while a page dangles dangerously out of its seam. She screams, ‘I NEVER WANT TO PLAY PIANO AGAIN!!”

I must introduce you to this young nine-year-old girl who lost her temper and destroyed one of her books in the process. Her name is Ris!

It’s unimaginable to me now as a 39-year-old that I damaged one of my books this way let alone uttering such words!

So why am I telling you this story? I know that a lot of you have had (or your child has) these moments of frustration as you practice. Is this really worth it?”, “I’m paying for lessons so why is this so hard?”.

I realize that my perspective may be controversial with some of you, but before passing judgement I encourage you to look at my achievements and what music has truly brought to my life.

In 1997, I won first prize at my first song writing competition as the youngest songwriter submission for the ORMTA Music Writing Competition. I played keys for my Church youth group during my teen years and through that experience made a surplus of friendships. In 2008, I toured with my own band around Toronto and the GTA performing my own original songs. In 2009, graduated with a BFA in music from York University. I have written over 100 songs, professionally toured all of Ontario, and for the past 9.5 years I conducted a choir of 100+ students. I have taught multiple music classes at a variety of schools and started teaching private lessons professionally in my mid 20s out of my home. This year, despite the pandemic, my school has grown allowing me to focus full-time on my business as the owner of Rumble Music Academy!! 

Over the past 15 years working with hundreds of students, I have learned that perseverance really is worth it. I have seen students, who once didn't believe in themselves, grow and share their talent. I have seen students who have struggled with technique work hard and overcome their challenges. I have worked with students who have wanted to give up (like I once did) and are now incredible musicians themselves! I have seen students walk into my studio, very unsure of themselves, grow a strong self-esteem and be great at what they do. I am proud of all of these students and so very thankful for the multitude of personalities, experiences and relationships that have formed from this journey. 

It was my own teacher and my mother who encouraged me when I was ready to give up. What if my mom hadn’t encouraged me to stick it out? What if my teacher had given up on me? I would not be where I am today without them. Instead of quitting, I tried something new. I began playing fun songs from Disney, popular songs we hear on the radio and within six months, I requested to continue my classical studies. I never looked back after that moment.

I know that some of your children (or maybe yourself) have felt discouraged with their own practicing. So, I want to encourage you; encouraging your child and cheering on their improvements and determination, is the best thing you can do. Recognizing what they're doing and achieving is hard is a good thing because it is! What your child (or you) is accomplishing is something that brings life value. I truly believe that music is more than technique; it builds long life values of discipline, perseverance, focus, increased cognitive thinking, self-esteem, and opens doors for new relationships...music itself is truly unique and the list is endless (which may be another newsletter of its own!).

 "Music improves cognitive and non-cognitive skills more than TWICE as much as sports, theatre, or dance."

German Socio-Economic Panel 2013


Student of the Month!

Pictured above is my student Mira and she is 9 years old. This summer, Mira wrote her very first song, and she is very enthusiastic about singing and playing the piano. 

1.     What instruments do you play? Piano and Voice

2.     How long have you taken lessons? 2 years

3.     Who is your favourite musical artists? Selena Gomez

4.     What are your other hobbies, besides music? I like soccer

5.     Favourite food? Mexican food (like tacos!)

6.     What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months? Writing my own song!

The Academy would like to honour Mira for all her enthusiasm and practice she puts in between lessons!

Every month the Academy will have a "Student of the Month". Would you like to be the next student of the month!? You can! Refer a friend, or tell me you're performing, or doing something unique with your talents and I would love to make you the next student of the month!


My First Blue Jays Game 2021!


This summer I got to enjoy my very first Blue Jays game! Turns out, I love baseball! I even got to take home one of the baseballs a friend gave me as a memorable token. I not only witnessed two home runs but accidentally recorded one in the process! It was very thrilling. You may have seen it on my stories on Instagram (@rumblemusicacademy). I must admit, the music was my favourite part! I loved hearing people chant along, clapping and even a few energetic souls were dancing.



PHOTO CONTEST!!!!

RMA students share a picture of your online lesson from home and…

WIN A PRIZE!!



All you have to do is get someone to take a picture of YOU while singing or playing your instrument. 

What I will be looking for: 

  1. A HAPPY and LAUGHING picture (see the example provided above)
  2. Your instrument must be in the picture (piano, guitar, ukulele or showing you're singing, etc.)
  3. If you have a sibling who takes lessons, you may take a picture together!
  4. Natural light is best!
  5. Be mindful of your background
  6. Submit your picture by October 1st, 2021.

The WINNER will get their picture on the homepage of www.rumblemusic.ca and a $25 GIFT CARD for Amazon!!



♫ BACK TO SCHOOL MUSIC LESSON ♫

SPECIAL!


Rumble Music Academy is ready to help you ROCK it for back to school! Refer a friend for music lessons and if they sign up you will both get a FREE $50 Back-To-School Supplies Bag!


If you have a friend who might like to take lessons, you can refer them to the Academy and if they signup for lessons you both will receive a back-to-school bag!

It’s very easy to refer someone. Just visit: www.rumblemusic.ca/referafriend

Type in your name, their name and their email address and we’ll take care of the rest!

There’s no maximum to the number of free lessons that you can receive!

OFFER EXPIRES 9/10/2021


How to Help Your Child to Love Practicing the Piano!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 by Marianne Foscarini | RumbleMusicMarkham-Blog

Get inspiration here ... to help motivate and encourage your child to love

  • music
  • lessons
  • playing piano

Read our NEW BLOG for ideas and resources at RumbleMusicMarkham.ca 

I encourage you to add your comments and suggestions you'd like to share.

Owl

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by Ris Rumble | MusicArt

I teach two sisters together in a group session and this week they brought me a surprise gift! They HANDMADE this beautiful sewn owl which we named Lavendar! (Because she smells like lavender due to some natural essential oil the girls added as a sweet relaxing touch!).

I was so touched by this surprise gift I had to share with everyone. This is one of the joys of teaching and so encouraging when students show how much they enjoy their lessons and my presence as their teacher!


Lavender is currently sitting in my music studio if you'd like to come see her. She smells amazing!