The Registered Music Teachers of Swift Current are celebrating Canada Music Week by hosting several events throughout the city. Canada Music Week runs from Nov. 17 to 23, and is a national celebration of Canadian music, composition, and performance.
Events are organized to promote the importance of Canadian music and also to showcase performers and composers of Canadian music. Both students and teachers will be participating in these events, all of which are open to the public.
Co-Convener, Andrea Neustaeter, explains, “All across our nation during Canada Music Week, Canadian music is celebrated through recitals and workshops, and through the many students and musicians who are performing and writing their own music. Canadian music is all about telling our own story and connecting us in a way that builds a rich cultural heritage for generations to come.”
On Nov. 17, 3 p.m. at Zion Mennonite Church, there will be a Student Showcase Recital. This promises to be an entertaining event with students of all ages performing in a variety of different musical disciplines.
“This is also an opportunity to acknowledge awards or accomplishments that students have earned in the past year,” said Michael Eckert-Lyngstad, Co-Convener of this event. Dessert and refreshments will be served. Admission by donations accepted.
From Nov. 18 to 23 at the Swift Current Public Library, there will be teaching demonstrations offered by the Registered Music Teachers. If you, or you child, have always wanted to learn to play an instrument, come and enjoy a free music lesson.
“In addition to showcasing our students in recital and performance formats, we also want to show the process of learning an instrument, and how much fun it is,” said Eckert-Lyngstad. Pre-registration for all sessions is required. Contact Michael Eckert-Lyngstad at 306-773-0749. Come and see how fun music lessons can be. All classes are limited to six participants. Contact the library for other music events happening this week.
Music for Young Children lesson (piano), ages three to six(with a parent): Wed., Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or Fri., Nov. 22, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Guitar lesson (all ages): Sat., Nov. 23, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (bring your own guitar).
On Nov. 22, Jazz and Java Night at the Urban Ground Coffee House, come for a coffee and stay for the music played by advanced students and teachers. Pop, jazz and blues performances will be featured throughout the evening starting at 7 p.m.
“These students have been playing for many years, and this event gives them the opportunity to perform in a real-life setting as a professional musician,” said Neustaeter. “Urban Ground is just the place for students and teachers to experience the fun of performing live in a casual setting with fun genres like blues and jazz setting the ambience of the evening.”
All of these events are sponsored by the Registered Music Teachers of Swift Current. RMTs are a professional association of accredited music teachers, dedicated to offering the highest standard of music education and practical instruction. Lessons are offered in piano, voice, guitar, violin, and music theory. For more information on lessons or the RMT organization, please visit the website at www.srmta.com