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Victor Feldbrill Group Music Day

Active Listening: Victor Feldbrill Shows Us How to Conduct an Orchestra!

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From Toronto to Tokyo, Victor Feldbrill has conducted orchestras across the world to great acclaim. He’s an officer of the Order of Canada, a Trillium Award-winner and, according to the Toronto Star, the “foremost champion of Canadian music.”

Mr. Feldbrill has certainly proved worthy of that title through his commitment to encouraging a passion for music in young people. On Monday, he visited our Grade Five class at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music to teach them about the wonderful world of classical music.

Victor Feldbrill Active Listening

Our students had lots of questions for Victor Feldbrill (Photo Credit: Clover).

Mr. Feldbrill begins by introducing the class to Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi and Handel, playing a piece of music from each composer. His explanations of the music, like how Vivaldi makes a violin sound like a cold wind in the winter section of “The Four Seasons,” amaze our students.

Active Listening!

Our kids listen intently to Mr. Feldbrill’s lesson and eagerly ask follow-up questions. After Mr. Feldbrill shows them how to conduct in ¾ time, Amira’s hand shoots up to ask, “What if it’s four beats?” Her inquisitiveness fits in with the DARE of the day: active listening. Our students don’t just passively absorb a lesson; they actively pursue answers.

Victor Feldbrill Active Listening Teaching

Victor Feldbrill and DAREarts Lead Teacher, Laura MacKinnon, teach our kids how to move a conductor’s baton (Photo Credit: Clover).

On the other hand, there’s Angelika, who demonstrates active listening in another way. When asked to listen closely to a particular song, Angelika turns her gentle nature into a great strength. She closes her eyes and taps a beat with her foot, clearly yearning to find the hidden meaning beneath the rhythm. Throughout the day, she gives presenters her utmost attention, and frequently volunteers to answer questions. On a day when listening is so essential, we want to celebrate our students who showed their leadership through respect and reflection!

More Highlights from Music Day:

Victor Feldbrill Active Listening Sarah Hicks Circle

Contralto Sarah Hicks taught our kids how to sing with “ENERGY! VITALITY! LIFE FORCE! and that which drives humanity forward!” She encourages our kids to sing with their strongest voices and taught them the melody of La Rejouissance from Handel’s Fireworks (Photo Credit: Clover).

Victor Feldbrill Active Listening David Simon

U of T music student, David Simon, shows us to the upper levels of the theatre where he treats our kids to the sound of the organ. The sheer volume and range of sounds the instrument can make awe our students.

Victor Feldbrill Active Listening Violin

World-renowned violinist, Moshe Hammer, gave our kids their first lesson on the instrument. Within minutes, our kids were playing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” with his guidance.

Many thanks to our guests Victor Feldbrill, Sarah Hicks, David Simon and Moshe Hammer for giving our kids a wealth of knowledge on their respective crafts. We’d also like to thank Dean Don McLean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music as well as Long and McQuade for providing us the space and the equipment we needed for our whirlwind day of music!

A special thanks as well to our graduate student, Clover, and photographer Alan Dunlop for photographing the event.

Victor Feldbrill Dean Don McLean Music Listening

Thank you!

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