Guitarist and composer Andrew York writes great music for both advanced players as well as intermediate players. The following video features a MAP guitar student performing Andrew York’s “Snowflight”, which is a beautiful piece that evokes a winter scene (much like we are experiencing right now in the greater Boston area).
MAP student performs “Promenade” by Robert Hamilton. This piece features a melody in the top voice, and an active bass line in the lower voice. Students use their thumb to play the bass notes and “i” and “m” fingers to play the top notes. The piece is in A minor.
This is one of our MAP students playing the guitar. He is playing an English traditional called “Early One Morning” as transcribed by Richard Summers and published in The Royal Conservatory Level 1 book. This piece features an upper voice with a very wide range as well as an AABA form.
At the end of the previous session, Malden MAP guitar students gathered online for their weekly “sharing session”. This time, however, the city’s mayor, Gary Christenson joined as well to hear the students.
Sharing sessions are an important part of the education at MAP Family Learning Center. By having students showcase what they have been working on on a regular basis, they are motivated as well as given another opportunity to reflect upon their progress.
We greatly appreciate the Malden mayor’s ongoing support of our students. He has heard some of these students since they first began guitar about five years ago. At the end of the session, Mr. Devin asked the mayor if he could say a few things to the kids. He encouraged the kids that they really inspire hope in the community, giving him a very positive answer to the question “What does the future hold?”
Amid the recent changes to daily living due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MAP has temporarily suspended in-person classes.
Currently, we are doing all online classes. These classes entail doing a lesson over a video conference, regular communications with families with instructional media, and regular group meetings over video conference. Please see the pictures to see what online instruction looks like from our office.
How to connect?
It is simple. If you want to try out our system and speak with an instructor (during hours), you can connect to a room via Jitsi at https://meet.jit.si/.
MAP Guitar students performed for a local Lunar New Year performance hosted by the Chinese Cultural Connection. They performed “The Cay”, a fun piece in four parts that has a reggae beat. One of the parents captured the performance from backstage.
The kids did a great job on this challenging arrangement. Moreover, students learn a lot from performances (e.g. professional skills of deadlines and preparation) which is why MAP is committed to finding every opportunity to get the kids out and involved in their local communities. We look forward to the next performance!
One thing that I heard from families was that they want to conveniently pick up strings, books, and other materials directly at our location. I know it can be frustrating to be asked to purchase these materials on your own, so I worked out a deal with Johnson String Instrument to provide us with the materials I (as the music teacher) recommend at our Malden, MAP location.
Now, with our first shipment in, you can purchase:
Guitar strings (1/2, 3/4, and full-size)
Guitar Books for Levels 3, 4, and 5 (Goodwin and Parkening)
We offer everything at competitive prices that are lower than their suggested retail rate. We do this, because our main aim in providing the books is the added convenience for our families.
Also, just a reminder that we are still selling snacks and Chie’s greeting cards and small jewelry. Enjoy!
In the spirit of “Music+Code” (The “M” and “P” of “MAP”), we now have music engraving functionality on the website! The following transcription of an Irish folk song is generated using https://wordpress.org/plugins/abc-notation/ which is powered by some clever software that interprets ABC code and generates (i.e. engraves) standard notation. Below is the output, and underneath is the input that I type into the page. I hope that this functionality can be used by teachers and students at MAP to share musical ideas.
Music Notation (ABCJS Engraved) Output
The above is generated from the following ABC code: