<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:31:22 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[What's New? Cristina has June's Cosmo Minute Report]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:12:27 +0000 Cristina D'Alessandro, our Print Music Department Head, walks us through what's new and exciting in Lessons & Print Music!

Fall Registration is now open for group lessons:
- Theory for Kids (Ages 5 and up)
- Music Discovery for Kids (Ages 5 and up)

Our music camps can inspire your kids and teens this summer (and keep them busy), with programs running from July 7th to August 29th.

Call us soon at 905-787-2090 or email lessons@cosmomusic.ca, spots are filling up fast!

The Toronto North Ukulele Jam with Steve McNie continues to run on Monday nights from 7 to 9pm!

Piano Teachers: be sure to check out our workshops with Dr Helen Marlais on August 16th and Darlene Irwin. Email printmusic@cosmomusic.ca to register!

In Print Music we have some new and exciting additions:
- Learn the music from Frozen, Tangled, and Enchanted on Woodwind, Brass, and Strings! Each book contains a solo part as well as the online audio accompaniment tracks
- The Barenreiter editions just arrived from Germany! We have a wide selection of woodwind, strings, and piano repertoire
- Sheet music for the hit single "Love Someone" by Jason Mraz, which includes the online digital backing track

Stay tuned for more up to date Cosmo Minute Reports!

-Neil Shukla
Media & Creative Content Manager

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<![CDATA[Save a Fortune Super Sale & #CosmoRocks Summer Event!]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:30:15 +0000 Save a Fortune Super Sale &
#CosmoRocks Summer Event

• Save up to 50% on your purchase!*

• Food & Live Music

• 3 Days Only
Friday, June 6th to Sunday, June 8th, 2014

A Quick Look Back at our Save A Fortune Super Sale


Save a Fortune...

HOT DEALS

Cosmo Music Save a Fortune

Tons of reduced items throughout the store!

Check out our flyer

for some of the highlights.

FORTUNE COOKIES!

Cosmo Music Fortune Cookies

On top of the hot deals, crack one open to reveal your savings for in-store purchases. Save between 10% - 50% on everything in the store!

WEB SAVINGS

CosmoMusic.ca

Shop at cosmomusic.ca and save 10% off your shopping cart total when you spend $200 or more.** Plus don't forget about the FREE Shipping for purchases over $99!

See Rules and Regulations for complete details.

Band & Orchestral Instruments

Guitars & Gear

Pro Audio

Keyboards & Pianos

Drums & Percussion


#CosmoRocks Summer Event...

The fun doesn’t stop inside the store! Check out what’s going on outside (we'll be hashtagging so the kids can see on the internet too).

FRIDAY - June 6th

FREE Hot Dogs!

5pm - 8pm

Sponsored by Yamaha - located in parking lot near tent served up by our own top dog - Cosmo Music CEO Mark Hebert!
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SATURDAY - June 7th

Non-perishable Food
and Monetary Donations10am - 5pm
Support the Purolator Tackle Hunger program benefiting the Richmond Hill Food Bank. Bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations to the event and help the many families in our community who rely on the Richmond Hill Food Bank.
Purolator Tackle Hunger Week
Roland Experts

11am - 6pm

Come in to speak with the experts from Roland! You’ll find them in the guitar, pro audio and keyboard departments all day! They have the answers to your hard questions… and maybe some insight into in-store deals to be had… PLUS catch them on stage under the big tent in between Lou Moore’s sets.
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Food Trucks!

11:30am - 5pm

  • Tutti Panini – Mouth-watering, home-cooked Italian selections such as veal sandwiches, pasta and stone-baked pizza!
  • Localista – Bringing creative dishes using locally-grown agricultural produce to the masses like Green Thai Goat Curry, Herb Ricotta Ravioli with fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms and Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Corn Bread!
  • Tiny Treats Ice Cream Truck – The sweet treat truck! Soft serve ice cream, Slushi & Popsicles… all the chilly favourites!

Cosmo Music Food Trucks

Live Entertainment

1pm - 5pm

Featuring Lou Moore & Friends:
Steve Piticco, Wendell Ferguson, Graham Young and many more. Don't Forget - BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIR AND STAY ALL DAY!

SUNDAY - June 8th

Drum Circle with Olaf

11:30am - 12:30pm

From the Cosmo School of Music.
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FREE Hot Dogs!

12pm - 3pm

Sponsored by Yamaha - located in parking lot near tent served up by our own top dog - Cosmo Music CEO Mark Hebert!
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Live Entertainment

1pm - 3pm

The Commuters featuring Jimmy Ruddock, Andrew Blake, Tim Bond & Vic Uppal!
Ukulele Jam

3pm - 4pm

Ukulele Jam with Steve McNie of the Toronto North Ukulele Jam & Corktown Ukulele Jam
Toronto North Ukulele Jam With Steve McNie
Live Entertainment

4pm - 5pm

York Region's own Kristen Manza will take us home with an all-acoustic set covering artists from Coldplay to Oasis combined with a beautiful voice sure to please all ears.

* Fortune cookies valid only on Friday, June 6; Saturday, June 7; and Sunday, June 8, 2014. Receive 10%-50% off your purchase of regular priced items. Fortune cookie discounts are not applicable to products featured on the flyer as they are at their lowest prices or other items in-store that are currently on special sale price. Void unless opened in front of a cashier in the Atrium. Fortune cookies available while quantities last. Sale prices for items sold during event or special sale days or promotions are available on the published sale dates and for in-stock items only unless otherwise noted and excludes all Cosmo Music services such as Rentals, Repairs, Lessons; consignment items, price matches, taxes, shipping charges and gift cards.  Special offers or sale prices cannot be combined with teacher or student discounts, other coupons, promotions or offers. Cosmo Music reserves the right to refuse refunds, returns or exchanges during sale dates in order to reduce customer wait times. Best Price Guarantee policy remains in effect for items purchased on or before sale dates but is only applicable to products that are in-stock and have a published, specifically marked down price. “Scratch-and-Save” or other “Game of Chance” discounts that apply to a complete purchase at point of check-out as well as complete product category specials (ie. All “Cosmo Brand” stands on sale for 10% off) or BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One) promotions do not qualify for price match or best price guarantee. Some items listed have only one item in-stock and available as of May 8, 2014 publication date. Items may be sold and no longer in-stock prior to this sale. In the event of a printing error or any other error, Cosmo Music reserves the right to cancel or amend this offer without notice.

** Receive 10% off entire shopping cart subtotal when you spend $200 or more before tax and shipping June 6-8, 2014 only online. 10% discount is not applicable to products featured on the flyer as they are at their lowest prices or other items in-stock that are currently on special sale price. Some manufacturers have chosen not to participate in this promotion; they may be found at www.cosmomusic.ca/promo-exclusions.

See Rules and Regulations for further details.

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<![CDATA[Just Picked Up a New Instrument? These Play-Alongs Can Help!]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:04:54 +0000 Hal Leonard is out with a new book series for beginning instrumentalists! Their Easy Instrumental Play-Along series is perfect for players who have just picked up a new instrument. As of now, the collection is comprised of three books: Classic Rock, Disney and Classical Themes. The books feature fun and recognizable songs arranged for beginners, making them ideal for encouraging regular practice!

All songs included in these three books stay in B flat concert, which is the key most beginner instrumental method books begin with. Furthermore, the notation and rhythms are carefully edited to suit a novice playing level. Each piece provides the ‘lead’ or melody line for the student to play along with a recorded track. These tracks are included in the price of the book and can be accessed online through a code provided inside each book. By simply going to the website provided (on your computer, tablet or cell phone) and entering your unique code you will gain access to a Demonstration track and a Backing track for each of the 10 songs in your book. The Demo track features recordings of an instrumentalist playing the melody line. This helps the student hear how the song should sound. The Backing track contains an accompanying orchestra that the student can play along with. These great-sounding intricate audio tracks compliment the simplicity of the instrumental line.

Upon entering in your online access code, users will have the option to create a music library in which all the audio tracks from any books purchased from this series can be kept. Creating this library will allow users to have the music for future access and guarantees their music will never get lost. It also ensures ease and convenience in allowing the storage of all Hal Leonard music files in one place.

These books are available for a variety of instruments including flute, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello and keyboard percussion.

Upon your next visit to Cosmo Music come in to Corner Books and speak with a Print Music Specialist about previewing these books!

Stephanie & Victoria
Print Music Specialists

Corner Books
905.770.5222 x 310

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<![CDATA[FREE Workshop: "Chord Play – The Art of Arranging at the Piano"]]> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:26:39 +0000 FREE Pedagogy Workshop with Forrest Kinney

Introducing: Chord Play – The Art of Arranging at the Piano

Date: Monday, July 29, 2013

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall in Cosmo Music

Tickets: FREE! RSVP to printmusic@cosmomusic.ca now as space is limited!

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<![CDATA[Alfred 2013 Piano Workshop]]> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:15:54 +0000 Effective & Efficient Practice with Tom Gerou

Date: Monday, July 22, 2013
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall in Cosmo Music
Tickets: FREE!
RSVP to printmusic@cosmomusic.ca now as space is limited!

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<![CDATA[Joining the Dots for Guitar: A Fresh Sight-Reading Approach]]> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:30:12 +0000 Sight-reading is an essential part of every classical guitarists musical growth and career.  However, apart from playing through easier repertoire it can sometimes be difficult for guitarists to find material to work on.  The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) has recently published a series of books focused specifically on sight-reading in the beginning to intermediate grades.

Designed for use with a teacher or on one’s own, Joining the Dots for Guitar takes students through five levels of sight-reading exercises and instruction based on the requirements for the ABRSM guitar exams. Organized by key signature, each book contains warm-up exercises, a key exploration/improvisation component, sight-reading pieces, duets and trios and longer solo pieces at the end.

There is a nice variety of tempos, styles and phrasing challenges to work through and teachers will find the duets and accompaniments to be excellent motivators and teaching tools during lessons.  With helpful sight-reading tips and an easy-to-follow layout working through each book is as fun as it is rewarding. If you have an exam coming up you’ll definitely want to pick one of these books up.  Drop by anytime and we’d be happy to show you this new and exciting series.

Click HERE for more information on these books.

Happy Playing!

Elliott Chung
Print Music Specialist
905.770.5222 x310
elliot@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[FREE Workshop for Piano Teachers]]> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:22:45 +0000 Cosmo Music, The Student Music Organizer and Red Leaf Pianoworks invite you to a FREE pedagogy workshop for piano teachers.

Join Darlene Irwin, teacher and author of The Student Music Organizer, as she explains how to organize and simplify your teaching for success.

Also, explore a broad range of Canadian contemporary piano works from the Red Leaf Composers Collective in a presentation by composers Martha Hill Duncan and Susan Griesdale.

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON

Contact Cristina D’Alessandro to register: 1-800-463-3000 x 310 or printmusic@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[Classical Guitar Christmas Repertoire]]> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:33:01 +0000 Christmas is fast approaching and if you’re looking for classical guitar repertoire then you should definitely check us out. Corner Books stocks a wide variety of Christmas anthologies arranged specifically for classical guitar players, both with and without tab.

Christmas Carols for Easy Classical Guitar by Mark Phillips is our easiest collection for the classical player. Most of its pieces are in the first position and have been arranged in standard notation with tablature underneath. If you’re just getting started with the classical guitar or have been playing for a year or less then this may be the book for you. A demonstration CD of the over twenty pieces is also included. Popular titles in the book include Silent Night, Away in a Manger, Joy to the World, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Angels We Have Heard on High, and The First Noel.

The Christmas Book: Carols Arranged for Acoustic Guitar by Elias Barreiro is a more challenging collection, comparable to an RCM 4 or 5 level. Its arrangements have been written in a variety of key signatures and include frequent use of partial and full barres. Classical guitarists might also appreciate that the tab arrangements have been included in a separate section at the back. Elias Barreiro is a Cuban guitarist and composer and he includes some traditional South American Christmas pieces such as Cantico (Venezuelan), Going to Bethlehem (Chilean) and The Holy Child (Puerto Rican). This book is ideal if you’re looking for some new and interesting Christmas arrangements.

Christmas Music for Guitar by Allan Alexander is a great choice for intermediate or advanced guitarists looking for traditional pieces that are suitable for performance. Allan Alexander is a prolific composer and arranger and has authored other books such as Celtic Music for Guitar, Flamenco Music for Guitar, and Renaissance Music for Guitar. He frequently uses variations in his arrangements and he applies this technique to many of the pieces in his Christmas folio to extend their familiar melodies. Tablature is included in a separate section and a demonstration CD also accompanies the book. Arrangements include Greensleeves, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Deck the Hall and Coventry Carol.

In addition to these titles we also carry repertoire suitable for duets and small ensemble performance. So come on in and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect guitar music for your holiday season.

Happy Playing,

Elliott Chung
Corner Books
905.770.5222 x 310
elliott@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[Hal Leonard Easy Jazz & The Amazing Slow Downer: Featuring Froggy!]]> Thu, 24 May 2012 12:22:49 +0000 Today in the Corner Books department at Cosmo Music, we take a look at how Hal Leonard’s Easy Jazz books and software helps you get better. Featuring our resident Froggy!

From Hal Leonard:
Improvising is easier than ever with this new series for beginning jazz musicians. The Hal Leonard Easy Jazz Play-Along Series includes songs with accessible chord changes and features recordings with novice-friendly tempos. Just follow the streamlined lead sheets in the book and play along with the professionally recorded backing tracks on the CD. The audio CD is playable on any CD player and for PC and MAC computer users, the CD is enhanced so you can adjust the recording to any tempo without changing pitch! Volume 3 includes 18 songs: Afternoon in Paris • Doxy • Girl Talk • Impressions • In Walked Bud • Lady Bird • St. Thomas • Solar • Sunny • and more.

Hal Leonard’s Easy Jazz Collection includes:
Music Easy Jazz Play Along 1 - 1st Jazz Songs
Music Easy Jazz Play Along 2 - Standards for Starters
Music Easy Jazz Play Along 3 - Easy Jazz Classics
Music Easy Jazz Play Along 4 - Basic Blues

So come on in and be on your way to sharpening your Jazz skills.

Doug Armstrong
Cosmo Music

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<![CDATA[FREE Pedagogy Workshop for Voice Teachers with Barbara Dunn-Prosse]]> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:08:32 +0000 Cosmo Music and The Royal Conservatory Examinations invite you to a free pedagogy workshop with Barbara Dunn-Prosse.

Resonance™ A Comprehensive Voice Series & Voice Syllabus, 2012 Edition.

Resonance™ is the fourth edition of the acclaimed Voice Series published by The Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited. As in previous editions, Resonance™ encompasses a rich and varied selection of Repertoire, Vocalises, and Recitatives that students of all ages and voice types will find appropriate to their musical interests and level of technical ability. New to this edition, musical theatre and some popular styles are represented in levels 1 to 8 of the Repertoire books.

Barbara Dunn-Prosse
Barbara holds a Master of Arts in English Literature, an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music and English, and a Bachelor of Education in Music, English, and Drama from Queen’s University as well as ARCT Diplomas in Voice Performance and Piano Performance. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and The Royal Conservatory College of Examiners, where she serves on the Council of Examiners. Barbara teaches voice in Stratford, Ontario and at The University of Western Ontario.

In her performing career Barbara has appeared in Rhombus Media’s film of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, toured southern Ontario with her one-woman show, and been a featured soloist with symphony orchestras across North America. Barbara spent several seasons with the Canadian Opera Company, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and in both the touring and Toronto companies of The Phantom of the Opera.

Barbara, with her colleague Susan Ambrose, was a co-compiler of the Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited’s 2012 publication Resonance: A Comprehensive Voice Series, and the 2012 edition of The Royal Conservatory’s Voice Syllabus, 2012 edition.

Tuesday, May 8, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Cosmo Music: Cosmopolitan Music Hall
10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON

Contact to register:

Doug Armstrong
Corner Books, Department Head
905.770.5222 x 310
or toll-free 1-800-463-3000
printmusic@cosmomusic.ca

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