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Contents

War Memorial Library
Bunker Art Sale
by Kathryn Lamb

Chamber Music
Sords-Duvall
by Steve Ambler

Erica Teaches Music
in St. Lazare
by Bert Markgraf

Chamber Music Series
Dolin Quartet
by Steve Ambler

Canadian Artist Leo Schimanszky
Immortalises Scan
by James Parry

Hudson Chamber Music Series
39th Season
by Steve Ambler

Finnegan's Market
A Eulogy
byKathryn Lamb

Hudson Chamber Music Series
Recital by Lara Deutsch and Adam Cicchillitti
by Steve Ambler

Renovations for Six
A Fun(d) Raising Comedy at Village Theatre
by Kathryn Lamb

Carmen Marie Fabio
Creates Wind Chimes
by James Parry

Hudson Chamber Music Series
Glorious Strings
by Steve Ambler

Puppet Making Workshop for Kids
from the Hudson Players Club

Hudson Chamber Music Series
Lara Deutsch and Adam Cicchillitti
by Steve Ambler

Shows Back at Village Theatre
Strawberries in January
by Kathryn Lamb

Greenwood Activities
Music and StoryFest

Coronicles - 4
Living with COVID

by Art MacDonald

Theatre at Jack Layton Park
Macbeth
by Kathryn Lamb

Theatre at Greenwood
Every Brilliant Thing
by Kathryn Lamb

The Amazing Art of Gardens
and Some Fabulous Painters Who Immortalized Them

by James Parry

Stress and Climate Change
Leo Schimanszky reflects on both

by James Parry

Hudson Film Festival
Available Everywhere in Canada

by Clint Ward

A Story for the Birds
Quite literally!

by James Parry

Hudson Area Artists
Enhance Their Online Presence

by Bert Markgraf

Hudsonite Paul Winstanley's Children's Book
Four Silk Roads

by James Parry

Coronicles - 3
Wrestling Covid to the Ground

by Art MacDonald

The Room Below
Panto Retrospective

by Kathryn Lamb

Doing Theatre Online
During Covid-19

by Kathryn Lamb

Conspicuous Consumption
During COVID-19

by James Parry

Hudson Gallery Plus
Now Online

by Bert Markgraf

Shernya Vininsky
Passion for Horses

by James Parry

Coronicles - 2
COVID, Surfing the Second Wave

by Art MacDonald

Barbara Farren
Our First Nations Sisters and Brothers

by James Parry

Greenwood StoryFest
by Audrey Wall

Hudson Arts Roundup
byKathryn Lamb

Coronicles - 1
Tales from the Great Pandemic

by Art MacDonald

Erica Teaches Music
In Her Studio on Cote St. Charles
by Bert Markgraf

The Hudson area has gained a new resident musical couple with Erica Jacobs-Perkins and Ben Stuchbery who moved here from NDG about a year ago. Erica plays the violin and Ben is the flautist in their band, the "Cygnus Trio," which also includes Ben's brother, guitarrist Jonathan Stuchbery. They perform music ranging from baroque to folk, dances and new commissions. You can listen to their music and buy downloads on their website, thecygnustrio.com. Their band activity is less than it used to be, now that they are raising their two-year-old, but Erica gives music classes locally and hopes to add more students.

Erica has created an attractive music studio in an outbuilding behind their house on Cote St. Charles. When we met there, the sun was shining in through the windows across the piano and potted plants. I sat in an easy chair while she explained how she approaches teaching music, and specifically the violin, to young children. She believes that the child can learn the basics of music in an intuitive way. "They become musically literate the same way they learn a language," she says.

To put this intuitive learning into practice, Erica borrows from the Suzuki Method but also uses Kodaly-inspired elements with an emphasis on the experience of music, starting with singing. She has children as young as four years old singing a simple folk song based on a recording. A book shows pictures of the song's musical notes and how they go up and down. The children then locate the notes on the piano and start to understand the concept of a musical scale.

During these exercises, Erica often has the children hold a pencil the same way as they would hold the bow of a violin. As they progress, they are given a violin to hold in front of them, like playing a cello, and they pluck the strings to get the notes they found on the piano. Once Erica feels they have understood the basic concepts, they can start playing the violin with tape marking the different notes. "That works like training wheels on a bicycle," says Erica.

Throughout the lessons, Erica says the children learn organically. "It's hard to explain things to a young child so they understand the concepts. Instead, they try things and do things, learing that way." Once they start playing the violin, Erica focuses on technique. "Setting up the playing technique and practising is very important," she says. All through the lessons she tries to keep the children engaged. "They have to want to come to the lessons," she says. That and the support of the parents makes for successful learning.

Born in upstate New York, Erica studied music at McGill and has been playing the violin for 25 years. You can listen to samples of her music on her website, ericajacobsperkins.com and she is available as a violin soloist for different events. She loves her set up with the separate music studio and can't wait to welcome more local music students.