Sunday, November 6, 2016

Beyond My Imagination Gift Package


It is almost Christmas!  If you still have people that you have to shop for, consider my Beyond My Imagination Gift Packages, perfect for junior high school or advanced elementary readers.

The Great Beginnings Package consists of a t-shirt and a signed copy of the book.   Enjoy reading the book dressed in your matching t-shirt. Make it mandatory for your club members.   Let everyone know that you are serious about reading!  - $42.15, including tax, shipping, and handling.

The Hooked on Books Package consists of a t-shirt, a signed copy of the book, and ceramic mug. Sip hot chocolate from your favorite mug while wearing a t-shirt to match.  Sit around table and discuss the book with your club!  -  $56.98, including tax, shipping, and handling.

The Books and Beyond Package consists of at t-shirt, a signed copy of the book, a ceramic mug, and a set of greeting cards.  Looking for more members?  Use the greeting cards to invite more!  They will be impressed with your gifts. - $83.28 including tax, shipping, and handling.

All products contain the cover image of the book, Beyond My Imagination.  To see these products and more, go to the website.  To order, click on the Buy Now button at the top of this blog.  Make it a memorable Christmas for your family member or friend.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Author Interview

Gail Cavanaugh is going to discuss her book, Beyond My Imagination with Bruce Newburyon "Talk of the Town" on WADK radio, 1540 AM on 10/282016, 10:30 AM.  Join us!

Ask about my Gift Package for Children which includes mug, t-shirt, and book.  This offer is available through December. 2016. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hockey Night at the Providence Bruins


The RI Kids Create Community Choir will sing once again this year at the Providence Bruins game on December 11, 2016 at 3:05 pm.  We are seeking more members.  This would be a great opportunity to show off your talent.  Rehearsals will be held at Avery Piano on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm.  If you would like to enroll your child, please send me a note on the contact form to the right.
Members must be age 10-21.  Any child who sings will receive a free t-shirt, free hat, free drink, and free popcorn.  Spaces are filling up!  Contact me today to reserve your space.  Sign up here.

I would like to acknowledge the businesses who contributed to the projects we  are working on:

The Coffee Exchange 
Fitness Technologies, 1385 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904
Franchesca's Events and Design
Pauly Penta's Gourmet Deli
Xtreme Fitness

Businesses or interested parties can make a donation at the link  at the top right corner of this page.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Patterns of Chords and Intervals

Anyone who wants to learn how to compose music will benefit from a study of harmony - the patterns of chords and intervals.  This will enable the composer-to-be , the ability to create beautiful musical compositions.  There are so many variations of the chords and so many ways to combine them with other chords and intervals.

Jean-Philippe Rameau, in the early 18th century, wrote a treatise on our modern view of harmony, which sparked many debates with the lovers of  Italian style comic operas.  Rameau was a pioneer in the new style of classical harmony, which included triads and chords.  Rameau, an organist and harpsichord player, was a French composer and theorist who wrote harpsichord compositions, operas, and ballets.  His work has been a model for students and composers since his death in 1764.

I am offering a classes on chords, triads, and intervals for anyone who would be interested in adding these rich harmonies to their music,  The classes will be available at Avery Piano in Providence, RI and on-line via webinars.  I will break them down into eight week sections, as the teachings can be quite intensive, but exciting.  Anyone who plays by ear, likes to compose music, or simply wants a more intensive way of learning how to play the piano relatively quickly, will find the course very interesting.

I will work one - on one or in groups and I invite you to write me about your individual needs.  There is a charge for the course which will be broken down into eight week sessions.  There wil be separate classes for children.  I do recommend that you have access to piano or keyboard so that you can practice the lessons each day.  If you purchase a used piano, make sure it is well tuned, as the correct sounds are very important in creating compositions and playing the chords.

I look forward to hearing from you.  Use the contact form.  If you have not already done so, I invite you to join my fan page on Facebook - The RI Kids Create Music School, where you will find more information on signing up for the courses.  Please share this with your friends.                            

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Upcoming Events - Rhythm and Keys

The RI Kids Create Community Choir will meet again this fall to rehearse the song they will sing at the Providence Bruins game at the Dunkin Donuts Center on December 11, 2016 at 3:05 pm.  If your child would like to join us, please drop me a note on the contact form.  Spaces are filing up..  Must be age 10-21 years.  Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm.   Each child who sings will receive a free t-shirt, free popcorn, free hat, and free drink.  For more information, click here. 

It has been awhile since I last posted as I have been preparing for some upcoming events in Rhode Island.  I am very excited about the next three events I have scheduled and hope to be posting several more for this year.

Learn to Play Piano Chords - Bring Life to Your Music
The first takes place at Avery Piano where I am currently offering piano lessons.  Anyone who would like to learn how to play piano chords is welcomed to attend an eight week workshop where we will learn how to play  the chords and inversions so necessary to create harmony and bring more color to their music.  There is more of an opportunity to use the imagination in composing and improvising.  If you would like to write and compose songs, here is a workshop for you.  Dates and times are flexible.  No experience with piano necessary, but if you play by ear, you will enjoy this course. Please call or text for an appointmnt and then sign up at the event site.  401-297-6681.

Explorations in Watercolor Painting - Landscape Techniques
The second event is an art class in watercolor techniques.   If you and your friends would enjoy a Saturday afternoon or week night together, try this worshop in landscape techniques which includes a discussion of Edward Bannisters works.  Edward Bannister is a well-known Rhode Island landscape painter from the 19th century.  Although he worked with oils, and not watercolor, I believe you will find his experiences enlightening.  Invite your friends to your home and enjoy the discussion and workshop.  Adult and children's classes.  Host/Hostess gift included.  Please sign up at the website.  Dates and times are flexible.   Please call to schedule a class.  401-297-6681.  This will be one four hour workshop.

Rhythm and Keys

Finally,  I will be holding workshop and performance of African drum making and lessons in piano with Sidy Maiga, for children at local schools.  Children will learn how to make an African drum, while another group learns how to play piano.  The workshop ends with a drum and piano improvisation with yours truly on the piano.  Adults can book us for your own event.  If any of the schools would like to reach out and plan event for us at your school, please call Gail at 401-297-6681.

Gabriel Okara of Nigeria wrote a poem about the rhythm of an African drum and the complexity of the European piano in his literary work, "Piano and Drums."  He refers to the African "mystic rhythm" of the African drum and the "wailing piano," and the "labyrinth of its complexities" as he struggles to understand the contrasts between the two.  His point of view is very interesting, however, he probably is not giving enough credit to African rhythm, as some people do struggle with rhythm and never "get it."  At any rate, I hope that you find time to attend one of these events.  I will announce the date and time of the African Drumming workshop.