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Open Studios

by Kathleen Schoen 0 Comments

One of our new experiments in creating a hybrid studio space is scheduling Open Studios.

Open Studios are a space where everyone can come together and learn from each other.

The activities in Open Studios are based on your needs and requests. They can include discussions, short mini-lessons, group projects, guest artists ….. this will evolve as we use the space.

During Open Studio times, you can sign up or drop in to:

  • ask a question
  • get help with a specific point
  • play something to find out if its ready for performance
  • get help with practice
  • follow up on a lesson idea
  • check in after missed lessons 

Parents can drop in on Open Studios to discuss ways of helping the students that they are supporting at home.

Sign up for Open Studio times is already posted on the Schoen Duo My Music Staff website calendar.

We are trying to alternate weekday evening and Saturday morning times, for both local and remote student accessibility from different time zones.

You can sign up for a time by logging in to the calendar here:


If you are not sure how to sign up for a time on the calendar, here is a video tutorial:


The sessions will be on-line for now as we are waiting for our new in-person space to be completed. The plan is these will eventually be hybrid sessions, with both in-person and on-line participants in the same session.

Even if there is no one signed up for an Open Studio, we will open the call to allow for last minute drop-ins, and close it after 15 m if no one shows up. If there are more people dropping in than we can help in one session, we will extend the session if possible, but those who sign up in advance will have priority. 

Hybrid Studio

by Kathleen Schoen 0 Comments

We have been doing a lot of reflection as we slowly and cautiously returned to some in person instruction this year. There were many things that we were able to do online that are more difficult to do in person, and there are many things that we do in person that do not transfer well to the online learning environment. We want to combine the best of both platforms to create a hybrid in-person / on-line studio that will serve the needs of both our local students and our distance learners. 

Dr. Suzuki was an early adopter of cutting edge technology back at the end of WW II, by using recordings to help parents create an enriched home environment for music learning. We can follow his lead and use some of the on-line resources we have learned to use over the last few years to do the same thing – not to replace in-person instruction, but to help bring the lesson environment into the home at practice time. At the same time we can use on-line platforms to increase accessibility to instruction for those in remote areas, and invite both remote and local students to participate together in hybrid classes.

We are looking at late spring / early summer as an occupancy date for our new studio space that we are building in our new garage, so there will be some exciting in-person events that we want to try as soon as we have access to the space. In the meantime, we will run some other experiments to use on-line platforms in different ways.

We will be sharing more of our thoughts about how a hybrid studio can work in upcoming blog posts. We are also interested in receiving feedback about these experiments! Let us know what you think.  

Thank you for joining us on this adventure. 

Thomas & Kathleen

Bach in the Subways

Bach in the Subways
in 2019 the LRT station was under construction, so Trans Ed gave us all safety gear and we played on the site.

The most important idea behind Bach in the Subways has always been to bring live Bach, and by extension classical music, to as many people as possible, especially those who would not normally hear it. 


We first became involved with the Bach in the Subways movement in 2015, when we took a group of students to do a flash mob at the Edmonton Downtown Farmer’s Market and then played at the underground LRT station at City Hall. Since then, we have tried (with some unavoidable interruptions due to the COVID pandemic) to make this a yearly event in our studio. This event aligns with our philosophy of creating events where teaching artists, who are professional performers, play along with students.

Bach in the Subways 2023:
Thursday March 23 at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

This year we will be hosted by the Night of Artists Gallery in the Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre.

The plan is to do a quick Bach flashmob at the LRT station outside the mall (weather and construction permitting) and then to move inside to play in the gallery.

June Student Recital

June Student Recital

June 19, 2022

We gathered at the Chinese Garden Ting Gazebo in the Louise McKinney Riverfront Park to play for each other in person for the first time in 2.5 years. It was wonderful to see and hear each other in person after so many months of on line learning during the COVID 19 pandemic.

It also happened to be Father’s Day on the day of our outdoor recital, so we invited all the fathers to pose with their kids at the end of the concert.