Calgary woman turns adversity into beautiful music

Summary Calgary woman turns adversity into beautiful music It’s a common story from Calgary’s battered oilpatch.People who managed to hold onto their jobs during the oil price slump, having to take pay cuts to help their companies survive.So, how do you turn that into a success story? One woman took her lifelong passion for music to the next level.Genevieve Hunter says it all started last summer. “I was called in to HR and it became evident that our team needed to cut back, actually our entire team cut back to 80 per cent, with the possibility of further cutbacks to 60 per cent” said Hunter. “The bonus of that was they were keeping us all on full benefits, so that was very helpful for my family and appreciate that they did that. But I started to realize that we are in an economy that is going to be challenging for some time.”Hunter, who had been a music teacher for years as a part time job, teamed up with a life-long friend on converting their unique colour-coded system into a learning guide called MusicKids.“About six years ago I was teaching in Cochrane and I had a family fo three kids and the little three-year old brother was so interested in learning piano that I thought, I need to do something more. I started using coloured stickers, and I colour-coded the piano keyboard and then I would use the same stickers on the music and the kids immediately were following the notes, they were playing songs. They were having so much fun they couldn’t wait until for their next less. Then we took it to the next level, where we grabbed sheets of paper and felt pens and we made dots and they’d write their own songs. I was brainstorming with the mom one day and she said ‘You know you should really write your own book.’”With some help from Staples, they have self-published, using original songs. The MusicKids Colour Method is now available at Music Makers, de Waal Music, and Chapters Crowfoot, where Genevieve and business partner Lisa Sipponen will be holding an open house April 15. by Cindy White Posted Apr 2, 2017 10:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2017 at 9:22 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Genevieve Hunter has published a book about her colour-coded system of teaching music

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