December 2016 Newsletter

Jeremy Hardjono Music student at the Powell Academy of Music.

Student Spotlight:

Nothing makes us happier than to hear about our students’ success. Looking back over this year, we have gotten a ton of emails and calls about some of the amazing things our students have done. For this month we had to do a spotlight on PAOM student Jeremy Hardjono. He has accomplished so much recently that we don’t even have room to list it all out. Here is just a sample of what he has done in the last 12 months.
  • December 2015: Lead soloist CSO Holiday Pops
  • January: Played Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opera Project Columbus
  • February: La Boheme with the Columbus Opera
  • March:  Soloist with Columbus Symphony Orchestra Production of “Elijah” by Mendelssohn.
  • May: Sang a solo in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • June: Sang a solo in Sydney Australia
  • August: Played Grasshopper in Catco’s production of James and the Giant Peach.
We are all super proud of you Jeremy keep up the great work!

Children's Choir

Children’s Choir Performance

Our Children’s Choir recently had a performance at the Mill Run Nursing home. Students had a lot of FUN performing songs for the elderly during their dinner, as well as going to different wings of the facility to sing for bedridden patients.  It was a great experience and everyone is looking forward to the December Recital!!!
“Seeing the smiles on the faces of the people living there brought joy to my heart!”
– Jillian C.“It was fun because it made people’s day. We got to sing and have fun, but we were also doing something kind.”
– Claire C.


Student of the Month – Sophie Vince

Q: What instruments do you play?
A: I play piano and take voice lessons for singing
Q: How long have you taken lessons?
A: I have been taking lessons for the past year or so
Q: Who are your favorite musical artists?
A: My favorite musical artists are Cage the Elephant and Oh Wonder
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: I love Mexican food!
Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
A: I have learned a lot about the way I breathe and how to better my breathing while singing
Q: Do you have any performances coming up?
A: Yes, on December 17th through the Powell Academy of Music


Music Student Sophie Vince

Practice, Practice, Practice

How much should my child practice?


Younger Children:
For children ages four to seven, shorter practice sessions work best. With younger children the focus with their practice should be on the quality and not necessarily on the quantity. Often what works better than a set time limit is using the repetition method. Instead of asking your child to practice for 10 to 15 minutes ask them to play their song 5 times.
Tip: Make tracking repetitions fun. Get two small bowls and fill one with 5 marbles. Then every time your little musician plays their song they can move one marble to the other bowl. Not only does it help young children conceptualize what they need to do to complete their practice they will get an extra sense of accomplishment when all of the marbles are moved over to the 2nd bowl.
Children 8 to 12 Years Old:
Once children reach this age they are capable of focusing for a longer period of time and should make the transition from repetition to a set time limit. We recommend setting up a regular practice schedule and trying to get between 75 and 100 minutes of practice each week. We have found that students who consistently practice about 100 minutes a week
do very well. It is often best to do four 25 minutes sessions or five 20 minute sessions if your schedule permits it. While 100
minutes is ideal, students can still make progress practicing 50-60 minutes per week, however they tend to move a bit slower than those who consistently hit the 75-100 minute mark.
Tip Set up some kind of reward system for every time your child hits their practice goal for the week. You can create your own system or use our 100 minute practice club forms.(they were designed for exactly this purpose)
Teenagers can continue to do very well practicing about 100 minutes each week. Advanced students playing very sophisticated repertoire, may need additional time. For the serious student, we recommend 45 minutes per day.

From The Director:
Chad Ebert



Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled in October & November!


Tito P.
Ian K.
Kyle C.
Abhinav B.
Alex F.
Beverly S.
Victoria R.
Megan Z.
Anna B.
Sophia C.
Beverly S.
Yijia C.
Sophie C.
Jackson D.
Pauline Y.
Shreya S.
Ari R.
John T.
Shuthi S.
Marcus B.
Lewis P.
Mackenzy S.
Jackson B.
Virgil T.
Sheznat H.
Candy B.
Wilson G.
Natalie S.
Stella C.
Harshita R.
Lj D.
Clara K.

Charlie W.
Trinnity F.
Joe S.
Ainsley M.
Aamir S.
Oliver H.
Makenna K.
Omkar M.
Alvin A.
Claire W.
Steven D.
Diana B.
Jennifer S.
Preschecca R.
Sarah C.
Rohan H.
Natalie K.