December 2015 Newsletter

Children’s Choir Starts January 4th!!!
Does your child love to sing. Have you ever wanted to get him or her exposure to singing classes but were not sure if they were ready for private lessons yet? Then we have the class for you. Our Children’s choir is a fun and educational experience for children ages 6-10. The choir is led by our friendly and highly qualified voice instructors. Students in the choir will learn music from a variety of genres, including: theatre, pop, children’s songs, Disney and holiday music. Students will improve their singing technique, pitch, and tone of their voice.
  • Meets 1x per week for 45 minutes
  • Boys and girls ages 6-10
  • Limited to 12 children
  • $49 per month
  • No long term contract
Sign up or get more info at the front desk!!!
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 PAOM student Evan Bennett to perform at Carnegie Hall!
Evan was selected to sing as one of only 750 finalist, representing 49 US states and countries all over the world in the 2016 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Not only will students perform during Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season, they will additionally take part in the Series’ first-ever presentation of five Honors Ensembles.
Congrats Evan!

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Congratulations to PAOM Instructor Johnny Mendoza for completing his Doctorate!!!
Drum and Piano instructor Johnny Mendoza recently completed his DMA in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy. Completing a doctorate takes a enormous amount of dedication and hard work and we feel very blessed to have him on our staff.
FUN FACT: One night when Johnny was typing his dissertation he fell asleep while at his computer and woke up later to find that his cat had fallen asleep with him on the keyboard and had typed pages or random letters into his dissertation.
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Welcome new instructor Nomi Marcus!
Johnny Mendoza isn’t the only percussion instructor around here who has a doctorate. In December we welcome new percussion and piano instructor Nomi Marcus.
Nomi is now accepting students on Mondays between the hours of 3:00pm and 8:00pm.
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Student of the Month Grace Bond
Q: What Instruments do you play?
A: Piano.
Q: How long have you taken lessons?
A: I took lessons when I was a kid and started again 3 years ago.
Q: Who are your favorite musical artists? A: One Direction :)
Q: Favorite Food?
A: Cereal.
Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
A: I learned to play so many Ed Sheeran songs!
Q: Do you have any upcoming performances?
A: One in December!
*Fun Fact: When Grace isn’t practicing for her next piano lesson with our instructor Nathan, she is an accomplished figure skater and has been skating since the age of 5!

Welcome all the new students who signed up or added time in November!

Please welcome the NEW students

Charles B.
Jordan H.
Alyvia H.
Aishani M.
Mitali S.
Helen P.
Preschecca R.
Annabelle C.
Sara D.
Sophia K.
Harshita R.
Emerson F.
Lucas K.
Laurie H.
Kate M.
Gwen T.
Leo W.
Advik B.

August/September 2015 Newsletter

Student of The Month: Maya Shurte

1) What instruments do you play?
- “Piano and voice. I want to play the trumpet too!”

2) How long have you taken lessons?
– “Started voice this year, but I’ve been taking piano for 2 years.”

3) Who are your favorite musical artists?
– “Beethoven and Mozart.”

4) Favorite Food?-
“Mac and cheese!”

5) What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons?
- “Using the pedal on the piano can make the sound really good or bad depending on how you use it!”

6) Do you have any performances coming up?
– “Not right now!”

Bryan’s Trip to Italy

This summer, Bryan had the opportunity to study music composition in Maccagno, Italy in the northern province of Varese near the Alps and Lake Maggiore.  The lake and mountains were a beautiful setting for working with faculty from the Eastman School of Music and writing a short piece for the small orchestra in residence.  During the program, he had a piece of music he had written performed in Italy for the first time.  He had a great time and learned a lot during lectures, rehearsals, and lessons with the faculty!

After the two week program, he went to Venice, Paris, and Barcelona before returning home.  To experience the cultures and great art of these three beautiful cities!

Please welcome the NEW students

who enrolled in July and August!

Natalie K.
Anya S.
Patrick M.
Amina G.
Bethany W.
Caitlin C.
Maira A.
Megan H.
Leah D.
Raya M.
Liam D.
Reya G.
Rohan G.
Ben M.
Sophia H.
Christopher S.
Andy R.
Marija G.
Abby D.
Elliott P.
Morgan H.
Mikey T.
Thomas T.
Sofia T.
Max G.
Gabriel P.
Aila M.
Mouli S.
Shivakumar R.
Inger D.
Ishani S.
Dominic C.
Jahnavi G.
Samir S.
Mitali S.
Dylan P.
Gloria C.
Amanda J.
Levi R.
Sophia R.
Grace G.
Cole S.
Robert M.
Paige B.
Olivia B.
Joshua B.
Mukund S.
Addison L.
Rylee B.
Kaitlyn H.
Vedant R.
Zoe L.
Cameron D.
Chad S.
Drew S.
Megan R.
Hope R.
Savannah T.
Jack Z.
Pranathi I.

February 2015 Newsletter

Student of The Month: Zijun Deng

February Student of the Month – Zijun Deng

Congrats to student of the month Zijun Deng. He was the first student to save up enough tokens in the 100 minute practice club to get the helicopter prize. That is 75 tokens or 7500 minutes of practice!

1. What instruments do you play?

Piano

2. How long have you taken lessons?

5 years

3. Who is your favorite musical artist?

Any Disney is fine with me

4. Favorite food?

Pizza

5. What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?

Learning how to play Hedwig’s Theme

6. Do you have any performances coming up?

OMEA Solo & Ensemble All-Stars

What do all of the students listed below have in common?  They all take voice lessons with Crystal and they all received straight 1’s (superior ratings) at the OMEA Solo and Ensemble event.

Olivia Johnson
Anja Racke
Alyssa Idzkowski
Nikki Branderhorst
Evan Bennett
Sarah Gossett
Emily Ziliak
Isabelle McClure

Congratulations!

February Music History

Feb. 2nd, 1942: Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash was born

Feb. 6th, 1945: Bob Marley was born Robert Nesta Marley

Feb. 7th, 1964: The Beatles land at Kennedy Airport and set foot on American soil for the first time

Feb. 11th, 1972: David Bowie debuts his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust

Feb. 20th, 1967: Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was born

Feb. 22nd, 1989: Jethro Tull beats out Metallica for the first Hard Rock/Metal Grammy win

Feb. 28th 1984: Michael Jackson wins eight Grammys for his album Thriller.

Please welcome the NEW students

who enrolled in January!

Ava B.
Decklan M.
Kyla P.
Cameron P.
Daniela C.
Janet H.
Gwen T.
Andrew D.
Benjamin M.
Sophie H.
Gabriel M.
Ellie T.
Melissa T.
Ava W.
Vikram P.
Cole S.
Gwyneth P.
Chris S.
Lauren D.
Roshni S.
Brooke D.
Donya R.
Archanaa L.

January 2015 Newsletter

Student of The Month: Kareena Mehra

1) What instruments do you play?
– “Piano”

2) How long have you been taking lessons?
– “Two Years”

3) Who is your favorite musical artist?
– “Alicia Keys”

4) Favorite food?
– “Pasta!”

5) What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
– “Half steps and whole steps”

6) Do you have any performances coming up?
– “I just played in the December Recital!”

Music History: January Edition

1756: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27th

1924: George Gershwin completed Rhapsody in Blue at the age of 26.

1956: Rock and roll fans under the age of 18 in Cleveland, Ohio, were banned from dancing in public unless they were accompanied by an adult.

1960: Johnny Cash plays his first jailhouse show at San Quentin prison. Among the inmates was Merle Haggard, who was serving time for burglary.

1965: The Beatles have three albums in the Billboard top 10.

1975: Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham join Fleetwood Mac

1973: Pink Floyd begins recording Dark Side of the Moon

1987: Aretha Franklin was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2006: Phantom of the Opera became the longest running musical in history.

Bravo Recital Participants!

We’re so proud of our talented students who performed in our Winter Recital! We had over 100 students perform to a packed house in almost every recital session. Next year we will be adding 4-5 additional recital sessions to accommodate the larger number of students performing!

Our next round of recitals will be held in June and they are completely FREE for parents and students. We do not charge participation fees like many schools in the area so make sure to take advantage of this great performance opportunity!

If you want to perform or would like for your child to perform in our June recitals, we will have more information and sign up sheets at the front desk starting May 1st, 2015.

 welcome the NEW students

who enrolled in December!
Amber E.
Terry R.
Makalyn S.
Kasey B.
Morgan G.
Sophia K.
Cara C.
Claudia M.
Ben W.
Kai E.
Tate C.
Meredeth S.
Nathan S.
Mariel T.
Teddy B.