Kitchen Chat and more…
Kitchen Chat and more…
Inside this Issue:
With our 1st location getting closer and closer to full capacity we have decided to open a 2nd location in Lewis Center!!! The Lewis Center location will be called the Lewis Center Music Academy and is located in the Olentangy Crossing shopping center next to Krogers on route 23. We are very excited and think that the Lewis Center School might grow even faster than our Powell location did. The new facility is about half the size of our Powell store however it should still be able to accommodate around 500 students! We are enrolling students now for lessons starting in June and then we will have our grand opening in August of 2017.
Q: How long have you taken lessons?
A: Since last summer
Q: Who are your favorite musical artists?
A: Justin Timberlake
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Mac and cheese
Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
A: Warm ups!
HOW DO SUMMER MUSIC LESSONS WORK?
Q: How do lessons work in the Summer?
A: The Academy is open year round, and we do not close during the Summer.
Q: Do a lot of student quit during the Summer?
A: For the past 3 years, we have grown in enrollment each june by at least 2%. Some students withdrawal but we get a huge influx of students in May & June and many continue into the Fall. We enrolled over 150 new student in the Summer of 2016!
Q: How full is my teachers schedule?
A: The majority of our teachers are booked completely solid from 3:30-8:30pm and we currently have a waiting list with over 70 people on it.
Q: If we withdrawal for Summer, can we keep our spot for Fall?
A: Lessons are first come, first serve, so if you withdraw for Summer, we cannot guarentee that we will have a spot for you in the Fall as we will open the time slot to new students.
The big questions for all parents and students to consider is:
DO YOU WANT TO STAY WITH THE SAME TEACHER IN THE FALL?
If the answer is YES there are 2 ways to do this:
1. Take advantage of our Summer courtesy make ups!
We realize that some of you will go on vacation for a portion of the Summer, which is why we do offer courtesy make ups. Each family is entitled to two courtesy make ups during the Summer months. Courtesy make ups can be scheduled during any break in a teachers schedule. (we don’t ask teachers to come early, stay late, or come in and teach make ups on weekends). While our teachers do stay very busy we tend to have more cancelations over the summer months which makes it a little easier to schedule courtesy make ups.
It’s very easy to do: just let the front desk know of the dates that you will be missing and schedule your make ups. We can even schedule make up lessons ahead of time before you miss your classes!
2. Sub lease your spot to a family member or friend.
You can send a family member or friend in your place for the dates you will miss. Just let the office know who is coming in your place and when. Make sure that they reimburse you directly for the lessons. If you are taking summer lessons and need a specific time for Fall, please contact us around late July and we will do everything we can to accommodate you.
Each September, we get calls for students who have been with us for years, but withdrew for the summer. They want to return to the same teacher, day and time, but the spot has been filled by another student.
If you LOVE your teacher, keep your spot by using the summer make ups or sublease your spot.
This month’s spotlight is on long time Academy student Randy Findell. Randy is an amazing young musician and producer. We are so proud of all of the work and time he puts in and apparently we are not the only ones impressed with his music. Randy got his 1st record deal and one of his songs was released on a compilation album of up and coming artist titled Rising Tides 005!!!
Randy on developing the style of his music:
“The way i got into this kind of stuff was listening to a lot of electronic music and going down the rabbit hole of experimentation. Getting inspiration from many small artists making similar music on the internet. I’ve been producing for 4 years, and in that time what i have wanted to make has changed drastically, although i’ve always wanted to sing because i think that without vocals, my music would have virtually appeal to an outside listener, and I like singing. I really like making stuff that uses foley, sounds recorded from the real world, because it activates memory of experiences with those objects, and it sounds more human, i like using smooth synthesizers with slow vibrato to make them sound intentionally awed, and I have a lot of other little tendencies that make up my style. And that’s basically it, it’s just an incredibly fun thing for me because it helps me build an identity and make people feel things that come from my mind.”
From all of us here at the Academy, congratulations and we can’t wait to see what’s next!
For very young children, ages 3 and 4 years old, parental involvement is a must. Parents need to be involved with just about every practice session at this age. There are always exceptions, but as of writing this, I have never met a 4 year old that could effectively practice on their own.
School Aged Children:
Elementary aged children typically need a parent to sit in at the beginning and help them learn how to practice effectively. Over time parents can back off and let them practice more on their own. Students always do better when parents are more involved, but sometimes it just isn’t realistic for parents to always help their children practice. I teach music for a living and even I don’t always have time to sit in with my kids to help them practice. Sometimes dinner has to be made, work comes up, or the playoffs are on tv. I equate it to doing school homework. 1st graders most likely need a lot of help and follow up but over time they get it down. A 5th grader might only need sporadic help.
Teenagers are more than capable of practicing on their own. Often by the time students are in their teenage years, the music they are learning is far too advanced for parents to be able to help them much anyway. (unless the parent has had some musical training) The best thing parents can do for their teenagers is show an interest in what they are learning. Encouragement and support go a long way (even if they don’t outwardly appreciate it). Having a weekly concert or even just dropping in on their practicing once in a while, are great ways to show them that you are interested in what they are learning.