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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.
June/July 2015 Newsletter

Student of The Month: Carson Gordon

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

2) How long have you taken lessons?
– “Four years in September”

3) Who are your favorite musical artists?
– “Bruno Mars”

4) Favorite Food?-
“Pizza! Or chocolate covered pretzels”

5) What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons?
- “I moved on to a harder book”

6) Do you have any performances coming up?
– “Not yet”

Congratulations To Our Review Contest Winner, Decklan McIntyre

 Decklan was the winner of our review contest! Meaning he took home the Recoring King Guitar!  We received a ton of really useful feedback from holding this review contest, which we will definitely go toward making the Powell Academy of Music the best place in Ohio for music lessons!

We want to thank everyone for entering and participating! We had a ton of fun with this contest and look forward to holding more in the future!

Please welcome the NEW students

who enrolled in June!

Mia S.
Ron H.
Max J.
Anikaith K.
Sameera A.
Cabrini N.
Samruddn K.
Lauren A.
Emerson S.
Robert B.
Abigail W.
Emma B.
Taylor L.
Micah M.
Micholas M.
Melissa A.
Lauren L.
Nate L.
Teagan W.
Jake R.
Jillian F.
Margot N.
Tayden W.
Collin R.
Ryan M.
Charvi T.
Gabrielle M.
Ethan H.
Alison M.
Kimaya C.
Ruchika C.
Gwenyth H.
Leah T.
Joshua G.
Jacob G.
Sohini K.
Inger D.
Sage L.
Molly G.
Alyssa C.
Brady C.
Emily V.
Kiara V.
Jeremy H.
Ben M.
Amanda J.
Diya C.
Lauren C.
Isabelle T.
Raman C.
Lawrence F.
Maggie T.
Rajan C.
Hannah S.
Jp S.

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.

May 2015 Newsletter

Student of The Month: Aditi Balakrishnan

1) What instruments do you play?
- “Piano, violin, and cello.  But, I also want to learn saxophone and sitar!”

2) How long have you taken lessons?
– “I started lessons 6 years ago with guitar.  I started piano shortly after and taught myself violin.”

3) Who are your favorite musical artists?
– “I like a variety of music!  Anything from classical to country to pop to Hindi music”

4) Favorite Food?-
“That would definitely be my mom’s biryani”

5) What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons?
- “How lightening the pressure on my fingers can improve the sound quality and speed of my scales!”

6) Do you have any performances coming up?
– “Yes! Two school orchestra/symphony concerts and a duet with my sister at a family function! At the end of May, I have my adjudicated Piano Performance Assessment”

Mark Your Calendar for our June Recital

Summer Recital
Date: Saturday June 27th

Location:
Powell Academy of Music
4012 Presidential Parkway
Powell, OH 43065

Sign up sheets are now available at the front desk!

Please welcome the NEW students

who enrolled in April!

Jillian F.
Courtney H.
Makenna G.
Sailesh D.
Bhavya S.
Victoria T.
Avighna R.
Matthew S.
Robin S.
Xavier O.
Lucy V.
Will V.
Ali V.
Emma P.
Andrew S.

March 2015 Newsletter

Student of The Month: Ethan Embi

1) What instrument do you play?
- “Guitar”

2) How long have you taken lessons?
– “About 6 years”

3) Who are your favorite musical artists?
– “The Foo Fighters”

4) Favorite Food?-
“Sushi”

5) What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons?
- “Blackbird by The Beatles, because it’s the most fun song I’ve played”

6) Do you have any performances coming up?
– “No”

Welcome our new Violin and Piano teacher Liz Fisher!

Born in Delaware, OH, Liz comes from a musical family of 9.
She loves writing, recording, and performing music. In 2012,
she formed a band called The Cordial Sins and they are currently
recording their debut record. Currently, her favorite artists are
The Shins and Broken Bells. In her free time, Liz enjoys spending
time with her dogs, practicing and attending local shows in Columbus.

Please welcome the NEW students

who enrolled in February!

Veena P.
Caiden M.
Danielle L.
Madeline S.
Daniela F.
Jenna L.
Maya F.
Amelia L
Addison L.
Bianca R.
Marija G.
Reese C.
Vikram S.
Jazmeen O.
Scarlett G.
Saimaadhav P.
Kate M.
Mariel T.
Ethan S.

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.

December 2014 Newsletter

Student of The Month: Olivia Johnson

Olivia has been enjoying a very successful school year.  She has been awarded solos in choir, a lead in the Winter play, and will participate in the OMEA solo and ensemble contest in January.  We sat down with Olivia to ask her some questions and here is what she had to share:

1) What instruments do you play?
– “Just singing!”

2) How long have you taken lessons?
– “A little bit over a year.”

3) Who is your favorite musical artist?
– “Anything Disney is awesome!”

4) Favorite Food?
– “Pizza”

5) What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
– “Hearing my voice become healthier and learning to open up more.”

6) Do you have any upcoming performances?
– “I have three  school choir events in December and my PAOM recital!”

Mark your calendar for our December Recitals!

December Recital
Date: Saturday December 20th from 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Powell Academy of Music, 4012 Presidential Parkway Powell, OH 43065

Please welcome the NEW students

who enrolled in November!

Landry D.
Chad R.
Camille D.
Mariel T.
Lee N.
Sarah J.
Hersh G.
Brooke F.
Ace B.
Eunji C.
Ellie D.
Janet P.
Jason K.