Friday, June 1, 2018

June 2018 Newsletter

Dear AOS Students, Teachers, and Families,

            We’ve had a whirlwind May, which has now come to a close. Now, we’re excited to begin a busy (but fun!) month of June! There’s lots coming up this month, and we’ll be highlighting it below!

Jack and the Beanstalk:

We’re excited to be presenting our summer musical, Jack and the Beanstalk! Based on the classic fairly tale, we’ll be rehearsing and preparing it for a June 30th performance! This program is open to students, age 6-12 and there are plenty of roles for everyone! Our auditions will be held Monday, June 11th, from 1-3pm. Details and an online form for registration are available on our website.

Scholarships still available:
We are still accepting applications for full and partial AOS lessons scholarships. Please check out the details on our website and submit as soon as possible! We want to make sure that as many students can attend AOS as possible!

Recital Success:

We had TWO wonderful recitals May 12th! In addition to great performances by our students and staff members, we also are proud to announce that we raised $419 for the Academy of Sound Foundation, which provides scholarships to students. If you would like to make a donation to help our Foundation, you still can only through PayPal or sending a check. Details are available on our website!




Remaining Lesson Openings:

Our teacher openings are filling up quickly for summer! The following openings remain: 8 guitar/ukulele, 6 piano, and 1 violin/viola/cello. Want to enroll?
Click here to do so!

Photo Shoot Opportunity:

Erin will be sending out an email soon about a fun teacher/student photo shoot! Please watch your emails!

Makeup Classes:
This past week has been about makeup classes here at AOS! Our students have been trying something new! Check out a couple of photos from one our makeup classes where students had the opportunity to learn how an organ works!





Blog Post:

            Each month, we are featuring a post within our newsletter that includes tips and facts for parents and students alike. This month, we’ll be talking about your first music lesson. If you are starting (or re-starting!) lessons this summer, we’ve found some helpful tips for you to prepare!


5 tips for starting music lessons successfully:       

Starting music lessons this summer? Congrats- we are excited for you on this new journey! Before you take that first lesson, here are some tips to help you get ready!

1.     Have a list of questions: Teachers LOVE questions! During the week before your first lesson, write down a list of questions to ask your teacher. These questions can be related to your goals, previous lesson experience, or just general music knowledge questions!

2.     Familiarize yourself with some basic theory: In the age of the Internet, there are countless resources to help you get started. Take a little time to learn (or review!) notes recognition and values, the musical alphabet and what certain markings in music mean! It’s ok if they don’t make sense right now- that’s what lessons are for! Sites such as musictheory.net are great to help get you started!

3.     Contact your teacher ahead of time: If you are able, reach out to your teacher a week or two in advance to introduce yourself or your student. This is also a good time to ask what you should bring to the first lesson, such as your instrument (unless you are a singer or pianist!) or a notebook and pencil.

4.     Set up a practice area in advance: Believe it or not, you will be expected to practice in lessons! Before you start, take some time to set up a practice area if you don’t have one already. If you have a piano, that may be the area to use. Other items to make sure you have access to in the space include a music stand, metronome, pens/pencils, staff paper, and a storage area, such as shelves, to keep your supplies and books! Ideally, this area will be one that is free of outside distractions (TV, computer, etc.) and a quiet place where you can focus on your music!

5.     Don’t expect perfection right away: One of the biggest mistakes that people make coming into lessons is that they expect huge changes right away (sometimes in the first lesson!) You may notice some ideas that click right away, but it will take time for those changes to become permanent. Be patient- it’s the slow and steady turtle that wins the race!

Music lessons can be whatever you want them to be. For many, music lessons are a nice break in the busy schedule of the week.  The first few lessons can be a little nerve-wracking, especially for young students, but with time and a little patience, lessons can become an exciting part of a week, regardless of the age!

Teacher Tips from Adam Chisman, Guitar and Ukulele Instructor: 
We introduced this column last month, and are excited to add more helpful tips to our June newsletter! This month, Managing Director and Guitar/Ukulele Instructor Adam Chisman shares his tips for success!

Tips from Adam (in his own words)

The biggest point I try to make in lessons is to play more than you practice! 

Playing takes what you are doing in lessons and makes it more relevant to 'real life' and is really fun. Daily practice routines and tracking your progress will keep you improving - but in my experience, playing is the key when it comes to getting you over that learning curve to make your instrument feel second nature. Playing can be anything instrument related that you do just because you want to. Your interest in playing is probably the reason you got started with your instrument, so take time to enjoy your abilities!

Things to try: 
  • Write a song using your instrument
  • Cover popular music
  • Get friends together for jam sessions (could also lead to starting an official band)
  • Make a music recording to share
  • Informal music performances (family events, campfire singalongs, open mic nights etc.)

            That’s all for this month! Have a fun June, and we’ll see you in July!









Thursday, May 3, 2018

May News at AOS

Can you believe it? It's May! Despite a slow start to our Spring season, we're excited to finally see the budding plants and trees. May is a busy month here at Academy of Sound! With Conference Lessons, the Spring recital and the end of semester all taking place this month, there's plenty going on!

Show your AOS pride:

We've got a brand new batch of car decals in at the AOS office! They're the perfect swag for any family. These logo decals are easy to apply and run at only $5! However, the first 10 people to comment about them on our Instagram page gets one for FREE! Get yours today! (P.S. Here's a link to our Instagram page:  instagram.com/academyofsound)

If you aren't sure how to apply the decal once you get one, here's a helpful video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s94QTjAf9So

Still not sure how to apply it? Don't worry- Erin can apply it for you!

It's Recital Season:

We can hardly believe that it's time for our Spring recital, or more correctly, recitals! Spring is our big finale for the school year lessons, and as a result, many of our students take part in these recitals. These will take place on Saturday, May 12th, at 1pm and 2:30pm respectively. They will take place at the Oregon Performing Arts Center ( 457 N. Perry Pkwy. Oregon, WI 53575.) For more details, check out our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/171654806957135/ 

Conference Lessons:

We can't believe this is the last month of school year lessons! May 21st will be the week of conference lessons. This will also be the final week for our Spring semester.  Contact the office with any questions that you may have! Makeup Group lessons and workshops will take place the following week over May 29-31. Enrolled students should watch for an email invitation to register!

Summer Session:

Summer lessons begin June 11th! Don't forget to register if you haven't already! Here's the link to enroll: academyofsound.org/enroll

Practicing Tips:

Each month, we're going to be featuring some helpful tips or other tidbits of information. This month, we're sharing some great tips for practicing your music effectively!

The Perfect Set-Up:

The first step of a great practicing session is WHERE you are practicing. As comfortable as your bedroom is, it may not be the perfect set up for your session. A room free of outside distractions is imperative for you to concentrate. Ideally, this should be a place that you can also use regularly. When setting up your space, make sure you have what you will need during your practice session as well. From a metronome to extra pencils to staff paper, make sure what you need is easily accessible.

 Warm Up:

This goes without saying, but don't forget to warm up! If you were running a 5K you would stretch first. The same idea applies for practicing music.  Your warm up doesn't just get the physical self ready to rehearse; it also helps you to get into the mindset to practice! Keep in mind that practicing is not just playing scales. It can also be working on other skills, such as sight reading or even, stretching!

Practice with goals in mind:

A goal shouldn't just be getting through as much music as possible. Were there sections in your lesson this week that your teacher pointed out? Start with them! Is this a new piece and you're still learning the notes? These can provide great starting points for your practice sessions. Goals set for practice sessions should be small and realistic, not grandiose. Setting goals that are too big can lead to disappointment when you are unable to achieve them.

Teacher's Tips:

Our teachers have a wealth of tips to share! We'll be passing these on in future posts. Check out our first tips from our voice teacher, Kirstin Roble:

"In addition to taking notes in lessons, consider bringing in a recording device! Recording the lesson can help for cross-referencing what you write down. In addition, keep notebook with you while practicing during the week. That way, you can write down observations and questions that you have during practicing sessions! Both you (and your teacher!) will benefit from your weekly practice journal!"

Student of the Month:

We're planning to start featuring students of the month! Teachers, if you have a student (or students) that you should think should be featured, email it to the Office staff at office@academyofsound.org.


That's all for May! Enjoy the beautiful weather, and we'll see you back here in June!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Newsletter April 2018

Newsletter April 2018

Welcome to Academy of Sound’s April Newsletter!
Stay subscribed to this newsletter and our Facebook Page to get all the latest news.

Office Updates:
Mark your calendars for April 16 th at 7:30 pm and head over to www.academyofsound.org/enroll to sign up for Summer 2018 lessons. Check the page now for a preview of openings and be sure to check back often for new openings! If you spread the word to others, new student enrollment is on April 23rd and new families may pre-register now to save time. AND...If they mention you on their registration form, you'll be rewarded!

The Spring Recital is coming up on May 12th . The two recital options are 1 PM and 2:30 PM. If you haven’t signed up and would like to show off your hard work, make sure to sign up.

The last week of lessons for the 2017-2018 session and conference lessons week starts May 21st! The summer session begins the week of June 11th .

The summer musical this year is going to be Jack and the Beanstalk. Everything you need to know can be found HERE.

Online Lessons:
Have you ever been crunched for time but still wanted to learn an instrument? Have you ever wished
you could learn from the comfort of your own home? Then consider signing up for online lessons this
summer! Online lessons offer flexibility as well as save you time travelling. The lessons are structured the same way an in-person lesson would be. No worries about not receiving help if needed because the instructor is easily able to demonstrate if necessary. If you have any questions or concerns contact office@academyofsound.org.

Music Article of the Month:
Ever wondered if music was making you smarter? Check this article out!
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/223984/20180329/music-lessons- can-make- children-smarter- and-improve-their- academic-performance.htm

See you next time!

-Olivia Podnar, olivia@academyofsound.org

Monday, June 5, 2017

Newsletter June 2017

Newsletter June 2017

Welcome to Academy of Sound's June Newsletter!

After a short time away from the Newsletter, we are back and summer is on its way! Make sure you have registered for our SUMMER SESSIONS!

Stay subscribed to this newsletter and our Facebook Page to get all the latest news.

Office Updates

NOW

Disney Cinderella KIDS

We are looking for 14-30 more students to be in the AOS Summer Musical "Disney's Cinderella KIDS" directed by Elisa Kaether.

This three-week class will focus on learning the songs, script, and choreography for a 30-minute kids version of Disney's Cinderella -- A spell-binding story, with charming music and endearing characters that will enchant and live in your heart forever. Including favorites "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo." Performance date TBD. Fee does not include costume or accessories, but we will do our best to keep these low-budget, and mostly items you likely have already. Children must have completed Kindergarten to enroll.


New and Returning Teachers!


We have one new and two returning staff members for our SUMMER SESSIONS! Our newest faculy addition is Kirstin Roble teaching our voice students beginning June 12. She has openings, and accepts students age 8 and up! 

We also have Olivia Podnar and Elisa Kaether returning to us this summer. Olivia will be teaching piano and Elisa will be directing our Disney Cinderella KIDS play!

ONGOING

Shop at smile.amazon.com and select Academy of Sound Foundation as your charity of choice, here: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-1571995

Save the Date!

  • June 2 - End of 2016-2017 school year
  • June 12 - Academy of Sound Summer Sessions begin (check your account for your exact start date)
  • July 1 - July 7th - Academy of Sound Closed
  • July 10 - Early Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year
  • July 10 - First day of Disney's Cinderella KIDS Camp
  • July 17 - Public Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year
  • July 27, 7:00 PM - Academy of Sound's Production of "Disney's Cinderella KIDS"
  • August 15 - Academy of Sound's Recital in the Park OPENING FOR RED HOT HORN DAWGS
  • August 26th - Last day of Academy of Sound Summer Session (check your account for your exact end date)
Our full calendar is here. Feel free to subscribe if you use Google Calendar and/or iCal.

Featured Students: Lucy Fradkin-Annen and Lorenz Fradkin-Annen

Siblings Lorenz and Lucy Fradken-Annen were both nominated to be the featured students this month. They both have been in lessons with Academy of Sound for two years - Lorenz plays the violin and Lucy plays piano and has started viola in the past year. They were both nominated for their enthusiasm, consistent practicing habits, and excellent performances. I got a chance to interview them both towards the end of last month, Here is a summary of our interview.

Adam: Hello! You both were nominated for the "feature student this month. So, I wanted to do an interview with you guys so we could put it on our newsletter! Does that sound pretty good?

Lorenz: Yeah!

Lucy: Yeah.

Adam: Cool! We will go ahead and get started if that's ok! What are your names and ages? 

Lorenz: My name is Lorenz and my age is 6. 

Lucy: My name is Lucy and I am 9.

Adam: Six and Nine years old. Okay, Cool! And what instrument do you play?

Lucy: I play piano and viola

Lorenz: Violin!

Adam: Great! Do you have a favorite color?


Lorenz: Blue!

Lucy: Purple

Adam: Purple is a good color! OK, what are your favorite songs to play?

Lucy: So far... Fur Elise on the piano

Lorenz: Etude

Adam: Oh, I like Fur Elise too!And who is the Etude by? 

Lorenz: Hold on I'm looking for it... Suzuki


Adam: OK cool! Do you have a favorite breakfast cereal? 

Lucy: Special K pumpkin spice

Lorenz: Special K oats and honey

Adam: Tasty! You guys are big special K fans huh? 

Lorenz: Yep!

Adam: Okay! One more thing before we goYou both got nominated to be students of the month because of your excellent practice habits and enthusiasm for playing your instruments. Do you have any tips that you could give to other students that might read the newsletter?

Lorenz: To have Dynamics. 

Adam: What would you say is exciting about dynamics? 

Lorenz: They will get to play loud and quiet.

Adam: And what does that do for your music?

Lorenz: It helps people in the back hear! 

Adam: OK that's a good tip! Same question to Lucy.


Lucy: Well for one thing, at concerts - just relax! You are going to be fine. Just think that no one else is there and try to play your piece thoroughly!

Adam: Oh, I gotcha! Great! Well, thank you both very much for your time and letting me interview you! Is there anything else you would want to add before we go?

Lorenz: I LOVE THE VIOLIN!

One of the cool things about going to Academy of Sound is being able to see children transform into young musicians. Both Lucy and Lorenz are really great kids and I definitely foresee a future with music. We will be looking forward to watching them as they continue to develop their skills!


Tips

SYNC/SUBSCRIBE to the Academy of Sound calendar from a desktop:
  1. Go to your Google account (or whatever service you use for a Calendar)
    1. If you don't have one, make a Google account
  2. Go to the Calendar
  3. Go to "add a calendar."  On Google, this is "add a friend's calendar" or "Add a coworker's calendar."
  4. Paste this: les26tcmmojd29q50hkfi8hh00@group.calendar.google.com
OR on your device:
  1. Go to Mail, Calendars, Contacts
  2. Go to Add Account
  3. Go to Other
  4. Add Subscribed Calendar
  5. Paste this link: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/les26tcmmojd29q50hkfi8hh00%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

Meet Our New/Returning Teachers

Kirstin Roble, Voice Teacher


Hailed as a “mellifluous mezzo” (Mike Fisher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,) Mezzo Soprano Kirstin Roble is an accomplished performer in opera, recital, and musical theatre. A Minnesota native, Ms. Roble recently completed her Master of Music Studies at UW-Milwaukee. She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Ms. Roble has performed with several Madison area and regional companies including Fresco Opera Theatre, Four Seasons Theatre, Madison Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, In Tandem Theatre (Milwaukee,) Floating Opera Company (Chicago,) Opera on Tap- Milwaukee, Off The Wall Theatre, and Hartford Players. Ms. Roble is an eager collaborator of new works in opera and music theatre. Most recently, she took part in the NAXOS recording of The Great God Pan, a new opera by Ross Crean in Chicago. Other recent performances include Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro,) Ensemble (The Poe Requiem,) Maria (The Sound of Music,) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni.) As a teacher, Ms. Roble has worked with beginning piano students from five to adult and voice students ages eight through adult. Her patient, enthusiastic manner resonates well with a wide variety of interests and ages. Her students sing in top choirs at their schools, are leads in musicals, and have won talent competitions and scholarships. In addition, her students have also won honors at the WI State Solo and Ensemble Competitions. Supplementing work in the studio, Ms. Roble also teaches acting, character building, and improvisation. In addition to private studio teaching, Ms. Roble teaches musical theatre at First Stage Theatre in Milwaukee and is on the faculty at Beloit College. Ms. Roble is a member of AGMA and NATS.
www.kirstinroblemezzo.com


Elisa Kaether, Musical & Play Director



Elisa Kaether joined the Academy of Sound staff in 2013 as a receptionist. Having grown up around the studios all her life, she chose violin and drums as her primary instruments, while also studying piano, voice, and ukulele. Elisa has had roles in several productions, including Jack and the Beanstalk, A Toy Shop Christmas, Aladdin Jr., The Matchmaker, Spaghetti Island, and Once Upon a Mattress. Elisa started and lead the Oregon Youth Center Dance Crew for three years, and started and currently leads the female a capella choir at Oregon High School. She's helped with two children's musicals through Community Ed. Elisa was inducted into the International Thespian Society in 2017. Elisa studies at Oregon High School and plans to major in Music Education in college.





Olivia Podnar, Piano Teacher



Olivia Podnar began working as a receptionist at Academy of Sound in September 2013. Olivia has studied piano with Erin Chisman since 2004. She participated in choir in the Oregon School District for four years, as well as viola for one year. Olivia has had roles in A Toy Shop Christmas with Academy of Sound, Strega Nona with Children's Theater of Madison, The Emperor's New ClothesStill Life with Iris with Oregon Straw Hat Players, The Trial of Goldilocks, Madrigal Dinner at Oregon Middle School, and The Drowsy Chaperone with Oregon High School. Olivia received a first rating at solo and ensemble on piano. Olivia has also been competitively figure skating since 2009. Olivia currently studies at Marquette University. Olivia has been teaching piano at Academy of Sound since 2014.

Remember:

Always contact the AOS office with scheduling questions and updates.
Call 608-371-9030 or write office@academyofsound.org to report absences.

For More:

Read the full Academy of Sound 2016-2017 Policy

Thanks for reading!

That's all for this edition. If you'd like to suggest a story, or nominate a Featured Student, write to office@academyofsound.org. Meanwhile, we will see you at your lesson!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Newsletter February 2017




Newsletter February 2017


Welcome to the Academy of Sound's February Newsletter!


Stay subscribed to this newsletter and our Facebook Page to get all the latest news.

Office Updates


ONGOING

  • Please take a look at Academy of Sound Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charity that provides scholarships for private music study in our community. Everyone involved with the organization is a volunteer, so your contributions have a direct effect on scholarship awardees. ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE
  • Academy of Sound continues to operate inside First Presbyterian Church, at 408 N. Bergamont Blvd. in Oregon.
  • Shop at smile.amazon.com and select Academy of Sound Foundation as your charity of choice, here: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-1571995
  • Shop at smile.amazon.com and select Academy of Sound Foundation as your charity of choice, here: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-1571995

Save the Date!

  • 03/11/2017 – 03/12/2017: District Solo & Ensemble @ Verona Area High School
  • 04/29/2017: State Solo & Ensemble @ UW Platteville
  • 05/13/2017: Spring recitals
  • 05/21/2017 – 05/25/2017 & 06/02/2017 – 06/03/2017: 2nd Semester Conference Lessons
Our full calendar is here. Feel free to subscribe if you use Google Calendar and/or iCal.

Community Connections

Thanks for reading

That's all for this edition. If you'd like to suggest a story, or nominate a Featured Student, write to office@academyofsound.org. Meanwhile, we will see you at your lesson!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Newsletter January 2017



Newsletter January 2017

Welcome to the Academy of Sound's January Newsletter!

If our Academy of Sound students are doing anything performing arts related, we want to hear about it! Email office@academyofsound.org with any updates!

Stay subscribed to this newsletter and our Facebook Page to get all the latest news.

Office Updates




ONGOING


  • Please take a look at Academy of Sound Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charity that provides scholarships for private music study in our community. Everyone involved with the organization is a volunteer, so your contributions have a direct effect on scholarship awardees. ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE
  • Academy of Sound continues to operate inside First Presbyterian Church, at 408 N. Bergamont Blvd. in Oregon.

Save the Date!

  • 03/11/2017 – 03/12/2017: District Solo & Ensemble @ Verona Area High School
  • 04/29/2017: State Solo & Ensemble @ UW Platteville
  • 05/13/2017: Spring recitals

  • 05/21/2017 – 05/25/2017 & 06/02/2017 – 06/03/2017: 2nd Semester Conference Lessons

Our full calendar is here. Feel free to subscribe if you use Google Calendar and/or iCal.


Featured student


We did not receive any nominations this month for our Featured Student section. Please send nominations to office@academyofsound.org with the subject line “Featured Student” to nominate.


Did You Know?


How the brain perceives rhythm


Community Connections


Blakeley Menghini will be giving a recital at 6:30pm on February 25th at 1127 University Ave in Madison(Crossing Church Building).


Remember:


Always contact the AOS office (instead of private teachers) with scheduling questions and updates.
Call 608-371-9030 or write office@academyofsound.org to report absences.


For More:


Read the WELCOME LETTER (click here) for all 2016-17 policy announcements.
Read the full Academy of Sound 2016-2017 Policy


Thanks for reading


That's all for this edition. If you'd like to suggest a story, or nominate a Featured Student, write to office@academyofsound.org. Meanwhile, we will see you at your lesson!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Newsletter Winter 2016





Newsletter Winter 2016

Welcome to Academy of Sound's Winter 2016 Newsletter!

We have enough to share that starting next year Academy of Sound is going to be putting out a new newsletter each and every month. Look forward to reading our newsletter more often to keep up on Academy of Sound News!

Stay subscribed to this newsletter and our Facebook Page to get all the latest.



Office Updates

New

  • Academy of Sound's Holiday Recital was on Sunday, December 18th. Order your color, printed DVDs by contacting oregoncableaccess@charter.net. Please note how many copies ($14 per copy) you would like to purchase and your phone number. Make checks payable to “Oregon Community Foundation."
  • Adam Chisman has signed on to be the (interim) Managing Director at Academy of Sound. Adam will be managing our offices, faculty, programs, and email & phone communications. Please direct any questions or comments to him.
  • As you consider year-end giving, please take a look at Academy of Sound Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charity that provides scholarships for private music study in our community. Everyone involved with the organization is a volunteer, so your contributions have a direct effect on scholarship awardees. ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Ongoing



Save the Date!

  • 12/23/2016 – 01/03/2017: Academy of Sound Closed
  • 01/08/2017 – 01/14/2017: 1st Semester Conference Lessons
  • 03/11/2017 – 03/12/2017: District Solo & Ensemble @ Verona Area High School
  • 04/29/2017: State Solo & Ensemble @ UW Platteville
  • 05/13/2017: Spring recitals
  • 05/21/2017 – 05/25/2017 & 06/02/2017 – 06/03/2017: 2nd Semester Conference Lessons
Our full calendar is here. Please subscribe if you use Google Calendar and/or iCal.



Featured Student: Jeremy Storlie

Jeremy Storlie on the AOS student drum set
Jeremy was nominated as this newsletter's Featured Student. He has been working hard this year to spice up the songs in his repertoire and taking his time to make sure he is practicing correctly. His work has evidently paid off, and was on display at Academy of Sound's 2016 Holiday Recital. I had a chance to interview with him after lessons this week while Rojo (our drum teacher) was taking down the drum sets.

Adam: Hello! I wanted to do something a little different than the bullet point Q&A that we have done in the past. Thanks for letting me interview you! ... Alright, What grade are you in?

Jeremy: 8th grade.

Adam: 8th grade. that is a good year. do you have any favorite subjects in school?

Jeremy: Math-

Rojo: Maybe because of all the counting you do here (in lessons). Counting to four over and over again! 

Adam: Do you have any other hobbies outside of school?

Jeremy: No, I mean, Drums and sports like basketball.

Adam: Cool. That also starts in on my next question: What instruments do you play and why?

Jeremy: Drums, because I think they are cool and they are interesting to me

Adam: Do you have any favorite drummers?

Jeremy: Well I have a lot.. like Rojo[laughs], and I watched a concert of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and it was kind of cool seeing the drummer.

Adam: One of the things the person that nominated you to be featured student noted was your excellent practicing habits... Do you have any practice tips for any other students that might read this newsletter?

Jeremy: Oh, well if you get kind of bored or frustrated with a song you are working on, maybe try playing a different song to cool down and then come back to it.

Adam: That is good advice! One last kind of random question for you. While Michael (one of our teachers) and I were thinking of questions to ask for an interview we thought this one was kind of funny. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Jeremy: [laughs]Cocoa Dyno Bites I guess!

Many thanks to Jeremy for letting me interview him for this newsletter! I hope all our readers know him a little better!



AOS Tips

If you would like the official sheet music for popular songs, contact office@academyofsound.org and we can have it ready for you by your next lesson! Please allow three days for shipping.



Meet Bridget Schwefel, Our New Voice Teacher

Bridget Schwefel
Bridget Schwefel began studying music at the age of 6, and has not stopped since. A native of McFarland, she participated in as many choirs, musicals, and Solo/Ensemble festivals as possible, including the Wisconsin High School Honors Choir. Her interest in music eventually led her to Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre. During her time there she participated and was a finalist in two NATS competitions. She was seen on the Viterbo Fine Arts Center mainstage as Ado Annie in Oklahoma, as well as at the Weber Center for Performing Arts in Wouldn’t It Be Loverly: A Lerner & Loewe Revue, where she had the opportunity to perform with her college voice teachers. She has also performed with many Madison theatre companies including Music Theatre of Madison (Claudia in Nine); Four Seasons Theatre (Eponine in Les Miserables); Middleton Players Theatre, and Children’s Theater of Madison. Bridget joined the Academy of Sound faculty in Fall of 2016 and teaches on Wednesdays.



Did You Know?

A short, but interesting read for all caregivers of musicians.



Community Connections

  • Academy of Sound supported the “Once Upon a Mattress” play put on by Oregon High School November 11 - 13. We had four of our current AOS students, and too many alumni to count. Congratulations to all on an excellent production!
  • Sonatina Festival at Rhapsody Arts in Verona was a big hit. We had four attending students and their scores were as follows:
    • Jack Higgins: 4 out of 5
    • Barrett Anderson: 4 out of 5
    • Paige Stevenson: 4- out of 5
    • Charlotte Hendrickson: 5 out of 5!
  • Academy of Sound's newest teachers Bridget and Irene received a shout-out in the “Biz Briefs” section (page 8) of the December 15, 2016 edition of the Oregon Observer
  • Academy of Sound had it's Holiday Recital on December 18, and was well attended despite an unexpected reschedule due to the winter storm.



Policy Highlights

  • All of our recitals are now opt-in only. Sign-ups are done via the Parent Portal. Signing up for a recital or concert is easy -- just like signing up for a class!
  • Makeup lessons will be handled via group workshops (May 30 - June 1).

Remember:

Always contact the AOS office (instead of private teachers) with scheduling questions and updates.
Call 608-371-9030 or write office@academyofsound.org to report absences.

For More:

Read the WELCOME LETTER (click here) for all 2016-17 policy announcements.
Read the full Academy of Sound 2016-2017 Policy



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