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

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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



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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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Newsletter Fall 2016


Fall 2016 at Academy of Sound

Welcome to 2016-17 at Academy of Sound!

Academy of Sound continues to operate inside First Presbyterian Church, at 408 N. Bergamont Blvd. in Oregon. We are currently in negotiations to move into a new, permanent spot nearby.

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


Featured student: Erica B.

Erica is a violin student studying with Ms. Blakeley. She will be playing a solo in this year's holiday concert at school. Go, Erica!

Grade this year:  4th grade
Erica B.

School attending:  Prairie View Elementary

Favorite subject in school:  Math, Writing, Art, Music and Reading -- I can't chose just one.

Other activities (hobbies, sports, instruments):  Violin, Art, ice skating, Straw Hat Players productions -- Fame Jr. and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, spending time with my three brothers, building Legos, playing Minecraft, all kinds of stuff!

If I were an animal, I would be:  Unisys (Unicorn-Pegasus)!!  so I'll never be stuck in one place - I can go on any adventure with a little magic in it.

Famous quote:  Never give up.  Keep trying!

What I like best about AOS music lessons is:  The lessons are so fun and you don't have to learn one song for 4 weeks.  As soon as you accomplish it, you get to move to the next song.  The teachers are so kind.  If you make a mistake they don't get mad at you but encourage you.


Policy reminders

We have simplified our attendance and recital policies. Highlights include:
  • Optional recital participation - no more required events! Performing is always highly encouraged.
  • Makeup lessons will be handled via group workshops, with no more weekly makeup scheduling, which can be confusing and/or disruptive.
  • Read the full WELCOME LETTER (click here) for all 2016-17 policy announcements. 


Other office updates

  • Saturday, November 12: Sonatina Festival at Rhapsody Arts in Verona.
  • NOW: Sign up for Holiday Recital, which will be on Saturday, December 17 at 3pm at Oregon High School. Check your e-mail for instructions. All are welcome to attend!
  • 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 these dates!
  • December 17, 2016, 3:00 PM: Holiday Recital: Oregon Performing Arts Center
  • January 8 – 14, 2016: 1st Semester Conference Lessons
  • May 13, 2017, 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 PM: Spring Recitals: Oregon Performing Arts Center
  • May 21 – 25 and June 2 – 3, 2017: 2nd Semester Conference Lessons
Our full calendar is here. Feel free to subscribe if you use Google Calendar and/or iCal.


Meet Irene Verdegan, our new piano instructor

Irene Verdegan
Irene Verdegan is originally from the Philippines. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with piano emphasis, minor in voice, from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. She also holds a Master's Degree in Music Ministry from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL. Irene has over 10 years of experience instructing students in piano and voice at all ages, levels and skills. She has studied many types of musical genres, musical technique and styles and musical literature. Irene had the opportunity to perform, teach, and conduct choirs around the world, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and most recently at Northeast Iowa School of Music (NISOM). Irene's passion in music motivates her to develop musical talents in learners of all ages and of all skill levels. Irene joined the Academy of Sound faculty in 2016.   She teaches on Mondays & Thursdays.
WELCOME, MS. IRENE!


Absences

Please report absences in advance whenever possible. Excessive no-shows may result in probationary status. If you are running late, please let us know, and come as soon as you can. We are not able to extend lessons for lateness; however, we will teach until your scheduled ending time if you do arrive late.

REMEMBER:


Call 608-371-9030 or write office@academyofsound.org to report absences.

    Always contact the AOS office (instead of private teachers) with scheduling questions and updates.

    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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    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Newsletter Summer 2016

    Summer 2016 at Academy of Sound

    Welcome to summer at Academy of Sound!

    Academy of Sound continues to operate inside First Presbyterian Church, at 408 N. Bergamont Blvd. in Oregon. We are currently in negotiations to move into a new, permanent spot nearby.

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



    Policy changes

    We are simplifying our attendance and recital policies. Highlights include:

    • Optional recital participation - no more required events! Performing is always highly encouraged.
    • Makeup lessons will be handled via group workshops, with no more weekly makeup scheduling, which can be confusing and/or disruptive.
    • Read the full WELCOME LETTER (click here) for all 2016-17 policy announcements. 

    Other office updates

    • July 19 & 20, 2016: Paving work in parking lot. Please respect temporary barriers & alternate parking/entry signs.
    • NOW: Sign up for 2016-17 lesson times - see http://www.academyofsound.org/enroll for schedule. Early registration & discounted rates valid through August 1, 2016. 
    • NOW: Summer students may sign up to perform in the August 16th Recital In the Park (6pm, Waterman Triangle Park). Check your e-mail for instructions.
    • 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
    • NOW HIRING: We are adding to our team! Visit our Employment page to learn more.
    Save these dates!
    • September 12, 2016: First day of fall lessons
    • December 17, 2016, 3:00 PM: Holiday Recital: Oregon Performing Arts Center
    • January 8 – 14, 2016: 1st Semester Conference Lessons
    • May 13, 2017, 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 PM: Spring Recitals: Oregon Performing Arts Center
    • May 21 – 25 and June 2 – 3, 2017: 2nd Semester Conference Lessons
    Our full calendar is here. Feel free to subscribe if you use Google Calendar and/or iCal.


    Meet Mary Roberts, our new piano & brass instructor

    Mary Roberts
    Mary started taking piano lessons at age 4. When she was 11, she began playing the French horn. Her love of music led her to majoring in Music Performance at Duquesne University and going on to receive a Master’s in Performance from Cleveland Institute of Music. Later, she went on to receive a second Master's in Education from Pace University. In addition to teaching private lessons on piano and brass instruments over the years, Mary taught several distance learning classes through the Cleveland Institute of Music's Distance Learning program. In 2004 she joined Teach for America and taught first grade in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn, NY) for two years. She taught first grade for a third year in South Carolina, working with the Charleston Symphony’s education branch in her spare time. Before her recent move to Madison, Mary taught private lessons out of her home studio in Brooklyn for six years. She was an active French horn player in and around New York City, performing on several Broadway shows and with various orchestras and chamber ensembles. Mary offers beginner/intermediate piano lessons and brass lessons. She teaches on Thursdays this summer, and on Mondays during the academic year. WELCOME, MS. MARY!


    Absences

    Please report absences in advance whenever possible. Excessive no-shows may result in probationary status. If you are running late, please let us know, and come as soon as you can. We are not able to extend lessons for lateness; however, we will teach until your scheduled ending time if you do arrive late.

    REMEMBER:


    Call 608-371-9030 or write office@academyofsound.org to report absences.

    Always contact the AOS office (instead of private teachers) with scheduling questions and updates. 

    Phone: 608-371-9030


    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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    Tuesday, April 5, 2016

    Newsletter Spring 2016

    Spring 2016 at Academy of Sound

    "Weather" or not you can believe it, Spring is here and it's time for another Academy of Sound newsletter! Here are some of our headlines... 

    Temporary location
    Academy of Sound has relocated to 408 N. Bergamont Blvd. in Oregon, as of February 2016. We are grateful to our friends at First Presbyterian Church for hosting us while we search for a more permanent facility solution.





    Featured Students: Zoey & Jaiden M.

    Zoey (violin) & Jaiden (guitar)

    ZOEY

    Grade this year: 1st grade
    School attending: Prairie View Elementary
    Favorite subject in school: Music
    Other activities: Volleyball, soccer, swimming, skating, doing art projects and singing.
    If I were an animal, I would be: A bird because they fly.

    Famous quote: "When can we go to Disney?!" 

    What I like best about AOS music lessons is:  I like that I am learning to play songs, and my teacher is nice. I also get to color during my brothers lesson and that is a lot of fun!

    JAIDEN

    Grade this year: 3rd grade
    School attending: Prairie View Elementary
    Favorite subject in school: Gym
    Other activities: Soccer, Guitar, Swimming, Reading, Playing Video Games 
    If I were an animal, I would be: A guinea pig because they are really cute.

    Famous quote: "I want to go to Disney World!" 

    What I like best about AOS music lessons is: Adam teaches really great music and makes it fun to practice. I like that he gives me new ideas to play around with after I finish practicing. 

    These kids love Disney almost as much as they love music!!

    Reminder: Children must be attended in the waiting area

    Please be sure that all students are accompanied by an adult from the family to supervise, when waiting before or after lessons. Also, no unenrolled students (friends or siblings not studying with us today) are allowed at Academy of Sound unless accompanied by an adult. This is to keep our learning environment supportive and safe for all, and as a courtesy to our colleagues at First Presbyterian Church, whose facilities we are sharing.

      Office updates
      • NOW: Sign up for Spring recital times - check your e-mail for instructions
      • 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
      • NOW HIRING: We are adding to our team! Visit our Employment page to learn more.
      • April 14: Early Summer 2016 registration opens, for currently enrolled families.
      • April 21: Summer 2016 opens to all.
      • May 1: Early registration discount ends for Summer 2016.
      • May 2: Senior recital at First Presbyterian Church - check e-mail for eligibility & instructions
      • May 21: AOS Spring recitals at Oregon High School (required for all not in the Senior recital)

      Our full calendar is here


      Meet Blakeley Menghini, our new violin & viola instructor

      Blakeley Menghini received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Viola Performance from Greenville College in 2011, where she studied with Victoria Voumard. She then studied with Tony Devroye (of the Avalon Quartet) as she earned her Master of Music degree and Performance Certificate in Viola from Northern Illinois University in 2014. Taking a break from school, Blakeley spent a year teaching private lessons in public schools, private schools, and her home in southern Illinois. She also taught at Greenville College, where she directed the GC Chamber Orchestra and served as adjunct professor of Violin and Viola. In addition, she created and taught a Music History and Appreciation course at the Lahr-Well Academy in Edwardsville, IL. Blakeley is now a DMA candidate at UW-Madison, where she studies viola with Sally Chisholm. As the violist of UW-Madison's Hunt Quartet, she is able to share her love of music with elementary students across the Madison region. She has a passion for teaching and the character building that goes hand-in-hand with learning an instrument. Blakeley has earned Suzuki Method certification in violin (books 1-6) and viola (books 1-3), and Musikgarten certification for the Cycle of Seasons curriculum. She has experience with students of all ages, from 5 to 75, and believes that there is no person lacking potential for musical ability. WELCOME, MS. BLAKELEY!


      Absences - your call!

      As we announced at the beginning of the year, absences are now under your control. Each student will be offered the opportunity to make up 1 lesson per semester, no matter the absence reason. So families can decide!

      REMEMBER:
      • Absences must be reported before 12pm (noon) on the lesson day in order to qualify for a makeup lesson offer.
      • Call 608-371-9030 or write to office@academyofsound.org to report absences and request makeup lessons.
      • Be sure to request the makeup at the time the absence is reported. We will keep track in case you forget whether you've used your one absence per semester. 

      Always contact the AOS office (instead of private teachers) with scheduling questions and updates. 

      Phone: 608-371-9030


      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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