Wednesday, December 19, 2018

December Newsletter

Dear AOS Students, Families, and Friends,

Well, we've made it to the final post of the year. In less than 2 weeks, 2018 will be a memory. Can you believe it? We can't! It's been a busy month already, and we're excited to share highlights of it with you!

Holiday Recital Re-Cap:

Our 2018 Holiday Recital took place on Sunday, December 16th, in Oregon Performing Arts Center at Oregon High School. We had a very large turnout of student (and instructor!) performances. With over 30 performances, our students presented a wide variety of selections from "Jingle Bell Rock" to "Hey there, Delilah." The event was followed with a reception of holiday treats and goodies.
Our 2018 Holiday Recital Participants
After-recital reception. So many delicious treats!

Our 2018-19 Faculty

Academy of South Foundation Raises $539!
We're pleased to announce that our recital raised $539 for our the Academy of Sound Foundation, Inc! This money will go towards providing scholarship aid to music students. Thank you to everyone who contributed! Are you interested in donating to the Foundation as part of your End of Year Giving? You can donate online by clicking here

Kindermusik or Music Together Teacher Sought
As we continue to expand and grow as a school, we're often looking for ways to reach more students. Currently, we are looking to add Kindermusik or Music Together Teacher to our faculty. Are you a certified instructor looking to add more classes to your schedule or know someone who is? Please share this information with them. More details about this position can be found here.

New Tote Bags!:
Are you looking for a last minute holiday gift? How about an Academy of Sound tote bag? They are $12.99 without customization and $18.99 personalized. You can either pick one up at the school or order one on our website. Check it out here.

Winter Break Closing:
We will be closed December 24th, 2018- January 2nd, 2019. Classes will resume on January 3rd, 2019. Keep up  with our calendar here. 

Teacher's Tips: Practicing Over Break:

It's Winter Break, which means you don't have to practice, right? Think again! Winter Break is the perfect time to get started on new music, work on new skills, or even, re-work old music!

Here are a couple of tips to keep you on top of your practicing during your weeks off from school. 

1. Keep your music/instrument in a place you can easily locate:  With the chaos of the holidays, it's easy to misplace your music (or even, your instrument!) Put it in a place that you will be able to access regularly without trouble.

2. Set a time each day to practice: We know that the holiday may create a few crazy days, but try to find a time each day where you can practice. Set an alarm on your phone or ipad to help keep that appointment. Even if it is only 20 minutes, you'll be surprised at home much you can learn over break.

3. Have some (attainable) goals: At the start of break, write down a few goals you'd like to accomplish over break (learn the first page of a new piece, finishing preparing a song for an upcoming event.) If they are bigger goals, you may even want to consider adding a reward when you accomplish one of them. 

Holiday Bonus: The history of "Silent Night"

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the composition of "Silent Night." This timeless carol was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St. Nicolas parish in Obernof, Austria on the Salzach River.  A young priest, Father Joseph Mohr, had come to the parish the year before, and written the lyrics to the now-famous carol. When flooding took place in the area shortly before the holiday season, the organ was not usable for the Christmas Eve services. To remedy this, Father Mohr went to a young schoolteacher and organist in the area named Franz Xaver Gruber and asked him if he could write an accompaniment that could be played on guitar. The carol, as you can imagine, was well-received and laid the groundwork for "Silent Night" as we know it these days. Want to learn more or hear about how the carol has evolved over the years (and even helped to temporarily halt WWI?) Read more here.

And with that, we bid a happiest of holiday seasons. May this time bring you joy and happiness. We also wish you joy in the coming of the new year!