Being good is not a simple thing. Becoming a musician is not for the easily discouraged. Yet struggle is exactly what our children need to do. They need to take something that is “too hard” and chip away at it until it becomes not quite as hard.
This season Musical Beginnings is holding a Diaper Drive to benefit the International Rescue Committee (IRC). IRC is a refugee resettlement organization with centers all over the world, including Los Angeles and Sacramento. The agency responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. When families come in they are supplied with the essentials of beginning a new life in the United States, including household goods, clothes, and supplies for babies and children. To help in this effort we ask that you drop off a package or two of disposable diapers at Musical Beginnings now through Dec. 20. All sizes are welcome, with toddler sizes slightly preferred. There are baskets in the main studio waiting room and also at the Annex. The diapers will be collected and brought to an IRC center. For more information on the agency please visit: rescue.org. Thank you and happy holidays!
Please join us for our first annual
Community Music Day!
Sept. 10, 2016 at Holy Nativity Church and Fellowship Hall
All proceeds benefit Music Tree, our nonprofit program dedicated to bringing more music to more children.
Here’s what’s in store…stay for the whole time, or drop by for just a part.
2:30 FACULTY CONCERT (Church)
Featuring: Mark Balling, Eleonora Boreyko, Susie Chung, Heather Crawford, Nir Eitan, Elisabeth Ekornes, James Higgs, Sophia Kahn, Daniel Linder, Rebecca Rice, Polly Schaffner
2:30 MUSIC AND ART FOR LITTLE ONES (Fellowship Hall)
A time to play and sing for ages 0-6. Children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Children 3-6 may be dropped off as long as they have a grownup on the premises, such as at the Faculty Concert.
4:00 FOOD AND VISITING (Fellowship Hall)
4:00 BAND JAM (Fellowship Hall)
An opportunity for intermediate and advanced students, as well a interested parents, to sit in with teachers and professional musicians Dave Green, Beau Simpson, Alan Silva, and Hiroo Nakano. Please drop off 4 copies of your lead sheet to the office by Sept. 1. Students should work on their piece with their teacher. Advance registration strongly suggested.
5:00 FAMILY SINGALONG
Suggested donation: $30 per family, in advance; $40 at the door
All donations are tax-deductible and 100% goes to provide music lessons and classes to children who may not otherwise receive them. The teachers are volunteering their time and Musical Beginnings absorbs all event costs.
On April 30 we had our first senior recital of the spring series, featuring Erik Godlewski on piano, Sadushi De Silva on violin, and Michelle Rigsby on piano. Sadushi and Michelle have studied with us for the past several years and Erik has been at Musical Beginnings since he was a 5-year-old in Foundations. I was so pleased to hear them all play so beautifully. It was one of those times my job seems most worthwhile. Now they're all off to college--University of Portland for Erik, UC San Diego for Sadushi, and Cal State Northridge for Michelle. Their teachers and I are proud to be sending them off with the skills they need to make and enjoy music their whole lives long.
Congratulations to the winners of our Summer Flashcard Challenge!
1st Place and Most Improved: Jeremy P.
2nd Place and Most Improved: Sophie P.
1st Place: Michael C.
2nd Place: Jordan T. and Megan G.
Most Improved: Keira L. and Jack A.
1st Place: Alonoso P., Lauren D. and Neal H.
2nd Place: Kevin L.
Most Improved: Mina B.
It's back to school time and that means it is also time to sign up for Fall Classes. Our classes start on September 1 and we have options for babies through age 12. Visit our classes page to learn more and to register.
Fall registration is also open for private lessons. We have lessons available for pianists, guitarists, violinists and singers of all ages and abilities. Visit our lessons page to learn more.
Here's our summer activity:
A Flashcard Challenge that students can do in their lessons. No fee or advance signup required...super easy!
Here's how it works:
- Students see how many music flashcards they can do in one minute. (Teachers will place them in either the A,B, or C group according to their level.)
- Their score is recorded on a chart in their lesson room and also online.
- They do this 6 times between now and the end of August.
- At the end of the summer the highest score in each group receives a $10 itunes card or a music pin. (Their choice.) There will also be prizes for Most Improved Scores.
- All participants who complete the 6-week challenge will receive a certificate.
Although the students' scores will be recorded in their lesson rooms (or on a chart their teacher carries if their lessons are in-home), they will be competing with everyone in the studio. Check the blog at the end of the summer to see the results!
We've just completed our spring recitals, three May Saturdays filled with lovely performances and proud students and families. And congratulations to our teacher Susie Chung who just received her doctorate in piano from USC. She accompanied some of our May 30 recitals and was beautiful to hear. Now on to summer! Class and lesson registration is now open.