Musicology School of
April 2014 Newsletter
Wow! This year is really flying by. As I sit here during spring break working on the April newsletter, I can’t help to think that summer is around the corner. Musicology has many exciting things to offer our students for Summer of 2014.
This Newsletter will be primarily about our Summer offerings as well as our Customer Appreciation Day / Open House. Also, I would like to say congratulations to all of our students who performed at our Spring Recitals and the Launch Talent Show at James Clemens High School. Thank you all for your continuous support.
What's Happening At Musicology?
Musicology School of Music, LLC
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY / OPEN HOUSE
Please Come Sunday April 27 from 2pm - 4pm as we celebrate the grand opening of our amazing new facility. Please bring your friends, as we will be providing tours of the facility to Prospective clients. It will be a day of fun and excitement. There will be:
Bouncy Houses, Face Painting, Free Food,
Free Concert by the
Musicology Rock Bands,
& Great Prizes
Poor Little Franny This is a true story about one of our students. January 2013, we started Franny on Monday at 4:30. The lesson time was perfect. Franny's mom was off work on Monday and worked the rest
of the week. Franny loved her lesson, but was going to have a busy summer and was not going to be able to make it to her classes. So she discontinued her lesson and told us she so would be back when school started. Franny discontinued on a Monday the next day by lunch we had filled her spot.
When August rolled around, Franny called and wanted her teacher back. The only time the teacher had available was Friday night at 6:30. They loved their teacher and wanted to continue with him so they took the spot. For the next seven months, Franny changed her lesson time five different times when more accommodating spots became available. Finally last month, a Monday spot became available and she took it. Franny now has the day
and the time she wanted and Mom is happy.
This story has happened countless times at Musicology over the years and is one of the main reasons we have our group make up class system. This year Franny just needs to tell us what days she is going to miss and we will go ahead and credit her account for make up classes and she can take the classes before summer even gets here or throughout the year. Then when summer comes, she will pay her monthly tuition and when she is ready to come back, her spot will be there.
So, as summer approaches we will be sending a letter out to all of our students reviewing the make up policy and withdrawal policies. This year Musicology has experienced tremendous growth and currently several of our teachers are currently sold out and have waiting lists. So please take advantage of our new make up policies this year and don't end up like Franny.
Written by: Eric Brown
Co-owner of Musicology School of Music, LLC
1. What instruments do you play?
2. How long have you taken lessons? 1.5 years
3. What are your other hobbies, besides music?
4. Favorite Food?
5. What is the coolest thing you've learned in your lessons in the past three months?
Still Into You By Paramore
6. Do you have any performances coming up?
Sunday April 27th @ the Customer Appreciation / Open House 2pm - 4pm
All music students are sure to hear things like "the more you practice, the easier it will get," or "practicing frequently will help you get better faster." Practice is of course an important part of progressing as a musician. It is also important for a student to develop a set of good practice habits. There are many different good habits. Here are three that can make practice more appealing and rewarding as a music student.
Have a Positive and Optimistic Attitude
This is important for students, parents, and teachers. Students will benefit most when they approach their work with confidence and a belief that they can progress. For example, beginning guitar students often have a hard time pressing the string down to the fret, or making chords clearly. This is common, and something most students will start to overcome after a few months. Sometimes, my students will say they don't think they can do something - like make a certain chord, or play a guitar solo. Instead of looking at it that way, students should remember it takes time and practice, but they can get better at their instrument. Teachers and parents can encourage practice by reminding students of what they can accomplish. Remind them especially of the fun they can have when playing an instrument becomes easier.
Don't Take on Too Much at One Time
Music is quite complicated. There are many different things that go into playing a song, scale, or exercise well. This can sometimes be overwhelming when a student faces a new challenge. Often, if I give my students a new scale, they will try to read and play it very quickly. This usually causes them to forget other parts of their playing, like playing notes clearly, or with a good tempo. So instead of trying to take the whole thing on at once, I encourage my students to begin by slowly reading the notes out loud. Next, a student can work on playing each note correctly and clearly. Then play the scale forward and backwards with a steady tempo. Finally, work on increasing the speed.
In the case of learning a song, it is often best to work on the song one measure at a time, or one line at at a time. First, repeatedly work on a smaller section until it can be performed well, and then they can try playing it with parts already learned. This makes the music more manageable and easier to remember. After working on the song in smaller sections, the song can be played all together.
Remember the End Goal
Often a student may find something like playing their scales or their technique to be more tedious and boring than learning a favorite song, or something that comes easier. For example, sometimes my students come to their lesson and tell me that they've practiced their song, but not their chord and rhythm exercises. This is a natural and understandable tendency. But remember, by working on things like new and good rhythms, students can learn to play harder songs and how to make their playing sound better. Also, when someone understands something like a scale, they can understand better how a melody is or a solo is accomplished.
Written By Jonathan Slater Instructor @ Musicology School of Music
Teacher of the Month
What do you like most about teaching?
My favorite part of teaching is when a student finishes a really challenging piece and the look of triumph they have after words.
What is the best part of Kindermusik?
The best part of Kindermusik is that it is simple, but so rich in benefits. Children learn so much from things we would find so simple. Story time isn't just story time, its a time for children to learn focused listening, and build understanding.
How does playing and practicing music impact a child's life? Playing and practicing music builds character, creativity, and confidence which are all very crucial in every aspect of life. And not to mention its an extremely enjoyable hobby!
What is your favorite type of music and why do you enjoy it? I love every kind of music! Classical, Country, Rock, you name it!
Musicology School of Music LLC
Welcomes Jessie to our teaching faculty
Like to sing, but never had any training?
Are you an instrumentalist who likes to play and sing?
Want to learn how to have better breath support, stronger high notes, and an overall better sound?
Learn singing technique and fun songs in a relaxed environment! Each individual will learn a new song and perform it at the end of the 8 - week class.
Ages 12- Adult
May 29 - July 31, 2014
Thursdays at 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Musicology School of Music teaches over 500 students a week from the Huntsville / Madison area.