Family Fun Fest June 6th 2015
Musicology School of Music has been asked to return to the VBC on June 6th to help with the entertainment for the Family Fun Fest. Our Rock Bands will be performing on the Main Stage in the afternoon, but our students have been asked to perform all day in not one, but two locations! The Family Fun Fest will be having an indoor train for the children to ride that will be going from one point inside the VBC to another. Musicology has been asked to perform at the two train stops for the children that will be waiting for the train. So in essence, we will be street musicians for the event. Students will be performing at one train stop then at the other. So all of our students will be performing twice!
Musicology School of Music LLC is proud to announce the hiring of our new Violin, Piano, & Guitar instructor.
Katie Pachmayr has been a private music instructor for 13 years. After studying classical violin and piano as a child, Katie started traveling to local music festivals and fell in love with bluegrass and old-time fiddling.
During high school, Katie formed a bluegrass band and toured throughout the southeast playing showcases and teaching workshops. Her bluegrass band won first place at Silver Dollar City’s Single Mic Youth Bluegrass Band Competition in 2006. Katie later attended Middle Tennessee State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Recording Industry with a concentration in Music Business. While at MTSU, she served as an intern at the International Bluegrass Music Association and helped organize the 2011 World Of Bluegrass Convention. Katie loves sharing her passion for music with others and believes that learning to play any instrument should be a fun and enjoyable journey.
Achievements and Awards
Won first place at Silver Dollar City’s Single Mic Youth Bluegrass Band Competition
Won second place fiddle championship in the Mississippi State fiddle competition
Won second place fiddle championship in the Indiana State fiddle competition 2009
Won first place fiddle contest two consecutive years at Bear Creek Bluegrass Festival
Won second place bluegrass fiddle and second place old-time fiddle GBYP contest
Musicology School of Music
Family Fun Expo VBC
June 22nd – 26th
July 18th & 19th
Summer Student Show Case
Customer Appreciation Day / Open House
Closed Labor Dar
Madison Street Festival
Halloween Room a Treat / Rock Band Costume Party
Nov 25th - 27th
Closed Thanksgiving Break
December 6th & 7th
Christmas Student Showcase
December 24 - 26
Closed for Christmas Holiday
December 31st - January 1
Here at Musicology, our students have many opportunities not only to learn how to practice and play by themselves, but they also learn to do these things with their teachers and other students. We do this by offering band classes, guitar ensemble, and performance opportunities. While many good things can be achieved through individual practice and performance, there are many key benefits that come from students working on music with others. Here are a few thoughts on the importance of group interaction in music:
We learn new things and how to become better musicians because of other people’s help. Whether someone learns an instrument through books, the Internet, teachers, or friends, learning music is always due to help from outside sources. Musicians and students alike tend to limit themselves if they ignore the many ways they can learn to advance and grow their skills. For example, when I first started playing guitar, I spent the first year working with one book and a few chords a friend showed me. Eventually I felt like I hit a wall and just couldn’t get any better. That’s when I started taking lessons. I grew as a musician at a much quicker rate and was able to achieve much more of what I wanted to do. As I added things to my practice such as new scales, music theory, techniques, and music styles, my playing became capable of more things.
Group interaction allows people to get better at communicating about music. Like math or science, music has many parts and terms. The more you talk about and practice these things with other people, the more you understand what all these things mean.
You are motivated to do well when working with other people. There is a healthy peer pressure for people playing in a group. Typically, no one wants to show up to a practice unprepared.
They would perform poorly in front of friends or teachers, and also slow the group’s progress. So when student’s work with others, it encourages them to work hard so they perform well.
These are just a few reasons Musicology finds group music opportunities to be an important part of what we do. There are many benefits and ways to advance as a musician by taking advantage of playing with others. If this is something you or your student is interested in doing more of, please speak with one of our teachers about our band classes, guitar ensemble, and performances.
Written By Jonathan Slater Instructor @ Musicology School of Music
Student of the Month:
1. What instruments do you take at Musicology? Drum
2. How long have you taken lessons? 3 years
3. What are your hobbies, besides music? Reading, basketball, sports, and interviewing people
4. What is your favorite food? Pizza
5. What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past 3 months? Rock and Roll and Christian songs
6. What do you like about your teacher? Quentin is really sweet and he taught
me different notes on the drums.
Group Make Up Class Schedule for June
Beginner Piano: June 4th ,11th , 18th, 25th @ 5:oopm June 13th 9:00am
Intro to Piano: June 15th 11am
Intermediate Piano: June 4th, 11th , 18th , 25th @ 5:00pm & June 13th 11:00am
Make Up Beginning Drum: June 10th 4:00 pm June 27th 9:00am
Intermediate Drum: June 20th 9:00am
Make Up String: June 5th , 12th , 19th 26th @ 5:00pm
Beginner Voice: June 6th &20th 4:00pm June 11th 7:00pm
Intermediate Voice: June 13th & 27th 4:00pm
Beginner Guitar: June 6th 2:00pm June 23rd 7:00pm
Intermediate Guitar: June 8th 7:00pm
Intro to Guitar: June 8th 11:00am
Make Up Mallet: June 6th 9:00am
Intro to Voice: June 22nd 11:00am
Teacher of the Month:
1. What are the things you like the most about teaching? I really enjoy both helping student's learn music they love, and also helping them grow as a musician. For me it's not simply about teaching someone to learn to play a song, but is also about helping him or her understand music more thoroughly. If a student is willing to learn the theory, timing, techniques, and other aspects of a song, they will be more satisfied with their playing. It will also advance their overall musicianship better.
2. How do you inspire students to practice more? I try to give my student's things to practice that are fun, challenging, and doable. A big part of a student's interest in practice is allowing them to work on or towards music they like. Sometimes its a little bit trickier to get them to practice things like scales and exercises. So in those cases I try to make practice more interesting by showing them how scales and exercises will allow a student to accomplish more difficult things.
3. What part do you feel that playing or singing in a group has in a student's development? Recitals are motivating and a place for student's to share their hard work. When you have to play with other people, or perform for people, it motivates students to work hard so they play well. On top of that, recitals are a chance for a student to share their work with someone other than their teacher.
4. What is your favorite type of music? It would be hard for me to pick just one. I really enjoy many styles and bands. This year I've listened to mostly Appalachian bluegrass and blues rock.
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