March/April 2016 Newsletter
Keep Calm and Play On
Spring is approaching and that means longer days, warmer weather and… recitals! Recitals are taking place on Saturday, May 14th and Saturday, May 21st at Koten Chapel – North Central College.
This year there are two new additions to our recital line up. For our students that participate in the District 204 Fine Arts Festival, we have a recital on May 14 at 5:00 pm. If you would like to participate in the recital and you have a conflict due to the Fine Arts Festival, this recital is for you. Let your teacher know if this is the case.
The other addition to our lineup is an Adult Recital. This will take place on May 21 at 4:00 pm. All the performers in this recital will be our adult students. If you are interested in participating, let your teacher know.
The recital schedules for each day are as follows:
Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:30 am: Jered Montgomery, Joel Moore & Bobby Clark
11:00 am: John Melnick
12:30 pm: John Melnick
2:00 pm: Danielle Floberg
3:30 pm: Bridget Becker
5:00 pm: Fine Arts Festival Conflict
Saturday, May 21, 2016
10:00 am: Sue Good
11:30 am: Greg Luberda & Yee Seer See
1:00 pm: Katie Heise, Mary McGinty, Kathleen Gaiden & Juliet Dawson
2:30 pm: Amy Dickman
4:00 pm: Adult Recital (must have at least 6 participants)
Recitals are voluntary but students are encouraged to participate. There is a non-refundable $30 participation fee per student. Recital fees are now being accepted in the office. If you have any questions, please call us at 630-355-1110.
Celebrating Student Achievement – The Musical Ladder System®
Congratulations to all of our January and February award winners for achieving their first milestone in the Musical Ladder System®! We also received our first batch of trophies. See some of our proud students receiving trophies and certificates pictured below.
Check out our Facebook page for more great pictures of all our award-winning students!
A Day in the Life of a Rock Star
One of our staff members, Kim Merrick, recently completed her very first rock ensemble. When asked to reflect on her experiences from the program, this is what she had to say:
Participating in the Musical Expressions Rock Ensemble was an amazing experience. It was fun and I learned so much. I had never sung with a band before and I had no idea what I was in for. It was challenging in the beginning. There was lots of music to learn and I had to learn how to sing with other musicians and finding my cues.
Every week our rehearsals were recorded. Sometimes it was hard to listen to myself, but it helped me figure out what to work on and practice with the music.
The day of the performance was a snowy Valentine’s Day, but that didn’t deter the audience. There was a huge turnout for the Rock Ensemble Showcase at Two Brothers in Aurora. The day started with a sound check, then the performances. First up was the Jr. High Ensemble OC/DC. Next was the Sr. High Band Thunder Eyebrows. They were both really good.
Then it was time for the adult ensemble The Republic of Chad to perform. I was extremely nervous. I couldn’t imagine what it was going to be like to be in front of all those people for all of that time. Once the first song started it was as if time disappeared. I became caught up in the moment and then by the last song I couldn’t believe it was over.
I had such an amazing time, learned so much and met really great people. I am ready to sign up again!
If you are interested in signing up for our Jr. high, Sr. high or adult ensemble call or stop by the office. Our summer session rehearsals are beginning on Sunday, May 1st. The performance will be held at Two Brothers Roundhouse on Sunday, August 21st. Give it a shot. It might just be the spark you or your child needs to ignite a lifelong passion for musical performance!
A Sub Above
Musical Expressions is extremely proud of our teaching professionals. Most of our teachers are still actively out there following their dreams. We don’t just have music teachers, we have teaching musicians! The biggest dilemma with teaching musicians, though, is that they sometimes have performances and other professional engagements that conflict with their teaching schedules. We strive to meet and exceed your expectations as students and parents while at the same time encouraging our teachers’ professional growth as musicians. As you can imagine this is no small task!
One way for us to accommodate both students and teachers in this regard is to provide highly qualified substitutes for any lessons a teacher may need to miss. We use the same high standards when we hire these professionals as we did when we hired your instructor! In fact, many of our substitutes are actually part of our regular teaching staff with students of their own.
Here are just a few reasons why having a substitute teacher can be beneficial:
- Taking an occasional lesson from a substitute teacher is more convenient than having to possibly come in on a different day to do a make-up lesson.
- Consistency is the only way that you will continue to improve, which is why you are taking lessons in the first place. Missing too many lessons can and will negatively affect your progress.
- Having a substitute teacher allows for a fresh set of eyes and ears to critique your technique. A substitute may introduce you to a new way to approach an old problem. It never hurts to have a second opinion.
- Substitute teachers bring their own professional experiences with them. Whether it is a new genre, style or technique… the expertise of another musician can be a very rewarding asset!
- Using a substitute allows your teacher to continue their professional growth and to regularly perform before live audiences. These performances bring new experiences that they can share with you.
We encourage you to keep on your regular lesson schedule when your teacher is unavailable. Remember that student cancelled make-up lessons are never guaranteed.
A Date to Remember
April 15 – 30: Brass teacher Jered Montgomery performing in The Little Mermaid at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero
Sunday, May 1: Summer Ensemble Rehearsals Begin
Sunday, May 1: Brass teacher Jered Montgomery performing Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 with the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra in Schaumburg
Sunday, May 8: Brass teacher Bobby Clark performing with Fox Valley Concert Band at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles (Free Admission)
Saturdays, May 14 & 21: Spring Recitals (See performance schedule above)