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    Modern Day Von Trapp Family

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    Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. Only “Sound of Music” buffs will catch that reference. It will always be one of my personal favorite movies. The story of a talented family of singers and musicians based in 1930’s Austria, a very volatile time in our world history. The Von Trapp Family Singers were like a breath of fresh air and their story has been passed on through the generations. Well here’s another breath of fresh air for our own modern day upheavals. The Kanneh-Mason family of musicians.

    The Kanneh-Masons came to the awareness of the masses through the hit tv show Britain’s Got Talent. The one and only Simon Cowell labeled them as the most talented family in the world. The Kanneh-Masons are 6 brothers and sisters ranging in age from 10 to 19 years old. They play a mix of violin, viola, cello, and piano mostly in the style of classical music. These young musicians are so focused and driven it’s inspiring to watch. You can find out more about the Kanneh-Masons here www.KannehMasons.com

    They have upcoming concerts scheduled in Antigua, North Carolina, Nottingham, and New York City (to name a few).

    I’m sure we’ll be hearing lots more about this incredible family.

     

     

     

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    2016 LA Summer Camps

    Have no fear! Summer is here!

    Looking for ideas of what to do with the kids over the summer?

    Here are a few local music camps that offer great fun learning experiences for the little ones:

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    *Songwriting instruction* Improve your singing and learn about voice types* Learn from professional musicians* Collaborate with other musicians and singers* Perform live for the entire camp at the Rockstar

    Showcase* Record in a state-of-the-art studio* Take home a CD of    your own music

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              Santa Monica Music Camp

           Focus: At Santa Monica Music Camp we integrate three hours of playing and one hour composition per day. Children spend their mornings learning with summer camp-style fun, including outdoor play, sports, movie time and snacks. Expect great improvement and a concert every Friday afternoon

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    Grammy Camp

    Focus: You get to spend more than a week living, breathing, eating, drinking music – with students from all over the country and music industry pros who know how it all works. You’ll meet guest artists, write and record new music, visit cool music sites, and finish strong with a final concert in a professional venue. And you’ll get really great GRAMMY Camp swag.

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    A Cappella Academy
    Focus: Contemporary a cappella music, ages 13-18 by audition only. Co-founders include a member and arrangers for Pentatonix and The Sing-Off.

     

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    LACM Summer Experience

    Focus: Participants Get Hands-On Access from Top Industry Leaders and Talent Associated with American Idol, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, The Grammy®’s, The Simpsons, Everclear, the Black Eyed Peas, Dancing With the Stars and More…

     

     

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    Rock N Roll Camp For Girls

    Focus: The mission of Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles is to empower girls through music education.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Broadway Kids LA

    Focus: Ages 6-13 Experienced Musical Theatre Directors provide a nurturing and interactive environment to encourage children, who have a passion for the Performing Arts, to grow in discipline and ability through exposure to the creative process.

     

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    FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy
    Focus: All orchestra instruments including harp; no piano.

    Idyllwild Arts Jazz Vocal Intensive
    Focus: Jazz Vocal.

    Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
    Focus: Band, chamber music, choir, jazz workshop, piano, orchestra, harp workshop, vocal jazz intensive, songwriting, song and dance.

    Jazz Camp West 2016
    Focus: Jazz/vocal intensive; piano intensive/advanced instrumental track.

    San Francisco Conservatory
    Focus: Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes (voice students); Composition Workshop (chamber music).

    Stanford Jazz Workshop
    Focus: Jazz, jazz combos, improvisation, all instruments, vocals.

    Stanford Summer Arts Institute
    Focus: Music theory, Music perceptions.

    University of the Pacific Music Camp
    Focus: Brubeck Institute Jazz Camp; Pacific Music Business Camp; senior band, orchestra, choir camp; senior piano camp.

    University of Southern California
    Focus: Guitar Seminar, Brass Seminar, Vocal Arts and College Audition Seminar,  electronic dance music, musical theatre, brass.

     

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    Spring Recital

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    It’s that time of year.

    The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and our Music Junction students are preparing to sing and play their hearts out. Please mark your calendars for our Spring Recital, scheduled for Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at the Hollywood Piano Company

    The Hollywood Piano Company has a newly renovated recital room, where our students can perform on a 9-foot grand piano!

    Music Junction recitals are a fun and supportive event, and all levels will be participating, from beginner to very advanced. It’s a great opportunity for students to showcase their hard work over the past semester.

    For more information contact us HERE
    We look forward to hearing everyone perform!

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    Wanna go to the Grammys?

    Grammy Campgrammy-camp that is!

    Here’s an awesome opportunity for high school students, who have an interest in a career in music, to work alongside industry professionals and artists. It’s one of the only programs of it’s kind and is available to students right here in Los Angeles. The other locations include New York and Nashville.

    The LA camp dates are June 18th to the 27th and now is the time to apply for entry.

    It’s not only for singers or musicians, the camp is also great and beneficial for audio engineers, concert promoters, electronic music producers, managers,  music journalists, singers, songwriters. If it has anything to do with a professional career in music, GRAMMY CAMP is a place to learn all about it.

     

     

     

     

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    How Young Is Too Young For Music Lessons?

     

    boy-at-pianoIt is never too early to expose your child to music; Even babies in the womb can gain cognitive benefits from hearing music. Children between the ages of 0-9 have the highest potential for developing a love and understanding of music but knowing the right age at which to start formal lessons or group music lessons can be challenging for a parent.

    The most commonly recommended age for starting private music lessons is between 5 and 7 years old. Kids in that age range have developed a bit of classroom etiquette and have begun reading and writing. Both of which are essential tools in the process of learning music in a more structured environment such as private lessons. Children under 5 will benefit greatly from larger group music classes which involve more physical movement and music appreciation.

    PBS.org has a great article which goes more in depth on the best ways to encourage your little musician.

    http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/whats-the-right-age-to-begin-music-lessons/

     

     

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    Now That’s a Funky Female

    How many absolutely beautiful female bass players do you know? Now you know at least one.

    Let me introduce you to Esperanza Spalding. She is a composer, bass player, and singer. Watching her perform is an unforgettable experience. Here she is sharing a bit of wisdom on the origins of creativity.

     

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    Happy Birthday Chopin

     

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    This March 1st we celebrate French composer Fredrick Chopin’s 206th birthday.

    His music is a gift to us now and for all generations to come.

    Chopin composed roughly 244 pieces. He had a hauntingly beautiful stlye of writing.

    Happy Birthday Chopin. Thank you for making our lives richer.

    Musicnotes.com is celebrating Chopin’s 206th birthday with a 20% sale. Click here for great discounts on music from one of our most beloved composers.

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    Which Instrument Is Right For My Child?

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    If you are considering signing your child up for music lessons this article featured on PBS.org is worth the read. “Dr. Robert A. Cutietta is the Dean of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. He is the author of “Raising Musical Kids” and a popular speaker whose areas of expertise include the middle-school learner, choral education, learning theories, and the psychology of music. Additionally, he is a highly regarded musician and educator with extensive knowledge about the full range of musical talent nationally as well as internationally.”

     

    http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/helping-your-child-choose-the-right-instrument/

     

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    “But I Don’t Wanna Play The Piano….”

     

     

     

     

     

     

    “Forcing a child to play an instrument rarely leads to the love of music making we want.”

    (Dr. Robert A. Cutietta, author of “Raising Musical Kids”)

    I have very mixed feelings about this statement. I was one of those children who’s parents “forced” them to play an instrument. In my family learning to play the piano was not optional for my siblings and me. Practicing the piano regularly was also not optional.

    My parents made a deal with me during one of my many rants about wanting to quit. They said that if I could find 3 adults that had quit playing piano as a child and didn’t regret it then they would let me quit. I tried for years, asking every grown up I came across. Needless to say, my parents won. Every adult I spoke to said “I wish I would have kept going.” Not only did I develop my own love for the piano, but I also went on to study music in college, perform on multiple stages worldwide, and even become a piano teacher myself.

    We’ve all heard of the cognitive and physical benefits of learning an instrument as a child. We’ve heard how students who study an instrument for an extended period of time have improved grades and test scores, increased creativity, and stronger balance in left/right brain function. Even so, it can be very difficult when our kids refuse to practice or argue to quit taking lessons. The competition is fierce with the internet, video games, sports, and even school work. As a teacher, I encourage parents to push through and continue through those phases (which is exactly what they are) in setting non-negotiable standards for their children. I do, however, recognize the need to maybe switch to another instrument or introduce new musical genres into the students repertoire. Music teachers and parents can work together as these different stages of growth arise for the young musician.

    There are always ways to keep it fresh!

     

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    Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

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    We’ve all heard the phrase before “practice makes perfect“. It sounds nice but is it actually true? Sometimes, not entirely; not even perfect practice makes perfect.

    Studies show that the most effective way to learn quickly is varied practice. I like to think of this as approaching a task from every angle. Practice the task repeatedly, yes, but add a small variation each time.

    When a student is learning new musical material this approach is extremely helpful. Practicing the song from different starting points each time can strengthen the memorization and muscle memory much faster than simply repeating the same line over and over again.

    Here’s a great article about how we can apply this skill in other areas of our lives.

    http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/77S6m8/www.fastcoexist.com/3056223/the-secret-to-learning-new-skills-twice-as-fast?ref_src=fb

     

     

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