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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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    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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    Because I’m Bad, I’m Bad!!

    Lohan Kim’s piano skills are indeed Bad in the best way possible.

    Check out this incredible arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” by 13 year old pianist and arranger, Lohan Kim.

     

     

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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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    “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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    Joey Alexander

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    Joey Alexander. This is a name you may want to remember in years to come. 12 year old Joey was just featured as a jazz pianist on the 2016 Grammy Awards show. Indonesian born Joey has already performed in front of thousands worldwide, including presidents and dignitaries. He was even nominated for two Grammy awards.

    Joey began playing piano at six years old, his parents consider his abilities a “gift from God”.

    Here’s Joey playing at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

     

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    Lydian, the 9 year old piano virtuoso.

    imageLydian Nadhaswaram is an incredibly talented young musician. At only 9 years old he plays the piano, drums, and guitar and practices religiously every day. Lydian’s father is a music educator and has trained his children to be dedicated and talented musicians. Here is Lydian performing Fantasie Imprompu by composer Fredrick Chopin.

     

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    Music Worth Noting

    So much great music and live performances fill the Internet, it is almost hard to keep track of it all. From the sounds of hip-hop to to the strings of a violin, this is what we have been listening to this week. Enjoy these wonderful sound and share with us what you’re listening to!

     

     

     

    “Glory” by Common and John Legend

    This Academy Award-nominated song is a great fusion of sounds coupled with moving lyrics. It feels like a gospel but has added layers of hip-hop with the rich sound of violins. Listen closely to the lyrics such as, No one can win the war individually / It take the wisdom of the elders and young people’s energy, you might just be moved to tears.

     

    Music Lessons by James Taylor

    As if we needed another reason to love James Taylor! The legendary singer-songwriter can sell out concerts and drive top dollar for one-on-one instruction. Yet, Taylor chose to reach to the masses via YouTube. He created a series that provides guitar instruction and tips to his most loved songs.

     

    Recital by Itzhak Perlman

    Perhaps no other violinist alive is as revered as much as Itzhak Perlman. He’ll make a special appearance next week at the Wall Disney Concert Hall, playing sonatas from Beethoven, Ravel and Greig.

     

     

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    Encouraging Adult Music Students

    At The Music Junction we enjoy having students of all ages and believe music making is a good hobby for everyone. After all, it is well documented how music lessons benefit older students with their memory.  So, if playing the piano or taking voice lessons was one of your new year’s resolutions but you’re a little uncertain about this new journey, do not fear! We’re here to help!

     

    You Can Do This!

    The old saying is true, we are our own worst critic. Or as a music teacher told the New York Times, older people tend to “beat themselves up more” about their music abilities. Just relax and realize that being a student means you will make mistakes but you will get better. Teacher Brad Hubisz wants adults to remember something that is sometimes overlooked: “Adults are smarter than children!” He adds that older students have an easier time learning more theoretical-based concepts such as scales, chords and circle of fifths. Also, adults have a quicker grasp on learning sight reading tricks.

     

     

    You Should Practice But …

    Perhaps more than children, adult students tend to feel bad when they show up for lessons unprepared. Maybe it was a busy week at work filled with late meetings. Perhaps, you had a few too many dinner parties with friends. Either way, your day quickly filled up and you had little time, or energy, to practice. Out of respect for the teacher’s time you cancel the lessons and hope to catch up in time for the next session.

     

    Not so fast, says Music Junction owner Charissa Vaughan-Wheeler. She is a trained vocalist and pianist who is also learning how to play the guitar. She knows what it’s like to not practice. “Canceling actually has the opposite effect,” she says. “When students do that, they end up not practicing again for another week because they didn’t get the momentum back up again, and that’s when they start thinking about quitting.”

     

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