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Come join us at the Goddard School fall festival, October 30th from 11-2:00.

Two of our string teachers, Annette and Doug, will be providing wonderful music for the children and families from 11-noon.  They will play and answer questions for all of the kids!  Ever wonder what a child sized cello looks like?  We’ll have one on hand for you to look at and play.  Kathy will also be there to answer any general questions anyone may have about our programs.

As of now, we are offing private and pair lessons in:  Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Viola,  Cello, Saxophone, and Flute.

Starting in January, we will be having a new round of our 10 week Music Together session (ages birth-5), a NEW Los Musiqueros Spanish/English music class for kids (ages 18 months-5 years), Suzuki violin instruction, and a First Steps in Piano Class for ages 4-6.

So come on out on Saturday for some amazing string playing, and all of the other events at the fall fest (pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses, etc.)

We’ve been open a month now, and music lessons have been keeping me so busy that I haven’t gotten to find a time to take pictures of the school!  This Friday my piano technician came to the school to do some work on our grand piano, so I took that time to take pictures of the space.

The space is a completely different place come 3:00, when the students, parents, teachers, and siblings arrive.  But here ya go–the quite of 8 am Friday morning:

A view of the waiting room, with a patient little one:

A view of the wonderful light we have coming in from the front:

Our files of music for students and teachers, and our workspace:

The ‘green room’ upfront, with natural light.  Concrete floors throughout for ease of cleaning with the kiddos and for great sound when we do chamber music and recitals.

This room is used for guitar lessons, cello lessons, and violin lessons.  Acoustic piano coming soon to this room….

A view of our “pairs piano” room.  We have a lot of beginners taking lessons two at a time.  Twice the giggles, twice the fun, learning from peers,  and more economical for the parents.  It’s a win-win situation.

Our forth teaching room upfront.  The mac is used for theory games and finale.  We’ve since moved it to a workstation in the waiting room so students can play theory games on the computer while they are waiting for their lessons.

Our Music Together room, used for parent/child classes.  We will be starting 4-6 year old group piano in this room in January, and a spanish music class!

Another view of the music together room, with the city mandated water fountains (which are extremely handy with all of the thirsty kids coming from school!)

View of the Music Together room opened up to our grand piano:  for studio classes, master classes, theory classes, mini-recitals, chamber music……

Our lovely Kawai Grand.

October newsletter!  Click on the link below to read the full newsletter. Some things going on at Velocity in October:

  • Halloween Hop for Music Together students (and friends and families), ages birth-5, Friday, October 29th 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00.  $10 per child, $5 per second child in the same family.  Non velocity students welcome!  We’ll have goodie bags for the kids, and a portion of the proceeds will go to support scholarship students studying at Velocity.
  • Halloween Fright Fest, Friday October 29th 6:00-7:30.  Hear some of our talented teachers play (and sing) spooky songs, perform for your friends, and participate in fun halloween themed music games.  $10 per child

Get ready for these future events:

  • November, Masterclass with a master teacher!  Perform and get coached from a master teacher and then participate in the masterclass performance recital at the end of the day.
  • November:  Around the World Festival, Concordia University.  Play a piece that represents a culture or nationality.
  • December:  All Velocity Studio Recital, held at Steinway Gallery, Austin, TX
  • December:  Demo week!  Experience Music Together, Los Musiqueros, and First Steps in Piano Classes for free this week!!
  • January:  The  start of some new exciting classes!  Music Together (ages birth-5), Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30, and Saturdays 10:30.  Los Musiqueros (ages 18 months-5 years) Spanish and English classes, Thursdays 10:00.  First Steps in Piano Class (ages 4-6) Wednesdays 1:00

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Yet another demonstration of why singing to your child is so developmentally important!

Birth of the Beat

Our Music Together classes begin September 13th.  Enroll now to receive our grand opening discount!

Below is an article from MTNA, a national organization for music teachers.  I thought it was a timely article for the beginning of the school year when many of us as parents are trying to find the right music teacher for our children!

Interested in seeing the teaching styles of the teachers at Velocity Music Academy?  Come to our open house and do some mini trial lessons with the teachers!  Saturday, Sept. 11th, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Striking the Right Notes with the Right Music Teacher

CINCINNATI, OHIO—Finding the right music teacher can make all the difference between success and failure in a child’s music lessons. All music teachers are not the same and do not carry the same credentials. Parents ideally want a teacher who is close, available at the right times and reasonably priced. Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) is here to offer advice on other factors to consider, as well as how to make the right decision.

When selecting your child’s music teacher, it is best to consult with friends, family members and others who are acquainted with area music teachers. Also try asking for recommendations from schools, churches, music stores or area teacher organizations. Word-of-mouth is often the best resource when seeking the right teacher.

After getting a few teaching prospects, arrange an in-person interview, if possible. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the teachers, ask questions about the teacher’s studio policies, expectations and teaching styles. This is also the time to address any concerns you may have.

During this interview, you should ask the teacher if he or she is a member of Music Teachers National Association and if he or she holds MTNA Professional Certification. Both of these convey a commitment to ongoing professional development, which is an important quality to look for in a teacher.

A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) has demonstrated competence in professional preparation, teaching practices, ethical business management and lifelong learning. These characteristics will prove to be an excellent source to facilitate music learning in an environment that encourages student confidence, independence, teamwork and success.

Once you have completed the interviews, carefully balance all of the elements of personality, interaction with students, commitment to professionalism with price and location. Weigh the pros and cons. Music lessons are core to any child’s complete education and making an informed decision about who your child studies with is paramount.

For additional assistance finding a music teacher in your area, contact MTNA at (888) 512-5278, mtnanet@mtna.org or visit the MTNA website at www.mtna.org and click on one of the links under “Choosing a Music Teacher.”

Just wanted to update everyone that Velocity Music Academy will be offering Music Together® classes in the fall!  I am very excited about this, and have a few wonderful teachers in line to teach the program.  I am currently looking for locations and times to hold free demo classes.  Do you have a place in mind?  Send me an e-mail or leave a comment to this blog post.  Do you have a time request for Music Together® Classes?  Please leave a comment and let me know so that we can begin forming those classes.

For those of you that don’t know about Music Together®, it’s a wonderful program designed for children from birth-age 5 and their caregivers.  The 45 minute weekly class revolves around singing and movement.  Children (and parents!) learn the wonderful, highly addictive songs used during the class through class participating and by listening to the CDs of the session.  (Each participating family receives 2 CDs, 1 Song book, and 1 Growth Chart).  If you participate in this class, you will see the wonderful musical behaviors beginning to come from the children throughout the session.

As an educator with a doctorate in Music Education, Piano Pedagogy, I can assure you that the program is highly developed in music research and a sound foundation for learning.  As a mom of two little ones myself, I can tell you that you will be amazed (even laugh and cry) as you see your children reacting to the music and growing in a musical way.

Every session will feature a new set of music over a cycle of three years.  That means you can take the classes for 3 years without ever repeating the same collection!

Can’t wait to get this program started!

Follow this link for an interesting Newsweek article on the importance of teaching creativity to children.  As much as I love the educational system (I spent most of my life as a professional student!), I know that creativity, especially musical creativity, is scarce in our schools.  This is one of the reasons why I decided to start Velocity Music Academy–to provide a place for children (and adults) to expand their creativity through the language of music.

I taught a lesson this week to a high school piano student of mine.  He was working on a composition and theory chord skills.  At one point in the lesson, when everything came together as planned, he started improvising a vocal line over his piano playing.  In a matter of seconds, I got goosebumps all over my arms.  Good ol’ fashioned goosebumps from hearing a teenager create music.  That’s what it’s all about, and that’s why I love my job.

So for all of you that are contemplating the importance of musical education (and creativity in general), don’t hesitate.  It’s one of the most important gifts you can give your children.