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December 2014

A monthly newsletter to inform

and entertain our friends


Many thanks for all the holiday gifts that were collected for the Walter and Connie Payton Gift Drive! You helped to make a Veteran or a child's Christmas brighter!





Over 100 recital videos are now on YouTube! Visit "Sweet Sounds for You" to see you and your friends performing at past recitals! Recital videos are also available on facebook!





Another study proves link between music education and the brain




A study carried out at Boston Children’s Hospital has revealed that those who are trained in music from a young age for two years or more benefit from improved executive brain function.


The results, published in the journal PLOS ONE, show that the part of the brain responsible for cognitive processes such as problem solving, behavior regulation and the processing and retention of information was more active in the musically trained individuals.


Senior study investigator Nadine Gaad, PhD, says ‘Since executive functioning is a strong predictor of academic achievement, even more than IQ, we think our findings have strong educational implications’


She continued: ‘While many schools are cutting music programs and spending more and more time on test preparation, our findings suggest that musical training may actually help to set up children for a better academic future.’


For the study, a group of 15 musically trained children aged 9 to 12 were compared with a control group of 12 children of the same age. Two groups of adults, divided into professional- and non-musicians were also compared.


Gaab added ‘Our results may have implications for children and adults who are struggling with executive functioning, such as children with ADHD or [the] elderly. Future studies have to determine whether music may be utilized as a therapeutic intervention tool for these children and adults.’


Researchers have noted that children who study music already have strong executive function, something that initially caused their attraction to, and perseverance with, music. They hope to establish whether musical training influences executive function or vice-versa in future studies, following children over time and assigning them to musical training at random. (Courtesy of Jamie Maule and Classical-music.com)




Gianna Fresso - piano with Laurel Dubowski                    

Nathaniel Herrera - voice with Bridget Becker

Gabriel Harris - piano with Carole Bryan

Ashley Nguyen  - piano with Laurel Dubowski`                 

Alexa Santangelo - voice with Sharon Monfeli

Katie Szymborski - voice with Sharon Monfeli                 

Ty Wojciak - voice with Bridget Becker


We are pleased to send you this monthly issue of our newsletter. It is our way of saying that you are important to us and we truly value your business. Enjoy!
Coming Attractions:

March 7, 2015

Duet Recital


May 9, 2015

IMA Contest Prep &

General Recital


Illinois Music Association Contest May 16 & 17, 2015


August 21, 2015

Summer Concert Prairie Center for the Arts


October 17,2015

Halloween Recitals


We're Always In the Mood for Referrals!
EmbarassedTell a friend, relative, an  acquaintance....whoever, about us. When they call and tell us you sent them and register for lessons, (don't worry, we ask how they heard about us when they call), you receive a certificate for $20.00. Your certificate may be used for a tuition credit or to purchase lesson materials or boutique items.
Smile  On July 1, 2015, we will raffle off a $100 American Express Gift card for all the referrals from January through June. On December 30, 2015, we will raffle off a $100 American Express Gift card for the referrals from the last half of the year.


Many thanks for your referrals, new family members joining us, and new students! The studio continues to grow and now many teachers have completely filled schedules! 


Congratulations to Chad & Chloe Berkich!  Their family is the winner of our six month referral contest and receive a $100 American Express gift card!





All students are invited to participate in the Illinois Music Association Contest to be held Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th at Richard J. Daley College located at 7500 South Pulaski Road in  Chicago. We have enjoyed sending students to this event for years, and generally are very pleased with the professional manner in which the contest is conducted and the fairness of the event, especially for young beginning students. Teachers and Parents must fill out entry form and return by 1/24/15. This deadline will not be extended. Review registration form for fees and details. 



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