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July 2014

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Whether it's jazz, rock, blues, metal, or anything in between, Ms. Baker is ready to help you take your playing to the next level. Lisa has been teaching private and group lessons for over 20 years. She has a BA in Psychology from Westmont College, is the first female to have graduated Northern Illinois University with a Masters of Music (Jazz Guitar) and a lifetime of experience playing gigs with players like Bill 'The Buddha' Dickens (Stevie Wonder and The Meters Experience) and Victor Wooten (7 time Grammy winner, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones).  Whether you would like to understand what you play or simply learn to read music Lisa's there to help. She has taught for Northern Illinois University's School of the Arts, The Bonnie Raitt School of Music, Abintra Montessouri and Ensworth Academy. Why wait any longer? The knowledge you've been seeking is just around the corner.  




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!


National Hot Dog Day

When : July 23rd

 National Hot Dog Day celebrates one of America's favorite summer sandwiches. It is only fitting that this dog gets its day.

Its summertime. Hot dogs are center stage on the grill, and at picnics all across America. They are at the ballpark. They are sold from carts on street corners in every city. It's not hard to find them. We consume hundreds of millions of hot dogs on the Fourth of July alone.

Enjoy National Hot Dog Day to the fullest. Have a couple of hot dogs for lunch or dinner. And, don't forget to cook a few on a stick at the evening campfire.

Happy National Hot Dog Day!

How many Hot Dogs do we eat?

We consume so many hot dogs, in so many venues, that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council hesitates to forecast consumption. But, it does report that each year we buy over 837 million packages of hot dogs at retail outlets, and over 24 million hot dogs at baseball stadiums alone. 

Origin of National Hot Dog Day: Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a "National" day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation. But, we firmly believe that there should be a national day for America's Hot Dog! (courtesy of Holiday Insights)



8 Most Nominated Film Composers of Our Time

What would a movie be without music? Music is such an important aspect of the movie industry, and the composers have a very important role. Think of your favorite movie, or your favorite scene in a movie, or your favorite performance, and chances are that a big part of why you love that movie or scene or performance is because it was accompanied by music written by one of these guys below:

1. John Williams - 64 Nominations and 47 Awards. John Williams has been nominated for 49 Academy Awards, winning 5; 6 Emmy Awards, winning 3; 25 Golden Globe Awards, winning 4; 63 Grammy Awards, winning 21; and has received 7 British Academy Film Awards. With 49 Oscar nominations, Williams currently holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for a living person,[38][39] and is the second most nominated person in Academy Awards history behind Walt Disney's 59. Forty-four of Williams' Oscar nominations are for Best Original Score and five are for Best Original Song. He won four Oscars for Best Original Score and one for Best Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score (Fiddler on the Roof).
2. John Barry - 31 Nominations and 12 Awards. In 1999 Barry was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) at Buckingham Palace for services to music, and received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 2005.[29][31] In 2005, the American Film Institute ranked Barry's score for Out of Africa No. 15 on their list of the greatest film scores. His scores for the following films were also nominated: Body Heat (1981), Born Free (1966), Dances with Wolves (1990), Goldfinger (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Somewhere in Time (1980).
3. James Horner - 37 Nominations and 10 Awards. Horner has scored over 100 films, frequently collaborating with directors such as James Cameron, Mel Gibson and Ron Howard. Other scores he has composed on include those for Commando, Titanic, Braveheart, Willow, Apollo 13, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Cocoon, Legends of the Fall, Aliens, Glory, The Mask of Zorro, Field of Dreams, Enemy at the Gates, Casper, Troy, Bicentennial Man, The Rocketeer, A Beautiful Mind, Mighty Joe Young, The Perfect Storm, Deep Impact, Avatar and more recently, The Amazing Spider-Man. Horner has won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Satellite Awards, three Saturn Awards, and has been nominated for three British Academy Film Awards. His body of work is also notable for including the scores to the two highest-grossing films of all time: Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009), both of which were directed by James Cameron.
4. Hans Zimmer - 38 Nominations and 8 Awards. Zimmer has composed and produced over one hundred soundtracks and film scores. Of them, about 50 soundtracks and songs were nominated for awards. He won one Academy Award (The Lion King), four Satellite Awards (The Thin Red Line, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, Inception), two Golden Globe Awards (The Lion King, Gladiator), four Grammy Awards (two prizes for The Lion King, Crimson Tide, The Dark Knight), one Saturn Award (The Dark Knight ), two Annie Awards (Kung Fu Panda, Secrets of the Furious Five), and one WAFCA Award (Inception).
5. Howard Shore - 25 Nominations and 8 Awards. Shore has received four Academy Award nominations, winning three, two for Best Original Score, for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). He also won the Oscar for Best Original Song for "Into the West" from Return of the King. He received his fourth nomination for his work on Hugo. Shore has also received six Golden Globe nominations, winning three consecutive awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song - "Into the West" for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Aviator (2004), making him the second composer (after Alan Menken) to have received consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Score. He also won three consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Score for each of the Lord of the Rings films, and received a second award in 2003 for the song "Into the West" from "Return of the King" in the category of Best Song. He has also received five BAFTA nominations, but has not won.
6. Ennio Morricone - 23 Nominations and 8 Awards. Ennio Morricone received his first Academy Award nomination in 1979 for the score to Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978). In 1984, the U.S. distributor of Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America reportedly failed to file the proper paperwork so that Morricone's score, regarded as one of his best, would be eligible for consideration for an Academy Award. Two years later, Morricone received his second Oscar nomination for The Mission. He received also Oscar nominations for his scores to The Untouchables (1987), Bugsy (1991) and Malèna (2000).
7. Jerry Goldsmith - 43 Nominations and 6 Awards. Jerry Goldsmith has often been considered one of film music history's most innovative and influential composers. While presenting Goldsmith with a Career Achievement Award from the Society for the Preservation of Film Music in 1993, fellow composer Henry Mancini (Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther) said of Goldsmith, "... he has instilled two things in his colleagues in this town. One thing he does, he keeps us honest. And the second one is he scares the hell out of us." In his review of the 1999 re-issue of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture soundtrack, Bruce Eder highly praised Goldsmith's ability, stating, "...one of the new tracks, 'Spock's Arrival,' may be the closest that Goldsmith has ever come to writing serious music in a pure Romantic idiom; this could have been the work of Rimsky-Korsakov or Stravinsky. Goldsmith was greatly influenced by movements of early 20th-century classical music, notably Modernism, Americana, Impressionism, Dodecaphonism, and early film scores. He has cited Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Miklós Rózsa, Bernard Herrmann, Béla Bartók, and Alban Berg, among others, as some of the main influences to his style of composition. His composition style has been noted for its unique instrumentation, utilizing a vast array of ethnic instruments, recorded sounds, synthetic textures, and the traditional orchestra, often concurrently.
8. Danny Elfman - 23 Nominations and 2 Awards. Elfman's first major recognitions occurred in 1989, when he was nominated by the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music for "The Simpsons Theme" and by the Grammy Awards for his film score to Batman (Best Instrumental Composition for the "Title Theme" and Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture for the score). From these nominations, he won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition. Elfman has been nominated a total of four times by the Academy Awards (including twice for two different scores in 1997), twice by the Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards, ten times by the Grammy Awards, five times by the Saturn Awards (from which he won five awards), and once each by the Annie Awards, British Academy Film Awards, and BMI Film & Television Awards. Overall, Elfman has won 33 awards from 74 nominations. (courtesy of CMUSE)



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:

August 17, 2014 Summer Concert
October 18,2014 Halloween Recitals 
November 16, 2014 General Recital
December 13, 2014 Holiday Recitals
December 14, 2014 Holiday 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, 2014, we will raffle off a $100 American Express Gift card for all the referrals from January through June. On December 22, 2013, 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 Rahul & Rayna Patel! The Patel Family is the winner of our six month referral contest and win a $100 American Express gift card! Many thanks!






Annalise Booth - Disney Singers Class 


Krish Patel - piano with Heidi Rusch


Mia Figueroa - piano with Audrey Dobbs 


Olivia Hahn - voice with Bridget Becker


Aliana Kaige - piano with Laurel Dubowski 


Annalisa Pellegrino - piano with Laurel Dubowski


Gian Luca Pellegrino - guitar with Dan Kane


Daksh Dhiman - Music in Bloom Class


Abigail Summers - Piano Fun & Games Class


Valerie Terdina - voice with Sharon Monfeli


Saachi Dhiman - piano with Heidi Rusch 


Aarushi Mehta - Disney Singers Class


Rayna Patel - voice with Bridget Becker


Makayla Fitzgerald - Broadway Bound Class


James Griffin - Ukulele with Lisa Baker


Angel Embay - Broadway Bound Class


Makayla Fitzgerald - Broadway Bound Class 


Cullen Baldwin - Piano Fun & Games Class


Sona Thomas - piano with Laurel Dubowski 


Brennan Payawal - piano with Heidi Rusch


Anjali Maddulapalli - piano with Laurel Dubowski


Ananya Maddulapalli - piano with Carole Bryan 


Valerie Terdina - piano with Heidi Rusch


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