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August 2014

A monthly newsletter to inform

and entertain our friends

Akhila - finalist singing

Anthony Laurie - finalist guitar




Your piano is an object of beauty, a source of enjoyment, and a significant investment. For all those reasons, it’s important to take proper care of it. However, caring for your piano is more a matter of conscientious attention than hard work.

You can make an enormous difference in the life of your piano on the day it arrives at your home–by deciding where to put it. Severe changes in humidity can cause dimensional changes in the wooden parts of your piano, and can affect not only the instrument’s day-to-day performance but also its longevity. Choose a location that will not subject the instrument to extreme temperature or humidity changes. That means keeping your piano away from windows, outside doors, fireplaces and heating or cooling vents. Using a room humidifier in the dry winter months and a room dehumidifier in the moister summer months can add protection against humidity-related effects.

Though a piano can be a showcase for the best of the cabinetmaker’s art, don’t confuse it with a regular piece of furniture. Don’t place or store objects on your piano, especially not food, drinks or plants (which contain moisture).

Do, however, dust it regularly with a soft cloth or lamb's wool duster. Avoid using sprays or polishes; some of them will make future repairs difficult if they are absorbed into the wood, and all of them can produce mists that will damage the working parts inside your piano. If the inside appears to need cleaning, or if a small object has fallen inside, call a technician for help. You can clean (but never wash) the keys using a small amount of mild detergent and water.

To get the best performance out of your piano, make sure to have it serviced regularly by a qualified technician. In the first year after purchase, have the piano tuned at least three times, to account for its acclimation to your home’s environment. After that, have it tuned at least once a year. A piano should be tuned to A-440 cps, or standard pitch, but pitch is only one variable that your technician can adjust. Tone, or voicing, can be improved through adjustments to the strings and hammers. Touch, or the way the keys feel when played, can be improved if necessary through adjustments to the 9,000 moving parts in the piano’s action.

If you need to move your piano, lift it while moving it to avoid putting undue stress on the legs. If you have to move it across a finished wooden floor, over a threshold, or up or down more than one or two steps–or, of course, to a different building–call a professional piano mover.

Finally, play! With use, all pianos become more brilliant and acquire a distinctive voice. So when you sit down for a session at the keys, you’re actually improving the beauty of your most beautiful investment.

(courtesy of the National Piano Foundation)




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!





Catherine Corliss - advancing to one hour voice lessons with Diane Morrison  

Katie O'Brien - voice with Sharon Monfeli   

Gianfranco Paladino - piano with Heidi Rusch          

Gabriela Gonzalez - voice with Diane Morrison

Cullen Baldwin - piano with Laurel Dubowski      

Dali Paladino - Broadway Bound voice class

Olivia Poulopoulos - Disney Singers class             

Ashley Nguyen - Piano Fun & Games class

Marissa Leban - piano with Heidi Rusch                

Marissa Leban - voice with Olga Bojovic

Justine Jabines - piano with Heidi Rusch                

Bailey Wilson - piano with Laurel Dubowski

Mia Ibarra - Broadway Bound voice class              

Ava Ferri - Disney Singers voice class

Peyton Weddle - Disney Singers voice class          

Gina Fresso - Piano Fun & Games class

Jake MacKay - Piano Fun & Games class  

Emily Bosek - piano with Laurel Dubowski                        



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:

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!


Many thanks to the Berkich Family for referring Bailey Wilson to the studio for piano lessons with Laurel Dubowski!



5 Reasons Why The Sun Is Our Mind’s Best Friend

No living organism can exist without the sun, it has literally brought life to our planet earth. It is essential to our very existence. It not only helps heal and grow our human body but it stimulates our energy levels and can bring a ton of ease to our days. Think about how good you feel on those days soaking up the sun. These feelings come from the suns direct impact on our moods which can clear away the negative talk that often exists in our brains. There’s no wonder the Stone Age people used to worship it. Read further to find out why the sun is our mind’s best friend.

5. The Sun Builds Confidence: The Sun’s powerful supply of vitamin D3 significantly contributes to losing weight, particularly fat. It increases the metabolic rate through the stimulation of the thyroid. The brain uses the vitamin to keep our hunger and cravings at pace. Subsequently, if your D levels are fairly low, you will snack and crave food much more. Also, the lower your levels, the more likely your body will store fat because the vitamin D helps cells figure out whether to store fat or burn it. Not only that, it also helps reduce high blood pressure & cholesterol. With weight loss and a healthier self image our confidence skyrocket’s. When you are overweight, you have a protective shell as you hide who you really are. Losing those extra pounds means that you can emerge as the person that you’ve always wanted to be.

4. It Encourages Happy Times: Our brain connects our emotions and feelings to sights, sounds and surroundings that we have been in before. Generally speaking, the sunshine has been programmed in our subconscious mind as something that is fun and exciting due to things we do when the sun comes out. Whether it’s riding a bike, enjoying a sport or just reading a book at the beach. Just think of those mornings you wake up to the sun peaking through your blinds as you wake up to the sights and sounds of birds chirping, escalating your mood almost instantly. You almost always spring right out of bed not wanting to waste a moment of it. Heading to work or wherever, your day just keeps getting better as people are generally friendlier and your mood can quickly begin to stack the positive momentum. Versus those rainy days when you can’t find that inner drive to get out of bed.

3. Helps You Sleep And Reset For The Next Day: Daytime exposure to sunlight increases the production of melatonin during the night. This hormone helps regulate the sleep.  Sunshine will help your body know it is daytime. Taking an early morning walk or getting some fresh air at work during your break would certainly make a difference. According to a study on Forbes.com “Workers who get more sunlight also tend to be more physically active according to this study. And an additional analysis of overall quality of life suggests that they’re generally happier, too. Office workers without windows reported more physical ailments and lower vitality, along with lower sleep quality.”

2. It Can Cure Depression: Sunlight helps chronic or acute depression  by stimulating the synthesis of endorphin’s, which are responsible for feeling good. This is why we often get depressed in the dark winter days. Because younger people and women have more sensitive internal clocks to sunlight, they have a higher risk of getting  Seasonal Affective Disorder. When the emotion chemicals in our brain are low then we can become prone to episodes of depression So getting out there and enjoying the natural sunlight is very wise decision.

1. Increases Our ‘Feel Good’ Mechanisms: The sun has direct correlation with our overall happiness and good health as it provides us with much needed nutrients and vitamin D. It increases the level of Serotonin and Dopamine, which are the “feel good” chemicals. These are neurotransmitters that regulate how we feel. Research has suggested that individuals who are exposed to direct sunlight for at least 20 minutes per day gain increased moods and higher levels of energy. Most of us can sense the immediate positive influence of sunlight by taking a walk outdoors on a beautiful sunny day. Soaking in the sun’s heat is one of the most relaxing things you can do, even your pet dog gains therapeutic remedies by lying in the beam of sunlight. (courtesy of Feeling Success)



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