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October 2014

A monthly newsletter to inform

and entertain our friends



Please Welcome Kimberly Davis – Piano


  My name is Kimberly Davis, and I am a new piano teacher at Bloomingdale School of Music.  I moved back to the Chicago area in August 2014 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where I was based at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.  I am still readjusting to the weather.

  I was born and raised in the Chicago area, and I started playing the piano at age four.  My mother had started taking lessons as an adult, and when I saw her playing, I fell in love with the instrument immediately.  I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master’s degree from Kent State University, and an Artist Diploma from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.

  I speak fluent Spanish, so by all means, if you see me around, feel free to talk to me en español!  I am all about promoting music by Latin American composers, especially Puerto Rican composers.  My performance career has taken me on fabulous adventures throughout Puerto Rico and also to Ecuador and Cuba.

  I love teaching!  My teaching style is relaxed and encouraging.  Learning the piano can be hard work sometimes, but it should also be fun.  I think studying classical music is important, but I also love all kinds of music, and I like to have my students explore a variety of styles and repertoire.

  When I am not at the piano, I am most likely reading.  For exercise, I enjoy walking or swimming.  I also like to crochet, and I am currently learning how to knit.  I have a tendency to pick out movies to watch based on the soundtrack, which, I can tell you, is definitely not the best method to choose a movie.  I love dogs, especially toy poodles, and I hope to adopt one in the future!




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!





Jan Bugaj - Disney Singers Class                                       

Katie Fetter - piano with Audrey Dobbs

Emilia Toskovic - Piano Fun & Games Class                    

Bethany Payawal - piano with Heidi Rusch

Trinity Payawal - piano with Heidi Rusch                          

Nathaniel Herrera - Broadway Bound Class

Sourish Potdar - piano with Amy Dickman            

Olivia Lang - piano with Audrey Dobbs

Ola Strazecki - violin with Kathleen Gaiden                     

Bailey Rezman - piano with Heidi Rusch

Marah Floss - voice lessons with Sharon Monfeli              

Jason Partyka - piano with Audrey Dobbs

Andrew Filby - piano with Laurel Dubowski                      

Shivani Patel - violin with Kathleen Gaiden

Catherine Nguyen - piano with Carole Bryan                    

Michaela Brant - cello with Kathleen Gaiden

Rob Glowacki - violin with Kathleen Gaiden                     

Kelly Hass - piano with Audrey Dobbs                               

Carlin Hass - piano with Amy Dickman

Walker Bradfield - piano with Laurel Dubowski               

Wyatt Bradfield - piano with Laurel Dubowski





Molli performed "Stay"

Miky performed"Gimme Gimme"

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 December 31, 2014, we will raffle off a $100 American Express Gift card for all the referrals from July through December. On July 1, 2015, we will raffle off a $100 American Express Gift card for the referrals from the first half of the new 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 Elder Family for referring Andrew Filby to the studio for piano lessons with Laurel Dubowski!




A Road In Japan Turns Into

An Ingenious Musical Instrument



The theory behind the Melody Road is surprisingly simple: driving over the road causes a tactile vibration and audible rumbling transmitted through the wheels into the  car body in the form of a musical tune. The pavements were designed so the songs were  heard correctly only when a car drove at a certain speed encouraging drivers to follow the speed limits.  

The first known musical road, the Asphaltophone, was created in October 1995 in Denmark, by Steen Krarup Jensen and Jakob Freud-Magnus, two Danish artists. The Asphaltophone is made from a series of raised pavement markers, similar to Botts’ dots, spaced out at intermittent intervals so that as a vehicle drives over the markers, the vibrations caused by the wheels can be heard inside the car. In Japan, Shizuo Shinoda accidentally scraped some markings into a road with a bulldozer and drove over them, and realized that it was possible to create tunes depending on the depth and spacing of the grooves. In 2007, the Hokkaido National Industrial Research Institute, which had previously worked on a system using infra-red lights to detect dangerous road surfaces, refined Shinoda’s designs to create the Melody Road. They used the same concept of cutting grooves into the concrete at specific intervals and found the closer the grooves are, the higher the pitch of the sound; while grooves which are spaced farther apart create lower pitched sounds.

Musical roads are known to exist in four countries: Denmark, Japan, South Korea, and the United States of America. (courtesy of CMUSE.org)

Congratulations to our talented students that performed at the Village of Bloomingdale's 2014 Septemberfest!


Alisha performed "I Know Where I've Been"

Amanda sang "Break Free"

Clairissa performed"Gravity"

Megan sang "It's the Hard Knock Life"

Jessica sang "Part of Your World"

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