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July 2015

A monthly newsletter to inform

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A graduate of Vandercook College of Music, Robin has spent several years in a variety of musical endeavors: teaching voice and music theatre, accompanying shows, choir concerts and recitals, and directing and performing in cabaret shows. She enjoys spreading her love of music to her students and helping them not only to improve their talents, but strengthen their enthusiasm for the arts!


Although classically trained, Robin’s biggest vocal passion lies in music theatre and cabaret. Some of her favorite shows are “Into the Woods”, “The Lion King”, “Wicked”, and “Phantom of the Opera”. In 2013, she started “Main Street Cabaret”, which performs Broadway revue style shows in the Chicago area. Check out www.robinrotela.com for updates on shows!


Outside of music, Robin loves spending time with her amazing dad, her loving husband Alex and their fur baby Bella, often going to their summer home in Paw Paw Lake, Michigan and traveling to favorite cities such as New Orleans and Buenos Aires.



Take Me Out to the Most Expensive Ball Parks!

The average MLB ticket price rose 3.3 percent over last season to $28.94, the largest increase since 2009, according to Team Marketing Report, a sports marketing publisher. The average Fan Cost Index, or FCI, is up 2.5 percent over last year to $211.68. The FCI figure includes four adult average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four (regular) hot dogs, parking and two of the cheapest hats. That might sound like you're getting a lot, but you'll also be spending a lot at these most expensive ballparks.


No. 5: AT&T Park Team: San Francisco Giants

Fan Cost Index: $241.13


The Giants were baseball's first adopters of "dynamic pricing," so their 6.8 percent increase on average ticket prices to $33.78 is likely quite reflective of a market that includes three World Series Championships in five years. The same system that hikes prices for popular rivalry games also offers tickets as low as $8 for lesser draws.


No. 4: Citizens Bank Park Team: Philadelphia Phillies

Fan Cost Index: $252.18


The Phillies didn't see an uptick in average ticket prices over last year, which should resemble the on-field performance of the finally retooling team. The steep $37.42 average ticket price is softened by ticket specials such as the Phamily Pack, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for $100.

No. 3: Wrigley Field Team: Chicago Cubs

Fan Cost Index: $300.73


The friendly confines saw an increase in average ticket prices for the first time in five seasons, up just 1.5 percent to $44.81. Rooftop tickets across Sheffield Avenue can run from around $80 to more than $200 for a weekend game against the rival St. Louis Cardinals.

No. 2: Yankee Stadium Team: New York Yankees

Fan Cost Index: $337.20


Once again, the Yankees' average ticket price ($51.55) and FCI are flat compared with the previous season, and once again, they are comfortably the second-most expensive ballpark in baseball. The average premium ticket is far and away the most expensive in MLB at $305.39. Want to park? Better bring $35.

No. 1: Fenway Park Team: Boston Red Sox

Fan Cost Index: $350.86


Fenway Park remains the most expensive ballpark, both in terms of average ticket price ($52.34) and FCI. The average ticket price is flat after the Red Sox finished last in the division last season. Beers also remain the most expensive in MLB, at 65 cents per ounce. (Courtesy of Bankrate)



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 21, 2015

Summer Concert Prairie Center for the Arts


October 17,2015

Halloween Recitals


December 12, 2015

Holiday Recitals


December 13, 2015

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, 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 Joyce Yang and her Family! They are the winners in our six month referral contest and win a $100 American Express Gift card! Thank you for your referrals!




4 Tips On Getting Your Kids To Practice More

Many children have a hard time sitting still for very long if not engaged in something. This is true even with learning something new, like how to play an instrument. 





Parents and teachers face the dilemma with courage and hope that after a little time (and hopefully some improvement), the child will take to learning the instrument and become more dedicated to the process of learning more. Practice makes betterment in this realm, but getting kids to practice more when learning an instrument is a daunting challenge. Here are some helpful tips to make it easier on you.




First, see the big picture in what you are doing with the child through practicing as something that will carry into other areas of their life. Even if you can spend a little time illustrating how practicing their instrument can help them be better at other things, you plant that seed that will help them want to spend more time learning and less time “playing around.”




Set a specific goal for each practice session. This is important to help the child feel as though what they are doing in the daily process of learning has concrete benefits and rewards to it if they fulfil it. The goal doesn’t have to be grand, but needs to be something attainable so that completing it will give them a sense of accomplishment, as well as spur them on to want to achieve the next session’s goal.




Be specific about how long the practice time will be. With a student who is just beginning, a longer series of practice times doesn’t always serve as great a purpose as it may seem until the student is capable of playing for longer periods of time. Give the child a 10-15 minute practice time where they can focus their energies on doing just one thing and achieving great results.




Practice does make perfect, both for musicians and for people looking to fulfil a goal. Focusing exclusively on the task at hand while practicing is essential to that time creating the opportunities that are desired from all the cumulative practice. (Courtesy of CMUSE )











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