SCHOOL OF MUSIC
A monthly newsletter to inform
and entertain our friends
Are You Ready for the Stage?
Our Recitals and music contests are coming up, and our students are excited! When you are studying
an instrument, it’s very important to have positive performance experiences. You’ll have fun and be motivated
to work toward your next performance!
Here are some tips to help you as you prepare!
•Choose your piece early, so you have plenty of time to be familiar with
it. Make sure it’s one you enjoy!
yourself extra time to practice during the first few weeks you’re working on your piece.That way, you don’t have
to panic as the recital date nears!
mentally. Think through your song when you are on your lunch break or on the bus, and target the problem spots.
•Focus on rough spots: WHY are they hard? Create solutions!
•Choose several go-to spots in your piece and practice starting from them
in case you lose your place or make a mistake.
on playing if you make a mistake in practice! Finish the song, THEN go back and fix the problem area.
•Memorize your song, even if you plan to perform
with the book.
•Play for your
family and friends, so you’re used to an audience. Ask them for feedback so you keep improving!
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!
Classical Music: Essential to the Success of Casinos
Those who enjoy music know that it can have great effects on psychology, and the effects of auditory stimulation
are apparently what drives casino operators and slot game developers to employ classical music in their establishments. Classical
music finds many uses in today's society, and it's often heard as the background music for casino lounges and hotel lobbies
- with Vivaldi's Four Seasons being a clear favorite. Recently however, we've been seeing some operators making the most of
Background music in video games are a curious thing:
when they work well, you hardly notice them, but when a piece is poorly selected, it can ruin the whole experience for the
player. This is why many operators pay close attention to the scoring of their games. Some operators have, of course, found
an easy way out, opting to create games themed around musical icons so they can use their music in the games instead. Intercasino,
which has recently expanded to into German markets, features a Dolly Parton-themed slot game, and Bally Technologies has also
launched a game themed around Michael Jackson's music and videos.
why exactly has classical music found new uses in the casino industry? It has much to do with the studied effects classical
music has on the brain. Research has shown that classical music can heighten and arouse emotions, meaning that when it's played
at a casino, it can make players feel more excited and anxious to win, and even enhance the emotions that can come from winning
a few hands at table games. This entices patrons to play even more games. At the same time, classical music is calming and
relaxing, lowering blood pressure and reducing pain and anxiety, so it helps players remain focused and helps them keep their
heads level when they lose. Dr. Kevin Labar of Duke University said that classical music has this calming effect because it
prompts the brain to release dopamine - a hormone associated with pleasure - and it also inhibits the release of stress hormones.
Much as they'd like to have more people playing at their tables, casinos also need to avoid altercations with frustrated gamblers,
and classical music has helped ensure that players remain calm.
casinos also rely on classical music to help them maintain an air of exclusivity and sophistication. While there are many
modern casinos that now pump EDM throughout their gaming floors, other older casinos and those seeking to build a reputation
of exclusivity continue to play calming classical music. These are the casinos where you'll often find men and women dressed
to the nines engaging in quiet game play. (courtesy of CMUSE.com)
TO OUR NEW STUDENTS!
Matthew Tarullo - guitar with Joshua Foutch
Ariana Marchese - voice
with Olga Bojovic
Matthew Grinvalds - Piano
Fun & Games class
Jake Mackay - Piano Fun & Games class
Emilia Toskovic - Piano Fun & Games class
Jacqueline Alongi - guitar with Lisa Baker
Anderson Nguyen - Piano Fun & Games class
Magner - piano with Kimberly Davis
Bauer - guitar with Lisa Baker
Pattie Vandenack - piano with Audrey Dobbs
Jan Bugaj - voice with Olga Bojovic
Morgan Schoebel - voice with Sharon Monfeli
Ethan Schoebel - guitar with Lisa Baker
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!
March 7, 2015
May 9, 2015
IMA Contest Prep &
Illinois Music Association
Contest May 16 & 17, 2015
Summer Concert Prairie Center for the Arts
We're Always In the Mood for Referrals!
Tell 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. 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!
The 87th annual Academy Awards will air live beginning
at 8:30 p.m. EST from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on ABC on Sunday, February 22.
When the Academy was set up, the cost of a movie ticket was just 25 cents and, the motion picture industry
was the 4th largest in the USA.
technically The Academy Awards, many also just refer to it as The Oscars, named after the award that's given.
HISTORY OF THE STATUE Cedric Gibbons, was MGM's Art Director in 1928.
He is the one who designed the statue that's given out. He had sketched a knight standing on a reel of film holding a two-edged
sword. However, he used a Mexican actor named Emilio Fernandez (aka "El Indio") as his model. Mr. Fernandez had
to flee Mexico in 1920 due to his political activities to overthrow the leader. So, he went to Los Angeles and there he
met actress Dolores del Rio, who was Cedric Gibbons wife. Since Mr. Gibbons was the one responsible for coming up with a
statue for this event, he asked Emilio Fernandez to pose for The sketch Cedric made became the template for the statute's
mold. The award was first printed on a scroll. Then, George Stanley, an artist, made the sculpture's mold (not Cedric Gibbons)
based on Emilio's form which was then made into a statue and gold-plated in 1929.
The statue remains the same today as it was back then and no changes have been made to it, except for a pedestal
adjustment made in the 1940's. The five holes in the base represent the original five branches: Actors, Directors, Producers,
Technicians and Writers. Basically, Oscar is just a hairless, naked man with a sword plunging into a reel of film. (During
WWI and WWII, the statue was made out of plaster.) The statue is 13 1/2 inches tall, weighs 8 1/2 pounds and is made of britannium.
The outside is gold-plated. In the beginning the statues were not numbered. They started numbering them in 1949, starting
The origin of the nickname
of the statue, Oscar is debatable. Some credit it to Margaret Herrick, the first librarian of the Academy who is said to
have named it after her Uncle Oscar Pierce. Others say it was Betty Davis who nicknamed it after her husband (at that time)
Harmon Oscar Nelson and yet others claim it was Sidney Skoksky, a columnist who named it Oscar because he got tired of writing,
the award or the statue and/or trying to come up with some clever acronym for it.
But, calling it "Oscar"
was sort of an inside thing until 1933 when Walt Disney won for his "Three Little Pigs" under Best Short. In his
thank-you speech, Walt called it "Oscar" which was the very first time the award had been called that publicly.
Whomever began it started something because it's been called Oscar ever since and, it is easier to say than the official title
of Academy's Award of Merit. There was an attempt once to call it "The Iron Man" but that never really stuck.
The Oscar design was officially copyrighted
on September 2, 1941. For child winners, Shirley Temple and Margaret O'Brien, smaller miniature statutes of Oscar were given
to them. Years later, they were given full-size statutes. The mold that Oscar is made out of eventually wore out, so in 1998,
the Academy approved a new mold that would give Oscar as stronger chin and chiseled neck.
Only through music can we hear the past,
enjoy the present, and compose
the future. ~ John M. Ortiz, PhD