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May 2015

A monthly newsletter to inform

and entertain our friends

Good Luck to Our Students Participating in the

Illinois Music Association Contest!


Esha Patel - Piano

Chad Berkich - Violin

Bailey Rezman - Vocal / Pop

Michaela Brant - Piano

Krish Patel - Piano

Rayna Patel - Piano

Julia Buccieri - Vocal / Pop

Rahul Patel - Piano

Sebastian Alicea - Piano

Helena Vatchev - Vocal / Pop

Chloe Berkich - Piano

Sienna Alicea - Piano

Claire Moloczyj - Vocal / Pop

Chad Berkich - Piano

Raahi Patel - Piano

Brigitte McGuire & Riley Hernandez - Piano Duet

Janelle Pabona - Piano

Claire Moloczyj - Vocal / Broadway

Emily Martyka - Piano

Ashley Kuril - Vocal / Broadway

Megan Jobe & Joyce Yang - Piano Duet

Robert Freas - Piano

Amelia Kowalski - Piano

Elizabeth Arias - Piano

Nicholas Gillam - Piano

Tiffany deRu - Piano

Saachi Dhiman - Piano

Olivia Lang - Piano

Jay Singh - Piano

Jas Singh - Piano

Megan Jobe - Piano

Nicole McGuire - Piano

Brigitte McGuire - Piano

Joyce Yang - Piano

Riley Hernandez - Piano



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!





Disney Character Quotes To Live By


Walt Disney was somewhat of a genius, not in a scientific form, but in an imaginative sense. Whether it was the people in his team who came up with such brilliant life insights, or the original mind of the genius himself, these quotes (which are often said in such subtle ways in movies and shows) are thought provoking and brilliant. Here is a list of inspiring Disney character quotes:


· Mulan: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all.”

· The Lion King: “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.”

· Mary Poppins: “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and—snap!—the job’s a game!”

· Bambi: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”

· Winnie the Pooh: “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

· Brave: “Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.”

· Ratatouille:   “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.”

· Donald Duck: “It doesn’t matter how much you have. It all means nothing if you are not happy with yourself.”

· Sebastian: “Children have got to be free to lead their own lives”

· Cinderella: “Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.”

· Mickey Mouse:  “Live every moment as not to regret what you are about to do”

· Tarzan: “The dream is gone, but then there’s hope”

· Remy (Ratatouille): “The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.”

· Mickey Mouse:  “To laugh yourself is to love yourself.”

· Rapunzel: “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.”

· Timothy Mouse, (Dumbo): “The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.”

· Dory, (Finding Nemo): “When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming!”

· Gusteau (Ratatouille):  “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.”









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:


May 9, 2015

IMA Contest Prep &

General Recital


Illinois Music Association Contest May 16 & 17, 2015


August 21, 2015

Summer Concert Prairie Center for the Arts


October 17,2015

Halloween 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! 


Music Lessons Are The Best Thing

Your Parents Ever Did For You


Evidence shows that the core abilities that are key for children to perform well in education and life in general are improved by taking music lessons. The reading and verbal skills of young people were noticeably better if they took music lessons, and their capabilities in mathematical reasoning were also stronger. The structure of music itself, where rhythm and the length of notes are determined by intervals that can be applied to math has been found to be a critical factor in this. In relation to reading, the process of playing music developed several core skills required in both reading and speaking. Taken together, the result is significantly higher grades.


Children who took music lessons exhibited higher IQs, and research has also indicated that their linguistic capabilities are more advanced. This goes not just for the mother tongue, but also second and third languages picked up during education or in later life.


Language proficiency is assisted greatly by a good memory, and this is something else that comes from music. Taking up a musical instrument, and practicing it regularly, does wonders for your working memory. Researchers believe that the improvements to memory are not limited to recalling pieces of music or scales, but should be felt in other areas like remembering information communicated in speeches or lectures. Longer term memory also benefits with regard to visual stimuli.


It’s not just immediate advantages that are worth paying attention to. An active youthful musician will not only find that their listening skills are heightened and therefore less likely to deteriorate rapidly in old age, but also that the other signs of ageing will be delayed. Some research is suggesting that a history of playing music can help reverse the cognitive decline associated with dementia.


Most people when asked about the influence of music will speak about its emotional effects rather than more logical and academic areas. Research shows that this tendency is justified given the impact music lessons can have on our emotional well-being and creative expression. One study mentioned by Barnes deals with musicians between the ages of six and eighteen. The results showed that they developed a greater than average capacity to cope with anxiety, depression and aggression. Linked to this, researchers have revealed that self-confidence and self-esteem levels were higher among children with a musical background.


Last but not least, if your dream was always to get involved in a bit more physicality in a sports team rather than playing the violin, you’ll be delighted to know that all of those hard hours spent practicing were worthwhile. That’s because music assists the development of the motor cortex, which is critical for carrying out tasks involving movement and coordination. A particular difference was identified among children who began learning a musical instrument before the age of seven.


If your main reaction to this is regret that you weren’t one of the lucky ones who were taught music in the past, don’t despair! There are still numerous advantages to be gained from making classical music a part of your life now. Recent academic studies have also discovered what many students have been saying for a long time: listening to classical music is one of the best study aids around. Against all of those who claim it is a distraction, a French study found evidence that students listening to a lecture with classical music in the background had a better understanding of the content than students who heard no music.








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