Musical Surprise Newsletter Mar-May 2015

Musical Surprise Notes

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1. Zerrick O, George S & Seth H at Concert in the Park. 2. Violin Ensemble with Ms. Lisa & Ms. Becky. 3. Amber T at Formal Recital. 4. Jesse B at City Hall.

Student Performances Kick into High Gear

Students and Staff put on a great show for our 3rd Annual Concert in the Park!
Students of all ages and levels showed they were ready to rock to an audience of more than 300 on April 18th at Kingswood Parke in Surprise. Students comprised the majority of the bands by playing drums, keyboard, bass, guitar and also performed most the vocals.
Amazingly, most groups only rehearsed together once or twice and still gave amazing performances of all kinds of music including
Billy Joel, ACDC, Rage Against the Machine, and more. The staff even did a few numbers including the anthem of the event, Saturday in the Park by Chicago, complete with horn section.

Students enjoyed a variety of activities during the concert including playing on the playground, Kats Facepainting, and Kona Ice.

Formal Recital gives students a chance to shine on stage!
On May 16th, more than 150 students performed on stage at the Peoria Performing Arts Center. The beautiful venue was no match for the lovely music performed by students of every level or the variety of instruments heard including piano, voice, classical guitar, violin, viola, trumpet, sax and flute. During the 8 recitals, audience members heard everything from Ravel, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Mozart, as well as contemporary composers too.

Check out all the awesome pictures of both events taken by J Carbonneau on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/musicalsurprise and video by contacting Dana by email at info@legacyhdv.com.

Sax Students Play City Hall
Several sax students of Michael Hernandez also performed at the City Hall Art Opening in April, including Jesse Blandino (pictured above.)


Planning to be gone part of the summer?
Don’t worry, you can still keep your spot
just sign up for however many group makeups you need!
We made it EASY for you!


Musical Surprise Newsletter March-May 2015Student of the Month

Student of the Month for March was Czarinabelle Perez. Czarina takes violin and piano lessons and always comes prepared. She is a Senior at Liberty High School and is preparing to audition for the Phoenix Youth Symphony.


Student of the Month for April was Camilla Fuller. Camilla is a 5th grader at PEC and takes voice lessons She recently made it into her school talent show and is also on a swim team. In fact, she often comes to her voice lesson right after practice and is soaking wet!.

Have you seen our summer camp schedule?
What are you waiting for?
Summer 2015 Programs: June 1st-July 31st


Guitar Raffle raises funds to help keep music in our schools.

March-April 2015 NewsletterAfter the Over-ride failed to pass last November, our local school district has been forced to make 16 million dollars in cuts to music, art, physical education and classroom services. Sadly, only 20% of local families participated in the vote.

At Musical Surprise, we recognize the necessity of music in our public schools and decided to help raise funds to raise awareness and support for YES for DYSART’s efforts of getting the over-ride back onto the ballot this fall.

Our student families, stepped up and helped us raise more than $500 to support our efforts- thanks you so much!!! And the winner was… Chris Riehm!

Thanks again to everyone who helped us support this cause. Research shows what a difference music makes for our kids- let’s continue to show that WE can make a difference too! Don’t forget to mail- in your ballot this fall and vote YES on the over-ride to keep music in our schools!


Teacher Feature – Todd Kruger

Musical Surprise Newsletter March-May 2015 - Teacher Feature: Todd KrugerTodd Kruger has been teaching drum lessons at Musical Surprise since 2009. He began lessons at age 9 and 20 years later participated in 2 national tours.

In addition to teaching, Todd performs regularly all over the valley and the west coast with PJ Grinch, One Kitty Gone and various other groups.


Is YOUR teacher full?

Save your spot -record enrollment expected in fall!

    • Laura Brown, piano- SOLD OUT Mon
    • Lisa Cannon, violin- 1 spot left Monday, SOLD OUT Thursday, SOLD OUT Friday
    • Andrew Devenpot, guitar- 1 spot left Tues
    • Donna Giocomo, piano- SOLD OUT Wednesday, SOLD OUT Thursday
    • Robyn Harris, piano- SOLD OUT Mon, SOLD OUT Tues, SOLD OUT Wed
    • Tim Juillet, voice- 2 spots left Monday
    • Todd Kruger, drums- SOLD OUT Mon, 2 spots left Tues, SOLD OUT Wed
    • Melissa Lovell, voice- SOLD OUT Wed
    • Debra McCoy, piano- SOLD OUT Mon, 1 spot left Tues, 2 spots left Fri
    • Allyn Swanson, band instruments- 2 spots Monday, 1 spot Friday
    • Vic Tims, guitar- 1 spot Tuesday, SOLD OUT Wednesday, 2 spots Thursday Debbie White, voice- 1 spot Tues, &Wed

***many other teachers have limited availability.


Some final notes….

Volunteers needed to help prepare teaching materials, etc. Must be detail oriented, email if interested to info@musicalsurprise.com.

Do you have an old method book that you no longer need? We keep extras in our resource library (in case students forget a book!) and will GLADLY use it!

Please Do Not Bring Sick Students to Lessons! We now offer unlimited makeup classes, so help us keep our teachers and students safe & well be keeping sick kids at home- THANKS!

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Musical Surprise - Give Us A Call And Learn More TodayMUSICAL SURPRISE
623.544.4200

Visit our Music Center at:
16846 W. Bell Rd., Ste #106
Surprise, AZ 85374
(303 & Bell Rd)

www.musicalsurprise.com

Musical Surprise Newsletter Jan-Feb 2015

Musical Surprise Notes

Students Perform at 1 Piano - 4 Hands Festival

Students Perform at 1 Piano – 4 Hands Festival

Several students from Ms. Robyn’s studio participated in a piano duet festival on January 29th. Students prepared a variety of pieces and began rehearsing with their partners at each other’s lessons the week before. Performances were held for residents of the Carillons in Sun City, and all the students did GREAT!

Performers who attended included: Aiden Lewis, Logan Lewis, Sarah Wilson, Ana Lujan, Lorrin Yang, Hannah Yang, Jacob Wilson, Wyatt Jaeger, Emma Byler, Kaitlin Byler, Angela Bravo, Kennedy Malone, Sydney Bradley, Lorrain Belen, and Angela Toale, as well as Michael Romero and Nicole Inocentes pictured above with Ms. Robyn.


Welcome to the following students who joined our studio in Nov-Dec:

Sydney A, Kaylee B, Taylor B, Danielle B, Michelle B, Kaeden B, Dave B, Richard B, Shirley C, Camilla C, Kieron C, Terry C, William C, Christian C, Rebecca C, Pat D, Kacey D, Katelynn E, Rylie E, James F, Andrew F, Hanna F, Kaleigh G, Valerie G, Joan H, Jim H, Duane H, Colby J, Richard J, Bobby L, Robert L, Sheila L, Jessi M, Pat M, Kannan M, Ryan N, Keira N, Kennedy O, Sebastian R, Jaxen R, Paige R, Tova S, Elisabeth S, Renee S, Angelica S, Gerald S, Austin T, Steve W, and Ruth W.

Are YOU ready to get started?


Student-of-the-Month Andrew CimpeanOur Student-of-the-Month is Andrew Cimpean!

Andrew has been in piano lessons for almost 3 years and studies with Ms. Cheryl. He is in the 2nd grade at Calibre Academy and enjoys playing piano for his church. He also plays violin and even helps his little brother practice piano too. Keep up the great work Andrew!


Our SATURDAY AFTERNOON JAM really rocked in January- don’t forget to join us the last Saturday of the month! All ages and levels are welcome, it’s LOTS of fun! By the way: Did you know that there is a secret message in this newsletter? Keep reading to find it!

Saturday Afternoon Jam - Musical Surprise


Save the Date!

3/14 Farmers Market, 9am-1pm
3/14 Drum Clinic, 3:30pm
3/15 West Valley Symphony Concert (free student tickets, ask Ms. Robyn!)
3/21 Piano Pop Workshop 4:00pm
3/23 Term 2 Classes start- SIGN UP NOW!
3/28 Saturday Afternoon Jam 4:00pm
4/11 Practice Workshop TBA
4/18 Concert in the Park @Kingswood Parke TBA
5/9 Formal Recital @Peoria Performing Arts Center TBA


Donna GiocomoTEACHER FEATURE: Donna Giocomo

Ms. Donna has been teaching piano and voice at Musical Surprise since July of 2012.

She was raised in Littleton, Colorado and began singing at age 5 and began taking piano lessons at age 8. She graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1984 with a major in vocal performance and a minor in piano. She went back to college 8 years later to receive her music K-12 certification.

She has been a professional singer and pianist for more than 30 years. In addition to teaching private lessons, Ms. Donna is also the music director at a local church. Besides sharing her love of music with others, she also enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the movies and playing with her dogs.


Is YOUR teacher FULL?!?

Lisa Cannon- SOLD OUT: M, TH, F
Becky Carr- SOLD OUT: W, Sat
Andrew Devenport- SOLD OUT: T
Dennis Dorch- SOLD OUT: TH
Donna Giocomo- SOLD OUT: M, T, TH
Robyn Harris- SOLD OUT: M, T, W
Alexis Hernandez- SOLD OUT: T, TH
Lorena Hernandez- SOLD OUT: W
Todd Kruger- SOLD OUT: T, Sat
Luis Martinez- SOLD OUT: TH
Debra McCoy- SOLD OUT: M, T, F
Masato Tachi- SOLD OUT: T, TH
Vic Tims- SOLD OUT: T, TH
Debbie White- SOLD OUT: T


There’s an App for that!

We LOVE to use technology in our studio! If you’re looking for something to spice up your student’s practice time, check out some of our favorite music apps for iPad, iPod and iPhone:

Piano Maestro (FREE for our students! iPad only)
Rhythm Cat
Note Squish
The Most Addicting Sheep Game
Jelly Band
Anytune
Flashnote Derby
Ultimate Guitar
Super Metronome
Notate Me
Music4Kids
ForScore
Loopy HD
Practice+


Some final notes….

Volunteers needed to help prepare teaching materials, etc. Must be detail oriented, email if interested to info@musicalsurprise.com.

Do you have an old method book that you no longer need? We keep extras in our resource library (in case students forget a book!) and will GLADLY use it!

Please Do Not Bring Sick Students to Lessons! We now offer unlimited makeup classes, so help us keep our teachers and students safe & well be keeping sick kids at home- THANKS!

Secret Message: If you have read our newsletter, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/musicalsurprise, LIKE our page, and join our Newsletter event. We will randomly pick a winner who will receive a $20 gift certificate to our store if they comment correctly! Somebody will win- will it be you?

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Musical Surprise - Give Us A Call And Learn More TodayMUSICAL SURPRISE
623.544.4200

Visit our Music Center at:
16846 W. Bell Rd., Ste #106
Surprise, AZ 85374
(303 & Bell Rd)

www.musicalsurprise.com

Introducing Our Newest Instructor, Jana Fry

Jana FryMusical Surprise takes great pride in our music instructors, so we would like to introduce you to our newest addition to the family, Jana Fry.

“My favorite part of my job is seeing the “Aha” moment in the student’s face when they finally succeed at what they are doing.”

You can learn more about Jana on her staff page, or any of other instructors on Our Staff page.

Our Own Tim Juillet In Arizona Opera Production

Musical Surprise is very proud of our own Tim Juillet, who performed as a member of the  opera chorus in Arizona Opera’s November 2012 production of Romeo Et Juliette at Phoenix Symphony Hall & Tucson Music Center.

Tim Juillet backstage at Phoenix Symphony Hall

Here is a photo of Tim backstage at Phoenix Symphony Hall on Saturday, 11/ 17 for Arizona Opera’s production of
Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

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Written by Charles Gounod, Romeo & Juliette marries the beauty and force of Shakespeare’s masterpiece with the soul-stirring drama of opera, an artistic union of unequaled power. In Arizona Opera’s production, Juliette’s show stopping aria, “Je veux vivre,” is performed by Metropolitan Opera lyric soprano Jennifer Black. Sung in French with English subtitles.