Monday, August 25, 2014

Q & A with Our Guitar Teacher - Thomas


Teacher Thomas with his student Rohan




1.  How old were you when you started playing the guitar?

     I was about 9 years old when I started playing the guitar seriously. But I have been experimenting with music since I could remember. I remember taking music boxes and trying to make them harmonize with one another.

2.  Why did you choose guitar and not another instrument?

     Well, originally I was a violinist for 7 years but when I heard the sound of the guitar I immediately fell in love with the sonority of the instrument. I was amazed by the instruments capabilities from J.S Bach to bop. The swiss pianist Alfred Cortot once said “An artist has three lives. The first is a love of the instrument, the second is when one understands the value of music and the third is artistry.” So at the end of the day, the guitar is just the instrument I choose to express myself with.

3.  Can you tell us when you knew that you would become a professional musician?  

     You know, now that I'm thinking about it, it was not a really profound moment per say. I was with my aunt driving in Noe Valley when I was about 13 and “So What” by Miles Davis was playing. I remember that when he started that trumpet solo with only two notes I felt that I had been hit with a bag of bricks. I remember thinking that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

4.  Tell us about your musical & educational background.  

     I first started studying music on the east coast in Baltimore when I went to an arts high school. I was really fortunate to have such great teachers and mentors at such an early age. I then decided to attend the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where I studied under David Tanenbaum to complete my B.A. After this I made the decision to move to France where I studied with Judicael Perroy in Paris and then at the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin with my mentor Alexis Muzarakis. My years in France had an enormous impact not just as a performer and musician but also as an educator of music. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had such great examples of teachers and musicians.

5.  What do you love most of about teaching?

     After playing music for almost twenty years, I still am so amazed by the simple mechanics of music.  Because of the vibration of a string, we can be moved to tears. As a teacher, when I find that spark in a student that ignites excitement and they become so overwhelmed with happiness to do that one thing, for me, this is the best part. I think that along with continuing progress from the student, these are the reasons why we teach.

6.  How do you approach teaching music to your students? 

     Because music is at the same time very personal yet also a language spoken throughout the whole world, I try to find something in every student that sparks an interest in them.  It could be Classical music or Pop music or really anything. While at the same time teaching the technique and base of music to enable a student to function in the world of music.

7.  Tell us one practice tip that you want to share.

     Slow practicing! It really enables students to focus more on the problem at hand. This can be really tedious for students and I often hear that it takes to much time, but on the contrary it is extremely time efficient and can eliminate many future problems.


8.  What are some things you enjoy doing when you're not practicing, performing, or teaching?

     Often the case now, I unfortunately don’t have a lot of down time because I am preparing for concerts or teaching. But, when I do find one of those rare moments, I very much enjoy gourmet coffee. I, like many other, LOVE great food. Also, language is another interest that I am always trying to further.



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Teacher Thomas is accepting new students.  Contact the New Mozart Office to schedule a complimentary trial lesson. 



New Mozart School of Music
305 N. California Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-324-2373
Email us: info@NewMozartSchool.com
Visit us on the web: www.NewMozartSchool.com



Thursday, August 21, 2014

*NEW* Meet Our Distinguished Flute/Saxophone Teacher - Barbara

New Mozart is proud to introduce our distinguished new flute/saxophone faculty - Teacher Barbara.  

She brings her years of extensive musical and teaching experience to our students at New Mozart.  She has worked with young flute and saxophone students to university students and orchestras.  

For a limited time, Teacher Barbara is offering free trial lessons.  

Give us a call to schedule a complimentary flute or saxophone lesson.  650-324-2373



Want to find out about Teacher Barbara?  


Read her short bio here:

Teacher Barbara is a multi-instrumentalist who loves sharing her passion for music with all ages!  She began playing flute & organ at age 7, and added saxes at age 15. Barbara has a M.A. in Music Composition and has performed in every solo & ensemble format imaginable for over 40 years.   Her teaching approach aims to develop proper technique through scales and exercises, while delving deeper into musicianship through learning solo pieces.  She enjoys playing side-by-side with students to help them model phrasing and intonation, and has a keen sense of how posture can aid in sound production.  

Barbara has taught beginning flute to groups in after-school programs (Los Gatos), is flute/sax coach for Russell Middle School (Milpitas), led the San Jose State University Flute Choir in concert, as well as San Jose Youth Symphony’s  “Avant” Flute Choir in rehearsals and summer camp concert.  She recently played in San Jose Musical Theater’s production of the Wizard of Oz, and has the privilege of joining the masterful world-fusion group “Sitar Power” when they expand in orchestration.




And if you want to find out more, here is the complete bio:


Barbara is committed to bringing concepts of music to youth and adults that may help them with work and learning processes in their lives.  She served as the Director of San Jose Jazz’s Get Jazzed!, an education program funded by the City of San Jose and the National Endowment of the Arts.  This live performance program employed top-flight musicians to present concerts in schools to 20,000 San Jose students during her 4-year tenure.   

In the adult education category, Teacher Barbara collaborates with Music and Management, based out of the Royal Academy of Music in London, presenting orchestral interactive concerts to worldwide corporate audiences.  As such, she has first-hand experience with the model of music production serving as powerful inspiration for any team effort in other business disciplines. 

Recipient of the 2009 Music award from the National League of American Pen Women, she has contributed to 20 CD projects, composing songs and arrangements for Grammy Award winning musicians as well as the Skywalker Orchestra.  Other credits include CD and performance projects with members of the Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Tower of Power, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and the Choral Project.

Barbara's clients have included Fisher Price and Mattel for whom she has created original music and sound for countless toys, including some of her most playful clients: Elmo, Winnie-the-Pooh, and the Cookie Monster.  

Barbara served as Conductor/Artistic Director for the Ohlone Symphonic Pops Orchestra, staff Orchestrator for Opera San Jose, faculty member at the School of Music and Dance at San Jose State University, and holds a M.A. in Music Composition from San Jose State University.

Barbara has studied both classical (opera), and jazz voice production, most notably with Dominique Eade, head of New England Conservatory’s vocal jazz program. She has taught voice privately and led group studies through community choirs at churches in the south bay area for 10 years. 

Beginning flute at the age of 7, Barbara has vast experience in preparation and performance for the symphonic or jazz setting.  Along with teaching instrumental technique, her approach is to guide a student to develop well-rounded musicianship knowledge through learning pieces of music.  She has led both the San Jose State Flute Choir, and the San Jose Youth Symphony Avant Flute choir, in concert.   

She has also studied with renowned jazz pianist Don Haas and enjoys teaching a chordal approach for more advanced pianists.   Barbara holds a M.A. in Music Composition from San Jose State University.  Her string arrangements have twice been performed at Carnegie Hall, backing live performances by famed artists such as Sting, Cheryl Crow, Billy Joel, and James Taylor.  She enjoys cross-genre music creation for both live and recorded performance and is a Grammy Voting member by virtue of artistic collaborations on 20 CD projects.  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Come & Make Music With Us! It's Not Too Late to Register!

New Mozart Students & Teachers in Action

Call us @ 650 324 2373
Email us @ Info@NewMozartSchool.com


Hi, 

Hope you're enjoying this beautiful summer weather! :) 

It's hard to believe that there is less than a month left to the summer vacation for most of our Peninsula school students.  

Our office has been busy getting returning and new students registered.  

Speaking of which..., have you had a chance to register for music lessons yet?  

If you haven't, we understand.  You are probably busy getting your (your child's) fall schedule in order and haven't even had the time to think about music lessons till now.  But better late than never.  Especially when it comes to learning music. :) 

So..., we wanted to let you know that  many of our teachers for private lessons still have a few spaces left in their schedule.  

Our super fun & highly acclaimed group classes like Toddler Tunes (ages 2-3), Music In Me (ages 3-4), and Harmony Road (K-2nd) still have some room left as well.

Give us a call & we can get you all set up to start making music. 



Why Should You Enroll Your Child in Music Lessons?





1.  It's FUN! 

Have you heard anyone say that he really hates music?  Everyone loves music!  

And just imagine how much more special it would feel to be able to play or sing.  There is no better gift to give your child, for that matter yourself, than music lessons.  The musical skills they will learn at New Mozart will last a life time.  

2.  Did you know that researches have shown that children who take music lessons do much better academically?  So it's not only fun but it brings this amazing added benefit as well.  





Why Is New Mozart the Best Choice?





1.  Over 500 students think so! Our reputation for providing the highest quality music lessons & classes have allowed us to become the largest music studio in Palo Alto.  And some of our families come from as far away as Berkeley, Fremont & Los Gatos!

2.  Highly qualified teachers who know how to make learning fun. We get a ton of resumes throughout the year from many excellent music teachers who want to work at New Mozart.  We carefully screen our teachers and only select a few experienced teachers that have shown excellent musicianship skills AND the ability to make learning fun. 


3.  Ability to schedule two or more children at the same time.  This will save you a lot of hours in driving!




We've Made Registering Really Easy Too!






You have 3 convenient options:  

1.  Call us & register by PHONE (650 324 2373) 
2.  Fill out the online registration form.
3.  Stop by the office & register on-site. 


Check out our programs listed below & register today or...  for those of you who have more questions,  give us a call.  Let us know how we can help. 




 NEW MOZART PROGRAMS: 

All Instruments (Ages 4-99) 

Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Guitar, & Voice

"I am a professional, classically trained singer who has performed regularly at the New York Metropolitan Opera for the past 10 years...I have spent a lot of time in music classes for my young daughters, and The New Mozart School of Music is absolutely unique in its approach to teaching music to young children...We are so fortunate to have this amazing school in our community." -Malin Fritz Walrod 



Internationally Acclaimed Group Piano Program for Ages 2 - 7

Toddler Tunes (Ages 2-3)
Music In Me (Ages 3-4)
Harmony Road (K-2nd)

"I loved that Abi made so much progress on learning the keyboard, even though she was having so much fun she didn't even notice she was learning. She went from 'hunt and peck' to playing with five fingers on both hands (at age 3)!" - Andrea C., Abigail's mom




  

We look forward to making music with you soon!  Please let us know how we can help.

Musically yours,


The New Mozart Office Team
New Mozart School of Music
305 N. California Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-324-2373
Email us: info@NewMozartSchool.com
Visit us on the web: www.NewMozartSchool.com