Newsletter :: February 2011 214-436-4058 music@friscoschoolofmusic.com February 14-19 'BRING A FRIEND WEEK' Bring a friend to your weekly class and enter for a chance to win a Sony MP3 Player!   STAR POWER PERFORMANCE in Band School If you have not joined one of our Rock, Classical or Jazz Schools... What are you waiting for?! Star Power Bands are for beginners through advancing players on all instruments. Learning to play together as a team, mastering your part, putting it all together as a stage performance, learning about basic styles and concepts is covered each week. Basic music theory concepts are also taught using examples from the songs the bands are playing. Students move ahead in their skill levels at their own pace, and the teacher assigns parts appropriate for each band member. Rock 'n Roll (classic and contemporary), jazz standards, and familiar classics. Star Power Band Series students participate in all school activities including Star Power Performances, Concerts, Festivals, Competitions, Texas State Theory Test (optional) and more, along with our graded music theory curriculum (with private teacher). Earn certificates, performance and memory ribbons, and theory medals. Call us for more details and trial classes! Ready To Get Started? In this issue *Welcome Our New Students *Important Dates *New Rising Star Date *Refer a Friend and Get a Free Lesson NEW! *Free Audition 101 Workshop *Should Your Child Major in Music? Welcome New Students Bailey Going Nancy Nemeh Andrew Nemeh Pamela Scullen Norman Balais Arianna Vachani Kayla Pernis Erika Pernis Anna Asako Hayden Smith Makenzi Maddox Ben Howard Adam Jendoubi Anusha Raj Hernan Cabrera Moyo Shobowale Zach Smith Celeste Aragon Carter Gekiere Emma Gueorguieve Kathy Yella Alyssa Pannozzo Ishah Vemireddy Emily Porter Brian Panozzo Dharma Monjure Graydon Thompson Nina Parks Kezia Manning Ariel Octavianus Kyler Bisel Chole Milhizer Reid Evans Kiley Karlheim Gui Cirelli Elizabeth Doak Nikki Thomas Destiny Benavides Austin Wolters Olivia Arrant New Rising Star Date! COME TO THE FRONT DESK TO COMPLETE THE ENTRY FORM AND SAVE YOUR PLACE ENTER NOW..... Talent video due by March 26. NEW! Refer a Friend and Get a Free Lesson  Have a friend who might like to take lessons? Refer them to the Frisco School of Music and when they enroll in lessons, we’ll give you a lesson for free!! It’s very easy to refer someone. There’s no maximum to the amount of free lessons that you can receive! Stop by the Front Desk for a Certificate!   Free Workshop! Audition 101 Learn how to make your College Audition and Musical Theatre Audition a success! Saturday April 2nd -RSPV required before March 26th. 10:30 am - 12:00 noon At the Frisco School of Music 9255 Preston Road Frisco, TX 75034 Students learn the basic DO's and DON'Ts of the audition experience, and how to prepare for success. Students will gain the conficence to survive and thrive in a college bound high school juniors and seniors. Musical theatre students 8th and up are welcome.   Parents should attend with their students. Director's Corner  My friend Marty Fort who runs the Columbia Arts Academy in South Carolina wrote this article entitled "SHOULD YOUR CHILD MAJOR IN MUSIC?".  Since we get inquiries from parents and students about this subject all of the time, I thought I would pass along this article to you.  Chris Duncan Executive Director Frisco School of Music Should Your Child Major In Music? Parents often ask me if their child should become a music major in college. In 2008 I finished my Masters in Guitar Performance at USC and in 1997 I completed my Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I’ve definitely put in my time in the Academic side of music and have formulated some strong opinions regarding what is gained and what is not gained from this experience. When a parent asks me this, it usually means that their child is 17 or 18, college is looming and a major needs to be considered. The child not really knowing what they want out of college, does know that they love to play music. In their minds, being a music major would be fun as they could play a lot more music and it would be an easy way to get through college versus studying math or science for example. Unfortunately this is an unrealistic expectation. Music studies at the college level are intense. They are also largely antiquated with a focus on classical music or at best, a jazz program. Johnny may love to rock out on his Les Paul and learn Metallica riffs at the Academy but no college in South Carolina, allows you to take rock guitar lessons in a music school. I was one of the first if not only professors to teach rock guitar at the University of South Carolina Upstate, where I taught guitar courses from 2005-2007. If you are going to major in music, you must be able to pass classical or jazz audition requirements and now is the time to start working on such a goal. There are two reasons that I feel a student should major in music in college. The first is if they want a career as a teacher. If you are going to teach in a college you must have a degree in music performance or music education. If you want to teach in a high school, middle or elementary school, you must have a degree in music education and pass the state Praxis exam and become certified to teach music. If this is the route you want to take, you must be proficient in either classical or jazz as there is no “rock or pop” program at USC or any college in South Carolina for that matter. As an alternative, some parents mention the Berklee College of Music in Boston, but I feel that the school with 2,000 guitar students (versus 20 at USC) and the very expensive tuition, is not necessarily the best way to go for a lot of students. The second reason to get a degree in music is if you want to be a librarian. My wife is a media specialist librarian and there is a job market for students with music undergraduate degrees who go on to get a masters in library science. However, many students when posed with these two options, say they don’t want to do either. They just want to play or get better at playing music. My suggestion for these students is to major in something practical such as math, english, history, etc and to minor in music. As a music minor you will still have a lot of music classes, it will be easier to gain admittance to the school of music and if you still have a burning desire to become a major, you can do so later in your studies. You will still need to get with your academy teacher and pursue classical or jazz audition requirements that are tough. They are available at the college web sites that you will want to audition for. You will also need to be a good sight reader and know some basic theory. If you can take a course in your high school on theory, that will assist you. The basic curriculum for college music majors is two years of music theory and ear training. First year music theory classes entail learning all major and minor keys, major and minor scales (and their counterparts) as well as ancient 4 part writing, harmonic analysis and intervals. Second year students analyze symphonic scores by Mozart and Berlioz as well as counterpoint by Bach. Ear Training can be a tough course for some as students learn to sing and recognize pitches, intervals, chords and a variety of melodic and harmonic content by ear alone. Many of the exams require singing arpeggios and scales in front of a full classroom. Performance majors will have 4 years of private lessons, 2 years of music history and some ensemble training. For your first year, you can get by with remedial sight reading skills, but by your second year, this will have vastly improve! Jazz majors will have classes in jazz ensemble, arranging, jazz theory and improvisation. For any student, who is very passionate about music, and feels that studying, performing and teaching music is the only thing that will make them happy, I encourage you to pursue college as a music major. However, for those of you who love music, but don’t necessarily want to make a career of it, I would recommend minoring in music. I got an e-mail from one of our Academy parents about her daughter that I think sums up a successful college experience for a music minor: “Emily is minoring in music at Presbyterian College. They have given her a small scholarship. In return, she plays in guitar ensemble, pep band, and choir. It really is a lot of work, but she has made a great group of friends and still continues to learn music.” Congratulations Emily! Many Academy students would do well to follow in your footsteps. Thanks to Marty for his insights on this subject. by Marty Fort CAA Director Thank you for being part of our School The Frisco School of Music Team     News and Events Copyright 2012 Frisco School of Music Texas Music Teachers Association Frisco School of Music      ·      9255 Preston Road · Frisco, TX 75033      ·      214-436-4058 Home | Work For Us | Contact Us Piano and Keyboard Lessons Violin and Viola Lessons Summer Music Camps Guitar and Bass Lessons Drum and Percussion Lessons The Bands Voice and Singing Lessons Flute, Trumpet and Saxophone Lessons Performing Arts Preschool Office Open December 27 to 29 and January 2 to 5 - 11 to 2 pm Christmas Break - Lessons Resume January 7th Music Registration Hotline - Phone Calls Only - December 26, 2 to 5 pm