Newsletter :: May 2011 214-436-4058 The Rising Star Best of Show Winners Ready To Get Started? In this issue *Rising Star Best of Show Winners *Welcome Our New Students *Sophie Balentine - Student of the Month *DayRockerZ *Director’s Corner: Summer Lessons *Jazz in the Square Frisco School of Music Jazz Combo *Refer a friend and get a free lesson *Join a Band! Welcome New Students Agastya Vangala Alyssa Davis Amelia Kleiber Anja Newbury Ashley Johnson Ashley Thompson Bradley Raper Brian Vasquez Callie Kieffer Camy Garrett Christopher Vasquez Claudia Russe Dario Uribe David Ladera Deja Smith Dev Arora Diego Hooper Emilie Ewing Emily Raper Emma Cunningham Gracie Mueller Hunter Evans Isabella Bertram Isabella Campos Jadesse Chan Jadzia Sanchez Jake Kieffer Jake Monono Jay Siegel Jordan Migis Josiah Moses Katharine Hudson Kathy Yella Kaylee Glasscock Kelsey Cameron Lauren Ernzen Lucas Ricchetti Maddison Woods Matias Ricchetti Michelle Sundberg Nikki Jimenez Regan Pinkney Rophe Danso Ryan Leibowitz Ryan Yonce Sarah Danso Sophie Ratkovic Tammy Richardson Tomas Ricchetti Vivian Lee 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! Quinlin Sandefer   Josie Johnston Junior Division Winner   Senior Division Winner Start preparing for next year...! Are you ready to be a star? Student of the Month: Sophie Balentine Each month we feature one student from our music school as they share a little bit about themselves and about their musical experiences. “Lessons have taught me how to sing and gave me better ways to express myself in my singing. Music means a lot to me since I have been singing since I was born. Music lessons help me become a better singer. ”   We would like to thank Sophie and the Balentine family for referring her friends to the Frisco School of Music! YOU ROCK! Director's Corner: Summer Lessons Each year about this time I often get asked these questions: Q. How do lessons work in the summer? A. Lessons run through the end of July and are included with yearly enrollment (May 1st is your final tuition payment and summer lessons are included) Q. Why can’t I just take a break from lessons over the summer? A. Experts highly recommend that students continue with as many summer lessons as they can fit into their schedule – understanding that there may be reduced home practice time – so that you do not loose the skills you have gained during the past year. This way, you come back to Fall lessons feeling motivated (instead of feeling defeated, can’t play what you had mastered last semester, feel like giving up). Your teacher will help by assigning fun summer music that is on your “want to learn” list and keep your interest high. Q. What if I am actually out of town for some of the summer weeks and will miss my lessons? A. We have three ways you can handle this (choose one) 1. Take advantage of our Summer Make-up Lessons We realize that some of you will go on vacation for a portion of the summer. By signing up for the summer make-ups, you can make-up your missed lessons.  See the Front Desk for dates and times available.  OR… 2. Sub-lease your spot to a family or friend You can send a family member or a friend in your place for the dates you will miss. Just let the office know who is coming in your place and when. The friend can reimburse you directly for the lessons. If you attend a group class, the friend should be close to the same age for the class. OR… 3. Donate your lessons to a student at the Boys and Girls Club OK – this is pretty cool! You can donate your lessons to a student who otherwise would not be able to have music lessons. This is a tax deductable donation and is easy to do.  Request a form and return it to our office, we will handle the rest. You will receive a thank you note from the student who came to lessons in your place, and know that you helped make a big impact on someone’s life. If you have any questions, just give us a call. Chris Duncan Director Did you know you can join a Band?  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! Thank you for being part of our School! The Frisco School of Music Team Are you ready for Summer? 8 to 15 year olds: At the Frisco School of Music you can play in the rock 'n roll camp for guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keyboards. Rehearse as a band, and in sections, learn about arranging, History of Rock, composing, rehearsal techniques, ensemble skills, rock moves, band marketing and performance. Friday Rock Concerts - the highlight of the week! Many of the Rockers attend all three sessions! Beginners to Intermediate players. Check out the page on DayRockerZ for more information on the Rock School! New Jazz Concert Series in Frisco Square Jazz in the Square a new summer event in Frisco Square begins Friday evenings in June and July between 7 and 8:30 p.m., on the Simpson Plaza lawn, free to the public. Under the nighttime stars come listen to a unique, line-up of talented musicians play their version of this deeply historical music. Jazz has been labeled the most significant form of musical expression in American culture and continues to evolve and enable these unique and talented musicians to express new and different levels of artistic expression. With over two dozen distinct Jazz styles, their music is drawn from life experiences and human emotions ultimately inspiring their creativity. Jazz is an American art form but an international phenomenon. "We are excited to host this new, outdoor concert series in Frisco Square," said Cathy Sweeney, Frisco Square Managing Partner. "The bands that we invited to play during our first season are some of the finest in the area," Sweeney added. Bring a picnic, and some blankets or chairs, and come enjoy listening to the distinctive musical style that is Jazz in The Square. June 3rd - The Frisco School of Music Jazz Combo is playing Jazz standards from the greatest names in Jazz, including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Wes Montgomery and many others. The group is sponsored by the Frisco School of Music and is a community jazz band for the City of Frisco and surrounding areas and they encourage folks with a background in music to come sit in with them anytime. 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