CELEBRATING 22 YEARS!
In this newsletter!
Brand New Sunday Group Piano Classes
Guitar Classes this Fall!
Megan Doney joins the Academy to teach Singing, Piano, and Acting classes!
Dance Program Transforms!
Acting Department News!
Past teachers join the Academy once again!
Brand New Students this Fall!
Practice - A - thon? How it works and how students benefit from it!
FREE MONTH OF PIANO CLASSES??
Go on... I'm listening!!
Teacher Shout Outs
Music that focuses the Brain!
Important Academy Dates
Piano Classes-New Sunday classes
Sunday classes - First time in our history!
For the first time in our 22 year history, we are offering classes on Sundays! This semester we are excited to have an almost full Harmony Road and Young Musician class, as well as a brand new offering, Musical Theater Singing Class! Instructor Megan Doney is hopeful that many more students will now be able to participate in our programs with the addition of Sunday classes, and is looking forward to including more families who are perhaps not available on other days.
CLICK HERE for our Fall Group Piano class schedule and pricing for you and your child!
Guitar Classes This Fall
Guitar faculty member, James Ellis, is now teaching guitar classes. The classes are for kids ages 8 - 13 years of age. Students who do not quite feel ready for private lessons, this is the perfect opportunity. The class is still accepting students.
Singing Classes - Musical Theater
A blast from the past! Megan Doney, a past faculty member of the Academy will be joining us as an administrator, Voice teacher, and Group Piano teacher this Fall! We welcome her with open arms and we know that her students will love her classes! Below you will find more info on her Voice classes!
dance program transforms
Introduction of Broadway styled dances allowing student to experience movement styles of Fosse, de Mille, Mitchell and more. Dancers have an opportunity to grow in audition skills as they learn a variation of Broadway styles. This allows them to build technique, strength, characterization and flexibility throughout the class. The goal is a polished performance piece at the end of the session. Voice experts and Acting coaches may visit the class for coaching as needed.
For Ages 3 - Teens!
Click here to register online!
Hosford was also cast in John Becker's "Sandy". A three person short film, Phil makes a cameo as a most disgruntled elderly man. "A ton of fun doing that scene." said Hosford.
We will have more information on release dates as they get closer.
In the meantime check out our Acting Classes:
For Ages 4 - Adult!
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WHAT ARE Academy STUDENTS AND TEACHERS UP TO?
Past teachers returning to the academy!
We are thrilled to welcome back three new teachers who are actually old teachers! Lincoln Cobbins (right) (Private Piano, Group Piano), Kevin Schellhase (left) (Private Piano), and Megan Doney (Group Piano, Theater/Voice, Administration - photo above) have all rejoined the faculty this Fall! Welcome back you experienced wonderful teachers!
new students this fall! welcome!!!
Teacher Shout outs!
Amber Liu - Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (Young Artists)
Oorja Mishra - Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra (Preparatory Orchestra)
Eileen Shih - Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra (Philharmonia)
Navya Shukla - Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra (Preparatory Orchestra)
Joanne Tsai - Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra (Philharmonia)
David Wang - Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (Preparatory Orchestra)
Christopher Yeung - Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (Chamber Strings)
I am so proud of all of your hard work this summer! You'll be a great asset to these groups!
Storybook Theater for ages 4 - 5,
Tuesdays at 4:45 pm
Acting for ages 10 to teen,
Wednesday at 6 pm
ALL AOFA STUDENTS will take part in a Practice-A-Thon from Sunday, October 8th through Wednesday, November 22nd. Adults and children alike, everyone will be participating in the Practice-A-Thon and win a prize!
Did we not tell you that the Academy of Fine Arts is a stimulating place to be?!
The announcement email was sent to all parents and adult students. LOOK FOR THE EMAIL and PRINT OUT THE PRACTICE-A-THON CHARTS!
Go Academy Students!!
FREE MONTH for PIANO CLASSES!
PIANO STREET, our recreational keyboard/piano program, is for absolute beginners. Learn practical and essential skills that will enable you to make your own music as players, creators, improvisers and collaborators.
Highlights of the curriculum include:
- Chords and accompaniment styles
- Note reading and ear training skills
- Improvise and arrange your own music
- Solos and ensembles in a supportive setting
- Variety of musical periods and styles
- Creativity through composing and songwriting
Contact the Academy of Fine Arts Office by phone at (301)947-9705 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
You can also register online by clicking here!
Music That Focuses the Brain
Research indicates that music strengthens areas of the brain that, in a child with ADHD, are weak. Music strengthens the auditory, visual/spatial, and motor cortices of the brain. These areas are tied to speech and language skills, reading, reading comprehension, math, problem-solving, brain organization, focus, and attention challenges.
But not any music will do. Only certain classical music builds a bigger, better brain. Listening to jazz or pop doesn’t have the same beneficial effects. A study conducted by Donald Shetler, Ed.D., of the Eastman School of Music, found that kids who listened to classical music for 20 minutes a day had improved speech and language skills, a stronger memory, and greater organization of the brain.
Another study, done by Georgi Lozanov, M.D., a psychiatrist and educator, showed that some classical music pieces change the electromagnetic frequency of brain waves to about 7.5 cycles a second. This is called the Alpha Mode, wherein the brain focuses optimally — perfect for studying for a history test or completing a homework assignment
I used classical music to help my five sons do well in school. I played classical music in the background from the moment they got home from school until they started homework. My boys were better able to focus and concentrate when classical music was playing, especially my son Brandon, who had learning challenges. He eventually went on to graduate college with an A average.
Sounds of Success
Music can be used to improve kids’ understanding of specific subjects, such as science, the alphabet, numbers, literature, math, and U.S. history. I suggest the CD Sing a Song of Science,by Kathleen Carroll, which contains songs about layers of the earth, weather, energy, matter, and other topics. This CD is a must if you are teaching your child science concepts.
Alphabet Operetta, by Mindy Manley Little — in which the alphabet is sung in jazz, blues, and rock and roll styles — is a great alternative to the regular “ABC” song. Little also produced My Favorite Musical Numbers, catchy tunes to help kids master numbers.
Bad Wolf Press, started by lyricist John Heath and composer Ron Fink, creates education musical plays that can be used in the classroom or at home. There are tunes on several subjects — literature, science, math, and U.S. history.
For kids who need help mastering math facts and spelling words, certain types of music are ideal. Any time you set something to rhythm, a child will remember it. Tunes with a strong repetitive beat — something that you find in rap music — work best. I promise you that kids won’t find it boring to listen to.
The CD Baby Dance has songs with strong, repetitive rhythms — pieces by Vivaldi, Mozart, and Haydn. Try the following approach when teaching math facts or spelling words: Sing a math fact or a spelling word to the song as you clap your hands or stomp your feet for emphasis. For instance, sing, “Two times four is eight. Repeat.” “Country is spelled c-o-u-n-t-r-y. Repeat.”
To amp up the brain benefits of listening to music, sign up your child for music lessons. The string bass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments are good choices for a child diagnosed with ADHD and LD, because the child can stand and move while playing them. Let her choose her own instrument. If she decides on drums, don’t worry. Just buy earplugs!
IMPORTANT ACADEMY DATES
12/24/17 - 1/1/18 - Winter Break
3/26/18 - 4/1/18 - Spring Break
MONTHLY RECITAL DATES
October 7th, 2017
November 4th, 2017
December 2nd, 2017
January 6th, 2018