CELEBRATING 22 YEARS!
Guitar Classes This Fall
Singing Classes - Musical Theater
Performance dance class designed to assist the performer expand their talents.
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!
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Academy Acting instructor Phil Hosford wrapped a feature film this Summer entitled "Edges The Familiar". Written and directed by James Durham, Phil was cast as Dr. Abner, a self-centered, not very attentive father who undergoes a tremendous change through the film. Edges is a great ensemble piece in which several characters and couples are affected by a single event and have individual transformations. "James Durham is a terrific director and writer" said Hosford. "It was a joy working with him and the rest of the cast." The movie is slated to premier next Summer in a local movie theater to be determined. And then, on to film festivals.
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!
new students this fall! welcome!!!
Teacher Shout outs!
Suzuki Violin Teacher Leslie Smile would like to congratulate the following students for their acceptance into the following local orchestras:
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!
Annabelle Song's performance this Summer at the Blue Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Bootwyn, Pa. Annabelle is a student of Natasha Dukan a piano instructor at the Academy of Fine Arts.
Teen/Adult Group Piano, Mondays at 6 pm
Hear Ye, Hear Ye: PRACTICE-A-THON during the month of October and November!!
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!
Calling all interested Teens and Adults: Start with FREE PIANO CLASSES in October!
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:
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 suggests that the soundtrack to your child’s homework should comprise these 21 songs, proven to change the electromagnetic frequency of brain waves for optimal focus.
BY SHARLENE HABERMEYER
If you want your child to retain more when cramming for a test, or to have laser-like focus when completing homework assignments, crank up the study music.
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
11/22/17 - 11/26/17 - Thanksgiving Break
12/24/17 - 1/1/18 - Winter Break
3/26/18 - 4/1/18 - Spring Break