THE ACADEMY'S FIRST WINTER CAMP!
As you may know, our Summer Camps have become tremendously successful and in demand over the past six years! So we are attempting to start our first Winter Break Camp.
School is out! Will you need a fun learning situation for your kids? Prepare for "serious fun" with our Professional Teaching Artists guiding you each step of the way. Every day! For budding theater performers, actors, and singers of all experience levels, come revel in creativity, craziness, knowledge, friendship, fun and success!!
STUDENT SHOUT OUTS!
From Acting Instructor Phil Hosford: Ellie Helgeson! I am so proud of your growth over the years. Your skills, stage command, acting technique, voice, everything has grown so much. You're winning roles now and you deserve them! Congratulations to you!
From Guitar Instructor Jim Ellis: Catherine Koo is making great progress with the Royal Conservatory of Music repertoire and studies/etudes for guitar!
From Piano Instructor Karine Muradyan: Anya Precil Excellent Work! In one month she played all the pieces of classics primer level.
Jessica Sun Great Job!
Heerok Das Wonderful Work!
From Piano Instructor Natasha Dukan: Ivie and Jasmine Tran perform regularly through Tacy Foundation, an organization that gives children a lot of performance opportunities and helps seniors, veterans and hospital patients!
For more information visit tacyfoundation.org
Ivie playing at Shady Grove Hospital.
Jasmine playing at Hebrew Retirement Home.
PRACTICE-A-THON Participant Alex Huang turns in his and his sister, Sophie's, charts along with his Mom. CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL DONE!!
From Suzuki Violin Instructor Leslie Hoyle: Navya Shukla was accepted into the Montgomery County Public School Honors Orchestra!
Ada Zolnik was accepted into her school's advanced orchestra!
Congratulations to all my students performing in their winter PVYO & MCYO concerts this month! Special congratulations to David Wang for achieving the position of concertmaster in MCYO's Preparatory Orchestra!
Congratulations to the Suzuki Violin Program for its excellent solo recital on November 18th! November 18th Fall Solo Recital I look forward to your service Holiday Concert at Ingleside Retirement Home on December 8th!
Tina Tavassoli performing the song she composed!
rEGISTER NOW FOR OUR SPRING MUSIC, ACTING, AND DANCE CLASSES!
Registration for the Spring Semester is NOW OPEN! Our Spring semester begins on February 4th!
Discounts for Registering Early:
Piano Instructor Natasha Dukan will be performing at the National Chamber Ensemble Annual Holiday Concert on December 16th.
NCE's Holiday Concert brings classical masterpieces and holiday favorites together in one fun program for the whole family! The National Chamber Ensemble invites young emerging musicians to join in the fun filled performance.
For tickets and more information visit
TRIPLE THREAT CLUB
Announcing new Triple Threat Sundays (ages 8-9 and 10-14) and Wednesdays (ages 10-14) at the Academy of Fine Arts!
Attention all singers, actors, and dancers! Enjoy fresh, new programming on Sundays and Wednesdays! Students have the opportunity to take dancing, acting, and singing in just one stop at the Academy! Parents, we know you and your families have busy schedules and your time is valuable! Register now for multiple, consecutively scheduled classes on Sundays and Wednesdays to be efficient!
Take advantage NOW of incredible savings, incredible convenience, and incredible fun with our Triple Threat Discount! Register for 2 of these classes (acting, dancing, singing) and get the third one FREE!
12pm - Musical Theater Singing
1pm - Acting
2pm - Musical Theater Dancing
12PM - Musical Theater Singing
1pm - Musical Theater Dancing
2pm - Acting
5pm - Musical Theater Singing
6pm - Musical Theater Dancing
Take Acting on Sundays at 1pm or Tuesdays at 6:30pm!
5pm - Acting
6pm - Musical Theater Singing
7pm - Musical Theater Dancing
Acting is also available on Sundays at 2pm or Thursdays at 5pm & 6pm
And that's not all... For our youngest actors and dancers (ages 5-7), register for both acting and dancing and take 10% off each!
12pm - Storybook Theater (ages 4-5)
3pm - Musical Theater Dancing (ages 5-7)
4:45pm - Storybook Theater (ages 4-5)
5:30pm - Intro to the Art of Acting (ages 5-6)
6:30pm - Intro to the Art of Acting (ages 7-9)
5pm - Musical Theater Dancing (ages 5-7)
6pm - Intro to the Art of Acting (ages 6-7)
But wait... there's MORE!!
Click on the link below for Dance Classes on Mondays and Saturdays, and a full schedule of all of our classes for the Spring!
The Top 10 Skills Children Learn From the Arts
Posted by Lisa Phillips
1. Creativity - Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish your child from others. In an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monologue in 6 different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.
2. Confidence - The skills developed through theater, not only train you how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence you need to take command of the stage. Theater training gives children practice stepping out of their comfort zone and allows them to make mistakes and learn from them in rehearsal. This process gives children the confidence to perform in front of large audiences.
3. Problem Solving - Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I portray a particular emotion through dance? How will my character react in this situation? Without even realizing it kids that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems. All this practice problem solving develops children’s skills in reasoning and understanding. This will help develop important problem-solving skills necessary for success in any career.
4. Perseverance - When a child picks up a violin for the first time, she/he knows that playing Bach right away is not an option; however, when that child practices, learns the skills and techniques and doesn't give up, that Bach concerto is that much closer. In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being asked to continually develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.
5. Focus - The ability to focus is a key skill developed through ensemble work. Keeping a balance between listening and contributing involves a great deal of concentration and focus. It requires each participant to not only think about their role, but how their role contributes to the big picture of what is being created. Recent research has shown that participation in the arts improves children’s abilities to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives.
6. Non-Verbal Communication - Through experiences in theater and dance education, children learn to breakdown the mechanics of body language. They experience different ways of moving and how those movements communicate different emotions. They are then coached in performance skills to ensure they are portraying their character effectively to the audience.
7. Receiving Constructive Feedback - Receiving constructive feedback about a performance or visual art piece is a regular part of any arts instruction. Children learn that feedback is part of learning and it is not something to be offended by or to be taken personally. It is something helpful. The goal is the improvement of skills and evaluation is incorporated at every step of the process. Each arts discipline has built in parameters to ensure that critique is a valuable experience and greatly contributes to the success of the final piece.
8. Collaboration - Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. When a child has a part to play in a music ensemble, or a theater or dance production, they begin to understand that their contribution is necessary for the success of the group. Through these experiences children gain confidence and start to learn that their contributions have value even if they don’t have the biggest role.
9. Dedication - When kids get to practice following through with artistic endeavors that result in a finished product or performance, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment. They practice developing healthy work habits of being on time for rehearsals and performances, respecting the contributions of others, and putting effort into the success of the final piece. In the performing arts, the reward for dedication is the warm feeling of an audience’s applause that comes rushing over you, making all your efforts worthwhile.
10. Accountability - When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer. Through the arts, children also learn that it is important to admit that you made a mistake and take responsibility for it. Because mistakes are a regular part of the process of learning in the arts, children begin to see that mistakes happen. We acknowledge them, learn from them and move on.
IMPORTANT ACADEMY DATES
12/24/17 - 1/1/18 - Winter Break
3/26/18 - 4/1/18 - Spring Break