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Piano Lessons are Good for You & Your Brain! Great article from Homeschool World News
Do piano lessons make children smarter? This question has intrigued scientists, parents, and educators for decades. Studies have shown that, yes, they do increase children's cognitive abilities, and in many more ways than previously believed. At its most basic level, the piano requires you to make connections between your brain (or your memory of the keys and their associated notes) and your hands, which are often performing two separate functions at the same time. That takes a lot of brainpower!
But research has shown that the benefits of piano lessons go much deeper than boosted brainpower. Increased emotional maturity, higher IQs, and above-average test scores are just the tip of the iceberg.
Students who received piano lessons scored 34% higher on tests indicating that music uniquely enhances higher brain functions required for mathematics, chess, science and engineering.
The Academy welcomes James Ellis to the Guitar Lesson Faculty! We are very excited about having him on board.
James Ellis teaches all styles of guitar, from classical guitar to jazz, rock, country, pop and more. He is very relaxed with students, organized in his teaching and really knows how to move students to their goals!
To fill his studio quickly, we are offering new students to the Academy a very special deal.
50% off private lessons through January, 2017!
3-week Money Back Guarantee! No long term contract! Automatic monthly payment setup! 50% tuition discount through January!
Call 301-947-9705 and say "special website offer of 50%"
This offer only applies to new students joining the Academy's Private Teaching Program
All new students receive a 3-week Money Back Guarantee upon registration.
We can provide a guitar for your Trial Lesson. But for ongoing lessons you must have your own guitar.
This offer can end at any time at our discretion. So sign up now!
30 day notice of withdrawal required in order to cancel recurring monthly payment
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The Academy will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays November 23-27.
All AOFA Piano Class students are participating in a Practice-A-Thon since October 2nd through November 27th for a chance to win a Grand Prize!
All piano class students received a Practice-A-Thon Chart at the beginning of October. The students log in the minutes practiced per day. It will be exciting for them to see how many total minutes they have practiced in these eight weeks! The students will submit their charts for a chance to win through a random drawing. The announcement will be made on our web site in mid-December just before the holidays! Good luck to all of the Piano Class students!
WHAT CAN YOU WIN? What is the grand prize for the MOST PRACTICED STUDENT???? 4 movie tickets and a basket-filled with movie-watching treats!
And this month’s $25 winner is Jordan Popov, Guitar Student of Marvin Arias Call the office at 301-947-9705 to collect your prize. Be sure to read the newsletter each month to see if you are a winner
All the dance classes are working on their recital pieces for the Dance Recital. Dates for the recital will be posted soon!
A GREAT EMAIL FROM A SUMMER CAMP PARENT
(Ava read MUD PUDDLE to the camp this summer) “Ava is doing well and, in fact, she is presenting a book report to her class today and I believe her experiences at the academy (camp) will come in handy. See you next summer!” Best, Eric
ACADEMY STUDENTS PERFORM
JEREMY KEATON, Graduated Piano student of NATASHA DUKAN, was fortunate to get to play in the UMBC 50th anniversary concert on September 17.
The UMBC Symphony Orchestra opened the evening with Finlandia by Jean Sibelius and closed the program with Firebird Suite by Stravinsky to the accompaniment of fireworks! It was a spectacular concert! The photo of Jeremy was taken off the Jumbotron!
GRACE BULLARD, Academy Acting student of PHIL HOSFORD plays Chip in the Holiday production of Beauty and the Beast at Imagination Stage in Bethesda.
Both actresses that play Chip, GRACE BULLARD (Seated right) and Vivian Elise Poe, admire the set of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, designed by Samina Vieth!
LIZ WEBER, Adult Acting student in PHIL HOSFORD'S Acting 2 class, is playing the role of Fraulein Schneider in Kensington Arts Theatre's production of Cabaret!
A RAVE REVIEW of LIZ’S PERFORMANCE in Theatre Bloom…
“….Even the older folks are beautiful— Fraulein Schneider (Liz Weber) and Herr Schultz (Chuck Dluhy) are simply beautiful! Weber and Dluhy play adorably well together, their coy chemistry too cute for words. Weber holds her own when it comes to the thick German accent, rigorous but still understandable. She carries it through both solos, “So What?” and “What Would You Do?” Dluhy pairs her in duet for “It Couldn’t Please More” and “Married” with a rich sound. He is sharp with his comic wit and falls into delicate with dance during “Married” while the Chanteuse (Jessica Bay Graber) lends her lyrical vocals to the number. Graber, who doubles as Fraulein Kost, who is also Fritzie from the club, lends a hilarious tension to the scenes that she plays out with Weber.”
SAMANTHA VIDAS, Piano Student of NATASHA DUKAN, performs in the ensemble of Damascus Theater Company’s CHILDREN OF EDEN.
ZOE WEXLER, Acting student of PHIL HOSFORD, was cast in the Kentland’s Art Theater as the Lion in the Wizard of Oz. DC METRO THEATRE ARTS REVIEW recognized her performance.
“The entire cast deserves applause for their energetic and entertaining performances. A few performers who stood out to me, in addition to Ronick and Williams, include Zoey Wexler, whose performance as the cowardly lion featured great dance moves and excellent comedic timing. Hayden Polsky’s “If I Only Had a Brain” was perfectly knock-kneed and Meaghan Howard as the tin man completed the trio of adorable friends who accompanied Dorothy down the yellow brick road The cast and crew of The Wizard of Oz Young Performers’ Edition put on a really fun show for children and adults alike.”
THERE WILL BE NOINTRO TO ART OF ACTING CLASSES ON NOVEMBER 8th, 10th, 15th
SUZUKI VIOLIN NEWS
The solo recital on Saturday, November 19th at 2:00 will be held at Mill Creek Parish United Methodist Church. We are also playing a holiday concert at Lakeforest Mall on Saturday, December 10th at 5:00. All are invited!!!!
Students from the Suzuki Violin studio accepted into the following ensembles:
Young Artist AMBER LIU POTOMAC VALLEY YOUTH ORCHESTRA (PVYO) Preparatory Orchestra AMY APPELLA
Symphony EILEEN SHIH JOANNE TSAI
Do you have a four year old eager to start the violin? Email Leslie Smile, Director of the Suzuki Violin program at LesliedSmile@gmail.com
MONTHLY FOOD DRIVE
Admission to the monthly recitals is non-perishable food item for the Manna Food Pantry. The Academy has been contributing to this community food pantry for years. If you aren’t attending the recitals, feel free to drop off a donation in the front lobby. THANK YOU!
Each month students have an opportunity to showcase their talents. The monthly recitals, in Room 8, are free. Students must fill out a form with their teacher’s approval to sign up. Student recitals are on the first Saturday of every month at 3 o'clock and 4:00 PM for the fall semester.
December 3, 2016 January 7, 2017
PIANO CLASSES RECITALS
(Times to be announced and sign ups begin 2 weeks before recitals) December 10, 2016 June 10, 2017