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Music Box New Westminster Music School Monthly Newsletter – May 2017

Music Box Monthly

May 2017

New & Exciting! 


Hi Everybody,

Have you heard we’ve moved from the River Market?

Music Box has held studio at River Market since 2013! We have long since outgrown our space there, adding our 630 Carnarvon Street Music Lesson location in 2015, and now, this past May weekend we have moved our Daycare & Music Together programs to 25 Begbie Street. While we will miss the River Market dearly and enjoyed our time there, we look forward to seeing you still at 630 Carnarvon Street, and at new 25 Begbie Street – almost double the size from our River Market Studio! Wow!

Where’s our River Market Programming?: 
Music Kids Daycare: set to reopen on Begbie St soon.
Mini Music: River Market is continuing their own music class. Our lovely program with Lisa Rae is set to PopUp somewhere nearby soon!

Soon, we will be inviting you to a lovely open house at 25 Begbie Street! Please watch for that announcement later this month.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Vashti Fairbairn
Director

We’re going to miss seeing you all every Friday! Please follow Lisa Rae on her musical adventures here: https://www.facebook.com/musicfunwithlisarae/ Plans are in the works to PopUp soon in the community!
Holidays:

VICTORIA DAY, May 22
Carnarvon location CLOSED
Daycare location: CLOSED
Office: CLOSED
Online Registration: OPEN

Camp Sign Up Here!

Many music students take Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations. Along with being great goals to work towards and progress markers, beginning at RCM Level 6 you can receive High School Credit!
More informationhttps://examinations.rcmusic.ca/accreditation
Ask your teacher for further information and to see if this path may be right for you.

Teacher of the Month 

Our teacher of the month for May is James Testani! In adition to being a Music Box teacher, James also has a popular YouTube channel you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/user/5MGuitar

Background (education/other):
BMus in Jazz Studies, Capilano University

Favourite food:
All of it

Favourite thing to do/hobby:
Aside from playing guitar I enjoy the occasional video game

Fun fact about me:
I’ve watched the first 6 episodes of the 1988 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons about 200 times each

Teaching Style/Philosophy:
I don’t believe in the concept of natural talent. Sure, some people are more adept than others, but work ethic and persistence are the true key to being successful with anything. Music is a language. Imagine you’re learning French… would you rather know a bunch of nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc? Or would you rather learn how to actually speak it in a simple manner? I go beyond the page and ensure that my students are able to communicate using the language of music.James has ONE remaining spot on Thursdays. We advise contacting us now for this great teacher! 

Please welcome the 20 new students who enrolled for private music lessons at MusicBox this March-April!

Rowan
Marko
Marta
Drew
Framboise
Mikka
Bethany
Sherlyn
Francesca
San
Vladi
Iris
Yenna
Neil
Anya
André
Julian
Saulo
Vivian
Annika

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Pictured above: Teacher Daniel, Harry, Debbie, Anne, Vashti, Jordana, Canita, Josee, Stefani at a recent teacher function!Many teachers have sold out. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day or time, please contact any of our office manager Josee and she can add you to the waiting list. If you are not a student yet there are still very limited lessons spots available. To inquire about openings for June send an e-mail to info@musicboxnw.ca 

Blake Unruh • Drums/Guitar/Ukulele • Tuesdays: 2 Spots Left • Thursdays: SOLD OUT
Torben Brown • Drums/Guitar/Ukulele •  Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT
Steve Marshall • Drums/Guitar/Ukulele/Voice • Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT
Daniel Cheung • Guitar/Ukulele • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT  • Fridays: ONE SPOT LEFT  • Saturdays: ONE SPOT LEFT
James Testani • Guitar/Ukulele • Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT
Michael Fabro  • Guitar/Ukulele  • Sundays: 3 Spots Left
Debbie Mun • Piano •  Tuesdays: SOLD OUT  • Fridays: SOLD OUT  • Saturdays: SOLD OUT
Breanne Shaw • Flute • Friday: Three Spots Left
Stefani Yap • Piano • Wednesday: SOLD OUT • Thursday: SOLD OUT • Friday: SOLD OUT
Jordana Delgado • Piano/Cello • Mondays: 2 Spots Left • Tuesdays: SOLD OUT • Thursdays: ONE SPOT LEFT
Canita Mai • Voice/Piano • Monday: ONE SPOT LEFT • Thursday: ONE SPOT LEFT • Saturdays: SOLD OUT
Christina Madarasaz • Voice/Piano • Wednesday: ONE SPOT LEFT • Thursdays: SOLD OUT
Adam Van Loo • Clarinet/Flute/Saxophone/Guitar • Sunday: 2 Spots Left
Taylor Anne Reid • Voice • Sunday: 3 Spots Left
Nicole Scoffield • Violin • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT • Wednesdays: ONE SPOT LEFT
Anne Wong • Piano • Saturdays: SOLD OUT
Jeanette Peake • Voice/Piano • Tuesdays: Two Spots Left
Jenny Xu • Piano • Saturdays: SOLD OUT • Sundays: SOLD OUT

Please contact the office for details regarding available lesson times

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Now Offering Sunday Lessons!

We are now the only music school in New Westminster that is open 7 days a week!

Take your lessons on a Sunday 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Email us for a list of available times for Piano, Voice, Guitar, Clarinet, Song Writing, Saxophone, Flute!

FRIENDS OF MUSIC BOX! Have you Visited RUSART? They do wonderful professional Drawing, Painting classes for Children & Adults here in New Westminster (as well as Richmond and South Surrey locations)! http://rusart.ca New customers use code MBOX25 for 25% off first 4 sessions.
Did you read your newsletter this month?

Each month we pull the name of one of our students to win a prize. This month’s prize is a $25.00 gift certificate for any Music Box service or product.
This month’s winner is Tianna Downey!
Congrats & please contact the office to claim your prize.

EARN FREE LESSONS!

Current Private Lesson Students who refer others who successful enrol for lessons with us get = 1 free MONTH of lessons! Thank you to everyone this Spring who referred their friends. Our success is your success!
*Immediate family members and members of the same household are not eligible for the referral program, but are eligible for 1 free private lesson registration fee. Please contact the office for details.* 

Did you enjoy this December’s Picture Day?

Want to get your child’s picture taken for free by a professional photographer?


The next Picture day is coming in June and is open to all current Music Box Music Academy students! *Must be a CURRENT student to participate. ALMOST FULL!

Thank you to Roger Mahler of Union Photographers http://www.unionphotographers.com for their excellent work at December’s Picture Day!

It’s easy to take the next step:

Lessons are first come, first serve
so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!

604-553-1176
Or e-mail info@musicboxnw.ca

New Westminster’s Largest Private Music School

Winner of more awards than any
other music school in New Westminster!

2 Locations to Serve You in Downtown New Westminster:

630 Carnarvon street, New Westminster, BC
(Near the intersection of 6th and Carnarvon)

Coming Soon: 25 Begbie Street, New Westminster, BC
(1 block from the Skytrain, just up from Waves Coffee @ Columbia St)

Offering quality guitar, voice, ukulele, drums, violin, clarinet, saxophone, flute and piano lessons in New Westminster.

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June Newsletter

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Are You Ready for Awesome Music?

In June, over 100 Music Box New Westminster’s Music Academy students will be performing at our bi-annual recital. We will also be featuring special guests from Kids in Motion! 

Tuesday, June 21st & Wednesday, June 22nd at La Perla Ball Room in New Westminster.

Admission to our recitals is always free (but we do accept donations to Burnaby Safe House), so stop on by to support your fellow students and hear great music!

Vashti Fairbairn
Director

Yes we still have limited room in our Camps! Avoid the ‘schools out’ rush when there’s nothing left and book now! 
Holidays: 

Reminder:Canada Day Holidays – Thursday June 30th & Friday July 1st

No regular private lessons & classes.

Are you on Instagram?
Office Manager Josée rocks at Instagram!

https://www.instagram.com/musicboxnw/
Please welcome the 18 new students
who enrolled for private music lessons at MusicBox this April & May!

Kyle I
Jennifer K
Patrick M
Gabrielle
Faith
Monet
Chris N
Kyle S
Lukas
James S
Ashley T
Margo
Callyn
Asherina
Jim C
Isabelle T
Nicolas E
Step

Teacher of the Month 

Our teacher of the month for June is Ms. Jordana Delgado! Jordana teaches Piano for children & adults.Background: 
I was trained in classical music (piano and cello), but was told it was very difficult to make a living out of music, so I studied Psychology, and after that a master’s degree in Music Therapy. In the end I managed to make music my profession :) I have complemented my education with training in modern music and voice lessons. As a musician I have been part of classical, pop, world music and a cappella groups. As a music teacher I have worked in different music schools for more than 14 years, using different methodologies, and so have a broad perspective on music education.

Favourite food:
Any recipe with lentils involved.

Favourite thing to do in the summer:
I love going to the beach around 7pm, just when everyone else is going back home, and swimming in the ocean until the sun sets.

Fun fact about me: 
I am part of the independent film movement in Vancouver. On the weekends I turn into a production designer!

Teaching style/philosophy: 
I believe everyone is different and has their own way of learning (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic…). My job is to be able to identify the learning style of each student. Then I enjoy customizing the lessons using different methodologies and teaching materials so each student can get the best out of themselves.

Jordana has only a handful of spots left on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We advise contacting us now for this great teacher! 

Did you read your newsletter this month?

Each month we pull the name of one of our students to win a prize. This month’s prize is a $25.00 gift certificate for any Music Box service or product.
This month’s winner is Jack Yan!
Congrats & please contact the office to claim your prize.

EARN FREE LESSONS!

Current Private Lesson Students who refer others who successful enrol for lessons with us get = 1 free MONTH of lessons! Thank you to everyone this March who referred their friends. Our success is your success! 
*Immediate family members and members of the same household are not eligible for the referral program, but are eligible for 1 free private lesson registration fee. Please contact the office for details.* 

Is YOUR Teacher Sold Out?
Teachers With Waiting Lists.

Many teachers have sold out. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day or time, please contact any of our office manager Josee and she can add you to the waiting list. If you are not a student yet there are still limited lessons spots available. To inquire about openings for April send an e-mail to info@musicboxnw.ca Or you can call the Carnarvon office 604-553-1176 Monday-Friday after 12pm or Saturday after 9am.

Angelica Kim • Flute & Piano – Monday: SOLD OUT. Fridays: SOLD OUT. Saturdays: Two Spots Left.

Daniel Cheung • Guitar & Uke – Monday: Two Spots Left. Fridays: SOLD OUT. Saturday: Two Spots Left.

Ian James • Guitar & Drums – Tuesdays: ONE Spot Left.

Ju Dee Ang • Violin – Mondays: ONE Spot Left. Wednesdays: Two Spots Left.

Canita Mai • Saturdays: ONE Spot Left.

Nicole Dale • Voice & Piano – Mondays: ONE Spot Left. Saturdays: SOLD OUT.

Christina Madarasz • Voice & Piano – Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: SOLD OUT.

Lynn Yang • Piano & Voice – Tuesdays: Two Spots Left. Thursdays: SOLD OUT.

Jordana Delgado • Piano & Cello – Tuesdays: Four Spots Left. Thursdays: Two Spots Left.

Sandra Fernandez • Voice & Piano – Tuesdays: SOLD OUT. Wednesdays: Two Spots Left. Fridays: SOLD OUT.

Steve Marshall • Guitar, Drums & Voice – Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: SOLD OUT. Saturdays: Two Spots Left.

Stefani Yap • Piano – Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: SOLD OUT.

Claire Rice • Voice – Tuesdays: Two Spots Left. Wednesdays: Two Spots Left.

Did you enjoy this December’s Picture Day?

Want to get your child’s picture taken for free by a professional photographer?

The next Picture day is coming in June and is open to all current Music Box Music Academy students! *Must be a CURRENT student to participate.

It’s easy to take the next step:

Lessons are first come, first serve
so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!

604-553-1176
Or e-mail info@musicboxnw.ca

2 Locations to Serve You in Downtown New Westminster!

630 Carnarvon street, New Westminster, BC
(Near the intersection of 6th and Carnarvon, just down from the Brick & Motar shop)

211-810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC
(1 block from the Skytrain, at the New Westminster Quay, 2nd floor of the River Market)

Offering quality guitar, voice, ukulele, drums, violin, flute and piano lessons in New Westminster.

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April 2016

Happy almost Mothers Day! Don’t forget, we have a lovely Mothers Day event coming up: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2525791 Tickets are surprisingly affordable for this fancy venue and memorable afternoon.

I hope you had a great April. It went so fast!

My favourite student quote from April:
“What does the hashtag mean again?”

Please enjoy an article I wrote below, first published in July 2015 on kidsnewwest.ca.

Vashti Fairbairn
Director
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Common Music Lesson Questions Answered

Please enjoy these answers to a handful of common questions I hear as a piano & music teacher from parents & adult students curious about music lessons… 

Q. What about my 3 year old? 

A. Everyone believes their 3 year old is a genius. There are always exceptions of course, but generally private music instrument lessons are best waited until recommended ages found in my Parent Guide. However, most music teachers are happy to give a short assessment of your child and will give recommendations for appropriate instruments and how much longer (if needed) to wait before starting on an instrument.

Q. What are most teachers looking for in music instrument readiness (regardless of instrument)? 

A. Universal of all instruments; Recognition of letters A-G and basic numbers 1-4 (no need to be writing or reading yet, however writing is preferred to have begun), Left and Right hand distinction, a particular level of fine motor skills is expected depending on the instrument (can they touch each of their fingers individually to the thumb? do up a button?), ability to listen, respond and follow instruction, genuine interest in music (do they like to sing or dance?).

Q. How do you know if it is the right instrument? 

A. Please see our Parents Guide. Generally if they meet the minimum age, show an interest and meet the physical requirements for the particular instrument they are good to begin. To note: Sometimes, the minimum recommended age is still too young for the particular child (could be for any number of reasons such as maturity, behaviour, physical size, etc). If you are curious if it is a good time for your child but are not sure, it never hurts to get a professional music teacher to assess them and give their opinion.

Q. My child has been told to wait to start private music study – what should we do in the meantime? 

A. Parent led singing and musical activities at home are the #1 best thing. Sing, sing, sing, dance and play music of all kinds in the house, oh and sing. Having small musical instruments around the house mixed in with their toys – egg shakers, keyboards, xylophones, recorders, drums and more encourage your son or daughter to make up songs as a play activity or jam along with the radio – aiding natural rhythmic and melodic development in a fun way. General Group Music Lessons are also instrumental in preparing children for school readiness – learning to be a part of a group, following direction and more. There are many different systems for Group Music Lessons, Suzuki, Kodaly, Kindermusik, Music Together, to name a few. We love our Music Kids Club – it is a perfect bridge to instrument learning and a wonderful supplement music program for those entering or in preschool.

Q. My child has a disability, can they still take lessons? 

A. Yes, most definitely. Music teachers (speaking at least of our studio) are generally familiar with working with children of different abilities, will often have special training or experience with different abilities such as blindness, autism, arthritis, speech impediments, hearing loss, MS, and more. Music training can be both therapeutic and highly successful with people of any ability, creating wonderful musicians, performers and teachers.

Q. What about group instrument lessons? 

A. Group Piano, Voice or Guitar lessons can be a wonderful and cost effective way to begin an instrument. However after the fundamental basics are learnt, immediate entry into Private Lessons is necessary as long term group classes can no longer keep stride with all learning styles, learning speeds and individual development – they should not replace private study. Instead I recommend Individualized Instruction where the students can grow at their own pace in private lessons and then bring their skills to activities such as Choirs, Bands, Ear Training Classes and Performance Groups as they provide excellent training and social elements. Music is meant to be played and performed in community after all :)

Q. My son is 6 and wants to learn piano but I still don’t think he’s ready for lessons yet. Should I still put him in? 

A. No. Wait until you think he is ready. Parents know best, if you have reason to believe he wouldn’t do as well now as in a year or 6 months, there is no need to rush it.

Q. Is it ever too late? 

A. No, not at all. Do not worry – starting piano at 7 instead of 4, or 30 instead of 4, or 74 instead of 4, is not a problem. The most important factor to success in music is starting and persisting, regardless of age. 

 

Do you have a music q? You can reach me at info@musicboxnw.ca

Enjoy music!

Holiday: 

Reminder:Victoria Day – Monday May 23rd

No regular private lessons & classes.

Please welcome the 11 new students
who enrolled for private music lessons at MusicBox this March!

Jorge
Gwyneth
Kira
Sara P
Shawn F
Horace
Naomi C
Angel A
Hanzi
Alina Y
Eric C

Teacher of the Month 

Our teacher of the month for April is Mr. Steve Marshall! Steve teaches Guitar, Drums, Ukulele, Voice & Song Writing for children to adults.Background: My education has been in Audio Recording, my experience has been in song writing and live performance. I was one of the original members of Marianas Trench before departing in 2003, and since then have worked as a co-writer with artists including AJ Woodworth, Jessica Lee, and Girlicious. My own private guitar teachers were Ron Samworth, David Martone and Steve Karagianis.

Favourite food: My favourite food might be Banana Pancakes.

Favourite thing to do in the Spring: My favourite thing to do in the Spring would be kayak around Deep Cove

Fun fact about me: If I let my hair grow out, I actually have an afro.

Teaching Style/Philosophy: My teaching style is fun, and full spectrum. I like to include all aspects of music and how they relate to the big picture. I never sell my students short, I have a tremendous amount of faith in them and I try to give them enough knowledge to last them a lifetime.

Steve is SOLD OUT on Wednesdays, ONE spot left on Thursdays and Two spots left on Saturdays. We advise contacting us now for this great teacher! 

Did you read your newsletter this month?

Each month we pull the name of one of our students to win a prize. This month’s prize is a $20.00 gift certificate for any Music Box service or product.
This month’s winner is Jorge Martinez (Jr)!
Congrats Leland & please contact the office to claim your prize.

WIN FREE LESSONS!

Current Private Lesson Students who refer others who successful enrol for lessons with us get = 1 free MONTH of lessons! Thank you to everyone this March who referred their friends. Our success is your success! 
*Immediate family members and members of the same household are not eligible for the referral program, but are eligible for 1 free private lesson registration fee. Please contact the office for details.* 

Is YOUR Teacher Sold Out?
Teachers With Waiting Lists.

Many teachers have sold out. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day or time, please contact any of our office manager Josee and she can add you to the waiting list. If you are not a student yet there are still limited lessons spots available. To inquire about openings for April send an e-mail to info@musicboxnw.ca Or you can call the Carnarvon office 604-553-1176 Monday-Friday after 12pm or Saturday after 9am.

Angelica Kim • Flute & Piano – Mondays: ONE Spot Left. Fridays: ONE Spot Left. Saturdays: Two Spots Left.

Daniel Cheung • Guitar – Fridays: Two Spots Left. Saturday: ONE Spot Left.

Ian James • Guitar & Drums – Tuesdays: ONE Spot Left.

Ju Dee Ang • Violin – Mondays: ONE Spot Left. Wednesdays: Two Spots Left.

Canita Mai • Saturdays: Two Spots Left.

Nicole Dale • Voice & Piano – Mondays: SOLD OUT. Saturdays: SOLD OUT.

Christina Madarasz • Voice & Piano – Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: SOLD OUT.

Lynn Yang • Piano & Voice – Tuesdays: ONE Spot Left. Thursdays: SOLD OUT.

Sandra Fernandez • Voice & Piano – Tuesdays: ONE Spot Left. Wednesdays: ONE Spot Left. Fridays: SOLD OUT.

Steve Marshall • Guitar, Drums & Voice – Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: ONE Spot Left. Saturdays: Two Spots Left.

Stefani Yap • Piano – Wednesdays: SOLD OUT. Thursdays: SOLD OUT. Fridays: ONE Spot Left.

Claire Rice • Voice – Tuesdays: Two Spots Left. Wednesdays: Two Spots Left.

Did you enjoy this December’s Picture Day?

Want to get your child’s picture taken for free by a professional photographer?

The next Picture day is coming in June and is open to all current Music Box Music Academy students! *Must be a CURRENT student to participate.

It’s easy to take the next step:

Lessons are first come, first serve
so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!

604-553-1176
Or e-mail info@musicboxnw.ca

2 Locations to Serve You in Downtown New Westminster!

630 Carnarvon street, New Westminster, BC
(Near the intersection of 6th and Carnarvon, just down from the Brick & Motar shop)

211-810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC
(1 block from the Skytrain, at the New Westminster Quay, 2nd floor of the River Market)

Offering quality guitar, voice, ukulele, drums, violin, flute and piano lessons in New Westminster.

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