Music Box New Westminster Music School Monthly Newsletter –

July 2015

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Music Box Monthly

July 2015

I hope you are finding quiet time this Summer amongst sports and more outdoor events! Please enjoy this article below I wrote in January for that encourages persistence.

Have a great weekend,

Vashti Fairbairn



Persistence & Patience Building in Young Children: How instrument learning aids these important academic & social skills

Would you like to learn to play Fur Elise?

You could play at this level after perhaps 1-2 years of study. Or a concentrated month of doing nothing else:

You could play at this level after studying for 7 years. Seven. At least:

For the average student, It takes generally 7 years of piano study to have the skills necessary to play the entirety of Beethoven’s very famous and beautiful “Fur Elise.” What is required? Patience throughout the time it takes to build the necessary skills. Persistence to learn, practice and perfect the skills. Persistence & Patience to learn the difficult piece itself over 2-3 months.

Piano lessons (or any private instrument music lesson studies) are not a race, they are a journey.

Patience is built through:

  • Attending weekly lessons, learning and slowly putting together the building blocks of music and piano technique.
  • Waiting for the necessary skills to develop to play desired pieces.
  • Working towards long-term goals that can be months away.

Persistence is built through:

  • Learning fingering, scales, chords, pieces, and many other elements & skills that are a challenge and difficult at first.
  • Pushing through times when it’s easier to quit than continue. Seeing past the present difficulty for the long term benefits and desired outcome.

How hard is it to keep going when things get tough? It’s difficult. But having patience to preserve through those tough times can bring some of the greatest satisfaction in life. Learning an instrument is difficult. You must be patient with your child and yourself. Our natural desire for big results now, is not possible when learning a musical instrument, slow and steady wins the race.

How do you encourage these important traits of Patience and Perseverance in your children? To grow them to be people and adults that don’t give up when things get hard? That are in things for the long haul and finish what they start? Even when it’s hard to say, “Try, try again?”

Music study is the answer for some.

Consider this quote from Einstein, even with the difficulty that comes, “I get most joy in life out of music.”

-Vashti Fairbairn

Have you bumped in to us out and about this Summer? We like going to the Farmer’s Market, Block Parties, City Festivals & More. Come say Hi whenever you see us! 

Reminder: The studio is OPEN for private lesson teaching on BC Day.


At our June recital this past month we were able to award 13 deserving students with certificates, trophies and medals of recognition. All of our awards are teacher nominated and chosen for outstanding achievement, overall performance, persistence, practise and attitude throughout the year. We are so proud of them all!

Junior Piano Student of the Year 2015 Honourable Mention: Anastasia B, Paris D, Will D, Kate N

Voice Student of the Year 2015 Honourable Mention: Ilana G

Guitar Student of the Year 2015 Honourable Mention: Flynn M

Most Improved Student of the Year 2015 (Any Instrument) Honourable Mention: Charlotte W, Sajan S, Kyrha M

Voice Student of the Year 2015: Laura M

Junior Piano Student of the Year 2015: Charlotte W

Most Improved Student of the Year 2015 (Any Instrument) 2015:  Patience D

Student of the Year 2015 (Any Instrument) 2015: Jacob L

Big News Everyone!

If you are a current private music lesson student you’re already keen to this news – however if you have not yet heard – we have a wonderful, new, 2nd location! Our new home studio for all of our private lessons at 630 Carnarvon Street in Downtown New Westminster! This new location features easy parking, large bright studios, new pianos and more! We’re still fine tuning a few things, but invite you to stay tuned for our Grand Opening Party in August, can’t wait for you to come visit! What’s happening to our River Market location? Don’t worry it is not going away, it continues to hold our Group Music Classes such as Free Mini Music, Musical Theatre, Camps, Preschool Music & More! 🙂

Please welcome the 15 new students

who enrolled for private music lessons at MusicBox this May-June!














Mary Anne



Teacher of the Month: Ms. Sandra Fernandez 

Ms. Sandra teaches Piano for beginners through advanced levels (according to RCM), Voice (both jazz and classical) for children–adults.

Background:  I have my Diploma in Music (Classical Music Studies) from Capilano University and I am a licensed Early Childhood Educator.  I am originally from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia but I have lived in Canada for many years and call Canada my true home!

Favourite food:  Anything Greek or Japanese

Favourite thing to do in the Summer:  Hiking up ‘The Chief’ in Squamish and the Grouse Grind.  This year I may try kayaking in Deep Cove.

Fun Fact:  I enjoy playing the flute and guitar for my own personal enjoyment.  I am currently going back to school to further my Music Studies with a focus mainly on Music History.

Teaching Style:  I truly love exposing my student’s to all types of music.  I enjoy teaching my students to sight read repertoire at their playing level. I encourage my students to learn their rudiments in Music Theory preparing them for their Royal Conservatory of Music Exams.  I am proud to say that my students who have done RCM exams for Practical Piano have achieved First Class Honors and with distinctions. I also love arranging popular music and often collaborate with students on their personal compositions.  I have recorded their music using simple MIDI and Audio software, Cubase and Protools LE.

Earn Free Lessons!

July Special: If you refer someone to the Academy and they name you during registration – we’ll give you 1 month of Free Lessons!

Please spread the word!

*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.*


Who is this laughing man?

It’s Liberace! A great American pianist and entertainer. Watch him wow the crowds here.

What are we doing to that piano? Stay tuned this August to find out!

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 July or August send an e-mail to Or you can call the Carnarvon office 604-553-1176


Jane Wong • Fridays: Two Spots Left. 


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

Jeff Solis • Wednesdays: Four Spots Left.

Craig Stevenson • Thursdays: Four Spots Left.


Vashti Fairbairn • Mondays: SOLD OUT.

Angelica Kim • Saturdays: Two Spots Left.

Jenny Anderson • Mondays: Two Spots Left. Thursdays: Two Spots Left.

Christina Madarasz • Mondays: Two Spots Left.

Lynn Yang • Tuesdays: Two Spots Left. Thursdays: SOLD OUT.

Sandra Fernandez • Tuesdays: Two Spots Left. Wednesdays: Two Spots Left. Fridays: Three Spots Left.

Stefani Yap • Wednesdays: Two Spots Left. Fridays: SOLD OUT.

Samantha Perks • Saturdays: ONE Spot Left. 

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 Janene White!

Congrats Janene & please contact the office to pick up your prize.

Did you enjoy this June’s Picture Day?

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

The next Picture day is coming in December 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!


Or e-mail

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, flute and piano lessons in New Westminster.










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