Music Box New Westminster Music School Monthly Newsletter – July 2017
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Music Box Monthly

July 2017

Congratulations and Job Well Done!

Were you at our June Recitals at the Anvil Centre? Our students did an AMAZING job and we are so proud of you! Thank you to all of our students and teachers for their hard work, and thank you to all of the families and friends that came out for the show! We look forward to our next set of recitals this coming December, and we hope you see you there!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Vashti Fairbairn

Still time to sign up for fun music Summer Camps!
SOME Summer Camp space remaining!!
Music Camps for Ages 4.5-14 years old.
Fun & Educational 🙂 Half Day, Full Day options. Single day options available. More information on dates, prices & more here:
CAMP Information & Registration Here!
Summer & Fall Music Together Classes for Ages 0-5 and Music Kids Class for Ages 5-7 are open for Registration!! 🙂 Visit for more information on Dates & Prices.
BC DAY, August 7th
Carnarvon location OPEN
Office: OPEN, reduced hours
Online Registration: OPEN

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 information:
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 July is Harry Han. In addition to being a Music Box piano teacher, we are pleased Harry also acts as collaborative pianist for all our Recitals!

Background (education/other):
Bachelor of Music in Comprehensive Piano, University of Victoria

Favourite food:
I like sashimi and seafood in general. My favourites are salmon sashimi and lobster.

Favourite thing to do/hobby:
I like to re-watch my favourite movies. I also enjoy playing video games after a hard day of work or practicing.

Fun fact about me:
I also studied Biology and General Science at University of British Columbia for two years. Although I found it to be not a good fit for me, having knowledge in a different field of area other than music gives me interesting insights about life.

Teaching Style/Philosophy:
Relaxation is very important in playing an instrument. If any joint in your body is stiff, it will block the current that flows from your brain to the fingertips. But if your body is completely relaxed, how does one put force into the keyboard? The answer is that you don’t put force, but rather use the natural weight of the upper body. In order to support that weight, one needs strong fingertips. The technique of relaxation may sound easy but it is actually very difficult to obtain. For children, this is difficult to do because they are still small so they don’t have that much weight in their upper body. However, I always tell them to play with fingertips so that later on when they have acquired strong fingertips, they can learn how to relax and use the weight of the upper body.Harry has two remaining spots on Tuesdays. We advise contacting us now for this great teacher! 

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


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 

Blake Unruh • Drums/Guitar/Ukulele • Tuesdays: 2 Spots Left • Thursdays: SOLD OUT
Torben Brown • Drums/Guitar/Ukulele •  Wednesdays: 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: ONE SPOT LEFT  • Fridays: Two Spots Left  • Saturdays: Two Spots Left
Breanne Shaw • Flute • Friday: Three Spots Left
Stefani Yap • Piano • Wednesday: ONE SPOT LEFT • Thursday: SOLD OUT • Friday: ONE SPOT LEFT
Jordana Delgado • Piano/Cello • Mondays: ONE SPOT LEFT • Tuesdays: Two Spots Left • Thursdays: Two Spots Left
Canita Mai • Voice/Piano • Monday: ONE SPOT LEFT • Thursday: ONE SPOT LEFT • Saturdays: SOLD OUT
Christina Madarasaz • Voice/Piano • Wednesday: SOLD OUT • 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: ONE SPOT LEFT
Jenny Xu • Piano • Saturdays: SOLD OUT • Sundays: SOLD OUT

Please contact the office for details regarding available lesson times


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)! 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 Xavi M!
Congrats & please contact the office to claim your prize.


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 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.

Thank you to Roger Mahler of Union Photographers for their excellent work at June’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!

Or e-mail

New Westminster’s Largest Private Music School

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

Downtown New Westminster:

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

Camp Location: 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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