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

We’re going to miss seeing you all every Friday! Please follow Lisa Rae on her musical adventures here: Plans are in the works to PopUp soon in the community!

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 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 May is James Testani! In adition to being a Music Box teacher, James also has a popular YouTube channel you can check out here:

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!


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
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


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 Tianna Downey!
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 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 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!

Or e-mail

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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