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November Newsletter
Champaign School of Music
 
Who's New?
Friends playing piano & violin together

Welcome New  & Returning Students!

 

Difei C, David C, Brandon C, Jessica H, Jake K, Kim K, Tyler L, LeeAnn C, Ben C, Gail E, Steve E, Gillian H-M. Sterling C, Ben P, Daniel R, Staz S-P, Tiana S, Jyoti S

 

  

Holiday Gift Certificates are Here!

You love music! 

When you hear and play music don't you often feel great? 

Give this gift to someone you care about! 

Call our office to order yours now!

IN THIS ISSUE
Who's New - Holiday Gift Certificates
Thanksgiving Special - Two Free Lessons
How Do the Recitals Work?
Is Your Teacher Sold Out?
Student of the Month
Teacher of the Month
Upcoming Events
Keep up to date!
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Thanksgiving Special for Family & Friends
Two Weeks of Lessons for You and Two Weeks for Your Friend!
 
When you refer a friend who registers for lessons,
you both get 2 Free 30 minute Lessons!
 
Its easy! Just ask your friend to mention your name at time of registration and we'll do the rest.You can use your two lessons to try another instrument, take 2 lessons a week or credit towards the following month's tuition. 
 
Expires November 30, 2012
Cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit one per family.
Your Teacher's Take
Holiday REcital 2011

How Do the Recitals Work?
 

Recitals are an important part in the development of any musician. I am a big believer that to be a really great musician you must have consistent, gradual performing experience and it MUST be positive. If students are pushed to perform when they are not ready or put in a high pressure environment emphasizing perfection rather than growth and enjoyment, the negative affects can take years to undo. 

At the Champaign School of Music we focus on creating Recitals, Concerts and Music Get Togethers that are growth promoting, fun, low-pressure and optional. If you or your child would like to perform in our upcoming Holiday Concert, here is what to do next:

1. Ask your teacher if you are ready to perform.

On Dec 5, your teacher will submit his/her list of students who have the desire and readiness to perform in the Holiday Concert. Your teacher will help you decide if you are ready.

 2. Continue Practicing and Practice performing your piece for friends and family. 

 

If your teacher says, "Yes, you are ready", do all of the above! When you perform at the recital, you really want to have something great to share with your audience. Continuing to refine your piece and practicing performing it will help you be ready on the day and leave you feeling on top of the world afterwards, not to mention- excited to begin preparing for the next recital 2 months away. If your teacher feels that it would be best to wait, don't worry! The Champaign School of Music has fun, growth promoting performing opportunities every 2 months so you will have plenty of chances in the future. Tell your teacher that you want to perform in the future and as soon as you've both determined which piece you'll do, start practicing and practice performing!

 

3.  Arrive at least 15 min early on the big day!

Our Holiday Concert will be held at the Twin City Bible Church at 806 W Michigan Ave, Urbana, IL. Arriving 15+ minutes early will give you time to: find your teacher, test out & tune up your instrument, find your seat (students sit with their teachers) and, finally, relax and meet the other students who are performing. 

REindeer Sweater

Holiday Concerts are always festive and fun so wear your Reindeer sweater!

 

 

 

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?  - Teachers with Waiting Lists.
Boy at piano
Is Your Teacher Sold Out?
Teachers with Waiting Lists.
 
If you want to: add another instrument, add a family member, or change your schedule permanently - 
 
 
Call our office staff at 217-359-0541, fill out our on-line request formor email ChampaignSchoolofMusic@gmail.com. Contact the office to find out more.
 

PIANO

Mr Brian: Mondays SOLD OUT, Tuesdays 2 spots, Wednesdays 3 spots, Saturdays 4 spots

Ms Kira: Mondays-SOLD OUT, Tuesdays-2 spots, Wednesdays-SOLD OUT, Fridays-1 spot, Saturday 3 spots

Ms Holly: Tuesdays - All Times SOLD OUT

Ms Ali: Mondays/Wednesdays - All Times SOLD OUT

 

GUITAR & ELECTRIC BASS

Mr Bob: Mondays 4 spots, Tuesdays 1 spot, Wednesdays 3 spots, Thursdays 2 spots, Saturdays SOLD OUT

Mr Luke: Wednesdays 3 spots, Fridays 2 spots, Saturdays 9 spots 

 

VOICE

Ms Kira: Mondays-SOLD OUT, Tuesdays-2 spots, Wednesdays-SOLD OUT, Fridays-1 spot, Saturday 3 spots

 

DRUMS

Mr Bob: Mondays 4 spots, Tuesdays 1 spot, Wednesdays 3 spots, Thursdays 2 spots, Saturdays SOLD OUT

Mr Luke: Wednesdays 3 spots, Fridays 2 spots, Saturdays 9 spots 

 

VIOLIN, VIOLA & CELLO

Ms Jenny: Tuesdays 5 spots, Thursdays 1 spot

Ms Corrin: Mondays 4 spots, Tuesdays 7 spots, Saturdays 3 spots

 

CLARINET, SAX & FLUTE

Ms Rachel: Thursdays 4 spots, Fridays 6 spots, Saturday 3 spots


TRUMPET

Mr DJ : Thursdays 4 spots

Student of the Month
Abby C

Congratulations to Ms Abby

Abby won our Music Question of the Month Drawing. Here's a little more about her! 

Whats your favorite thing about the Champaign School of Music?  Ms. Ali

 

 

 

How did you know the answer to our secret question? 

My mom and I looked it up on the internet.

 

 

What other activities and hobbies do you enjoy?

Drawing, playing with my dogs, reading.

 

What's your most favorite piece that you've played in your lessons so far? 

I like the Bingo song in my lesson book. 

Teacher of the Month
Congratulations Mr Bob (Drums & Guitar) - Teacher of the Month!  
 
We interviewed Mr Bob to find out more about him.   Mr Bob

 

What do you like about teaching at the Champaign School of Music?

What don't I like about the Champaign School of Music? The school has a great atmosphere and great people.

 

Do you still practice even as a teacher? How often do you practice? 

I practice every day, at least a couple hours. Very rarely do I miss a day of practice.

 

What do you enjoy about being a teacher?

I enjoy sharing the musical gifts that I've worked so hard to learn and building on the musical strengths of my students. As a teacher, the ability to share and help people is important; we're planting the seeds and giving the students tools to help them grow.

 

What other things beside music do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy gardening, cooking, and drawing. I'm really good at sketching with charcoal. I was once good at photography. I feel like there is a connection between art and music. When I was playing music, I would look at art; and when I was drawing, I listened to music.

 

What is your favorite type of music?  

That's a hard one. Right now it's something in-between bluegrass rock and gypsy jazz.

 
Upcoming Events
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November Make-up Class - Saturday, Nov 17 @ 2-3pm

 

Thanksgiving Break - Tuesday, Nov 20 - Sunday, Nov 25

 

Holiday Concerts

Sun, Dec 9 @ 4pm Students of: Ms Kira, Ms Ali, Ms Rachel, Ms Jenny, Mr Luke

Sun, Dec 9 @ 6pm  Students of: Ms Holly, Ms Corrin, Mr Bob, Mr Brian

 

Holiday Break - Saturday, Dec 22 - Friday, Jan 4

 

Lessons Resume - Saturday, Jan 5

 
September Newsletter
Champaign School of Music
 
Who's New?
Friends

Welcome New Students!

 

Kartheek C, Samantha C, 

Brianna C, Abby F, Robert F, 

Brac H, Maddox H, Chloe H, 

Deanne J, Dwight M, 

Katie N, Ovie T, Katherine Y, 

Emily Y

Refer a Friend - BIG Thanks To

our students: Corrine C, Michelle P & Susan P for referring

 the FISHER, MCKINNEY & PATTERSON FAMILIES. Welcome!

IN THIS ISSUE
Who's New
OW! My Hand Hurts When I Play the Guitar Part 1
Do you Want to Add an Instrument? - Teachers with Waiting Lists
Student of the Month
Teacher of the Month
DEALS & STEALS - $100 Off
Upcoming Events
Keep up to date!
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
View our videos on YouTube
 
Your Teacher's Take
Mr Bob and Student

OW! My Hand Hurts When I Play the Guitar! Part 1
 

There are a lot of misconceptions about taking guitar lessons. One of the biggest is that you have to 'toughen" up your fingers and fight through the pain. In my opinion, this is totally untrue. 

 

In this two part series, we'll explore four sources of guitar playing hand pain and provide solutions for stopping it.

Reason 1. The guitar is not set up properly and the action is too high.

Action is the distance between the fingerboard and the string. If your strings are high off of your fingerboard, then you have high action. Playing a guitar with high action requires you to press down much harder. The simplest fix is to either buy a guitar that has low action or have your action lowered by a technician. If you have said to yourself "my hand hurts when I play" or if your child has said "it hurts when I play," you need to check out the action first 

Reason 2. Playing on steel strings instead of nylon.

This is a very common problem. Steel strings are hard on adult hands and especially tough on children's hands. A better choice for children, and some adults too, is nylon strings. These strings have the same texture as fishing line and the touch is very soft. It will not make marks on your fingers and it will reduce finger pain by almost 100%. If your guitar action is already low, check out whether you have nylon or steel guitar strings.

Tune in next month for part two with additional reasons (and solutions) for hand pain, so that we can get you on the right track! As always, be sure to consult your Champaign School of Music teacher with any questions about how to alleviate hand pain on any instrument.

Do you Want to Add an Instrument?  - Teachers with Waiting Lists.
Keyboard indian boy
Do you Want to Add an Instrument? 
Many of our teachers have just extended their hours so you can!
 
If you want to: add another instrument, add a family member, or change your schedule permanently - 
 
 
Call our office staff at 217-359-0541, fill out our on-line request formor email ChampaignSchoolofMusic@gmail.com. Contact the office to find out more.
 
PIANO
Mr Brian (Mon/Tues/Wed/Sat) - Lessons available
Ms Kira (Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat) - Lessons available
Ms Holly (Tues) - STILL SOLD OUT
Ms Ali (Mon/Wed) - STILL SOLD OUT
Ms Lindsey (Mon/Wed/Thurs) - STILL SOLD OUT
 
GUITAR & ELECTRIC BASS
Mr Bob (Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat) - ALMOST SOLD OUT
Mr Luke - (Wed/Fri/Sat) - Lessons available
 
VOICE
Ms Lindsey (Mon/Wed/Thurs) - STILL SOLD OUT 
Ms Kira (Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat) - Lessons available
 
VIOLIN, VIOLA & CELLO
Ms Jenny (Tues/Thurs) - Lessons available
Ms Corrin (Mon/Tues/Fri/Sat) - Lessons available
 
Clarinet, Sax, & Flute
Ms Rachel (Thurs/Fri/Sat) - Lessons available
 
TRUMPET
Mr DJ (Thurs/Fri) - ALMOST SOLD OUT
 
DRUMS
Mr Bob (Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat) - ALMOST SOLD OUT
Mr Luke (Wed/Fri/Sat) - Lessons available
Student of the Month
Ms Katie & Tilly

Congratulations to Ms Katie & Tilly!

Katie won our Music Question of the Month Drawing. Here's a little more about her!

What do you like about studying piano at the Champaign School of Music?

I like my teacher and I like the type of people that go to the Champaign School of Music; they're all kids so it's fun to see what they learn for recitals. I also like the atmosphere and everyone that works there. 

  

What's your daily/weekly practice schedule like?

I usually get home from school, do all my homework and eat dinner first. Afterwards I practice 15-20 minutes and look at the key points my teacher laid out as well as the trouble spots in my pieces, and then I put it all together. 

 

How did you know the answer to our secret question?

My brother had a wedding this May and he had me play in the wedding. The name of the composer was in my book.

 

What other activities/achievements are you involved in?

Right now I'm playing volleyball and I'm planning to do science club and scholastic club.

 

What's your favorite song at the moment?  "Imagine" by John Lennon. 

Teacher of the Month
Congratulations Ms Kira! - 
 Teacher of the Month (Voice & Piano) We interviewed Ms Kira to find out more about her.   

 

What do you like about teaching at the Champaign School of Music?

I love the diversity of the students, parents, and staff at the Champaign School of Music. Everyone has something unique and exciting to bring to the table. It seems like we are more than a music school, we're a family. I really like that sense of community. 

 

Do you stilpractice even as a teacher? How often do you practice? 

Yes! I practice either voice or piano every day. The study of music is a lifelong endeavor. There is always something new to learn- that's what makes it great!

 

What do you enjoy about being a teacher? Being a teacher is one of the most rewarding professions. My job is never boring. I love meeting new students and watching them progress and grow. I get to share in their success- and that's the best feeling. 

 

What other things beside music do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy cooking, crafting, biking, and reading. I like to keep busy. I am also member of a book club and softball team. 

 

What is your favorite food?

That's a tough one! I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so I'm going to have to go with anything chocolate. 

 

 
Deals & Steals - Sunday Sampler - $100 OFF Group Class Tuition
Girl Singing

Sunday Sampler 2-September 9th

Enter for a chance to Win $100 off Group Class Tuition! 

 

Attend our Free, Family Friendly Afternoon of Fun Music-SUNDAY SAMPLER 2 and enter a drawing for a chance to win $100 off group class tuition. The winner may apply their tuition credit towards any of the classes highlighted at Sunday Sampler 1 & 2. Classes highlighted at Sunday Sampler 2 on September 9 include:

 

Music Together, Beginning Piano, Pop Star 2.0 & Adult Violin.Reserve your spot now while we still have spots left! Call 217-359-0541 or go online.

Upcoming Events
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Sept 4     Private Lessons Resume
Sept 9     Sunday Sampler 2 - Enter to Win $100 off Fall Group Class Tuition 
Sept 29    Group Make-up Class - Bring your instrument and music
COUPONGET
$25.00
Refer a Friend and get $25.00 in CASH!
If you refer a friend to CSM and they register for lessons, we will send you a thank you gift of $25 by refunding $25.00 cash to your account electronically. It's EASY to refer. Just have your friend mention your name when they register and we'll take care of the rest! We greatly appreciate your referral!
Offer Expires: Aug 30, 2012
 
 
August Newsletter
Champaign School of Music
 
Who's New?
Mom & Daughters 1

Please welcome our 33 new students. Summer Lessons are HOT at CSM!

 

Sandhya S

Jack B

Maya R

Anika B

Maddox H

Alanis S

Rachel J

Sarah V

Michael S

Kyle W

Erik Z

Katrina H

Owen J

Elysse W

Rahul K

Jeremiah B

Jessica S

Natalie S

Leonardo G

Lisa K

Kanaiah F

Kami W

Natalie C

Aja C

Mason B

Ryan B

Tesla B

Emilie L

Briley M

Mia M

Ji Yoo P

Evan S

Colton S

 

IN THIS ISSUE
Who's New
NO! I Can't Perform at the Recital
Is Your Teacher Sold Out??
Award Winning Students
DEALS & STEALS
Upcoming Events
Keep up to date!
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
View our videos on YouTube
 
Your Teacher's Take
Bob & Student at Recital 1

NO! I Cant Perform at the Recital!
Performance Anxiety:  What To Do About It

Corrin Evans, CSM Violin Faculty

We all get nervous before a performance, but there are things we can do and steps we can take to combat these qualms and give a good performance anyway. The first thing we can do is use visualization, the second is to remember to breathe, and the third thing is to practice every day.  

How do we visualize? Well, you can sit in a chair and close your eyes. Imagine yourself at the concert, instrument in hand, walking on stage. Next, imagine playing your piece from beginning to end. If you come across any mistakes while you are visualizing, you can fix them in your mind, and keep going over your piece until you can imagine it all the way through onstage with no mistakes. Then bow, look at the audience, smile and walk offstage, all in your mind's eye. 

Remembering to breathe is crucial. When we don't breathe our hands get tight and everything we do feels forced and uncomfortable. When you find yourself tight and short of breath it is already too late because it is next to impossible to get back to breathing normally 10 minutes before you go onstage. Try taking 5 deep breaths at the beginning or end of your daily practice. Then, two to three hours before the concert, start paying attention to your breathing. Make sure it stays regular, even if you have to really focus on it to keep it that way. 

The third thing to do is to practice every day. And specifically practice towards memorization. Practice so that your muscles know what they are doing. Stage fright is a problem of the mind, not the body. The body has adrenalin, the mind does not. I have performed in plenty of recitals where my brain totally freaked out and went away, but my fingers knew where they were supposed to go, and so in those moments, I could keep playing until my brain came back. That's why we say knowledge alone is not enough, but paired with 10,000 repetitions, you will develop great ability. Practice until you can't get it wrong! 

Nerves and anxiety can seem tricky to deal with, but if you try out these suggestions you may find yourself having a wonderful experience onstage! 

"Talent is not inborn, it must be developed" 
Is Your Teacher Sold Out? - Teachers with Waiting Lists.
Holly & Student
Is Your teacher sold out?
 
If you need:
        • a schedule change
        • want to add a family member
        • want to add another instrument
Call our office staff at 217-359-0541, fill out our on-line request form or email ChampaignSchoolofMusic@gmail.com. They will add you to the waiting list or find a spot for you. There are still limited lesson spots available. Contact the office to find out more.
 
PIANO
Mr Brian (Mon/Tues/Wed/Sat) - 6 lessons left
Ms Kira (Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat) - 3 lessons left
Ms Holly (Tues) - ALL TIMES SOLD OUT
Ms Ali (Mon/Wed) - ALL TIMES SOLD OUT
Ms Lindsey (Mon/Wed/Thurs) - ALL TIMES SOLD OUT
 
GUITAR & ELECTRIC BASS
Mr Bob (Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat) - 4 lessons left
Mr/Ms Fantastic, New Teacher - COMING SOON!
 
VOICE
Ms Lindsey (Mon/Wed/Thurs) - ALL TIMES SOLD OUT 
Ms Kira (Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat) - 3 lessons left
 
VIOLIN, VIOLA & CELLO
Ms Jenny (Tues/Thurs) - 8 lessons left
Ms Corrin (Mon/Tues/Fri/Sat) - 10 lessons left
 
Clarinet, Sax, & Flute
Ms Rachel (Thurs/Fri/Sat) - 8 lessons left
 
TRUMPET
Mr DJ (Thurs/Fri) - 2 lessons left
 
DRUMS
Mr Bob (Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat) - 4 lessons left
Mr/Ms Fantastic New Teacher - COMING SOON!
 Award Winning Students and Parents
CSM Rock Band

Congratulations to our students & parents!

View our videos on YouTube Watch Ian, Sydney, Rachel & Mary in their first CSM Rock Band Performance! If you think you might like to perform in a rock band too, come to Sunday Sampler. Rock band will be featured at Sunday Sampler. Sign up now

Ian K, Sydney O, Rachel J, & Mary performed in their first CSM Rock Band ever for the June Recital. Congratulations to them and their teachers! 

Rafael Bonilla answered June's Music Question of the Month correctly!  Johannes Brahams had written four symphonies.  

Cindy Somers gave us a great tip in June's Parent Question of the Month. 

 
Deals & Steals - Sunday Sampler & $25 Cash!
Mom & Daughters 1
Two Family Friendly Afternoons - Free
 
Just for you, we are throwing not one but TWO Sunday Sampler Parties on Aug 26 & Sept 9. This summer our classes SOLD OUT. We expect them to sell out this fall too. Aug 26 and Sept 9 will be your only opportunity to try them ALLbefore we start. We have music classes for the whole family from babies - adults and its completely free. Reserve your spot now!
 
Students have already started reserving their spots and we have a limited number left. Sign up now to insure you get to participate in a full afternoon of musical adventures. Choose from popular classes: Music Together®, Piano Prep, Song Birds, Beginning Piano, Pop Star, Rock Band, Beginning Guitar and Adult Violin.Reserve your spot now while we still have spots left! 
 
GET $25 in CASH!
PLUS: If you bring along some friends and they register for our classes or private lessons we will send you a thank you gift of $25.00 by refunding $25.00 in cash to your account electronically. Its EASY to refer. Just have your friend mention your name when they register and we'll take care of the rest. See coupon below. We greatly appreciate your referral! 
 
Upcoming Events
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Aug 6-8     In Class Performances for PIano Prep, Song Birds, Beginning Piano &
                 Popstar. Bring the whole family!
Aug 16       Music Together - Last day of summer classes
Aug 21-23  Music Get Togethers for all Private Lesson Students
Aug 25       Make-up Class - Sign up now!
Aug 27-Sept 3   School Closed for Break & Labor Day
Sept 4        School Opens
                    Sept 9        Family Music Afternoon - Sunday Sampler 2
COUPONGET
$25.00
Refer a Friend and get $25.00 in CASH!
If you refer a friend to CSM and they register for lessons, we will send you a thank you gift of $25 by refunding $25.00 cash to your account electronically. It's EASY to refer. Just have your friend mention your name when they register and we'll take care of the rest! We greatly appreciate your referral!
Offer Expires: Aug 30, 2012
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Dec 2010

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