Music Time Academy

May 12th: Mother's Day (CLOSED)

May 27th: Memorial Day (CLOSED)

June 16th: Father's Day (CLOSED)

July 1st to July 7th: Summer Break (CLOSED)
Wondering about our studio schedule? Please download the 2013 Student Calendar HERE.
Our Teachers are all avid performers in the San Francisco Bay Area (and across the world)! Check them out live with their bands/ensembles at these upcoming gigs.

Wednesday. April 17th: Muncie (Anna's band) @ Grant & Green in San Francisco

Saturday, April 20th: Timmy G solo @ Maria Maria in Walnut Creek
Sunday, April 21st: Alex's Senior Recital @ Cal State East Bay in Hayward



Greetings to all! We hope you are enjoying the increasingly longer days of lovely, warm sun and blue skies as much as we are.

You may have noticed a few changes around the studio just before the Spring Break, like the big move of the office & store into the front area. Per student and parent requests, we will be adding additional seating to the rear area as well as some outdoor seating in the front to accommodate those who wish to wait in comfort. We always welcome your suggestions and input, so please feel free to pass along any feedback via email or in-person to either Monica (in the office) or Anna (usually in the drum room).

In other news - Our students & teachers are busy gearing up for the Spring Concert - HAVE YOU SIGNED UP YET? Please remember, the deadline to reserve your spot is Sunday, April 28th. In case you missed it in the last email, here is a link to the announcement and information about the event: Spring Concert Announcement 

And now - introducing our Summer Workshops! Plus April's Student of the Month & Teacher Feature. Keep reading...

2013 Summer Workshops

These one week-long group courses are specifically designed to not only be for new music students, but also meant as a great way to supplement the material covered in private lessons. Most classes are designed for absolute beginners, or with the intention of current music students to have an opportunity to explore a new instrument or musical genre. Current students are welcome to invite friends & family members without any prior experience or lessons  to register in these summer classes.  All courses are open to both current Music Time Academy students and the general public.




YOU-kulele - Beginning Ukulele: A fun, easy to learn & perfectly portable instrument, the ukulele has gained immense popularity in the past few years as superstars like Train, Bruno Mars and Jason Mraz have incorporated it into pop music with great success. In this course designed for complete beginners, you'll learn to play several songs to show off at any campfire sing-a-long. No instrument required - the price of the course includes your very own ukulele to keep.


DATES: July 8th to 12th /July 29th to August 2nd

Time: 11am to 1:00pm

Cost: $100 for current lessons students, $125 general


Power Chord Academy - Intro to Electric Guitar: Just one simple question - are you ready to rock? Ideal for the acoustic guitar or piano student, or for anyone with an interest in classic rock music that would like a one week crash course in rock and roll for guitar. You'll have fun learning classic electric guitar riffs from familiar rock songs, and maybe even try your hand at a wailing guitar solo! No prior experience required, but it is recommended that students have their own instrument.

AGES: 8 & up (or by teacher recommendation)

DATES: June 24th to 28th / August 12th to 16th

Time: 11am to 1:00pm

Cost: $100 for current lessons students, $125 general

Cost (with guitar): $150 for current lessons students, $180 general


My First Rock Band - An Exploratory Course in Rock Band Instruments: Is your child interested in music, but maybe not yet sure exactly which instrument to choose? Or perhaps your child has started basic lessons on one instrument, and is ready to try his or her hand at playing along with other kids? The standard rock band instrumentation includes guitar, bass, drums, vocals and sometimes keyboard and other percussion. Give your child a one of a kind chance to explore playing in a rock band this summer, alongside students of similar age. No instrument or prior experience required.

AGES: 8 and under

DATES: June 17th to 21st / July 22nd-26th

Time: 11am to 1:00pm

Cost: $100 for current lessons students, $125 general


Rock Band 101 - An Introduction to Playing Music in a Group: Ask any musician - we all remember our first rock band with great fondness. This summer, let your youngster have an unforgettable experience playing music in a rocking band alongside his or her peers! This unique course is specifically designed to give beginning and intermediate students on any instrument a chance to meet other musicians their own age, and apply basic musical skills to create rock and roll in real time. Open to students of voice, guitar, bass, drums, piano/keyboard and horns (trumpet, saxophone, trombone). Some prior experience preferred, but not required.

AGES: 8-12 (or by teacher recommendation)

DATES: July 15th to 19th / August 5th to 9th

Time: 11am to 1:30pm

Cost: $125 for current lessons students, $145 general


School of Rock - Summer Rock Band for the Multi-tasking Teen: After an intense school year of homework, projects, tests, readings, sports, and all sorts of other extra curricular activities, it's time for summer vacation and some much deserved fun! Our week-long rock band class for teens is only a brief time commitment, leaving plenty of space for other summer activites. Let your teen apply their musical skills in a fun, safe, supportive and constructive environment with other like-minded young adults. This teamwork-focused course will have students form a band and learn pop/rock music of their choosing.

AGES: 13 & up

DATES: June 24th to 28th / July 29th to August 2nd

Time: 11am to 1:30pm

Cost: $125 for current lessons students, $145 general


Other Summer Classes:


Thursday String Ensemble (7-8pm, $48 monthly tuition): Tired of reading about all the rock band fun? Here's one for the string players! Supplement your private lessons by learning to play music within the dynamics of a small ensemble. This class is open to violin, viola and cello students of all ages, by instructor recommendation/referral or audition.

Monday afternoon Jams (3-4pm, $48 monthly tuition): An ongoing rock band class every Monday. Young students will meet with other musicians to form a band and practice playing rock music together. For students age 8 to 12, with some prior experience (or by audition).

Thursday Night Jams (7-8pm, $48 monthly tuition): A weekly band practice for teens and young adults 13 & up. This band has been rocking since our Winter Concert last December, and continues to rehearse weekly, adding in new material to their repertoire of modern and classic rock music. Open to private lesson students, by teacher recommendation/referral or audition.

Free Guitar ($236 for 2 months of private lessons): Our special offer continues! Get a free acoustic or electric guitar when you register for 2 months of guitar lessons - a perfect opportunity to try learning a new instrument this summer!


Student of the Month
Alexandra will receive (along with priceless glory and endless bragging rights) a $30 Gift Certificate to Music Time Academy, as well as a $20 gift card to the Cinema West Theater in Livermore!
Instrument: Piano
Teacher: Judy Cruces
Age: 4
School: Child Development Center
Grade: Preschool
Student at Music Time since: May 2012
Hobbies (besides practicing): Dance
Alexandra began lessons last year at the ripe old age of 3 -  possibly the youngest piano student we have ever had enrolled at Music Time Academy. After a trial lesson, her instructor assessed that (despite her young age) she was in fact ready for lessons, and could follow in the footsteps of her older sister, Andrea who is a violin student here. In just under one year of lessons, Alexandra's instructor, Judy is amazed by her progress, bragging that Alexandra has powered through 4 piano books already - an impressive pace...for any age! Keep up the great work, Alexandra!
Do you know a current Music Time Academy student with a newsworthy musical story or accomplishment from the past month that should be featured? If so, please fill out our online nomination form by following this link:  STUDENT OF THE MONTH NOMINATION FORM
Teacher Feature
For April, we would like to highlight a recent addition to our teaching staff, Danny Echevarria. Danny is a graduate of the Music Department at UC Santa Cruz, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in electronic music & recording. Yet another talented multi-instrumentalist on staff, Danny also studied violin at UC Santa Cruz, under the instruction of Roy Malan, concertmaster of the SF Ballet. Danny's many other musical accomplishments include sound design for "As If!" (a theatrical adaptation of the movie Clueless) and years of performances and recordings with ensembles in styles ranging from high-energy rock to traditional country to electronic dance music, and just about everything else in between - even theater groups and orchestras! Danny has been on two self-booked/-promoted tours of the United States.
Prior to his current work a as guitar, bass, violin and rock band instructor here at Music Time, Danny has previously taught both private music lessons and group lessons at several College Prep schools, day schools, elementary schools and summer camps. In line with with experience as a recording engineer, Danny incorporates his studies into teaching, "I have done recording projects with a number of my students, and I feel that recording opens students up to whole new ways of thinking about making music. There is something incredible and illuminating about hearing your own performance reproduced for your ears in a new way; recording is always a rewarding experience, and I also happen to think that it's really fun."

For more information about Danny and all of our fantastic instructors), visit: 
Thank you for your continued support in music education! 


Anna Cucciardo (Director) & Monica Lind (Manager)

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