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March 17th: Saint Patrick's Day (OPEN)

March 30th to April 6th: Spring Break (CLOSED)

May 10th: Mother's Day (OPEN)

May 17th: Spring Concert (CLOSED)

May 25th: Memorial Day (CLOSED)
Proof that we inform you of all holiday closures.

Monday at 8pm

Our teachers are avid performers in the San Francisco Bay Area (and across the world)! Check them out live with their bands/ensembles at these upcoming gigs.

Tuesday, March 17th: Vast & Vengefully (Tim & Belinda) @ Maggie McGarry's in San Francisco

Saturday, March 21st: Zack Bateman & The Cold Mines (Judy) at Peri's Silver Dollar in Fairfax

Saturday, March 21st:
Timmy G at Maria Maria in Walnut Creek

Friday, March 27th: Muncie (Anna, Nick Montes, Swen & Joe) at The Rellik Tavern in Benicia

Friday, March 27th: Dueling Guitars (Tim) at Winemaker's Pourhouse in Livermore

Saturday, March 28th: Whistlin' Through the Graveyard (Judy) @ XOXO in Oakland

Saturday, March 28th: The UnOriginals (Tim) at Maggie McGarry's in San Francisco

Sunday, March 29th: Castro Valley Community Orchestra (Judy) at Castro Valley Theater

Sunday, March 29th: Hellaphant (Judy) at Rooster's Roadhouse in Alameda 

Thursday, April 2nd: Zack Bateman & The Cold Mines (Judy) @ Fireside Lounge in Alameda 

Saturday, April 4th: The UnOriginals (Tim) at Johnny Foley's in San Francisco

Every Thursday: Dueling Guitars (Tim) at Tiki Tom's in Walnut Creek 
(Tim & Belinda)

(Anna, drums)

(Tim, guitar/vocals)

(Judy, violin)

(Xavier, guitar/vocals)

(Xavier & Nick, vocals & guitar)

(Alex, saxophone)
(Anna, drums)

(Judy, violin)

(Xavier, guitar/vocals)

(Anna, drums)

(Mario, trumpet)

(Mario, trumpet)

(Anna, drums)


(Adam, bass)

(Stewart, guitar/vocals)

(Adam, bass)

(Andrew, guitar/vocals)

(Judy, violin)

(Mario, trumpet)
(Dave Lockhart, bass)
(Chris Mahon, guitar)

Our warmest March greetings to you and your family!

This is one of our favorite newsletters, because it is the one that we announce the next concert...

SUNDAY, MAY 17th 2015
Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore

Following in the tradition of our concerts improving each time, we are thrilled to announce that we will be putting the Bothwell kitchen to use, making (for the first time ever) an exciting menu of food options available for sale! No more hungry students & parents for our concerts. We're looking out for ya!!

For more information about the concert, please see the one and only, much anticipated, official concert announcement: 

The concert will run very similar to out Winter Concert, but please note the change to arrival times: 


Last Name A-M: Arrive at 11:40am

Last Name N-Z: Arrive at 11:55am

We had so much fun with the raffle at our Winter Concert, that we have decided to make it a concert tradition. If you're new here, get ready for the most exciting raffle this side of the Potomac. And remember YOU CANNOT PURCHASE TICKETS!

- Apple iPad Mini
- FREE Music Lesson Tuition (1 Month, 3 Months, 6 Months)
- FUN Instruments (Ukulele, Harmonica, Percussion, etc.)
- Gift Certificates to Local Businesses
- Much more!

All students registered for the concert will receive one ticket. It is up to you how many you can get after that. Here is the score:

- Show up for your lesson on time = 1 Ticket (per week)
- Keep a signed & dated practice log listing what you accomplished during practice = 1 Ticket per daily signature
- Memorize your concert piece in its entirety (must demonstrate to teacher) = 10 Tickets
- Perform your piece in front of an audience (Must show photos) = 1 Ticket per audience member present (Repeat performances OK - play it for your parents every night and earn 14 tickets per week!)
- Teach your piece to someone else (Must show signed note from your "student") = 10 Tickets
- Watch another student perform his or her piece live (Must show photo) = 1 Ticket
- Find a completely different interpretation or way to play your piece (must show teacher) = 5-20 Tickets (Sliding scale based on creativity)
- Learn to play your piece on a different instrument (voice OK, Must show teacher) = 8 Tickets
- Make an audio recording of you playing your piece (must show teacher) = 5 Tickets per week (new weekly recordings OK) BONUS: Play it with another musician and get DOUBLE the Tickets! (10)
- Record a video of you playing your piece (must show teacher) = 12 Tickets per week (new weekly recordings OK) BONUS: Play it with another musician and get DOUBLE the Tickets! (24)
- Build an online playlist (YouTube, Spotify, etc.) of different versions of your piece (must show teacher) = 1 Tickets per item on playlist

We are looking for a part-time office manager for Sundays and/or Thursdays. Don't worry, Monica is not leaving, she's just going to have a couple of days off! Office Manager duties include customer service via phone, email & in-person, retail sales, scheduling, light cleaning/maintenance and more. Musical experience and musical knowledge is preferred, but not required.

Do you know a good candidate that is organized, detail-oriented, and friendly? 
Please send your information or referrals to
Student of the Month
Congratulations to Nathan Xie!
Nathan will receive (along with priceless glory and endle
ss 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: Cory
Age: 8
Grade: 3rd
School: Dolon Elementary School
Student Since: July 2014
Hobbies (besides practicing): Kung Fu
For March 2015, we bestow the Student of the Month honor to Nathan Xie. His teacher, Cory, was quick to nominate him for the award because of Nathan's impressive drive and dedication to learning music.
Cory comments how Nathan has been moving through the material that he assigns very quickly, "I have been constantly impressed with his unrelenting interest in piano and his awesome practice habits," Cory continues. Nathan is clearly enjoying the benefits of progress that come along with excellent practice, like a stellar performance of Blue Monk in his very first first Music Time Academy concert last December! Now extending his lessons to one hour per week, we are excited to see Nathan's growth as he continues to work hard and go the extra mile for excellence.

Nathan's mother is joyful (possibly even amazed?) about Nathan's musical experience so far. "Nathan is like a different person whenever he plays piano," she describes. "It brings out the another side out of him, his peaceful side." 

Great job, so far, Nathan! Keep up the hard work. We are all excited to see where your musical path will take you!

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
Meet  Ian Williams , our featured staff member for March 2015!  Ian teaches a variety of instruments including flute, saxophone, clarinet and piano. You may not recognize his face though, since he is only here on Sundays (that's right, we DO offer Sunday lessons).

Born and raised right here in the Tri Valley Area by two musical parents, it is no wonder that Ian Williams has pursued music to become the accomplished teacher and performer that we first met back in 2013, when he joined the Music Time Academy staff as a substitute instructor for several months prior to teaching here regularly. His father, a composer, arranger and trumpeter, and his mother, a former first grade teacher who would sing and play songs to her students on the auto-harp, Ian was fortunate to grow up in a musical household. At a young age, he began making music himself, continuing on to develop professional level skills on not only the saxophone (his primary focus), but also on other woodwinds (clarinet, flute) and piano.


Ian's musical studies include music courses at Diablo Valley College, Berklee College of Music Summer Programs, and private instruction from some of the most highly regarded instrumentalists in area, including Guido Fazio. Ian has been awarded honors such as the Ernie Thompson Scholarship for Best Woodwind Player, and the Louis Armstrong Award for Most Outstanding Musician at San Ramon Valley High. In addition to teaching at Music Time Academy, Ian is currently an assistant manager at House of Woodwinds, performing minor instrument repairs. He is a member of the Diablo Valley College Night Jazz Band, and has performed several times at Oakland's world famous jazz venue, Yoshi's, alongside renowned artists like Michael Wolff, Tom Politzer, Wayne Wallace and Wayne Bergeron.


For more information about our many talented and interesting instructors, please CLICK HERE!

Thank you for your continued support in music education! 


Anna Cucciardo (Director) & Monica Lind (Manager)

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