Volume 48 | January 31st, 2017
Welcome to 2017!

A s the first month of the year comes to a close, we remain positive and hopeful for the rest of 2017 to unfold because...well, what good is it to be negative? And speaking of positive feelings, what better way to stay positive than to MAKE MORE MUSIC?! It's at least worth a try, right?! 

Please, we implore, keep on scrolling down this little ol' newsletter for nothing but good news. We promise. You already know where to go to find bad news (basically anywhere). We like to be different.

Your opinion means a lot to us!
As we brainstorm for ways to improve Music Time Academy, your thoughts and suggestions are the number one factor that we would like to take into consideration. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey. As a token of gratitude, we'll give YOU a free book! *Limit one book per person, maximum retail value of $9.99

It'll only take a few minutes, promise. 

Do you know any 4th or 5th graders at Joe Michell or Arroyo Seco schools that might like to try playing in a rock band? No prior experience is required!

We are excited to launch yet another semester of our after-school rock band program, starting next Wednesday for Joe Michell Arroyo Seco is mid-session (but a new session launches  in April). 

Don't attend these schools, but interested in starting an after school rock band at your school? Please respond to this email and let us know!

Jamming is underway!
For the past 3 weeks, our Wednesday nights have been positively jamming! Won't you join the fun?

Let us respond to the most common concerns:

1) I'm not good enough!
Putting your skills to the test can be scary at first, but our jam night is one of the safest environments you'll find out there. Most of the music that you'll play only requires 3 or less notes to start with!

2) I'm too old/too young.
If you are alive, you're not too old or too young. We have age-appropriate instruments ranging from simple percussion instruments to keyboards to guitars and much more!

3) I don't have time.
Funny, last I checked, we all "have" the same amount of time, we just choose to make some things a priority. Is having fun, learning new skills and making friends a priority? Why not see if one of these Wednesdays you can free up your schedule for a few minutes between 7:30 to 8:30, just to see what might happen...
Abigail Lentz
Congrats to Abigaii Lentz! Abigail will receive not only priceless glory & endless bragging rights, but also gift certificates to Music Time Academy & Livermore Cinemas.

When our staff nominated Abigail for Student of Month, this nice narrative came in response from her parents. Rather than re-write, we figured if was wonderful as is:

Abigail has enjoyed music her whole life. She received a drum set when she was three and loved banging away on them. From there she has obtained more instruments including bongos, a guitar, a violin and a viola. She played each instrument for a bit then settled on the viola and piano as her long term instruments. She loves to sing and does so every where all the time. Abigail's love for music is abundant and infectious. She's always growing and learning more about it.."

She hopes to learn the bass guitar next and keep working on her viola skills. Music Time Academy has been Abigail's sanctuary and happy place for almost 4 years now and she hopes it will continue to be so for years to come. In addition to lessons, Abigail plays in the Granada High School orchestra. She attends the Hayward/La Honda music camp every summer joins the school choir whenever her schedule allows it.   

Instrument: Viola, Piano & Voice
Teacher: Cory
Age: 14
Grade: 9th
School: Vineyeard High School
Student Since: June 2014
Hobbies (besides music): Reading and Ice Skating

Mikki Boyd

Mikki Boyd is the most recent addition to the Music Time Academy staff. Although new to our team, Mikki comes to us as a seasoned vocalist with extensive experience as a performer, an educator, and a student. We are honored to have her here on Tuesdays to teach private lessons in voice, clarinet and piano.

Although we like to think that music is something children are naturally attracted to and motivated to explore, sometimes the inspiration to play an instrument comes elsewhere. Mikki playfully recalls why she first picked up a clarinet. In 3rd grade, the band students got to "skip" class for music. And wouldn't you know it, sometimes, just sometimes, on a really lucky day, that skipped class would be math! And there you have it: Mikki was sold on music.

Despite any silly reasons for first starting on clarinet, Mikki had been raised in a musical setting from an early age. Prior to 3rd grade band, she sang in youth & children's gospel choir, which she continued participating in through later years, eventually (as a teenager) becoming the group's director.

In pursuit of higher education, Mikki studied Music at a variety of institutions around the country, earning her Masters of Music Degree, in addition to a Bachelor's of Music, and various awards such as "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist". Her past mentors include: Ronald Carter,  Robert Sims, Robert Chappel (Northern Illinois University), Branford Marsalis, Greg Murai, Hafez Modizadeh (San Francisco State University), and Phil Matson (School for Music Vocations in Iowa).

As an educator, Mikki's experience includes not only working privately with students for over 15 years, but also directing church choirs as well as children's musical theater groups. She was also a music instructor at a school for students with learning disabilities.

We could not be more excited to have Mikki here at Music Time!

Go See Live Music!

Twenty One Pilots
Venue:  SAP Center at San Jose (formerly HP Pavilion)
Date:  Friday, February 10th

Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo originating from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009 by lead vocalist and keyboardist Tyler Joseph along with former members Nick Thomas and Chris Salih, who eventually left in 2011, and currently consists of Joseph and drummer Josh Dun. The duo rose to fame in the mid–2010s, after several years of touring and independent releases.

They put out two self-released albums, Twenty One Pilots in 2009 and Regional at Best in 2011, before being signed by Fueled by Ramen in 2012. Their label debut, Vessel, was released in 2013. The duo achieved breakthrough success with their fourth album, Blurryface (2015), which produced the singles "Stressed Out" and "Ride". In addition, the single "Heathens", recorded for the soundtrack of the film Suicide Squad, made the group the first alternative artist to have two concurrent top ten singles in the U.S. The duo has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.

Can't make it to the show? Consider this recommended listening. Click "HEAR" to listen to Twenty-One Pilots on Spotify.

Every Thursday:
Tim G (guitar) at Tiki Tom's in Walnut Creek

Every Saturday:
Soul Brunch (Anna, drums) at Penrose in Oakland

Every Thursday:
Neill plays in the house band at Starry Plough in Berkeley

Friday, February 3rd:
Muncie (Anna) at Rellik Tavern in Benicia

Friday, February 3rd:
Dueling Guitars (Tim G) at Pura Vida Sangira Bar in Livermore

Saturday, February 4th:
The UnOriginals (Tim G) at Maggie McGarry's in Walnut Creek

Friday, February 10th:
Tim G at Maria Maria in Danville

Dueling Guitars (Tim G) at Eight Bridges Brewing in Livermore, CA

Tuesday, February 14th:
Gringa (Luna) at Boom Boom Room in San Francisco

Friday, February 17th:
Fast & Vengefully (Tim and Belinda) at Johnny Foleys in San Francisco

Saturday, February 18th:
The UnOriginals (Tim G) at Johnny Foley's in San Francisco

Sunday, February 19th:
Professor Jones (Anna & Mike M) at Crazy Horse in Nevada City - Mardi Gras Party!

Thursday, February 23rd:
Muncie (Anna) at Lagunitas Brewing in Petaluma

Saturday, February 25th:
Tim G at Maria Maria in Walnut Creek
Saturday, February 25th:
Lost Dog Found (Adam & Art) at Sebastapol Mardi Gras Casino Night

Saturday, February 25th:
The UnOriginals (Tim G) at Meenar in Danville

Friday, March 3rd:
Dueling Guitars (Tim G) at Pura Vida Sangira Bar in Livermore

Saturday, March 4th:
West Grand Boulevard ( Anna, Craig & Mike) at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Saturday, March 4th:
Lost Dog Found (Adam & Art) at Monroe Hall in Santa Rosa

Saturday, March 4th:
The UnOriginals (Tim G) at Maggie McGarry's in San Francisco

Black Box Radio (Xavier on vocals/guitar)
Brett Hunter Band (Tim M on guitar)
Fast & Vengefully (Tim on guitar/voice, Belinda on fiddle)
Gringa (Luna, drums)
Lost Dog Found (Art, drums, Adam, trumpet)
LunaSol (Judy on violin)
Muncie (Anna on drums)
Push (Tim M. on guitar)
Super Soul Brothers (Neill on guitar)
The Undercovers (Sal on keys, Xavier on guitar/vocals)
West Grand Boulevard (Anna on drums, Mike on bass, Craig on keys, Adam on trumpet)
Zach Bateman & the Coal Minds (Judy, violin)

Peace, Love & Music,
The Music Time Academy Staff:  Anna Cucciardo, Monica Lind, Mike Meagher, Adam Borden & Eric Sedillo
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