VOL. 68 - November 9th, 2018
“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”―  Jack Kerouac
Hello, Friend!
Congrats to the Julianna Scullard, winner of Monica's Spookiest Sound Contest! Listen now

With Halloween now a ghost of the past, the 2018 holiday season is upon us! Do you have a copy of our calendar? It's available online at: https://musictimeacademy.com/students/calendar

PLEASE NOTE: We are OPEN on Veteran's Day (11/12). CLOSED on Thanksgiving (11/22-24 for private lessons, no groups/bands week of Thanksgiving), CLOSED on Winter Break (12/23-01/05)

SIGN UPS FOR THE WINTER CONCERT ARE NOW CLOSED! If you have not yet written your song name & show choice on on the boards in the hallway, but are planning to perform in either a Big or Little Show, please respond to this email immediately!

This newsletter has lots of exciting updates - like how you can EARN your way to 6 months of FREE music lessons, an iPad mini and many other prizes. Keep that scrollin' finger moving...

With peace, love & music,
Anna
What musician won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016?
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TEXT MESSAGES NOW ACCEPTED
It's great to finally be in the 21st century with you!

Our office phone number, 925-456-3460 is now set up to accept text messages. Please include student's name!

We still prefer that you use our online form ( http://www.musictimeacademy.com/notice ) for letting us know of your planned absences, vacations, cancellations, schedule changes, etc., but we are happy to have text messaging available as an additional means of communication!
CONCERT TIME MEANS RAFFLE TIME!
WHO WILL WILL THE GRAND PRIZES?
6 MONTHS OF FREE LESSONS! iPAD MINI!

RAFFLE TICKETS ARE NOT FOR SALE!

ALL Students (whether or not you participate in the concert) are eligible to enter this one-of-a-kind raffle. We'll pull the winners at the conclusion of the Big Show, which is approximately 12-2pm on Sunday, December 2nd, at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. You must be present at the Raffle drawing to win, but you DO NOT have to be a performer.
ATTENTION BIG SHOW PERFORMERS! WE NEED YOUR T-SHIRT SIZE
If you (or your child) will be participating in one of the Big Show groups, please respond to this email (or call/text us at 925-456-3460) with the performer's (unisex) T-Shirt size.

Shirts are FREE for performers.
If you'd like to pre-order shirts for non-performing friends or family members ($10 each, payable by cash or check at the show on December 2nd), please include shirt size and quantity in your message.


WILLING TO TRADE: MUSIC FOR ART!
Calling all parents, students & teachers: Do you know someone that likes to draw?

We're looking for help keeping our 2 chalkboards looking fresh and snazzy! In exchange for help with weekly updates to the front and rear chalkboards, we're willing to trade. Let us know what interests you - discounted lessons or retail items? Extended lesson time? Let's talk!

PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL, OR CALL/TEXT US AT 925-456-3460 if you'd like to get involved.

LET'S HELP WILDFIRE VICTIMS
Butte County Fire has grown to 18,000 acres....

Let’s get ready for another major disaster.
Music Time has decided to help PEP Housing collect personal items, new clothing, new bedding, gift cards, dog and cat food and beds, food for fire survivors. PEP did this during the Tubbs Fire and distributed to fire survivors. You can drop donated items (new items only) at Music Time or PEP Housing, 951 PETALUMA Blvd. S in Petaluma. LIST OF ACCEPTED DONATIONS

PEP has an affordable senior housing community in OROVILLE that may need to be evacuated. This is an area with many poor people. We will deliver items to survivors early next week.
TIPS WELCOME
Three Penny Practice

Try game-ifying the actual practicing! From " Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums":

"You put three pennies on the left side of your music stand. On a troublesome measure, you play it once, and if you get it right, you move the penny to the right side of the stand. If you play it again and get it right, you put the next penny on the right side of the stand. If you play it again and miss a note or rhythm, then all three pennies get put to the left. You must play the measure correctly three times in a row in order to keep the pennies. The next step is to connect the troublesome measure to the measure before it and continue playing."


Ren Martin-Doike, a 20-year-old violist who now studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, says that her number one practice technique is to write down those benchmarks: "Set goals, hold yourself accountable to them and create a practice log you can be proud of!"
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC
Healthy Songs: The Amazing Power of Music Therapy

P eople who have suffered strokes or have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease are better able to walk while listening to rhythmic music. In the case of strokes, people who can’t talk can often sing. Singing is then used to facilitate recovery of speech.

Premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit left the ICU, on average, 11 days earlier if they used a device that played lullabies triggered by their sucking. And children who have had orthopedic surgery will report lower levels of pain when doctors offer post-operative music therapy.

"It’s this fusion of what many consider two distinct, incompatible entities—art and science—that ultimately elevates both; and the two, as one, can more readily accomplish their shared purpose: the healing and betterment of humanity."
- Kathleen Howland,professor of music therapy at Berklee College of Music.

PROJECT SCL - INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO OF THE MONTH
DO YOU WANT THE FOO FIGHTER TO PLAY FOR YOU?

Well sometimes all it takes is asking the right way.

READ THE STORY:
STUDENT OF THE MONTH
Nikko Ng
INSTRUMENT: GUITAR
TEACHER: CORY
AGE: 13
STARTED LESSONS: September 2018
SCHOOL: Mendenhall
GRADE: 8th
HOBBIES: Swimming, Dirt Biking, Practicing Kung Fu (on her brothers)

First starting with violin lessons in second grade, Nikko learned quickly. She moved to Cello in fourth grade, added guitar the following year in 5th grade, and even represented Mendenhall 6th graders as a bassist in a string quartet. The ensemble was featured in the Tri-Valley Solo & Ensemble Command Performance.

Nikko stopped music lessons when her teacher moved away, but is excited and motivated to continue playing guitar with her new teacher, Cory. NIkko's family could not be more excited to see her blossom. He mother observes:

"Nikko is a bright and soulful young lady. She can play basketball and catch with the boys, and can curl her hair and do her nails with the girls!"
OCTOBER ANNIVERSARIES
4 YEARS:
Aidan Ayres, Kylie Rose, Pranav Sarathy, Meghna Sarathy

3 YEARS:
Aiden Versteeg

2 YEARS:
Tanav Bhanushali, Parker Johnson, Raghuveer Marada, Chloe Chen, Grant McCarthy, Siddarth Menon, Rose Multani, Megan Swaim, Jadyn Yearwood

2 YEARS:
Pranav Arun, Suvita Arun, Joey Hendricks, Neel Raina

1 YEAR:
Nuri Baxamusa, Braydon Dreon, Vivaan Dunna, Adriana Machado, Chloe Marr, Mila Montgomery, CJ Ng, Nikko Ng, Jarrell Panlilio, Amelia Umentum, Vaishnavi VarmaIdo, Ido Weinberger, Jake Zipton, Justin Zipton
OUR CONCERT PICK
JOE RUSSO'S ALMOST DEAD

An all ages event
Saturday, November 10th &
Sunday, November 11th at
FOX OAKLAND
JRAD, as the quintet is more casually known, is a vehicle for Mr. Russo, a Brooklyn drummer, and four musical friends of at least 20 years — the keyboardist Marco Benevento, the bassist Dave Dreiwitz, and the guitarists (and main vocalists) Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger — to improvise extravagantly around the Dead’s emotionally sublime and often quirky songwriting. JRAD’s pumped-up take explores extremes of tempo and dynamics with muscular shredding, eerily quiet eddies and telepathic turn-on-a-dime switchbacks. Subtle and flagrant allusions to non-Dead songs pepper their shows. 
FEATURED TEACHER:
Whitt Vicena
FROM A MUSICAL CHILD TO AN ISLAND ROCK STAR!

" Playing with people and playing along to records - those were the 2 things that made me become really good really fast, in just a couple of years."

A lot young people, with all this technology, don’t listen to music! There’s a reason why you’re playing music - it’s because you loved it when you heard Bach or Megan Trainor or whatever you like! You want to replicate it, or you want to write a song better than it. There is a reason!

YOUR TEACHERS, LIVE:
Friday, November 9th
Tim G at Maria Maria in Walnut Creek
Saturday, November 10th
Fast and Vengefully (Tim & Belinda) at the Barn
Thursday, November 15th
Oh the Nerve (Anna) at El Rio in San Francisco
Timmy G at Tiki Tom’s in Walnut Creek
Friday, November 16th
The UnOriginals (Tim & Xavier) at Maggie Mcgarry’s in San Francisco
Saturday, November 17th
Room For Dream (Nick LW and Luna) at Mama’s Royal Cafe in Oakland
Thursday, November 22nd
West Grand Brass Band (Adam) at Oakland Turkey Trot
Friday, November 23rd
West Grand Brass Band (Adam) at Woods Bar in Oakland
Fast and Vengefully (Tim & Belinda) at Johnny Foley’s in San Francisco 
Saturday, November 24th
The UnOriginals (Tim & Xavier) at Johnny Foley’s in San Francisco 
Thursday, November 29th
Timmy G at Tiki Tom’s in Walnut Creek
Friday, November 30th
Timmy G at at Maria Maria, Danville
Sunday, December 2nd
THE BIG SHOW - MUSIC TIME ACADEMY TEACHERS & STUDENTS! @ The Bothwell in Livermore
Friday, December 7th
The UnOriginals (Tim & Xavier) at Retro Junkie in Walnut Creek
Thursday, December 13th
Timmy G at Tiki Tom’s in Walnut Creek
Friday, December 21st
The UnOriginals (Tim & Xavier) at Meenar, Danville
Saturday, December 22nd
Fast and Vengefully (Tim & Belinda) at Johnny Foley’s in San Francisco
Thursday, December 27th
Timmy G at Tiki Tom’s in Walnut Creek
Friday, December 28th
The UnOriginals (Tim & Xavier) at Johnny Foley’s in San Francisco 
Monday, December 31st
The UnOriginals (Tim & Xavier) at Maggie Mcgarry’s in San Francisco

Thank you for reading, and for your continued support of music education in Livermore.
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More information:  Bob Dylan is an American singer, songwriter, writer, and artist. He has been extremely influential in music culture for more than 50 years. One of his most popular songs is "Blowin' in the Wind" from 1963.