THE MUSIC TIMES - VOL. 73 - April 21st, 2019
You can always pick up your needle and move to another Groove ― Timothy Leary
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Hello, Friend!
I hope your Spring Break, Easter, Passover and/or any other potential recent holiday was/is heartily celebrated & and enjoyed to the fullest!

It's exciting Music Times here for us, as we gear up for THE BIG SHOW 3.0, and Little Shows #1-6. Thank you kindly to the 130+ students that have signed up to perform in one or both shows. Where you at, the other 350 or so of you that have not yet signed up?! You still have time to get on a Little Show...

With peace, love & music,
Anna
THE RAFFLE IS ON! EARN YOUR TICKETS, WIN YOUR 6 MONTHS OF FREE LESSONS, iPAD MINI & EVER SO MUCH MORE!
Oh boy, oh boy - it's the most wonderful time of the (twice a) year! I just get so gosh darn excited for this newsletter, the one where I get to announce that our one-of-a-kind, you-ain't-never-seen-nothing-like-it, raffle is off & running!

What's not to love about it?! Practice music, earn incentives, come to the Big Show & see if you're the lucky grand prize winner that goes home with
6 MONTHS OF FREEEEEE MUSIC LESSONS, AN iPAD MINI, or one of the other great prizes we have to offer, like instruments & gift certificates to other local, Livermore businesses.

You're probably wondering how this works. Well, you can learn all about it by checking the posters all over the studio, or if you're half as excited as I am, and you just can't wait another minute, check this link (and start working on your patience, you're gonna need it for all that practicing....):

LITTLE SHOW SIGN-UPS CLOSE WEDNESDAY, MAY 1ST.
BIG SHOW SIGN-UPS ARE ALREADY CLOSED.
THE LITTLE SHOWS   take place in our performance area, right here at Music Time Academy.  Each little show lasts 45-60 minutes & features 15+ solo performances (duets & trios OK). Little Shows are scheduled based on your teacher.
 
LITTLE SHOW SCHEDULE (Subject to change):
Thursday, May 30th @ 8pm (Nick D, Belinda, Phyllis, Adam & Stewart)
Friday, May 31st @ 8pm (Xavier, Ian & Kevin S)
Saturday, June 1st @ 3:00pm (Tim G, Pete, Kevin H & Mikki)
Saturday, June 1st @ 4:30pm (Nick LW, Whitt, Luna & Will)
Saturday, June 1st @ 6:00pm (Sal & Cory)
Saturday, June 1st @ 7:30pm (Michael S & Jody)
 
This format is recommended for piano students that are working on solo pieces, or those looking to ease into the world of performance. The audience is small & most student performances are under 1 minute in length (maximum song length is 3 minutes).

HOW TO SIGN UP:
  1. In-person, on the sign-up sheet in the hallway at Music Time
  2. Via phone or email to Music Time (just hit "reply" to this email). Please include Student’s Full Name, song selection (for Little Show) or top 2-3 song choices & t-shirt size (for Big Show)

TIPS WELCOME
From A Guide to Great Home Music Practice

It is important not just to practice, but to practice well. You can practice daily and still make very slow progress if you are not practicing well. To make the most progress with the least effort, your individual practice time should include the following.

The Ideal Individual Practice:
Set goals
Set practice times
Warm up
Work on it
Sight-reading
Cool down
Evaluate

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC
San Antonio Man Leads Groundbreaking Neurological Research By Day, Spins Sick Beats By Night

"One of our leading questions was, 'How can one go from reading words on a screen or from a book to speaking those words aloud?" Myers explained. "We want to know how the brain translates words into thought and the origin of that ability. Working with people who have problems with speech, specifically those who stutter, is a great way to help identify patterns and rhythms in brain functions." 
The study will give researchers like Myers, who is expected to graduate this summer, a chance to develop a brain computer interface that informs language pathologists on brain activity while patients are being monitored. 
"As far as cognitive control, it's the brains ability to reach a desired goal through memory, perception and attention," Myers said. "For example, if you're driving down the street and see a dog running next to your car, your brain automatically begins focusing on the activity of the dog. Whatever was on your mind prior is no longer at the surface. We want to find the large scale synchronization across the brain that helps us under how information is processed."
Myers said his love for music has given him insight on his research. "The biological process that generates the brain's information processing, is the same process for the creation and expression of music," Myers said. "It's all connected through to rhythms of the brain." 
The research will be used to help develop methods for combating Alzheimer's as well as TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries).
"Biological rhythms that occur in the brain have a direct correlation to music and the neural activities created by sound rhythm," Myers explained. "Some people with Alzheimer's can hear a song from their past and remember every word of it. The bio-principles that apply are the same principles that store memory. It's a brief re-connection." 

PROJECT STOP! COLLABORATE & LISTEN: INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO OF THE MONTH
"I was just up at the Terrace having a drink, and I hear some strange music..." - Lenny Kravitz
STUDENT(S) OF THE MONTH
Noah & Micah Mueller
INSTRUMENT: Piano
TEACHER: Kevin S
AGE: 9 (Noah) & 8 (Micah)
SCHOOL: Connecting Waters Charter School
GRADE: 3rd (Noah) & 2nd (Micah)
STARTED LESSONS: December 2018
HOBBIES: Swimming, Taekwondo, Cub Scouts, Chess Club, Legos, Playing with friends
"They're both very enthusiastic and advancing very fast - and already writing their own songs!" - Kevin, Noah & Micah's Teacher
"Noah is very meticulous and diligent about his piano practice. He never needs to be reminded. He often plays around on the piano with his siblings outside of his regular practice. Noah composed his first song and took great care to write the notes and cleff symbols perfectly. When he hears a melody he likes, Noah enjoys trying to figure out how to play it. He loves music and playing the piano!"
"Micah loves playing piano so much that we have a rule that he is not allowed to practice piano until he has completed all his other chores. He rarely walks by the piano without playing a few notes. He loves to learn to play melodies he hears and likes. Micah never has to be reminded to practice his instrument. He loves music and playing. Micah composed his first song just a short time after starting lessons and continues to compose songs."
FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARIES
6 YEARS:
Roshni Vakil

4 YEARS:
Harry Tsai

3 YEARS:
Aiden Clarin
Katie Fogerson
Dylan Tongol
Prianka Vakil

2 YEARS:
Srivishnu Addala
Anika Awasthi
Jeremy Dyson
Upasan Goswami
Upayan Goswami
Dillon Lenihan
Gillian Mena
Matteus Ramos
Kate Shofstall
Jingrui Zhang

1 YEAR:
Matthias Arenskoetter
Hinman Chan
Mikayla Cho
Caiden Coyle
Cole Grotegut
Heidi Hansen
Oliver Hansen
Lance Miron
Brianna Navas
Luc Peterson
Lilah Salemi
Sahara Salemi
OUR CONCERT PICK
Dead Winter Carpenters

Saturday, April 27th
8:00pm
Starline Social Club in Oakland
Dead Winter Carpenters is a five-piece Alt-Country band from North Lake Tahoe, California, whose music has been described as an Americana blend of progressive bluegrass, roots rock, and folk with an influence from the Bakersfield Sound.
FEATURED TEACHER:
Adam Borden

 "Clean it once a year, and don’t let your dad fix it.”

Repair man, gigging pro, educator and all-around trumpet aficionado, Adam Borden has a lot to say about his recent and more distant musical past. I am excited to share our conversation, culminating with some final words of wisdom for anyone with a wind instrument in the home. Enjoy! And take heed, you handy dad, you.

YOUR TEACHERS, LIVE:
Tuesday, April 23rd - Dueling Guitars (Timmy G) at Tiki Toms in Walnut Creek
Friday, April 26th - Room For Dream, Young Elders (Nick LW) @ Starry Plough in Berkeley, Timmy G at Clayton Club in Clayton, West Grand Brass Band (Adam) at Woods Bar in Oakland
Saturday, April 27th - Mama Foxxy (Anna & Mike M) at Red Hat in Concord
Thursday, May 2nd - Timmy G at Tiki Tom’s in Walnut Creek
Friday, May 3rd - Young Elders (Nick LW) at Amnesia in San Francisco, Timmy G at the Fourth Bore in Orinda
Wednesday, May 8th - Timmy G at Meenar in Danville
Thursday, May 9th - Timmy G at Red Hat in Concord
Saturday, May 11th - The Unoriginals (Tim & Xavier) at Maggie McGarry’s in San Francisco
Thursday, May 16th - Rob Jamner (Anna) at Ivy Room in Albany, Timmy G at Tiki Tom’s in Walnut Creek
Friday, May 17th - Fast & Vengefully (Timmy G & Belinda) at Johnny Foley’s in San Francisco
Saturday, May 18th - The Unoriginals (Tim & Xavier) at Johnny Foley’s in San Francisco
Tuesday, May 21st - Dueling Guitars (Timmy G) at Tiki Toms
Friday, May 24th - West Grand Brass Band (Adam) at Woods Bar in Oakland
Friday, May 24th & Saturday, May 25th - The Unoriginals (Tim & Xavier) at the Iron Door Saloon in Groveland
Thursday, May 30th - LITTLE SHOW #1 at Music Time Academy, Timmy G at Tiki Tom’s
Friday, May 31st - LITTLE SHOW #2 at Music TIme Academy, The UnOriginals (Tim & Xavier) at Meenar in Danville
Saturday, June 1st - LITTLE SHOWS #3-6 at Music Time Academy
Sunday, June 2nd - THE BIG SHOW at Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore

ANSWER: The Twist (Chubby Checker)
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