Volume 46 | November 30th, 2016
NOVEMBER 2016
UPCOMING HOLIDAYS:  WINTER CONCERT - 12/4 (CLOSED), WINTER BREAK 12/24 to 1/076 (CLOSED), MLK DAY - 1/16 (OPEN), VALENTINE'S DAY - 2/14 (OPEN), PRESIDENT'S DAY - 2/20 (OPEN)
Happy Thanksgiving & Fall!

We hope that your Thanksgiving was a most joyous one this year, filled with family, food, love and (of course) MUSIC! This is quite an exciting time for the studio, as our big Winter Concert is only days away. The raffle jar is nearly overflowing from all of the practice, and the halls have also been overflowing with fantastic music all week long! We can't wait to see who wins the grand prizes: 6 MONTHS OF FREE LESSONS or the IPAD MINI! Remember, you MUST be present to win. The prizes will be drawn at the end of the concert.

Keep reading for some very important announcements about out 2017 schedule!
SCHEDULE UPDATES
Attention Meet Music/Family Music Time Families!
DECEMBER 2016 SCHEDULE UPDATE
Starting December 1st until December 23rd

Family Music Time meets:
TUESDAYS @ 11am
THURSDAYS @ 10am
***THERE WILL NOT BE CLASS ON WEDNESDAYS AT 11am or THURSDAYS at 11am!!***

Meet Music: A Sound Experience meets:
WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30pm
***THERE WILL NOT BE CLASS ON TUESDAYS AT 2:30pm***
CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK
Please note that we are CLOSED for all lessons & classes:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24TH UNTIL FRIDAY, JANUARY 7TH.

WE WILL BE OPEN ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 7TH!

Our apologize for the typo on the 2016 calendar that said we are closed through January 7th. WE ARE IN FACT OPEN ON JANUARY 7TH!!

REMINDER: We do not offer make-up lessons for holiday closures. Th monthly tuition rate remains constant throughout the year. If you have any questions, please email anna@musictimeacademy.com
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Winter Concert is Around the Corner - THIS SUNDAY, DEC 4TH!
Have you RSVP'd on Facebook yet? Please let us know if you'll be attending by visiting the event page:  

And remember, sharing is caring! Let your friends and family know about the occasion. 

LOOKING FOR THE DETAILS FOR PERFORMERS?
OPEN JAM WEDNESDAYS!
In the spirit of  "MAKE MORE MUSIC" (see below for more info), we are excited to launch our first ever OPEN JAM NIGHT! We'll be opening up the studio on Wednesday nights from 7:30pm to 9pm for students of all ages & instruments to make music together., starting in 2017!

The jam session will be led by Xavier, one of our longest-standing staff members. We'll play tunes that you know, or tunes that you write. Just come ready to make some music (or ready to listen & have fun)!

THERE IS NO FEE FOR OPEN JAM NIGHT! Donations are accepted. 

FIRST JAM IS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11th at 7:30pm!
INTRODUCING: 2017 "MAKE MORE MUSIC" SESSIONS!
Did you notice that our 2017 calendar includes dates for Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall sessions? Well, it does. See the calendar above if you missed it! Anyways, we are VERY excited for the launch of our sessions, specially engineered for the making of more music.

NEW ENSEMBLES WILL BE FORMING FOR EACH SESSION! ALL AGES & INSTRUMENTS ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE! PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY INCLUDED!

If you are interested in joining an ensemble and experiencing the fun and excitement of making music with others, rather than limiting yourself to private music lessons, please email us for more information:  anna@musictimeacademy.com 
STUDENT OF THE MONTH
Chi Lok Isaac Yee
Isaac began his music education at the tender age of 2, enrolling in the Yamaha Education Foundation Music Course where he studied Lyric and Solfege singing, keyboard harmony, Improvisation and Composition, and Note Reading. He quickly found composing to be not only very engaging but something he had a knack for as well. His skill and dedication to composing is just one of the reasons why his instructor at Music Time, Sal, nominated Isaac for Student of the Month. He performed his very first original composition at the Yamaha Junior Original Concert in December of 2014

Isaac’s musical interests as well as the scope of his compositions have broadened greatly since enrolling in lessons here at Music Time. He has found encouragement to work on everything from jazz to ensemble and classical compositions. He participated in the Spring Concert and is excited to perform again on Sunday in the Winter Concert. Although still unsure where exactly his musical journey will take him (it's OK - most professional musicians feel the same way), one thing is very clear for Isaac: he is enjoying the ride, and looking forward to taking advantage of as many musical opportunities as possible.

That's the kind of inspirational attitude we like around here, especially in the student of the month section! Nice work, Issac. 

Congrats to Chi Lok Isaac Yee! Isaac will receive not only priceless glory & endless bragging rights, but also gift certificates to Music Time Academy & Livermore Cinemas.
Instrument: Piano
Teacher: Sal
Age: 8
Grade: 3rd
School: Jackson Avenue Elementary
Student Since: April 2016
Hobbies (besides music): Legos, Minecraft, Reading, Drawing, Martial Arts
TEACHER FEATURE
Craig Berletti

Keeping with the theme of “teachers that have done gigs in other countries” that was launched last month with stories of Swen's trip to China, we decided to check in with Craig, who just finished a substantial tour abroad. 

Craig, a Martinez native, started playing piano and trumpet early in his childhood. Over the years, he developed a true passion for music and found his way into both school and local bands, graduating from Alhambra High School in 2007, by that point having made quite the splash in his high school music scene. He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, completing his degree in 2012, then making his way back home to the Bay Area. In October of this year, Craig spent a month in France playing with Harrison Stafford and the Professor Crew, a Bay Area Reggae outfit with a large European following.

What was it was like touring in a different country for a such a long amount of time?

It is really different, being on tour instead of just gigging locally because gigging is all you do. But really, only half your job is actually playing the show. The other half is the traveling! Half of your day is spent driving to the gig, while the other half is setting up, sound check, doing the show, and then going back to the hotel to sleep. 

That is pretty much the life, but I really enjoy it, with this band especially. We play some really nice shows for nice crowds.

What was the biggest difference, for you, about playing music in France versus playing here?

The smoke! Everyone still smokes so the crowd smells like tobacco. And they can smoke in the venues. So that was very different. But, despite the smoke, France is super nice, super respectful. They knew we were guests and would treat us that way.

But, I guess it’s a different type of travelling, It’s kind of hard for me to say what France was like because it wasn’t vacation. It was playing and traveling every day and every night. We only had three days off for the whole month.. I was just there to play.

Was there normally a decent amount of distance between each venue?

A lot of the times, yeah. At least three or four hours of driving every day, at the very least. And it is the same thing over and over again. Really touring like we did is just being exhausted from three different things: not getting enough sleep, not eating enough, and from playing a show every night. It was especially difficult for this band because we played with two singers, so it was like playing two shows every night. It was a lot of work!

Were there any cultural differences that really stood out to you?

Yes, they have more of a listening culture when it comes to live music and their venues. Their venues are set up for listening to music - they have better sound, built for and focused on listening to the music. The audience goes out for the music. Also, they have more places for live music than we do. Here, it's usually a bar with some music. There, they have good sound equipment, the right ambiance, and cool art work. They are focused on the music.

Let me tell you the biggest difference between the music culture here and the music culture in France. Here, you show up to the gig with a van full of gear, and you have to unload and set it all up yourself. In France, the venues all have a crew that unload and set up your gear for you. So you roll into town, you’ll be in two vans. One van has the gear and one has the people. The gear goes to the venue and gets set up by the venue’s crew. The van with the people just heads to the hotel. That venue's crew unloads it and sets it up. Then when they are done setting it up, they come pick you up at the hotel and take you to the venue. You do your sound check, then, get this, they provide dinner for you! You do the show and then they pack everything up for you. You definitely don’t find that here. It was so nice.

Do you have anything to say about the food on tour?

Sea Snails. I ate some sea snails. They are actually good and they really do eat snails a lot over there. The French have a totally different relationship with snails. They have this beauty product over there that is made from snail juice and it is supposed to go on your face. Let me show you a picture of the way they advertise it. It’s a picture of a close up of a snail on a woman’s chin. Oh yeah, that is supposed to make your face all nice and smooth and beautiful or something?! But yeah, the French really like their snails.



Go See Live Music!
FEATURED CONCERT:

HOLLY BOWLING (ALBUM RELEASE) on DECEMBER 7TH at TERRAPIN CROSSROADS in SAN RAFAEL (AGES 16+)
Holly Bowling is a classically trained pianist who began playing piano at the age of five. There’s one major distinction, however, that separates her from other similarly studied musicians. That is Holly’s devotion to the legendary rock band Phish. Having attended over 300 shows by the Burlington-based quartet, she became obsessed by their famous rendition of “Tweezer” from Lake Tahoe on July 31, 2013. It led Holly to transcribe this 37-minute improvisational masterpiece note-for-note and arrange it for solo piano. The process, both painstaking and fulfilling, inspired her to transform other Phish songs and well-known live jams into solo piano interpretations. Holly’s breathtaking renditions of Phish classics like “It’s Ice,” “The Squirming Coil” and “Harry Hood” serve not only as a tribute to the modern day kings of jam, but stand on their own as fully developed classical pieces.

The past year has seen Holly expand her repertoire into the realm of the Grateful Dead, including an “Eyes of the World” based on the band’s spectacular exploratory June 18, 1974 performance at Freedom Hall. Using classical piano technique to reinterpret these jamband luminaries, Holly’s live performances infuse new with old, tradition with surreal, and creates a concert experience like nothing else in the music world.

Cant' Make the Show? Consider this recommended listening:
TEACHER PERFORMANCES
Every Thursday:
Tim G (guitar) at Tiki Tom's in Walnut Creek

Every Friday (Dec 9-30th): 
Tim G (guitar) at Maria Maria in Danville

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

Friday, December 2nd:
Dueling Guitars (Tim G, guitar) at Pura Vida Cocina Latina in Livermore
Tory & the Teasers (Anna, drums) at Penrose in Oakland
Lost Dog Found (Adam, trumpet) at Bimbo's in San Francisco

Saturday, December 3rd:
The UnOriginals (Tim G) at Maggie McGarry's in San Francisco

Sunday, December 4th:
MUSIC TIME ACADEMY WINTER CONCERT at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore

Saturday, December 10th:
Dueling Guitars (Tim G, guitar) at  The Vine at Bridges

Saturday, December 17th:
Professor Jones (Anna, drums & Mike, bass) at Neck of the Woods in San Francisco
The Unoriginals (Tim, guitar) at Johnny Foley's in San Francisco

Friday, December 23rd:
The UnOriginals (Tim, guitar) at Meenar in Danville

Saturday, December 24th:
Muncie (Anna, drums) at Lagunitas in Petaluma

Wednesday, December 28th:
Timmy G (guitar) at the Vine at Bridges

CHECK OUT OUR TEACHER'S BANDS ONLINE!
Black Box Radio (Xavier on vocals/guitar)
Fast & Vengefully (Tim on guitar/voice, Belinda on fiddle)
Push (Tim M. on guitar)

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