In conjunction with the San Luis Obispo Symphony and the San Luis Coastal Unified School district, I am pleased to offer a new violin class in Morro Bay. It’s an exciting opportunity for all central coast violin students in grades 3-6. Classes will meet :
Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. at Del Mar Elementary School, beginning on October 7.
Though the class is designed for beginners, it is also great for students who have played in the past but would like a refresher.
I created a 3 minute video for potential students, which may be viewed below. Also visit this page for registration information.
Instrument Check Out Day – Saturday Sept. 27. The San Luis Obispo Symphony Strings in the Schools program has a limited number of low cost rental violins. Due to large demand, the Symphony is unable to accommodate all Strings in the Schools students with instruments. We highly recommend using the online options such as Shar Music orAntonio Violin with rentals beginning at just $15 a month.
Contact the Symphony’s Music Education Director, Andrea Castillo for additional information about registration and instrument rentals: (805) 543-3533, Ext. #583 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(first appeared at http://InvincibleViolinist.com)
You have a violin passion, so it seems logical that practicing the violin music you most love is the thing to do. To “go with your passion” is indeed popular advice.
If instead, you can grow passionate about about other music, such as etudes, scales, or music chosen for you by others (orchestra, or teacher for example), it’s far more likely that your musical journey will move ahead further and faster.
Congratulations to Alpert Studio alumna Ms. Maggie Anderson on booking her first national tour! She will be carrying the female lead Jovie in Elf the Musical. If this adorable ball of talent ends up in a city near you, run, don’t walk to see her! Much love from her teacher Melanie Alpert and the entire studio family!
How a violin practice transforms your life. (this article first appeared at http://InvincibleViolinist.com)
1. Learning how to truly master specific skills leads to a fulfilled life.
2. Motions and actions are how you shape your basic approach to the instrument. Using simplicity, ease and mastery moves you through life gracefully.
3. Practice is defining specific goals. Defining. Specific. Constant clarity.
4. Practice strategies are the pathway to your mastery. Thus choosing work that matters and doing that work mindfully, will produce a high quality result.
5. Performing is creating work that is important to other people. Like sales and marketing hinges on understanding others interests, problems and aspirations.
6. Performing is also facing up to your challenges. Life presents us with such challenges on a regular basis.
7. Choosing the violin (or any instrument) teaches you to define and implement large projects.
The violin or any instrument becomes transformational when (and only when) you approach it from this larger perspective.
If you’re in it just to learn a couple of songs, that’s OK too. Just don’t expect any more than a quick diversion.
The Alpert Studio of Voice and Violin, Morro Bay, CA is pleased to announce that graduates Miranda Ford and Stephen Johnson were both selected for coveted posts in the Mount San Antonio College Chamber Singers. Congratulations to both for their notable accomplishments!
One of the joys of being a musician is the ability to be part of a special experience for a live audience. Today’s Easter Service at the Hollywood Bowl was such an occasion for me. Sharing your music with 15,000 people at once may not happen every day, but when it does, it’s a unique thrill. And yes, performing can be stressful to be sure, but the transcendent moments when you’re truly in the zone, are the moments your remember.
Whether you are performing for thousands or just for a few friends, whether you’re paid for your work, or just performing for the love of it, being that musician in the center of a live performance is unlike anything else in day to day life.
Most of all, as a performer and a teacher it is an honor and privilege to be able to share great music with others. I always hope that my audience (and my students) understand the motive and spirit behind what I do. Music is transformative in every sense of the word. When all is said and done, making the world more beautiful is the ultimate legacy for a true musician of any level, age, or genre. It is our reason for being.
The end of school year recital is approaching fast!
The 2014 Spring recital is scheduled for Saturday, May 17th at 4:00 p.m.
The recital rehearsal is scheduled for the late afternoon of Friday, May 16. You will be assigned a specific rehearsal slot with our pianist during your lesson the week preceding the event. Please be fully prepared to perform your selection(s) with ease!
Recital Logistics and Decorum
Please review this page.
Both the recital and rehearsal will take place at our 10722 Arrow Route, Unit 616, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. You can find a map here.
See you at the concert!
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