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Jan 04

Parents as Partners Online Program

By billalpert | Events , Studio News , violin

The Alpert Studio is proud to offer this innovative program free of charge to its family of violin students:

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To view 4 minute video click here

Parents As Partners Online starts January 17 and runs through February 28.

Informative talks on various parent education and Suzuki education topics will be published each week. Video sessions are 10 to 20 minutes each. Participants can access the site at any time, day or night, to take advantage of these informative, inspiring, and concise presentations. Once published, everything will remain online until the end on February 28.

We aim to nurture the parent side of the Suzuki triangle on such invaluable subjects as:

  • Practice: building a strong parent-child relationship; managing frustration; strategies for creating a successful practice
  • Repetition and Review: the whys and hows
  • Balancing Busy Schedules
  • Reflections and advice on the Suzuki Journey
  • Managing the Teenager Years: The Road to Independence
  • The Changing Role of the Parent
  • The Importance of Listening
  • Childhood Memories of Dr. Suzuki
  • Institute Experiences: What it’s all about
  • What Current Publications are saying about “Talent”

Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive emails with schedule details and other information when available. Online discussions, video presentations, and special “events” are just a few of the opportunities to expect.

For more information contact Bill Alpert: bill at

Dec 11

Don’t Just Sing: First Graduates

By billalpert | Student News , Studio News , voice

2010 Alpert Studio Master Class Participants

Danny Gurwin, Brandon Alpert and Don’t Just Sing Graduates

It’s truly exciting to see the growth of professional level skills in young performers, especially in a short six week span. That’s just what happened in these intensive sessions; each performer brought new life and new excitement to their song performances. Forging this strong connection between acting and singing is the mark of a mature performer. But it’s astonishing to see it in a 13 year old.

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As teachers, we seek to cultivate the patience and skills that give even the youngest students the ability to master both the technical and artistic challenges of performance. It’s a rewarding process for those who value personal growth as well as the arts.

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Kudos to our first Don’t Just Sing, Say Something master class graduates! The class was a hit all around! Look for more such classes in the near future.

Aug 21

Voice Lesson Reminder

By billalpert | Studio News , voice

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Hello everyone!

Hope you all had a lovely and relaxing summer. Now it’s time to get back to work!

Voice lessons start up again this week. If you have not been contacted, your lesson time will remain the same.

Let’s make this a great season of learning!

Melanie Alpert

Jul 20

Summer Break Reminder

By billalpert | Studio News

It’s once again Summer break time. Please note:

Voice Students:
There will no voice lessons from July 25 through August 22nd. Lessons will resume as normal the week of August 23rd.

Violin Students:
There will be no violin lessons between July 26-August 6. Lessons will resume as normal on Monday, August 9.

Have a safe, wonderful and musical summer. See you soon!

Bill and Melanie Alpert

Jul 12

A Magical Summer

By billalpert | Student News , Studio News

Genevieve Ellis and Maggie Anderson in Peter Pan

Summer finds a bevy of Alpert Studio students learning, rehearsing and performing. Currently in performance are students Maggie Anderson and Genevieve Ellis in a wonderful production of Peter Pan at the Lewis Family Playhouse of the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, Rancho Cucamonga. Tickets and information here.

More studio news will follow in the next few days. If you have news, and you’re part of our studio family, or know someone who is, let us know. We’ll be happy to post it for you.

Enjoy your summer!

Mar 21

Alpert Violin Studio @ LA 2010 Suzuki Graduation Event

By billalpert | Student News , Studio News

Zachary Rustenberg.jpgZachary Rustenberg: Giving it His All

Congratulations to students Jeremy Oh, Jessica Chao and Zachary Rustenberg who participated in the 2010 Suzuki Music Association’s Graduation Concert at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles. The Hall was packed, and all in attendance enjoyed a great afternoon of music in the company of the supportive greater Suzuki community. Kudos to all who attended!

Jessica and Jeremy.jpg Jessica Chao (lower left) and Jeremy Oh (upper right) lend their talents to Boccherini

Summer is ahead! Attending a summer Suzuki institute is a great way to inspire and motivate your young violinist, and can also be a fun, family oriented vacation. For those families interested in a summer Suzuki institute, here are a few options to consider:

Locally: organized by our own SMAC LA.

Throughout the US:

Please let me know if you have questions.

Remember, no violin lessons this week. See you the week of March 29.

Mr. Alpert

Feb 14

Urinetown the Musical

By billalpert | Events , Studio News

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The Alpert Studio of Voice and Violin invites you to join us for a hysterically irreverent musical with one of the best musical theater scores ever written. With a wonderful professional cast and a live band, this will be a memorable theatrical experience. Seating is very limited, so order your tickets soon! Opens Friday, February 19th!

Featured studio students and alumni include: Brandon Alpert, Taylor Pearson, Kari Kennedy, Marissa Henkel, Tommy Tafoya, Hannah Meisser and Chris Small

Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical comedy musical, with music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis. It satirizes capitalism, socialism, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and petty small town politics. It also is a satire of the Broadway musical as a form. In reverse pantomime style, the unconventional plotline shatters audience expectations of a pleasant ending (from Wikipedia)

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For tickets and/or information call 909-982-5736

Jan 10

Studio Events

By billalpert | Events , Studio News


The Alpert Studio is proud to announce Brandon Alpert will be appearing in the rock musical Rent, at the Grove Theater in Upland. Brandon is appearing the role of Mark Cohen.

Please join us in supporting Brandon, and also supporting high quality theater in our own community. Performances run between January 15 – February 7. Ticket information here. Please note, the production contains very mature themes.

Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of AIDS.
The musical was first seen in a limited three-week Workshop production at the New York Theatre Workshop in 1994. This same New York City off-Broadway theatre was also the musical’s initial home following its official January 25, 1996, opening. The show’s creator, Jonathan Larson, died suddenly the night before the off-Broadway premiere. The show won a Pulitzer Prize, and the production was a hit. The musical moved to Broadway’s larger Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996.[2] On Broadway, Rent gained critical acclaim and won a Tony Award for Best Musical among other awards. The musical is largely responsible for helping to increase the popularity of musical theater amongst the younger generation.[3] The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008, after a 12-year run and 5,124 performances, making it the eighth-longest-running Broadway show, nine years behind The Phantom of the Opera as of December 2009. The production grossed over $280 million.[4] The success of the show led to several national tours and numerous foreign productions, and in 2005, it was also adapted into a motion picture that features most of the original cast members. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Jan 02

Studio Winter/Spring Schedule

By billalpert | Studio News , violin , voice

Happy New Year and Welcome Back! We hope you had a wonderful holiday.

Studio Reminders (please mark your calendar)

Voice lessons resume on Monday, January 4 at your regularly scheduled time.
Very important: As always, please contact me as soon as possible, if you are unable to attend your regularly scheduled lesson, so I may adjust my schedule accordingly.
There will be no voice lessons on Tuesday, January 26, my birthday 🙂
Spring break will be from March 22-March 26; no lessons will be given during that week.

Violin lessons resume on Monday, January 4 at your regularly scheduled time.
Spring break will be from March 22-March 26; no lessons will be given during that week.
Lesson for the week of Feb 15-Feb 19 will be rescheduled, as I am attending the American String Teachers Conference.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

–Melanie and Bill Alpert