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Jul 13

Why Study a Musical Instrument?

By billalpert | Studio News

How a violin practice transforms your life.
(this article first appeared at

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 in Morro Bay, CA
May 20

Studio Relocates to Central Coast

By billalpert | Studio News

Effective June 2014, The Alpert Studio of Voice and Violin is relocating to the beautiful City of Morro Bay in the central coast of California.

We will soon be offering voice and violin lessons to students in the San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and surrounding central coast area.

For more information, or to be notified of openings please visit our contact page.

Bill Alpert at the Hollywood Bowl
Apr 20

The Joy of Performing

By billalpert | Bill Alpert Journal , Events

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.

Remember when? 2005 studio recital.
Apr 15

2014 Recital Event

By billalpert | Studio News

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!

Mar 27

Studio Vocalists Perform Coast to Coast

By billalpert | Student News , Studio News

Emily Aurangzeb will perform with perform in Carnegie Hall Honor Choir

Emily Aurangzeb will perform with Carnegie Hall Honor Choir

Congratulations to a  Genevieve Ellis and MIranda Ford for being passed on to the semi-final round of the Classical Singer Vocal Competition in San Antonio, Tx! Also congrats go to Miranda for being accepted into the esteemed classical vocal program at Cal State Fullerton! Kudos to Kelly Muller for being passed on to the finals of the SCVA vocal competition and for being cast as Cinderella in Rancho Cucamonga High School’s Cinderella and to Cameron Muller for being cast as the Prince, in the alternate cast. And finally to 11 year old Emily Aurangzeb who will be performing in the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall! Very proud of each and every one!

Local Violin Lessons, San Luis Obispo
Mar 23

2014 Violin Graduates

By billalpert | Events , Studio News , violin

2014 Graduation at Zipper Hall, from left, Maya Rustenburg, Sophie Peltz and Benjamin Wong

2014 Graduation at Zipper Hall, from left, Maya Rustenburg, Sophie Peltz and Benjamin Wong

These three beauties received recognition for their first ever violin graduation at Zipper Hall, Los Angeles today. From left, Maya Rustenburg, Sophie Peltz and Benjamin Wong. Also (not present) Jessica Chao was one of only two graduates in Southern California to be recognized for completing Volume 7 of the Suzuki rep, performing the Bach A minor concerto. Hearty congrats to all four Alpert Studio of Violin 2014 graduates!

Oct 13

Alpert Studio Winter Recital and Holiday Schedule 2013

By billalpert | Studio News

Dear Alpert Studio Student and Family:

Wow, it’s Fall already; hope you had a great summer! It’s now time to plan for our studio Winter Recital. This year’s Winter Recital will be held on Saturday Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m.

Rehearsal for this year’s recital will be Friday afternoon Dec. 6th. You will be assigned a rehearsal time slot between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. that evening.

Recital and Rehearsal will be at the Arrow Route Studio and Recital Hall: Map and Directions

Voice Students:
There is a $35 ($45 for siblings) recital fee due to Melanie no later than Friday, December 6th. Again everyone is required to participate in the recital unless you have just recently started lessons or do not have a song polished up and ready to go.

Voice Student Sheet Music Preparation:
You are responsible to bring your music to the rehearsal and recital. All music is to be taped back to back, 3 hole punched and put in a binder. If you use plastic sleeves, please use the non glare variety.

Thanksgiving Holiday Season Studio Schedule for Voice and Violin
No voice or violin lessons Nov. 25-29.
Lessons resume as normal on Monday, December 2

Vocal Studio Only December Schedule
After the recital, we will be on our Holiday break, coming back for lessons starting again on Monday, January 6th. Please continue to do your vocal exercises and do a lot of singing this Holiday Season while we are on studio break.

Violin Students Only December Schedule:
Regularly scheduled lessons continue through the weeks of December 9 and 16. No lessons will be held between December 23 and January 3. Regularly scheduled violin lessons will resume on the week of January 6th.

Reminder: Violin Tuition remains unchanged during holiday months and other regularly scheduled studio breaks.

Recital Decorum
Recital seating is limited; if possible include family members only. Try to support your fellow students by remaining for the entire program, however if you must leave early, please choose seating at the back of the room and leave during breaks or applause.

Children should remain quiet and in their seats during the entire event. If you have very young children, please find seating at the back of the recital hall, in the event they need to be removed from the room.

Appropriate dress for performers: dressy casual/party. No jeans or flip flops, please.

Warm wishes for a wonderful Fall season!
Bill and Melanie Alpert