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Virtual Recital 2020

This Spring we offered our students the chance to be in a Virtual Recital. So Sarah and Andrew Rodrigues played their piano and guitar for us. They have been students at our school for 6 years and are simply great musicians and more importantly, great kids. Please listen to and enjoy two of our wonderful students doing what they love.



April 2020 Newsletter and New Video

Hope every one reading this is well. 

Just wanted to share our new video and what's going on here :)

 - We're thrilled that literally almost all of our current students have continued with online instruction. Thank you so much - we are so proud to be a part of your child's education. I'll include this email I got from a parent last week that literally made my day, and was exactly what I hoped we could do when this began. 

 "I want to thank you all at the School of Music and Drama so very much for helping our son hold on to his lessons by switching to online instruction and keeping a little normalcy during this crazy time." Amanda B, Middletown, NJ

 Our pleasure Amanda. 

 This weeks video is on Permutations, a way to practice and play patterns for technique and creativity and includes a Venn Diagram! I hope you guys enjoy it. Please let me know. Click here to see the video

 - We usually do Bring a Friend month in March or April and wanted to extend an invitation to have your child Bring a Virtual Friend this month. If your child has a friend who plays or sings or is interested in music please let them sit in on an online lesson this month. I think now more than ever that would be a fun for the kids and an extra chance to do something with a friend. I know ZOOM and Google Hangouts can handle multiple users at the same time. 

 - If any of you or your kids have made or would like to make a Video of them performing a song, please send them in. I'd love to edit them together and make a performance video with our students. 

Sincerely, Jim



Practice Makes Perfect - Free Video

Here's the second video in our series of fun, free (and shhhh - educational) videos for our former, current and future students. This one features a practice log, one of the best ways to manage your practice time and get better faster :)

If you or your child would like a copy of our practice log just email us!

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for a future video let us know.

Please "tag us" on social media.

Comment on the you tube video, and share your thoughts.

Click here for the video

P.S. We are working on hosting a Virtual Teacher/Student Recital - if you'd like to participate and play or sing a song or do a dramatic monologue please let us know. We'll do it on videoconference live and can shoot for next week. 

FREE VIDEO Lesson for Songwriters - Music Is Everywhere

During this time of staying home, staying in and staying safe we wanted to share a fun free short video.

It's only 2 minutes long and is the first we'll be doing to give our students - past, present and perhaps future - some ideas on music and drama. Some of the videos will discuss creativity, as this one does, some will focus on technique and mastering an instrument, time-management for musicians and actors and more. 

This video shares a great idea for a "new" way to write a song that some old guy named Bach gave us :) If you or your child use it to create new music please send us a video. We'll share every video we get! 

Please "tag us" on social media.

Comment on the you tube video, and share your thoughts.

Click here to see the video


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