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November Student/Faculty Concert

November News and Notes

We had an absolutely wonderful Student - Faculty concert at the Middletown Public Library on November 2nd at the Middletown Public Library. 6th year student Danielle Whitman performed two of her simply amazing solo piano pieces, Concerto No. 1 and Sonata in C#minor and my band, the Jim Josselyn Group featuring John Sheehy at the piano, Steve Swanson on acoustic bass and Ed Pillion on drums did an hour of my original jazz tunes. A good time was had by all who attended the concert. We heard and performed some wonderful classical music and some funky, soulful modern jazz. We hope you can join us for the next show - or if you or your child would like to learn an instrument in a friendly, welcoming environment with qualified professionals give us a call today. Maybe you'll be IN the next show!


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September 2017 News n Notes

Family Fun day was a ton of fun!

Thanks to all the performers - Matt Fernicola, Colton Kayser, John Sheehy, Ross Bernstein and Ed Pillion - for their wonderful music and Magic! Thanks to Amanda for her Music Together demonstration class and to our face painter, masseuse and to Luigi's for the wonderful food!

Congratulations to Cheryl and Diana, the winners of our raffles, and thanks to everyone who came. We look forward to another great Family Day this Spring!


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February 2017 Newsletter

February 2017 News and Notes and What's Happening at our School this Month!

- We've had some really terrific success stories recently and I wanted to share them with you -

"My sons Thomas and Danny studied music at the School of Music and Drama in Little Silver for many years. They learned quite a bit about music and enjoyed their teachers very much. Now Danny has been accepted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, New York to study Aeronautical Engineering this Fall! He also will continue in the music program for guitar and string classes. Thanks to our friends at the School of Music and Drama for my sons great start in music."

- Luisa Alegria

One of our current students got the lead part of Ariel in her school's production of The Little Mermaid and she shared this with us - 

“I've received vocal lessons at the School of Music and Drama in Little Silver for three years and there’s no place I’d rather be. The environment is great and the teachers are awesome!”

- Sarah Pasquale

Congratulations to Danny and Sarah! 

Our students succeed and it may just be because our teachers care...

‚ÄčMatt, who teaches bass, guitar, piano and drums on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday broke his leg playing hockey last week. I didn't know about it until he showed up for his students last Monday. That's dedication!

- As always, March is Bring-a-Friend Month at our School. Every student who brings a friend will receive a $5 gift card to Hoffman's Ice Cream and the student who brings the most friends will get a $100 Best Buy gift certificate. Just please make sure we know who you brought to sit-in on your lesson!

- It's not too early to start thinking about Summer lessons, camps and classes. Visit our summer camp page to get some ideas to keep your child enriched over the warm summer months - Yes, beginner or intermediate level students should take summer lessons, even if they'll miss two or three. Advanced level students should take more lessons over the summer or add a second or third instrument!

- Our Drama classes are off to a great start on Saturdays. We have two classes running, a Drama 2 for kids 9 and up from 10:30 - 11:30 and a Drama 1 for kids 6 to 8 at 11:30 - 12:30. Each class has 5 to 6 students in it and we can take up to 12 students. If your child would like to sit in one week as a free "try-it" class just let us know! 

- I am offering a free master class "Music is Everywhere" on Saturday February 25th at 4pm. The class should be about an hour long and I will show all students who attend how to see music in everything. We will create an original piece of music on the spot! If your child is creative, is interested in writing music and/or has missed some time and would like to attend the class please just RSVP. Suggested age for this class is 7 and above. 
As always. committed to our students success, 
Studio Director Jim Josselyn
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

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Cool Dad Music Did A Story On Us

Jim Appio, AKA Cool Dad...

...and writer of the terrific local music scene blog "Cool Dad Music" did a really wonderful story on our school, and his connection to school director Jim Josselyn and faculty member Colton Kayser. It's a terrific profile on us and a quick, witty read. Click the image below to read the piece and to check out our friend Jim's great music blog. 


A great story about our school

Forget "brain games" - grab a guitar!

I just came across a fascinating article and I thought the main thrust of it was relevant here, so I'll summarize and share. The "brain-training" industry is an enormous and fast growing financial powerhouse. In October of 2014 a group of doctors warned of exaggerated and false claims of the effects of popular brain games on consumers. Earlier this year, Lumosity, one of the biggest players in the space, was fined 2 million dollars and ordered to give thousands of customers refunds.

The article goes on to show what the spooky looking music/brain graphic below does: Learning an instrument is an outstanding way to stay sharp. Many doctors are quoted in the article, and they are far more eloquent than I am, but here's the take away: if you're an adult and thinking you may be a little more forgetful than you used to be, or your losing a little of the ol' brain power you used to have, don't waste valuable time and money playing games on your phone. 

Grab a guitar and start making beautiful music. 


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