Recital Update: Pizza, Recital details, Contest Prizes & more

Sunday, October 27, 2019 by Trevor Eisenman | Uncategorized


Here is a brief summary of information regarding today's recital. Please read all points, I've kept it as simple and concise as possible. 

Time: 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Address: 4451 Dunsmore Ave

Location: Sanctuary (the bigger building)

Parking: Street parking only

Potluck: If you wish to contribute to a Big Mama's pizza order, bring cash for the Pizza Bucket. We will supply water, plates, etc.

Donation: Please bring a cash donation towards the use of the recital hall, 100% of the donation will go to the Acensia homeless shelter program.  

The overall event schedule is:

3:00 - 3:30 Sign in 

3:30 - 4:45 Performances

4:45 - 5:00 Costume Contest

5:00 - 6:00 Potluck

NOTE: There will be an event program that lists the performers by name, in alphabetical order, NOT performance order (as keepsake). Since some families have time constraints but I also don't know exactly when they will arrive, we are trying out a different way of organizing who performs and when. How exactly will be explained when you sign in and I'll mention during the recital.

Costume Contest: There will be a costume contest! Students are not required to wear a costume. Anyone may participate. 

Facebook Photo Contest: Every photo you take of the event and upload to our Facebook Page (@allinstrumentsallages) counts as an entry! 

Facebook Photo Contest Rules

  1. The prize is a gift card worth $130 (a month of free lessons).
  2. Photos must be uploaded to Facebook by November 5th to qualify.
  3. Please upload photos to the Halloween Recital photo album. The album is the newest post, so you should be able to find it pretty easily. TIP: Adding photos is probably going to be easier on a desktop than a mobile device.
  4. Any photos with 10+ Likes (any online interaction) by Nov 5th count as one additional entry
  5. Photos do not have to be of the performers only, but must be family friendly, obviously. We reserve the right to take down any inappropriate photos.
  6. Please be considerate of the fact that some families will prefer not to participate. Ask or only submit photos that include your own children, adults etc.
  7. The winner will be announced by Nov 10th.

That should cover it! See you later today!



♫ Trevor Eisenman
Managing Director
Fun Music School



Valentine's Day Recital Dates

Friday, January 18, 2019 by Trevor Eisenman | Uncategorized

Save the Date!

The next Fun Music School Recital will be on February 10th from 3pm to 6pm. The location will be the same as the Christmas Recital: Universalist Unitarian of the Verdugo Hills at 4451, Dunsmore Ave, in La Crescenta. 

As usual, a potluck follows, so please bring something to share. Valentine themed food would be great, but not required! We also ask that each family donate $5 - $10 cash to help cover the venue rental costs (to be collected on the day of the event).

This year each teacher will be writing an encouraging message to their students that attend (even if they don’t perform). The note will be placed inside a helium-filled balloon, with the student’s name on it. The kids get to pop the balloons after the performance to get the message. Should be great fun!

We had great feedback on this location, as it’s just the right size to accommodate our group with plenty of room to expand. If you’ve missed the last 2 recitals, here’s a photo of their sanctuary/performance hall.

The site also features a sizeable room for the potluck afterwards with 6 tables and a full kitchen. There is plenty of street parking nearby and it’s a central location for our group. 

I like this location as the stage provides a more authentic performance experience. At the same, time, it’s not so large as to be too imposing for our young masters.

Recitals are not only a chance for children to show off what they have learned. It’s a chance to inspire them in a variety of ways! Even if your child prefers not to perform, we encourage simple audience participation. We have had children spontaneously ask to perform, even if they weren’t totally ready to perform their piece. 

Benefits of attending recitals:

  • Goal setting and accomplishment 

Wish your children practiced more? Working towards a  performance date can be a powerful motivation! Setting goals and achieving goals of any size is also an important life skill. Is your child learning those skills at school? I don’t remember goal-setting being on the list of classes when I was a young man. I had to learn that from the school of hard knocks.

I suggest encouraging students to set a goal of at least being ready to perform a selected piece, even if they elect not to perform this time. If they are inspired to perform at the recital,  we will be happy to add them to the performers list.

  • Gaining performance experience

It’s common knowledge that many people fear public speaking more than death itself. Learning to perform music at a young age can help people overcome that fear. Imagine how building up their confidence will translate into successful job interviews, better leadership skills and learning that life goes on, even after you mess up on stage in front of others.

  • Inspiration by advanced performers

Ask any musician their inspiration to learn an instrument, and they will probably tell you it was watching another musician perform.

Sometimes our teachers perform, which can be inspiring, of course. But a child watching his or her peers perform can be just as inspiring and encouraging to take that leap.

  • Sense of Pride

Performing on a stage acknowledges a student’s accomplishments. I remember performing a Bach Brandenburg Concerto for 2 violas in high school. I had spent months practicing, and only performed it once. I lost my place halfway through, and by some miracle managed to jump back in. No one noticed except my teacher. I never forgot the experience and learned some important life lessons from that one event (practice a LOT, for one!).

  • Meet other young musicians

If your child’s school doesn’t have a music program, they may not have musical peers they can relate to for a sense of community. Recitals (and the potluck afterward) is an encouraging and friendly environment for our young musicians to meet and know they are part of a greater community.

  • Joy of sharing music with others

Most importantly, music is about sharing a gift with others in a unique way. Performing music can bring joy and balance to one’s life and the lives of others. Amateur, professional or otherwise. Of course, there can be great satisfaction in playing music without performing. Playing to create joy and happiness in others is an exponential experience, however, and it’s so much fun!

I hope your young musician and your family will attend one or more of our recitals this year. With music programs being dropped from many schools, private instruction and recitals are important to support and provide for our younger generations. Register online by visiting the calendar through your Parent Portal, or email me back and let me know your child will attend. If you know the piece(s) they wish to play, include it, and I'll add them to the list! 

Yours Truly in Music, 

Trevor Eisenman
Managing Director
Fun Music School

Musical Intelligence & College Success

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by Trevor Eisenman | Uncategorized

Cutting Music Programs vs. Getting into College

Most parents want their kids to have the best chance of succeeding in life. While there are many benefits to the study of music, there is an aspect of studying music early that directly relates to getting accepted into college. In an age where music programs are being cut from the public school curriculum, and the cost of further education mounts higher yearly, we hope to arm parents with knowledge that will help them not only get their children accepted into college, but succeed in getting through college and in life. 

Recently I met an expert who has helped student after student get into college, and I asked him to write an article on the advantages of a music education in terms of getting accepted into college. I hope you find his insight helpful! Without further introduction, here is Daniel Mehrabian of EduProsUSA: 

Daniel Mehrabian, College Admissions ExpertFor two decades I have had the privilege of guiding students in being accepted into the some of the highest-ranking universities in the world, including universities in the USA, China, Korea and Europe. Some of my US students have been accepted to Cal Tech, Stanford, Ivy League universities and the UC system.

In addition to success in academically rigorous classes and high standardized test scores, there’s another area which the universities are looking for when they evaluate suitable candidates, and that is what they have done outside of their school curriculum – their extracurricular accomplishments. In a recent discussion I had with admissions reps from Yale, Harvard and Princeton university It was once again stressed that they are looking for students who are accomplished in areas more than their grades and test scores. 

One extracurricular area that is highly prized by elite universities is music. Students who have been playing music since elementary school up to when they apply for college have a tendency not only to perform better than their peers academically but also are more prized by the colleges since they have taken their time to pursue and develop a life-long talent.

What are some of the advantages of developing your musical intelligence? Researchers at the University of British Columbia found that high school band students have higher achievement scores in English, math, and biology than students who are not in band classes. Scholars from the University of Kansas, evaluating the Music Makes Us program in Nashville, found graduation rates 20 percent higher for students with at least one year of music, and 30 percent higher for those with more than one year of music.  In addition, a longitudinal study from the University of Maryland found that for each additional year of arts education, students were 20 percent less likely to be suspended from school. Finally, A study by neuroscientists at the University of Toronto found that students who received “early extensive and continued music education showed greater fluency and competence in learning a second language when compared to non-music students.

As you can clearly see, the student’s who develop their musical intelligence early are correlated to better performance as they go through primary and secondary school which then translate into more successful matriculation rates into the more selective universities in the country. I have also found students with musical or art skills to be more confident overall in school than students who have not picked up and developed in the performing or visual arts.

About Daniel

Daniel is the founder of EduprosUSA, a Glendale based college consulting company that assists families and students to achieve their educational potential. The philosophy at EduprosUSA is that college admission starts early. As an educational mentor, EduprosUSA will give your family the support and information needed to reach your goals. Please learn more about EduprosUSA by visiting our website at www.eduprosusa.com. Also, like our Facebook page to get updates https://www.facebook.com/eduprosusa/ 

Daniel will be our guest speaker at the next Fun Music School Open House & Potluck, which will take place on August 24th from 6pm to 8pm. Come have some fun, food, listen to students and teachers perform and meet Daniel in person! No RSVP required. 

Trevor Eisenman
Managing Director

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