Summer Package Special - Register by Aug 15th!
Saturday, August 3, 2019 by Trevor Eisenman | Package Specials
The Fall semester is fast approaching! 4 month package is a limited special deal, and only apply to new students. Click the button above to find the full information and register your child today. Lessons do not have to start immediately.
Fun Music School Awards Recital 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019 by Trevor Eisenman | Performances
Fun Music School Awards Recital 2019
The time has arrived for the Annual Fun Music Awards Recital! This recital is geared to acknowledge all the hard work students have put in over the past year. Each participating student gets a medal and a certificate. Teachers also award students trophies in different categories, at their discretion. We hope that any students who don’t get a trophy from their teacher will be inspired to work harder in the coming year!
The recital is open to ALL who wish to come, even if they are not performing. Friends & family are encouraged to attend and support their young performer. We have found that students who would rather not perform at recitals may change their minds when they see their peers perform on stage and live to tell the tale. :)
Please read this entire post as all the registration details and event info you need are detailed below.
Date: June 2nd (Sunday)
Place: Universalist Unitarian of Verdugo
Address: 4451 Dunsmore Ave, La Crescenta, CA 91214
(1 block South of Foothill Blvd)
Parking: Street Only
Recital fee: $40
If the number of signups are enough, we may break up the recital into two shows, as has been done in past years. Please register ASAP (instructions below) so we will know how many performers are attending.
Since there are 3 small lesson rooms adjacent to the main performance hall available, students may come early to practice their pieces between 1:30pm - 3pm.
- First come first serve!
- One practice room has a piano in it.
- Non-piano students should use the other two rooms available.
- The rooms will be labeled and have signup sheets on clipboards.
- Practice sessions should be limited to 20 minutes if anyone else is waiting.
Registration Process: 2 Quick Steps
- Register via the online calendar.
For those parents who have already taken advantage of our online Parent Portal, registration is super easy:
- Login via www.funmusic4u.com
- Access the calendar and scroll over to June 2nd, 2019.
- The event calendar item will be listed with a Registration button.
- Click to register.
If you don’t currently have access, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send an email with the information on how to set up access to your account.
Alternately, ask your teacher to register your child(ren) via the calendar. But keep in mind that since they are often on the road or focused on the next lesson, they may forget to do it right away!
2. Submit Recital Program Info.
Click the link below so we have all the data we need for the Recital Program, spelling of name for trophies, etc.:
CLICK HERE:Recital Performer Information Form
Please fill out form for EACH performer.
Fun Music has always made it a point to keep tuition fees affordable, and we will continue to do so. Rising costs have caused us to consider other ways to increase revenues (other than tuition). One way to increase revenue is to raise fees on one-time events like the Awards Recital.
Another avenue we are pursuing is an aggressive co-operative marketing campaign in the Crescenta Valley and surrounding areas. This means that in the near future, Fun Music School will be promoting to a minimum of 10,000 families per month and showcasing local compatible brands as sponsors of music education. The additional advertising revenue will help support the school’s expansion plans, increase the availability of music education for local children all while allowing us to keep your tuition low.
If you would like more information about this campaign, please contact me via email at email@example.com with the word SPONSORSHIPS in the subject line. Sponsorships are subject to limitations & qualifications.
Dress Code & Post Event Photo Op
Performers should be nicely dressed (semi-formal at least) as a rule. We will have a fun photo “booth” available during the post-event potluck for families to take photos with their teachers, family and so on. So I highly recommend everyone dress nicely so the photos look extra fantastic.
As usual we will have a potluck after the performance. Since the event is ending near dinner time, we can make it more of a dinner potluck (protein and veggies as opposed to mostly sweets). If I can pull it off, I’ll get some local restaurants or businesses to sponsor some catered food so it’s extra special. I’m open to suggestions! Please email me if you have a contact or restaurant that might be interested in participating.
Contest & Teacher Performance
There will be a contest for performers in various categories (Best Performance, etc.). It takes about 20 minutes to tally up the results, so this year we are going to have a group teacher performance while we figure out the winners! The real intention is to inspire the students, of course. If at all possible, please organize to stick around for the whole event so we can maximize the effect for both students and all performers.
I think that should cover it, but if you have any questions, please let me know. Rather than send a bunch of emails, I’ve tried to include all pertinent information in one email. I look forward to seeing you at the recital!
♫ Trevor Eisenman
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.
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,
Fun Music School