Summer 2014 Camp “Counselor” Showcase

cropped-l-2.jpgHey, folks! We here at PCSoM got to thinking, “You know? We have been putting our fliers and social media info on our summer camps, but in the end, though we know how awesome they are, people might want to see the camp instructors in action.” BUT HOW? Well, as part of their time with our school, Summer 2014′s camp instructors have participated in faculty concerts, not to mention the various symphonies they perform with & and private performances they put in for social settings/weddings/corporate events, etc. So, for your viewing pleasure, as well as some insight into those that will serve as camp instructors, here are some performance highlights! Remember, check out our website for more camp offering information as new openings and offerings are always coming in (http://parkcitiesschoolofmusic.com/events-info/summer-camp), and don’t hesitate in touching base with us (contact info can be found in our ‘ABOUT’ page off this blog’s homepage). Have a great Wednesday!

Sarah Bellows

Myriam Clermont

Eva Brandys

Moe Ramos

 

 

SUMMER 2014 MUSIC CAMPS ARE IN FULL EFFECT!!!

The summer season is upon us, and as such, we here at PCSoM are in full-swing with getting set for Summer 2014 Music Camps!!! (you need the extra exclamation points for coolness, right?)

We are offering summer music camps from the start of June through nearly the end of August, which is an unreal amount of camps when you realize we still are continuing our group classes AND our school/in-home private lessons. We are everywhere this summer, and while we had previously put together an offering of summer camps a few weeks ago, we have been bombarded by our families for more openings. Ask and you shall receive! PCSoM always does its best to acclimate to the schedules of our multiple families. When you work with over THREE HUNDRED students, that’s A LOT of families! So, here is the listing of camps for SUMMER 2014, with a description of the camp, a listing of the instructor(s), and the information everyone’s really looking for, pricing and dates. As always, you can contact our school for more information, but we also invite you to check out our website for email contact info for our teachers (Teacher Email Link: http://parkcitiesschoolofmusic.com/teachers-emails). Since we list the instructor with the camp description, you can reach out directly to the teacher if you have any questions. How cool is that?

PCSoM SUMMER 2014 CAMP SCHEDULE
June 2-6 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Little Mozart Camp
June 2-6 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Sing Like a Star Camp (7-13 years old)
June 9-13 9:00 AM -11:30 AM Music and Art Camp
June 9-13 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Beginner Guitar Camp
June 16-20 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Sing Like a Star Camp
June 16-20 1:00 PM -4:00 PM Princess Camp
June 23-27 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Princess Camp
June 23-27 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM String Ensemble Camp
June 23-27 1:00 PM -3:00 PM Little Mozart Camp
July 7-11 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Sing Like a Star Camp
July 7-11 1:00 PM -4:00 PM Princess Camp
July 14-18 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Princess Camp
July 14-18 1:00 PM -4:00 PM Sing Like a Star Camp (7-13 years old)
July 21-25 9:00 AM -11:30 AM Music and Art Camp
July 21-25 1:00 PM -3:00 PM Little Mozart Camp
July 28- Aug 1 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Little Mozart Camp
July 28- Aug 1 1:00 PM -4:00 PM Sing Like a Star Camp (7-13 years old)
August 4-8 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Little Mozart Camp
August 4-8 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM String Ensemble Camp
August 11-15 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Princess Camp
August 18-22 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Little Mozart Camp
DISCOUNTS FOR ALL CAMPS: 5% OFF family, 15% OFF referral; applies to PCSoM and new families

CAMP DESCRIPTIONS
Music and Art Camp: Join us for a week of fun with music & art! This camp explores the sounds of (4) types  of music: Jazz, Classical, Rock, & Orchestra. We’ll be painting, coloring, sketching, & crafting to compliment these styles of music. Camp limited to (8) students per class & includes snack and refreshments.
Instructor: Sarah Bellows
Price: (2.5 hrs.) $300
Age: 4-5 years old

 
Little Mozart Camp:  This camp gives children the opportunity to have fun with music, with emphasis on piano. Students will be introduced to variety of instruments, eurhythmics and basic music theory. Camp is limited to (6) students per class and includes snack & refreshments.
Instructors: Sarah Bellows, Eva Brandys
Price: (3hrs) $380
Age: 2-3 or 4-5 years old

 
Sing Like a Star Camp: If your child loves to sing, this camp is perfect! Inspired by folk music, popular music from children’s movies & famous songs, this class focuses on song, movement, games, & singing techniques. Last day includes performance for friends & family. Camp limited to (8) students per class and includes snack & refreshments.
Instructor: Sarah Bellows (ages 4-6 years old)
Instructor: Eva Brandys (ages 7-13 years old)
Price: (3hrs) $380

 
Princess Camp: Camp includes learning Disney songs, playing princess games & learning about music. Last day includes dress-up performance by all the princesses for audience of friends & family. Camp limited to (8) students and includes snack & refreshments.
Instructors: Sarah Bellows, Eva Brandys
Price: (3hrs) $380
Age: 4-6 years old

 
Beginner Guitar Camp: Students learn basic chords, rhythm, & basic knowledge of guitar. Students will learn how to work w/others and at end of week, students will have a group performance for friends & family. Camp limited to (5) students and will include snack & refreshment. Requirement: Students must have their own guitar
Instructor: Moe Ramos
Price: (2hrs) $300
Age: 10-12, boys & girls

 
String Ensemble Camp: String instruments will work together to create amazing music! Includes instrument work & emphasis on (3) major topics: rhythm, intonation, & communication. Campers will improve as individual players AND they get to work w/other musicians! “Mini” performances all week lead up to Ensemble Concert for friends & family! Camp limited to (8) students and includes snack & refreshments. Requirement(s): Able to sight-read easy melody on violin, viola or cello; students must have their own instruments
Instructor: Myriam Clermont
Ages: 8-14 (Younger participants may be admitted if the above requirement is met)
Cost: $300.00

2nd Annual Faculty Concert Performances Are In!!!

Hello, everyone!!! It has been one busy time here at Park Cities School of Music (PCSoM)! We’ve got an event with the UPPA, finalizing details for Spring recitals in May is in full swing, and how could we not mention the BIG push for summer camp information/registration/placement?!? AND…we’ve even added MORE faculty members just to keep up with general enrollment numbers. WHOA! Still, we wouldn’t have it any other way!

We don’t have a lot to say on this post only because we wanted the video content to speak for itself. On Sunday, February 23, PCSoM had its 2nd Annual Faculty Concert. Faculty participants spent many weeks preparing for the show, and the results were astounding! Each faculty member did a great job, and the response from our family & friends, plus the community of the Park Cities, was very humbling. Some of you were not able to make for it for one reason or another, but we still wanted you to be a part of the magic. Please enjoy these performances!

Dr. Elzbieta Brandys & PCSoM Director Eva Brandys

Emmeline Miles

Lainey Bernstein

Emmeline Miles

Genny Chang

Moe Ramos II

Lainey Bernstein

Miyoun Jang

Grace Lee

Moe Ramos II

Summer Music Camps Are Here at PCSoM!!!

Hey, followers and visitors! It has been a bit too long since PCSoM was on the WordPress side of things, so please accept our apologies for not getting a bit more content on our blog! Nonetheless, if there were ever a reason for jumping back on the bloggin’ bandwagon, it would be for the announcement of our summer music camps! When PCSoM started in Fall 2011, we knew that we wanted to provide top-notch music lessons, but we knew we needed to do more to get everyone to take notice. Well, the decision was an easy one in that we thought it would be best to start having week-long camps ALL year round. Whether it was during winter breaks or Spring Break, we wanted to provide as mnay musical opportunities for “campers” of all ages. As such, Summer 2014′s list of camps has plenty for everyone.

Check out our camp offering on the school’s website for camp offerings (it’s updating as more camps become available!), and above all else, touch base with the school for more information. For those of you who are already students at PCSoM & even work with the camp instructors shown, you can always touch base directly with them. Our teacher email contact page can be used to send a quick note or question to the camp instructors as well (link: http://parkcitiesschoolofmusic.com/teachers-emails).

PCSoM is SUPER excited to bring you the best music camp experience out there, and we can’t wait for the fun to begin! See you there!

PCSoM January/February 2014 Newsletter

PCSoM Faculty Prepares for 2nd Annual Faculty Concert 02-23-14

imageWe cordially invite you to the 2nd Annual Park Cities School of Music Faculty Concert on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 3-4pm. PCSoM faculty will come together to delight you with an array of classical and modern interpretations of some of music’s best works. This will be a ticketed event as PCSoM is raising money to complete our school’s piano lab, a project that began during Phase 2 of our school’s construction. Group piano classes/lessons are regularly requested, and as such, we felt it necessary to move forward in the full realization of the lab at our school. Here is the important info on the event:

 
 
Park Cities School of Music
2nd Annual Faculty Concert
WHERE: Preston Road Church of Christ
6409 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75205
WHEN: Sunday, February 23, 2014
TIME: 3-4pm
 

TICKETS: Adults $10.00/Children $5.00; tickets may be purchased at our school. For ticket information, please contact Moe Ramos at 972-890-3742. For general information, please contact Eva Brandys at 214-929-1072. Thank you for your continued support as it has served as the foundation of our school’s success.

PCSoM Introduces Two New Faculty Members

NICK EARL – GUITAR

imageA few months ago, Nick Earl found himself on an airplane for the very first time. This flight was a modest 18-hour voyage to South Korea to play at the Ansan Valley Rock Fest with The Polyphonic Spree. Until this point, Nick considered himself a fairly well-travelled person, having toured the U.S. with The Travoltas (fronted by Dallas favorite, Salim Nourallah) & opening for The Old 97’s. It seemed that like the vans he’d made home on U.S. Highways, the flight to South Korea was just the beginning. The next several months were spent traveling to places like Belgium, Melbourne, and London, playing shows and music festivals and sharing stages with pop’s latest and rock’s greatest.

Just a decade prior, Nick was studying architecture at LSU when his guitar proved victorious in an epic battle with his drafting table. Nick headed to Denton to begin his musical endeavors at the prestigious University of North Texas School of Music. Well-versed in jazz and composition, Nick left Denton with the happy satisfaction that playing guitar would now be his job.

Now working professionally, Nick has expanded his versatility, often called on for his aptitude as the guy who can make his guitar sound like anything but a guitar. He plays with a number of local musicians, including but not limited to, The Polyphonic Spree, Salim Nourallah, Paul Slavens, Hatch, Gabrielle LaPlante and his own, Nick Earl Trio. He was recently asked by the director of the established, and local favorite, Contemporary Ballet Dallas to compose a modern version of Stravinksy’s cherished ballet, The Firebird, to be performed by the company next season.

As a teacher, he believes there a few things more important than simply learning to play what you want. Getting a student interested in music and teaching them things they can get excited about is his best method for maintaining and developing young musicians. Nick is thrilled to now be a part of the PCSOM team and looks forward to building his small army of guitar heroes here at our school.

GRACE CHUNG – PIANO

imageGrace Chung received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at SMU in 2012. During her years at SMU, she studied and performed at the Vienna International Piano Academy in 2009. She was recognized as an outstanding member in Piano Performance through the Division of Music Honors Convocation and received the Can Katwijik Award in 2012. Although she majored in Classical piano, Grace always had a interest in wide range of music. She is a former member of the Meadows Jazz Band as a second drummer and performed several chamber recitals with other instruments. Currently, she plans to continue her education in Media & Film Music.

Grace had her first recital in public at age 10, and by 12, she began to serve as an accompanist at the Korean United Methodist Church in Waco. Since 2013, she has also served an accompanist for the Texas Rotary Chorus. Over her years of study, her passion as a solo pianist grew, and she received awards at the TMTA State Competition, as well as the Guild Auditions.

Grace began her teaching career with the SMU Preparatory Department. Since then, she has taught students from 3 to 60 years of age. One of her main goals as a teacher is to help her students to build motivation to do their best and develop a sense of music appreciation. Her passion is in inspiring her students to build abilities in endurance, sensitivity, and creativity. She is dedicated to guide her students to find the joy of learning, and playing, music. Grace also maintains membership with both TMTA and DMTA.

PCSoM Students Shine Bright at DMTA Jazz/Pop Festival Competition

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On Saturday, February 8, 2014, PCSoM students participated in the annual DMTA Jazz/Pop Festival Competition, boy, did they ROCK it!!! All student participants from our school came away with SUPERIOR ratings (blue ribbons everywhere, my friend), and we couldn’t be happier! PCSoM is proud of everyone that participated, and we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg!

PCSoM Rocks the Texas Legends Sat., Jan 25, 2014 in Frisco, TX!!!

imageOn Sat., Jan. 25, PCSoM was honored to perform “God Bless America” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the Texas Legends home game. In a near capacity arena, our kids stood proudly and…BLEW THE DOORS OFF THE PLACE!!! Words can’t describe the scene, or the appluase that followed! Check out the videos graciously filmed by the Texas Legends from the event. We are so proud of our students!

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HyIoXVZmz1Q&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DHyIoXVZmz1Q

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h28_fTuD4sI&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dh28_fTuD4sI

For pictures of the event, including the behind-the-scenes prep work at Dr. Pepper Arena, check out our Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/app/basic/+ParkCitiesSchoolofMusic

PCSoM Welcomes Instructor Grace Chung

imageGrace Chung received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at SMU in 2012. During her years at SMU, she studied and performed at the Vienna International Piano Academy in 2009. She was recognized as an outstanding member in Piano Performance through the Division of Music Honors Convocation and received the Can Katwijik Award in 2012. Although she majored in Classical piano, Grace always had a interest in wide range of music. She is a former member of the Meadows Jazz Band as a second drummer and performed several chamber recitals with other instruments. Currently, she plans to continue her education in Media & Film Music.

Grace had her first recital in public at age 10, and by 12, she began to serve as an accompanist at the Korean United Methodist Church in Waco. Since 2013, she has also served an accompanist for the Texas Rotary Chorus. Over her years of study, her passion as a solo pianist grew, and she received awards at the TMTA State Competition, as well as the Guild Auditions.

Grace began her teaching career with the SMU Preparatory Department. Since then, she has taught students from 3 to 60 years of age. One of her main goals as a teacher is to help her students to build motivation to do their best and develop a sense of music appreciation. Her passion is in inspiring her students to build abilities in endurance, sensitivity, and creativity. She is dedicated to guide her students to find the joy of learning, and playing, music. Grace also maintains membership with both TMTA and DMTA.

PCSoM Welcomes Instructor Nick Earl

imageA few months ago, Nick Earl found himself on an airplane for the very first time. This flight was a modest 18-hour voyage to South Korea to play at the Ansan Valley Rock Fest with The Polyphonic Spree. Until this point, Nick considered himself a fairly well-travelled person, having toured the U.S. with The Travoltas (fronted by Dallas favorite, Salim Nourallah) & opening for The Old 97’s. It seemed that like the vans he’d made home on U.S. Highways, the flight to South Korea was just the beginning. The next several months were spent traveling to places like Belgium, Melbourne, and London, playing shows and music festivals and sharing stages with pop’s latest and rock’s greatest.

Just a decade prior, Nick was studying architecture at LSU when his guitar proved victorious in an epic battle with his drafting table. Nick headed to Denton to begin his musical endeavors at the prestigious University of North Texas School of Music. Well-versed in jazz and composition, Nick left Denton with the happy satisfaction that playing guitar would now be his job.

Now working professionally, Nick has expanded his versatility, often called on for his aptitude as the guy who can make his guitar sound like anything but a guitar. He plays with a number of local musicians, including but not limited to, The Polyphonic Spree, Salim Nourallah, Paul Slavens, Hatch, Gabrielle LaPlante and his own, Nick Earl Trio. He was recently asked by the director of the established, and local favorite, Contemporary Ballet Dallas to compose a modern version of Stravinksy’s cherished ballet, The Firebird, to be performed by the company next season.

As a teacher, he believes there a few things more important than simply learning to play what you want. Getting a student interested in music and teaching them things they can get excited about is his best method for maintaining and developing young musicians. Nick is thrilled to now be a part of the PCSOM team and looks forward to building his small army of guitar heroes here at our school.

PCSoM Faculty Concert Feb. 23, 2014

Family and Friends of Park Cities School of Music (PCSoM):

imageWe cordially invite you to the 2nd Annual Park Cities School of Music Faculty Concert on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 3-4pm. PCSoM faculty will come together to delight you with a veritable array of classical and modern interpretations of some of music’s best works. The event will be a ticketed event as PCSoM will be raising money to complete our school’s piano lab. The piano lab is a project that we began during Phase 2 of our school’s instruction, and as we’ve grown as a school, we’ve realized group piano classes/lessons are one of the most requested offerings from parents & the community alike. As such, we felt it necessary to move forward in the full realization of the lab at our school. Here is the important info on the event:

Park Cities School of Music
2nd Annual Faculty Concert
WHERE: Preston Road Church of Christ
6409 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75205
WHEN: Sunday, February 23, 2014
TIME: 3-4pm
TICKETS: Adults $10.00/Children $5.00

Tickets may be purchased at our school. For ticket information, please contact Moe Ramos at 972-890-3742. For general information, please contact Eva Brandys at 214-929-1072. Thank you, as always, for your continued support as it has served as the foundation of our school’s success.

Where did the year go?

Here at PCSoM, we reflect a lot. We wonder if our Welcome Packets (located in each lesson room) are detailed enough for our families to be sufficiently informed about us (many revisions later, it STILL isn’t perfect :D). We arrange our furniture in certain ways to allow for greater comfort to our waiting families. Is the water cooler in the best place? Are the baseboards clean enough? Do we need better batteries in the metronomes in the practice rooms?

Granted, these seem more like inane, procedural matters, but there is something to be said about looking back on what we’ve done & wondering how it could have been, dare we say, better?!?

This is the mistake we often make. We assume that what we did in our past needs to be classified as a good, bad, dumb, smart, etc. But why? Certainly, we are still, in essence, the same person we were just a few days/weeks/months ago. Would we consider December ‘me’ to be dumber/smarter/etc. than September ‘me’? Not necessarily. So, why then does the end of one year and the start of a new year conjure up a need to critically assess the person we ‘were’ and the person we want to ‘become’?

Perhaps we are just running in circles with a logical fallacy, and therein lies the truly interesting part of an approaching new year. We, as intelligent beings, understand that we want to be better people, and if we’ve seen the previous year as a blight on our timeline (thanks, Facebook, for making this sound cheesy), we want to make the new year that much more meaningful. Well, why not carry this sentiment year-round? PCSoM’s students & families are all involved in the lesson process. Each member of the family has their pivotal role in making music lessons work, and as we approach the end of 2013, we here at PCSoM hope that our students are taking the time to see 2014 as a great chance to be a better music student. Moreover, we hope that this new sentiment isn’t just part of a revelry-induced plan “…to make things different this year.” Music lessons are a major commitment with ups and downs, but it is those ups and downs that make the transformation into musician so much more significant. Allow the spirit of wanting become better and improve be a part of who you are 365.25 days a year, not just on Dec. 31.

Happy New Year to everyone in the Park Cities School of Music family.

Think About Your Child’s Music Teacher

This picture may not mean much to any of you except that you can clearly see Bart Simpson from the long-running animated series, The Simpsons. But, there’s something slightly off about him; he’s sad?!? Marcia Wallace, the actress behind the character Mrs. Krabappel, passed away October 25, 2013. It was seen as one of the sadder departures the animated series has had in it’s long run, but what truly stands out is that Mrs. K was not real. A general search engine query shows thousands upon thousands of people pouring their hearts out for Marcia Wallace, but many of these sincere, and often sad, condolences were for Mrs. K. Why on Earth would so many people, individuals we assume have perfectly intelligent and sound human beings, show sadness for a cartoon character? Well, because she felt real. Mrs. K. exuded honesty and humility, cantankerousness and spite, wit and humor. She embodied what you believed your teachers were like when they entered the teacher’s lounge. She smoked, drank, was a bit loose with her morals, but in the end, she had a big heart and just wanted to be loved.

In the world of long-running sitcoms, it’s perfectly normal for nothing to change from year to year except for hair styles and relationships, and the same lack of change can sort of be said for The Simpsons. But, if you step back for a second and think about it, Mrs. K. taught 4th grade (over the course of the series) for nearly 25 years. That’s not easy. Teaching isn’t easy. It may seem inane for us to use a fictional character in an animated series as a springboard for an important discussion, but think about the last quarter century of your own life. How much of an impact did a teacher have on you? Maybe they gave you strength of conviction to do great things. Maybe they doubted you and made you want to prove them wrong. Maybe they inspired you to tap into your potential in a way no one ever did, or has since.

Here at Park Cities School of Music, our teachers are more than just teachers. We’re performers and we’re students. We work on perfecting our craft, all the while knowing it will NEVER be perfect. Our concentration is one instrument (for the most part), yet we are asked to be music teachers, not just piano/guitar/drum/etc. teachers. We establish the building blocks of the gibberish that is little dots and lines and make it come to life for you/your son/your daughter. Week after week, our teachers work with students in-studio and at students’ homes to help make music education a part of the lives of the surrounding community, yet the work does not stop at the end of the lesson. The staff plans for each student, crafting lessons that will bring out something more than just enough. Family time is sacrificed to help meet the demands of another family’s schedule. Our own practice/recording/performing schedules can often be pushed aside by needing to work just one more student in for lessons. No matter how tough it all seems, our teachers, as do all teachers, make it happen with a smile.

So, as you read through this, understand why there can be frustration when we hear that a student COULDN’T practice. Understand why it’s tough to ask about the week’s work between lessons & be told a fantastic recollection of the week by a student when a quick look at their method book shows that nothing actually took place. Step back and take into consideration the notion that on multiple occasions a week, our teachers hear that football/basketball/tennis/drawing/camping/cheer/sleepovers/cartoons/video games/(insert other extracurricular activity here) took precedent over music lessons. It’s tough to hear that the work we do as music teachers falls fairly low in priority when the work we put into our lessons IS our priority.

In closing, let’s look back at Mrs. K. Her character made an impact because she felt palpable, tactile, REAL. She cried when she was frustrated with work, she was short when her last nerve was all but eviscerated, and she took pride when a student did well (in her own way). Teachers are human. We fail, succeed, and feel real feelings (no foolin’). But more than that, we strive to make the lives of perfect strangers better because we feel the need to do some extraordinary good. So, pretty please with sugar on top, think about your child’s music teacher, and think about the work they put in to make a half-hour (just 30 minutes) a week (over the course of seven days) seem like the most important thing in the world.