The Cherry Hill Academy Newsletter

Monthly - May 2018

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 Quote of the Month

“If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear?”     -  Stevie Nicks

It’s that time again! Time to show what you’ve learned all year long to family, friends and your fellow musicians! You couldn’t possibly be nervous, right?

Don’t worry, you’re in good company. Some of the most confident musicians like Luciano Pavarotti and Michael Jackson to Taylor Swift, have all admitted to having stage fright before the show.

Guitar legend Eddie Van Halen would not admit it for years, until he realized that it would help other musicians to know that it’s a perfectly natural thing to feel

Musicians as well as stage actors put so much effort in trying  not to be nervous, they wind up being exhausted and having more anxiety than ever before!

What’s the answer? Don’t fight it! Believe it or not, it’s good to have stage fright! That nervous energy can be converted into performance energy!

Even though it won’t completely disappear, here are some methods to reduce your anxiety. You already know the first one

1. Practice! The more you practice, the more confident you will be. Not only that, your hands will have muscle memory from practicing and “magically” know what to do!

2. Eating habits. Don’t be too hungry or too thirsty before a performance. Make sure you eat at least two hours before performing; you don’t want your stomach to be louder than your instrument!

3. You’re not alone. You have an audience of other musicians just like you! Everyone is nervous, and everyone is wishing you the very best.

4. Don’t Worry. “What if I make a mistake?”  First and foremost, don’t be hard on yourself. Every performer has made a mistake on stage and that’s okay! Have a sense of humor about it and keep going.

5. Relax.  Take a deep breath or two. It’s not a competition; each one of you has something to contribute to your audience. Your teachers couldn’t be more proud that you worked hard for them and yourself.

Remember, you have a whole month to practice. Picture yourself enjoying showing off all your hard work.
Look forward to the day and celebrating afterwards!

    Student Of The Month   
Ella Damico

People seem to get confused when you mention in-home lessons. “Doesn’t that get uncomfortable?” What people don’t realize is it only becomes uncomfortable if you or the family makes it uncomfortable.

This is where Ella Damico comes in. First off, this girl has one of the best ears in music. She can hear a song once and be able to play it right back to you, and she can also transpose any song at the top of a hat.

Besides her ear, her and her family are the kindest souls I have ever met. As I was leaving their house one day, I was asked if I could just follow the kids through college, because I “am basically family now.”

And that right there is the reason I do in-home lessons.So thank you, Ella, for making me part of your family.

 - Laura Carione, Piano Teacher

Congratulations Ella! Your framed Certificate of Achievement is on the way!

Interview with Ella Damico

What instruments do you play? Piano and clarinet.

How long have you been taking piano lessons? 6 ½ years.

Who are your favorite musical artists? David Bowie and Camila Cabello.

What are your other hobbies besides music? I love swimming, tennis, and cats.

Favorite food? Pork roll and raw cookie dough!

What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons the past 3 months? Being able to play newer songs.

Advice for other students? Don’t be afraid to ask for things you want!

Mark Your Calendars!
Piano & Guitar Recitals June 3rd, 2018

at the Cherry Hill Public Library!

Did you know that certain types of food are good for focus and memory?  The same foods are also good to help ease stress.

Broccoli, spinach, avocados and beets are probably among your favorites (cough, cough). Not quite? Okay, walnuts, salmon, blueberries, and celery may be more to your taste.

These brain foods are rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals which provide energy and benefit both your mind and body.

The best on the list is dark chocolate! It is full of flavonols, which have antioxidants. Dark chocolate can also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to both the brain and heart.

Success looks easy for music professionals, but if you ask what is just as important as practicing, it’s patience. Being patient isn’t an easy thing these days. The pressures are enormous for both adults and kids to do more things, faster, in a single day than ever before.

Of course you will get faster as your confidence grows, but you need to know you can take your time when learning your musical skills. Luckily for you learning an instrument can slow things down and develop patience you need to help balance things out in life too.

Patience is a skill that many people do not have and this will give you the advantage, like a superpower! How? Patient people think things through to avoid difficult situations that others tend to fall into. Patience also becomes a structure for kindness and compassion toward others.

Patience in creating a song also can be applied when listening to a song. Lyrics and individual instruments in a song should be clear and individually recognized. Songs that are put together too quickly, blending the instruments and electronic vocals may be fun for the moment, but they are most likely to be forgettable.

A good example of a well written song is to listen to a song from decades ago.  Take time out and listen to Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd below. Not only will you appreciate music more but be challenged to write your own songs.

Are there any other songs you can think of that stand the test of time? Ask your teacher or a family member what song instantly comes to mind for them. Then, try to think of a song of today that will stand the test of time.

Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd


If April Showers bring May Flowers…

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May Flowers

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