The Cherry Hill Academy Newsletter

Monthly - March 2018

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In This Issue

1. Music Quote of the Month
4. Is it just Luck or Hard Work?
3. Student of the Month: Dylan Barkhamer

4. New Students
5. Feature Story: Music & Football
6. Summer Recital
Irish Music
VIDEOS: Celtic Music / Riverdance
8. Composer John Williams
9. VIDEO:John Williams Interview
Refer a Friend
11.This Month's iTunes Gift Card Winner!

Quote of the Month

Any working composer or painter or sculptor will tell you that inspiration comes at the eighth hour of labor rather than as a bolt out of the blue.”
                                            - John Williams

Is it Luck or just Hard Work?

“Wow, I learned that so easily, I must be naturally gifted! I’m so lucky! I won’t have to put a lot of effort into practicing!”

Many students that have natural talent or learn quickly, think that if they learn too easily, they are somehow gifted and don’t have to put a lot of effort into the music lesson just taught.

Your teacher can tell you that even the most naturally gifted musicians have to practice and work hard. They can’t go on cruise control and magically play a song.

Think about someone you know that you admire. They may be really good at something besides music. Maybe your grandmother cooks really well. Ask her how she learned her skill and how long it took her to get as good as she is. Did she want to give up at some point?

Athletes will tell you that their natural abilities only go so far. Sports are known for their teams constantly practicing together. In addition, the individual is always at the gym working out and eating the right foods for strength and energy.

An orchestra or a band is always at practice sessions and the individual musicians are constantly looking for time to practice on their own.

Any skill that is worth having, takes work. Although technology has made things faster, there is a life lesson in slowing down to really learn and understand music. When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work at all!

The more you practice anything, music, art, sports , knitting, (did you just say knitting?) the better you will be at it. Don’t worry, you’ll forget the most difficult days and before you know it, you’ll be writing your very own songs!

We all wish we had a magic Leprechaun to give us instant music skills, but that would be cheating. The feeling of accomplishment you get from really trying hard and getting back to it even after you have failed, is definitely worth it, and all the gold at the end of the rainbow can’t match it!

        Student Of The Month       

Dylan Barkhamer

"I have been teaching Dylan for about two and a half years. What has always impressed me about him is his ability to stick with the ambitious goals he sets for himself. Even if something takes him several months to master, he will chip away at it week after week until he gets it.

He enjoys playing melodies more than strumming chords, and is always interested in learning music from the video games he likes to play. It has been a lot of fun to make guitar duets out of these songs, and Dylan has always prepared them well and rocked them in our end of year recitals."

Cale Hoeflicker, Dylan's Guitar Teacher

Congratulations, Dylan! Enjoy your beautifully framed
Student of the Month Certificate! 

Interview with Dylan Barkhamer

What instrument do you play? Guitar

How long have you been taking guitar lessons? Two and a half years.

Who are your favorite musical artists? 21 Pilots, Coldplay.

What are your other hobbies besides music? Fencing

Favorite food? Ramen!

What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons the past 3 months? The theme from Metal Crusher in the Undertale video game.

Advice for other students? Don't skip practice, especially if you're frustrated.

New Students

1. Charlie K.
2. Sarah V.


What Music and Football Have In Common!


The 2018 World Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles know better than anyone that you don’t give up! The Eagles had one goal in mind…winning the Superbowl!

To get there, they had to take it one workout at a time, one practice  at a time, one goal line at a time, and  one game at a time. If anyone knows about practicing and patience, it’s football players!

Ice Cream Sundaes!

What if your favorite  football player said, ”I’m good enough, I’m going to sit at home eating Ice Cream Sundaes instead of going to football practice!” His performance would not be all it could be, and the team could fail!

But…what if he made a short term goal? What if after an entire week of working hard his reward was a hot fudge sundae, how do you think his attitude towards practice would be? He would be thinking about that sundae to help him through!

Professional  athletes or musicians make it look so easy! But the truth is they make small goals to get to the bigger ones. Don’t have a goal? No problem! Your main goal can be the song you are going to play at the recital in June!  Just think of it as your own personal Superbowl!

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

at the Cherry Hill Public Library!

The most popular Irish music is called Celtic (pronounced Keltic). It is mostly applied to Ireland but also covers traditional music of the other Celtic countries such as  Scotland, Wales, Brittany (in France), Galicia (in Spain).

The instruments used for Celtic music include the Fiddle (violin), Flute, Tin Whistle, Uilleann Pipes, Harp, Accordion, Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar and more.

Ireland is also known for their Irish dancers.  You may have heard of  a theatrical show called the Riverdance. It consists mainly of traditional Irish music and dance.

My great  grandfather was a classical violinist in Ireland, my grandmother Eileen and her sisters Bridget and Kate danced the Irish Jig and sang all the Irish songs that went back for generations.

Traditional Irish songs have also become part of a yearly holiday, on March 17th - St. Patrick’s Day! You’ve probably heard popular songs like, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling “,”That's An Irish Lullaby”, “Danny Boy”, “I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover”,  and “My Wild Irish Rose”.

To share our traditions on that day , we invite everyone to wear green, sing songs and enjoy some corned beef and cabbage. We consider everyone an honorary Irish person on that day!

It’s always wonderful to experience your family history of music. What is your family background of music? How far back does your family have musicians? Ask your grandparents who else might have musical talent like you!
                                                                             - Suzanne Faux

John Williams

Does Mr. William’s  name seem familiar to you? The Olympic symbol should give you your first clue!

Last month every broadcast opening and every commercial break for the 2018 Winter Olympics played one of his FOUR Olympic themes!

He wrote his first Olympic theme music for the Summer Olympics in 1984.

He then composed three more original themes for the 1988, 1996 and 2002 Olympics!

If his name seems familiar to you besides the Olympic theme  music, you are correct. You will be surprised just how many musical pieces were composed by him.

John Williams also wrote the musical scores for the Star Wars series, the Indiana Jones series, Harry Potter films, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman: The Movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Home Alone films, Jurassic Park films, Schindler's List and more!

His music is truly inspirational. The more you learn about John Williams and how an orchestra works, the more you will be inspired to write your own music!

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This Month's Winner!

This month's winner of our "Did You Read Your Newsletter" Contest is Julia Tourtellotte!

Congratulations, Julia. You have won a $25 iTunes Gift Card!

Of course the only way to know if you've won is to be reading your monthly newsletter....but don't worry, you have 90 days to call us to collect your prize - and since we'll be listing your name again in the next 2 issues of The Cherry Hill Academy Newsletter, you have two more chances to collect your prize!

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