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Take it to the Top Talent Competition

posted by Robert Jontz   [ updated ]

Take It To The Top Talent Competition
presented by Music N More & Galaxy Orlando Records

Entry fee: $35
Deadline to enter: May 31, 2016
Results will be announced on June 15, 2016

To get started pay the entry fee here

Take It To The Top Vocal Competition:

Category 1: Ages 12 yrs to 15 yrs
Category 2: Ages 16 yrs to 22 yrs

Rules:
  • Sing acappella
  • Your favorite song of any genre
  • No more than 4 minutes
  • Make a video of your favorite performance on any digital device you have in your home
  • No professional recordings please
  • No auto tune. 
Submit your video via Youtube.com (How to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVFYOq89spw) and send the link to TakeItToTheTop@musicnmoreorlando.com

All participants will receive a critique and an official Take It To The Top Medallion.

The First place winner will receive: one fully produced exclusive single of an original song, Published and distributed through Galaxy Orlando Records. The Second place winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate for sheet music from Music N More. Winners will be invited to perform in the Take It To The Top Talent Showcase, June 26, Sunday @ 5 pm. Location: Steinway Piano Galleries, 520 FL-436 #1140, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Take It To The Top Piano Competition:

Students who received a Superior rating in the Piano Solo Event levels Elementary 3 through Musically Advanced Class 2, Piano Hymn Event, Piano American Patriotic Folk Song Event, and Piano Concerto Event levels Junior 1-A through Senior Concerto at the Lake Central Federation of Music Clubs Festival in February, 2016 are invited to submit a video of your required piece on any digital device you have in your home. No professional recordings please. Submit your video via Youtube.com (how to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVFYOq89spw) and send the link to TakeItToTheTop@musicnmoreorlando.com.

All participants will receive a critique and an official Take It To The Top Medallion. First, Second and Third place trophies will be awarded according to entries received in each category. The winners will be invited to perform in the Take It To The Top Talent Showcase. June 26, Sunday @ 5pm Location: Steinway Piano Galleries, 520 FL-436 #1140, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

April News

posted Apr 19, 2016, 6:26 AM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 6:26 AM ]

 Sign Up for Summer Camp!
by Nancy Jontz, NCTM on April, 2016
Summer Musical Day Camp!
We are excited to offer an all day, 5 week, Summer Musical Day Camp this year! 
Students ages 6 years old through 14 years old will bring their sack lunch/snacks and meet starting June 15th, from 8 am to 4 pm, M-F; enjoying 5 weeks of getting ready to perform the Musical. On July 23rd, they will give 2 performances of the Musical to show off what they have learned about music/instruments, art/stage design, choreography, drama, singing, etc.
Location: Our fun, experienced, staff will teach the students each day  in the comfortable, large Youth Building at Iglesia Pabellon De La Victoria just up the street from Music N More at 12355 South John Young Parkway, Orlando 32837
Sign up on line, in the store, or email: Music@MusicNMoreOrlando.com or call.
Phone: 407-802-4621.
 Register now! We have reserved spots for Music N More students until April 20th. The reserved spots will be open to people responding from community ads after that date.
Weekly payments: $50 enrollment fee, $130 per week ($180 due at registration then $130 per week)
or
In Full in advance: $650 (no enrollment fee)
Performance Opportunities and Exams
Music Development Program:
Registration for August Exams will open later in the spring and close on May 17, 2016. Theory will be Aug. Assessments in Theory (Academic) and Practical (Performance) will be at Music N More Ask your teacher if your are ready. Register and pay online at www.musicdevelopmentprogram.org The Academic written tests for May will be held on May 13-14 at Music N More; The Practical (performance) will be held at the University of Central Florida Performing Arts Building on June 4,5, and 6. This is for all instruments and voice students.




Monthly Recitals:
Students are invited to participate in the free monthly recitals for the residents at the local retirement home. The next one is at 6:45 pm, Friday, May 13th. Costume Party! Dress like the theme or time period of your piece or favorite Musical Character. Ask your teacher if you are ready and let Ms. Nancy know what you are going to play. music@musicnmoreorlando.com or Sign up online at the EVENT tab at www.MusicNMoreOrlando.com
High school students earn volunteer service hours for this event. This is a smaller venue that would be great for the young beginners to try out their first performance.


Guild Auditions: We are hosting the Piano Guild Auditions here at Music N More on Sunday, June 19-20. Sign ups are due by April 19, times are assigned closer to the event.

Music N More Student Recital: Sunday, June 5 at the University of Central Florida Rehearsal Hall Stage. The theme is: "Musical Masquerade".
Come enjoy our costume party. Everyone is invited to come dressed as your favorite character from a musical. Performers are dressing in costumes to go along with their pieces or favorite character from a musical.
Students sign up now: Performance times are- 1:30 pm/ 3:00 pm/ 4:30 pm
Sign Up: Online at www.musicnmoreorlando.com
Or Email: music@musicnmoreorlando.com
Celebrating Student Success!
Several of the students have earned their Festival cups from the National Federation of Music Clubs. The cups should be here in time for the June 5th recital. Congrats!
 
It's easier than ever to book with us through our free mobile app.

You can view our schedule, see what works for you, and plan your next visit in just a few taps. Just log in to the app, and you'll find us listed as one of your Favorites. You can also look at your account while you're there.

Simple and stress-free.

Download the free app by searching your app store for Music N More.

See you soon!

March Announcements

posted Mar 30, 2016, 12:27 PM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 12:28 PM ]

by Nancy Jontz, NCTM on March, 2016

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival in February! Our Keys to Success Junior Music Club earned lots of high marks! 136 Students: 106 Gold, 25 Silver, 5 Bronze ratings. Great Job! The important part was the comments from the judges giving you suggestions on how to improve your technique. 15 students will receive their Festival Cup Trophies from participating each year and earning 15 points over a 3 to 4 year period. Students receive a certificate each year.


Referral Contest:

Nathan Lee won for January
Shrihan Vankadari won for February
Congratulations!
Refer a friend and if they sign up for a month of lessons before March 31, you will be entered in the drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Cinemark Movie Theater.


Performance Opportunities and Exams


Music Development Program:

Registration for August Exams will open later in the spring and close on May 17, 2016. Theory will be Aug. Assessments in Theory (Academic) and Practical (Performance). Ask your teacher if your are ready. Register and pay online at www.musicdevelopmentprogram.org The Academic written tests for May will be held on May 13-14 at Music N More; The Practical (performance) will be held at the University of Central Florida Performing Arts Building on June 4,5, and 6.





Monthly Recitals: Students are invited to participate in the free monthly recitals for the residents at the local retirement home. The next one is at 6:45 pm, Friday, April 8. Ask your teacher if you are ready and let Ms. Nancy know what you are going to play. music@musicnmoreorlando.com. High school students earn volunteer service hours for this event.


Guild Auditions: We are hosting the Piano Guild Auditions here at Music N More on June 19-20. Sign ups are due by April 8, times are assigned closer to the event.

Music N More Student Recital: Sunday, June 5 at the University of Central Florida Rehearsal Hall Stage. Time to be determined.


Celebrating Student Success!

Well done to all the Students who participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival at the University of Central Florida!
We had lots of praise from the judges for our students, teachers and very high ratings. The following have earned their Festival Cups:

Parnika A. Festival Cup Theory 15 pt
Sangita M. Festival Cup Duet 15 pt
Taneesh M. Festival Cup Duet 15 pt
Daly R. Festival Cup Piano Solo 30 pt.
Alejandrea U. Festival Cup Piano Solo 15 pt.
Shanelle H. Festival Cup Piano Quartet 15 pt.
Teresa H. Festival Cup Piano Quartet 15 pt.
Sabrina T. Festival Cup Theory 15 pt.
Seshani T. Festival Cup Piano Solo 30 Pt.
Frank Y. Festival Cup Theory 15 pt.
Caroline F. Festival Cup Piano Solo 15 pt.
Julia J. Festival Cup Piano Solo 15 pt.
C.J. Lee Festival Cup Piano Solo 15 pt
J.D. L. Festival Cup Piano Solo 15 pt.
Brina Q. Festival Cup Piano Solo 30 pt.


Would you like to be in a Musical this summer? email music@musicnmoreorlando.com to let us know if you are interested. Plans are in the works for a 5 week class for ages 6 to 14 years old. Monday though Friday 8 am to 4 pm starting June 15 and ending with a performance on July 23rd. We will contact you with more details.

Music Development Program Spring exam

posted Jan 15, 2016, 7:38 AM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Jan 15, 2016, 7:39 AM ]

Hello!

The exam dates for the Spring are up and registration is open until February 16th.

Theory: May 13-14, 2016
Practical: May 15 - June 5, 2016

To register click here.

What is the Music Development program? Click here

Music Development program registration is now open

posted Oct 2, 2015, 10:24 AM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 12:08 PM ]

Hello all!

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program is now open for registration. The dates are below. Click the link to register, the deadline is October 14th.

November/December Examination Session Dates

Theory Examinations – Dec 11 & 12, 2015
Practical Examinations – Nov 28–Dec 10, 2015

Register Now
Deadline October 14, 2015

Download our registration policies.

Chinese New year Gala 2015

posted Feb 4, 2015, 9:36 AM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 12:23 PM ]

Join us for a celebration of the Chinese new year at Steinway Piano Galleries!

Steinway Piano Galleries Chinese new year gala 2015

Instrument Rentals

posted Aug 18, 2014, 10:14 AM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 4:15 PM ]

We are a Music & Arts Affiliate location and we offer one of the best "Rent to Own" programs available!

What does this mean to you? It means we are backed by the nation's largest instrument rental company, a company that rents over 500,000 instruments each year. We have great Name Brand instruments that have been approved by local area band & orchestra Teachers. Brands such as Yamaha, Bach, Vito, Selmer, Gemeinhardt, Knilling and more are available. It also means there is local support from Music & Arts Road Reps, who make weekly visits to most middle schools, providing friendly and knowledgeable service.

Total Flexibility!
Start renting at a low rate today on a month to month basis, and  if you decide you want to buy, you can purchase at any time for a huge 30% discount off of the remaining balance. If your student changes their mind, or needs to move up in the band, you can switch from one instrument to another at any time.


Get Your Instrument repaired!

If your instrument needs to be repaired drop it off here and well send it to the repair shop for a free estimate. Music & Arts also has a Liability Damage Waiver (LDW) that may be purchased with rental instruments. The LDW covers maintenance, repairs, and loss due to forced entry theft or fire while you are renting the instrument. It can be cancelled at any time, but it can only be added at the time of rental. It is highly recommended!

Rent the way you want!
Stop by and rent your instrument here at our location same day, and while you’re here pick up any required accessories such as reeds, oils, books etc. Don’t forget to sign up for lessons, too!


You can also click the link below to rent online, with the option of picking up your instrument at our store, or having it shipped right to your door! (extra fee applies for home shipping)


Instrument Rentals

Music & Arts Band Instrument Rentals

Voice-over Workshop

posted Jul 14, 2014, 12:44 PM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 12:24 PM ]

voice over microphone
Voice-over (also known as off-camera or off-stage commentary) is a production technique where a voice—that is not part of the narrative is used in a radio, television production, filmmaking, theatre, or other presentations. The voice-over may be spoken by someone who appears elsewhere in the production or by a specialist voice actor. It is pre-recorded and placed over the top of a film or video and commonly used in documentaries or news reports to explain information.

A common misconception is that you need a special voice for voiceover work. In today’s world of voiceover, you don't have to have a "golden voice" - most people with a decent speaking voice and direct-able talent can do voiceover—and be quite successful. In fact, if you listen to today's radio and TV commercials, you'll notice that the most effective ads sound like real people in believable situations. The good news is that voiceover is tons of fun. How many other kinds of work can you think of where you get to play, pretend you are other characters and get paid for it?

There has never been a better time to pursue a career in commercial voice-overs. Thanks to cable, the Internet and other new media, demand for voice-over talent is exploding! Voice-over is a very competitive business, precisely because it is so attractive. I cannot think of another performance-related venue where you can make more money in less time. I believe there is a real, solid, tangible opportunity for new people to break into this growing, lucrative field -- if you know what you're doing.

our "nuts and bolts" approach will help you:
  • Develop your vocal technique for the microphone
  • Refine your commercial performance skills
  • Identify and grow a range of voices, from announcer to character  

MUSIC IS KEY TO A CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT

posted May 30, 2014, 7:36 AM by Robert Jontz   [ updated May 30, 2014, 7:37 AM ]

MUSIC IS KEY TO A CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT

Brain Research Shows Direct Connection Between

Music Study and Cognitive Growth

 

TORONTO – As parents seek to provide their children with the best opportunities for development, neuroscience research has been proving that music education fast-tracks speech and reading skills, trains children to focus their attention for sustained periods, and helps them to develop emotional intelligence, among many other lifelong benefits.

 

The findings from a number of studies over the last decade were compiled by The Royal Conservatory of Music in an article entitled “The Benefits of Music Education:  An Overview of Current Neuroscience Research.”  The document highlights compelling research insights into the long-term value children gain through music training in reaching their full potential.

 

“Music, as we know, is one of the most powerful means available to further human development and build great communities and societies.  Neuroscience research also now shows us that music education is a very powerful tool for attaining a child’s full intellectual, social and creative potential,” said Dr. Peter Simon, President and CEO, The Royal Conservatory of Music.

 

Among the benefits of music education: it increases IQ and working memory, promotes better information processing and motor coordination, and helps to create stronger neural connections in the brain which contribute to improved structure and function through a process called neuroplasticity.  Music training also brings children long-term health benefits, as it has been shown to delay the onset of dementia, and can help to compensate for hearing loss later in life: studies show that seniors with musical training are able to pick out sounds in noisy environments even though they’ve suffered hearing loss.

 

“When we practise music, we’re training our brains in skills relevant not only to music, but also to many other important life activities.  For children, in particular, music study contributes to their cognitive development and can provide lifelong benefits in health and resilience,” said Dr. Sean Hutchins, Director of Research at The Royal Conservatory.

 

The use of technologies such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) have given neuroscience researchers a better understanding of exactly what happens inside the brain when it processes music, and how this activity contributes to better learning and functioning.  The research is showing that learning to play an instrument or sing leads to changes in the brain that promote cognitive growth.

More than 200 neuroscientists around the world are involved in researching the effects of music study on brain function and structure.  Many of the leaders in the field are based in Canada, with clusters of research in Montreal, Hamilton and Toronto. The Royal Conservatory’s Dr. Hutchins is considered to be a world expert in the study of vocal perception and production. The Conservatory’s research article can be found athttps://www.rcmusic.ca/resources.


The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music and arts education institutions in the world.  For more than 125 years The Conservatory has been providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performances, and teacher education programs, making a powerful impact on the lives of millions of people globally.  The organization has helped to train a number of internationally celebrated artists, including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall.

 

At its national base, The TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, The Royal Conservatory offers classes and lessons for people of all ages, and presents and produces a wide range of concerts in its performance spaces:  Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historic Ihnatowycz Hall, Conservatory Theatre, and the magnificent Koerner Hall.  For more information, please visit www.rcmusic.ca.

Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals

posted Apr 24, 2014, 9:29 AM by Robert Jontz   [ updated Apr 24, 2014, 9:29 AM ]

We have some great resources here at the store to help students understand how music in constructed. The theory workbooks from Ultimate Music Theory are especially helpful if a student is taking the Royal Conservatory written exam. Don't forget to get the answer key, too. Enjoy the article below from Ultimate Music Theory.

Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals – 3 Rules & 4 Mistakes

It’s one thing to write Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals (one note directly above the other) but it’s a little different writing Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals when it’s a harmonic 2nd.

eighth note harmonic intervals - 2ndThere are 3 rules to learn that will help us avoid 4 common mistakes when writing Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals.

Rules change when writing harmonic 2nds using eighth notes.

Do your students ever get confused when writing Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals of a 2nd? You have to consider the flag and the stems and the noteheads.

Sounds like a song out of The Wizard of Oz – Flags and Stems and Noteheads, Oh My!

Writing Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals of a 2nd involves not only proper placement of the noteheads, it also involves proper placement of the flag and the stem.

So first, let’s learn the 3 Rules:

  • Rule #1 – Eighth Note Flag to the Right Rule

In Prep 1 Rudiments on Page 41, we learn:  An Eighth Note is written as a Quarter Note with a Flag. Follow the Stem Rules. The flag always goes to the right.

  • Rule #2 – Eight Note Stem Length Rule

In Prep 1 Rudiments on Page 41, we also learn: The end of the flag does not touch the notehead.

  • Rule #3 – Harmonic Second Notehead Placement Rule

In Prep 1 Rudiments on Page 87, we learn: An interval of a 2nd is a step. It is always written one note beside the next, space to line or line to space. The lowest note of a 2nd is written on the left, with the higher note written on the right.

Students learned these rules in Prep 1 Rudiments, so writing Eighth Note Harmonic Seconds should be simple, right? In my 35+ years of teaching, it is my experience that students like to ignore rules, especially when they have to consider more than one rule at the same time. (Anyone else have that experience?)

4 Mistakes – Writing Eighth Note Harmonic Intervals of a 2nd

harmonic interval 8th note flagsMistake #1 – A Stem Up is used for the Stem Up note and a Stem Down is used for the Stem Down note. When writing an Eighth Note Harmonic Second, the stem is written in the direction of the note furthest away from the middle line.

Mistake #2 – The Flag is on the left of the stem. When writing an Eighth Note Harmonic Second, the flag is always on the right of the stem. Always. No exceptions.eighth note harmonic 2nd - line to space

Mistake #3 – Two Stems and Two Flags are used on the Harmonic Second. The correct way to write an Eighth Note Harmonic Second is with one stem (in the middle of the two noteheads) and one flag (flying to the right of the stem).

Mistake #4 – The Flag touches the noteheads. When writing an Eighth Note Harmonic Second correctly, the flag must never touch either of the noteheads.

Yes, I know – in “printed music”, it often looks like the eighth note flag is touching the notehead. That is because the standard “printed” length of the stem with a flag is the same for a stem down and a stem up note. Unfortunately, when writing a stem down note, the flag ends up running into the notehead.


by Shelagh McKibbon-U’Ren, UMT

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