Music Teacher’s Association of California
San Mateo County Branch
January 2020 Newsletter
IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
- President's Pen
Branch Programs: YAG Concert - February 8th
- Community Outreach Recital: Feb. 23rd
- Recital and rehearsal space at Lessons on B
○ Piano competition
○ Pianos for sale
○ Job opportunity for voice teacher
I hope that your new year is off to a good start and that CM preparations are going smoothly! This spring we have a few exciting events which you can read about below. I encourage you to come out for the YAG concert, violin masterclass, and the jazz piano workshop. We will also have our annual May luncheon so please stay tuned for details.
This year our Branch hosted two separate panel discussion sessions for teachers. We shared stories about students, parents, creative summer sessions, and how to keep our teaching fresh. In both sessions I was impressed with the amount of experience and wisdom that our branch embodies. New and seasoned teachers alike had comments, questions, and insight on a huge range of topics. The biggest take away for me was a sense of belonging to a wonderful, diverse group of teachers who are on a similar journey. Most of us are individual, private teachers which at times can feel like a vacuum. But, getting together with other teachers is a welcome wake-up call to the fact that we are not alone and that there is another teacher nearby who can relate. With that in mind, I encourage you to reach out to each other when you have a question, problem, idea, or spark of creativity. Surely, the more we share the more we all benefit ourselves and our studios.
We had a very nice meeting on January 10th with more than 20 teachers participating in our round table discussion. After coffee and introductions we addressed many topics about music lessons. The meeting ended with Joyce Morse sharing a lovely poem "The First Musician".
MTAC-San Mateo County branch is proud to be hosting a YAG concert on February 8th featuring Leslie Jin from our San Mateo branch. The Young Artist Guild (YAG) is a group of the most gifted musicians in the Certificate of Merit program. Acceptance to YAG is one of the highest honors for Certificate of Merit students. Congratulations to Leslie and to her teacher, our branch member Sujeeva Hapugalle.
Please read details below and invite your friends and students. Admission is free.
Young Artist Guild Concert - Saturday February 8th, 2020 at 7:00PM at Lessons on B, 1527 South B Street, San Mateo
Pianist Leslie Jin will perform :
● Prelude and Fugue BWV 848 - J.S. Bach
● Sonata in F minor Op. 57 (Appassionata) - L. van Beethoven
● Ballade No.1 in G minor Op. 23 - F. Chopin
● Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28 (1917) - S. Prokofiev
Please stay tuned for these exciting events coming up in the spring!
April 5 from 3:00-5:00PM: Violin Masterclass with Lisa Lee at Lessons on B
April 26 from 3:00-4:30PM: Lecture with jazz pianist Yuko Maruyama at Lessons on B Lecture presentation: Learn to Play from Chord Charts. Learn jazz harmony on piano using chord charts to arrange, compose and improvise.
Community Outreach Recital - Olga Moudry
There will be a community outreach recital on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 1:30PM at the San Carlos Elms (707 Elm St., San Carlos, CA 94070). Students of all ages, levels, and instruments are welcome to participate. Each teacher can sign up to 3 students for a total combined time of 12 minutes maximum. Memorization is strongly encouraged but not required. There is no participant fee. Please use this link to sign your students up.
Let me know if you need an accompanist. An accompanist can be provided upon request for a fee. A 10 minutes rehearsal can be scheduled before the concert.
Please note that seating is limited - we need to accommodate the residents of the retirement home first. The first 4 rows are reserved for the Elms residents.
Availability is Saturdays from 5:00pm – 9:30 pm and Sundays from 10:00am – 9:00pm
The venue seats 60 comfortably with a maximum limit of 70. There are two tables set up for reception. Street parking only in a residential/business mix. Take care to not block any driveways.
Baldwin M, serial 89655, brown - at Lessons on B
Kimball fancy antique case, brown - at Lessons on B
Sherman Clay 6311, black, 5' 6" great condition - in private home in Hillsborough Please contact Cynthia Brown: cell 650 520 6153