Spring Scholarship

Hi Readers,

As the holidays approach, I want to make available our application for the Spring financial hardship scholarship! This scholarship provides fifteen free lessons for eager students who can’t afford the cost of music lessons. Please download the file from the link below, and carefully answer the questions. Deadline for applications is January 4, 2013. We’ll be accepting either one or two students.

A Street Scholarship Application Spring 2013

In other news, I am proud to formally announce the addition of Samantha Dearborn and Rob Megna to our faculty! Samantha and Rob will both be teaching on Thursdays at A Street Music.

sam dearbornSoprano Samantha Dearborn has performed on stages in the U.S. and in Europe, presenting recitals and appearing as featured and guest soloist in both concert and recital repertoire. Her passion for music and performance is evident in her teaching. Emphasizing the importance of breath, she encourages a healthy technique for a sustainable voice. She strives to create a safe, positive atmosphere for her students to learn, grow, and discover. During a study program in Hungary, she was trained in the Kodály Method, which she also incorporates into her lessons.

Ms. Dearborn holds a Bachelor of Music with honors in vocal performance from Capital University. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Music in voice at Longy School of Music of Bard College.

rob megnaRob Megna is a professional drummer living in Boston, Massachusetts. He is well versed in styles including blues, jazz, latin, rock, funk and country. Rob has played live at music venues such as Lupos Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, RI, B.B. Kings in New York City, the Worcester Palladium, and Tobey Keith’s in Foxboro, MA. He recently headlined a sold out show at Nectar’s in Burlington, VT with folk/blues quartet Hey Mama.

Rob began playing drums at the age of 5 and was instantly recognized for having natural talent. He studied privately with Martin Vazquez, owner of M.V. Drums on Cape Cod. Rob has considerable experience teaching young drummers on Cape Cod and the South Shore, and performs regularly with A Street guitar teacher Paul Chase.

To see full bios for either of our new teachers, see www.astreetmusicllc.com! Short update today, but I’ll be back with more soon!

Interlude: September News and Events

Hi all,

I’ve posted a few events that are coming up for our faculty in the next month. Please help support our local artists! I’ll be back soon for some more updates to the schedule. Right now, I’m busy trying to get the A Street Music education program fiscally sponsored, which would mean that we could raise money through grants and tax deductible donations to provide financial aid for our students. Please keep your fingers crossed!

Also, if you are a visual artist in Quincy, or if you know one, please be aware that we’re looking for artists to exhibit their work on our wall here at A Street. If you’ve been in the store, you know that we have a 30-35 foot wall in the front of the store and near the lesson rooms that wants more art! Contact me at astreetmusiclessons@gmail.com if you’re interested.

 Street Events…
On most Fridays, you can find us playing at the Quincy Farmer’s Market!

September Teacher Performances…
September 6, 2011 – 8pm
Chad Gray performing electronic music at
Phoenix Landing
512 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA

September 24, 2011 – 6pm
Justin Stanley with the Wenham Street Brass
Dorchester in the Park Gala, concert flyer
Dorchester Park, Boston, MA
http://www.dotpark.info

September 29, 2011 – 12:15pm
Nick Dinnerstein with pianist Pei-yeh Tsai
First Church in Boston
66 Marlborough St, Boston, MA