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!


Days One and Two of Summer Camp

Hello A Street Music Education blog readers! We are not too far from the end of summer, and there are tons of things to report. While we seemed to keep a steady and large amount of students in the summer months, we are excited to enroll new students during the coming school year. We’ve been playing around Quincy and around Boston (in fact, you can find us at the Quincy Farmers Market almost every Friday. But for me, the most interesting thing has been preparing for and directing musical summer camps. I directed the music portion of “Summer Jam,” part of the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain’s summer kids program. We are currently preparing for Day 3 of our summer camp at the YMCA here in Quincy.

Music camp at the YMCA is called a “Creative Arts” camp. We learn music in the large space where the “ART” installation is (pictured), and we build instruments in the art studio. Chad Gray, an A Street bass, guitar, and composition teacher, is pictured to the right. We built a scraper this morning to make sure we could best direct the campers.

In the first two days of camp, we’ve had the campers build and decorate claves and scrapers, using hand tools, thick wooden dowels, and all of the art supplies one could dream of (we do build in an art studio). In addition, we’ve had great success exploring dynamics (loud and soft in music), rhythm, beat, and tempo. We’ve also started exploring the idea of scales in music, partially by using numbers to represent notes. I was extremely impressed with how quickly the six to eight year old campers were able to begin exploring these fundamental musical concepts. The below photo exhibits one of those explorations using numbers to represent notes of the scale. The seemingly nonsensical words below the numbers are the lyrics to the “Navajo Song of Happiness,” a simple song easily applied to teaching situations.

I’ll be back soon to the blog with more photos from camp, and a bigger reflection on what the campers learned. But before I go, I’ll share one more photo of a student enjoying his newly made and decorated scraper!

What’s Goin’ on in December?

Hi blog readers! Instead of information about our teachers or ideas about education, this post is dedicated to this month’s news and events. Feel free to comment or email us to get more information. I’ll keep you updated as more events are added.

Upcoming A Street Music events…

December 16, 2010 – noon
A performance on behalf of A Street Music
Quincy YMCA

December Teacher Performances…

December 4, 2010 – 7pm
Chad Gray with the Boston String Players
Featuring Chad’s composition, “Reddish Blue”
First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St.

December 8, 2010 – 8pm
Bülent Güneralp
Christmas Concert in the MIT Chapel

December 12th, 2010 – 2pm
Nick Dinnerstein with pianist Pei-yeh Tsai
Wellesley Free Library
530 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA

Dates throughout December
Ken Freeman and his band, Wishful Thinking


Until 2010 is over, get a free lesson when you rent an instrument at A Street Music!

Happy Holidays!