February 2020 Newsletter

The "One Teacher Trap"

Throughout my years in the field, I have found that parents of music students occasionally fall into what I call the “one-teacher trap.”

A music student will often have a single music teacher when they first start their musical journey. Over time, illness and family demands may force the teacher to miss lessons here and there. It is also not uncommon for teachers to relocate at some later date, forcing you to find a new teacher.‍

When a parent realizes that their child’s regular teacher is temporarily or permanently unavailable, they may feel panic when their child is reassigned to a different teacher.

While it is certainly normal for a student and their family to grow close to a teacher over time, I often tell parents that a new teacher can provide a fresh perspective on their child’s learning. The wonderful thing about changing music teachers over time is that students are given a new perspective, new advice, and recommendations for their performance. They also learn to communicate with different people of authority and they are better able to adapt to new teaching styles. 

When the time comes to change music teachers, regardless of what the circumstance may be, I encourage you to view the situation as a potentially positive experience for your child. Think back to a moment in your past when a stable figure in your life that you were close and friendly with parted ways. 

Perhaps you had a hairstylist or barber you quite liked who left the salon, or maybe you regularly enjoyed the sermons of a particular pastor who moved to another city, or perhaps you had a favorite sports coach who left your team. It is natural to become attached to people we are familiar with and have spent time with. Now, I urge you to think of the individual who replaced the person you were once attached to. Many times we become even closer and more connected with the replacement. New people in our lives provide a boost of motivation that can be conducive to our personal growth and development. Another pastor could have a different style that challenges and intrigues you. A new sports coach can view your skill with fresh eyes and make helpful recommendations on your form, speed, or training methods. When it comes to music, a new teacher will have a new perspective that could be a better match for your child’s skillset and practice methods. The new instructor could foster a new enthusiasm for their instrument.

I once had an adult student attend one of my music schools who regularly visited the same teacher. His teacher was not available one evening for their lesson so my staff arranged for the student to have a substitute teacher. When the student arrived and was notified in the lobby that he would have a substitute for the day, he became upset, began yelling, and stormed out of the school. He went home and wrote a lengthy email about how upset he was that his teacher was unavailable, and he eventually left the school.

However, if that student had attended his lesson, he would have been pleasantly surprised. We had arranged for the student’s substitute to be the teacher who had mentored and taught his teacher many years ago. The substitute had more degrees than the student’s regular teacher had been teaching longer, and had more experience in the world of music. In the end, the student may have enjoyed his lesson and gained some valuable information. Had he been open to the idea of change, something positive probably would have come of it. 

I believe students should have at least three or four teachers throughout their lives. Having the opinions of different people with different backgrounds will expose your child to a wider variety of information than if they were confined to the suggestions of a single teacher.

Samuel Faraci, M.M.

Is Your Teacher Sold Out?

Many teachers have sold out. If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day or time, please contact any of our office staff team and they can add you to the waiting list. If you are not a student yet there are still limited lessons spots available.

    Colby                          Lenna 
SOLD OUT                  SOLD OUT
   Steven                         Chiwen
SOLD OUT                   SOLD OUT 

   Hayley                          Tamuz
SOLD OUT                   SOLD OUT 
       Nick                            Mark 
  SOLD OUT                  SOLD OUT
     Kevin                              Phil
  SOLD OUT                  1 Spot (Sun)

     Brian                            Jaime
  SOLD OUT                   SOLD OUT 
     Hayley                        Carolyn 
  SOLD OUT                  SOLD OUT
    Meghan                        Nicole
  SOLD OUT                  SOLD OUT

     Maria                           Jaime
  SOLD OUT                 SOLD OUT 
     Rossen                    Graciliano 
  SOLD OUT                  SOLD OUT
      Alex                         Andrew
 SOLD OUT              2 SPOTS (Wed)


 SOLD OUT             
     Ben                               Kate 
1 SPOT (Tues)              SOLD OUT
    Adam                           Casey
  SOLD OUT                 SOLD OUT
     Emily                        Stephanie 
  SOLD OUT                  SOLD OUT
    Molly                             Ruby
  2 SPOTS (Thurs)        1 SPOT (Fri)


Please vote for our sister school, the Harrison School of Music in the 2020 Westchester Family Magazine Favorites Contest!Help us keep our title of "Best Music Lessons" for the 4th year in a row! You can vote once per day - so please place your vote EVERY day until April! Simply visit the link below, scroll down to the "Music Lessons" category, and select "Vote" next to "Harrison School of Music!" THANK YOU! It is our students and their families that make us the Best!!


February Break
February 16th - 21st - No Lessons

April Break
April 12th - 18th - No Lessons

June Recital
Sunday June 14th @ the Sullivan Theatre

July 4th 
July 4th - No Lessons 

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Performance 
Saturday, August 15th 

September 7th 
September 7th - No Lessons

Thanksgiving Break
November 24th - 29th - No Lessons

Celebrating Student Achievement - The Musical Ladder System®

The Harrison and New City School of Music are the only music schools in Westchester and Rockland Counties that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests with the Musical Ladder System®. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder System®” wristbands that they can show off to their friends.

More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins!

Pictured Top Left: Piano Students Soraya and Catarina earned their Apprentice (3 Month) Wristband.
Pictured Top Right: Piano Student Isla earned her Songbird (6 Month) Trophy and Wristband.
Pictured Bottom Left: Piano Student Sophia earned her Vivace (18 Months) Wristband.
Pictured Bottom Right: Ukulele Student Laura earned her Master (3 Year) Trophy and Wristband.
Be on the lookout in next month's news and on our Facebook & Instagram pages for more great pics of our award winning students!

To learn more about how the system can help your child to get better grades, improved confidence, and self esteem and more, please email us at office@harrisonmusicschool.com or office@newcitymusicschool.com

Please give a BIG Musical WELCOME to our NEW Students who enrolled in January!

Nate A.

Raya B

Gabriele B

Mikayla B

Lucas C

Abbygayle Z

Lizbeth D

Olivia F

Nino G

Mia G

Gavi G

Adam G

William G

Nasir J

Abigail K

Abigail K

Isabella L

Aaron M

Alida M

Jack O

Bryce M

Cameron M

Jennie R

John R

Holden R

Eliana S

Bob S

Malina S

Ann S

Finn S

Marc T

Dylan T

Isisaih T

Sarah T

Ian A

Gwenaelle B

Angelica B

Jakub C

Yara R

Hudson E

Ekua E

Gabe F

Ben F

Hannah M

Nathan J

Clint K

Michael K

William L

Alexis M

Fabio M

Christian M

Jeff  M

Joshua M

Anthony M

Daniel M

Violet N

Jason O

Ryan P

Alex P

Joseph P

Nittsa R

Valentina R

Elias R

Sarah R

Riko S

Emma V

Rocker & American Idol Star Chris Daughtry Gives a shout out to New City School of Music Students!
Click the image above to watch the video on YouTube!
Destination Recital 2020
We're holding our first ever Destination Recital at the Rock & Roll Hal of Fame in Cleveland Ohio!  Students from the New City School of Music will rock the stage among their rock heros in the birthplace of Rock & Roll on Saturday August 15, 2020!  Interested in going? ACT FAST! We only have 2 spots for performers left!!!  Contact the school immediately to secure your spot!  Visit our web page for full details: www.NewCityMusicSchool.com/RockAndRoll2020
Referral Contest!
Refer your friends and family members to the New City School of Music and YOU could win a 90 minute massage at Massage Envy!  As our way of saying THANK YOU, we'll give you a $25 Amazon Gift Card AND enter you into our drawing for a FREE 90 minute massage at Massage Envy!  Entering is simple! When your friend or family member registers, make sure they mention your name at the time of registration for your entry!    There is no limit to the number of entries!

Drawing will be held on Tuesday March 17th 2020 - St. Patrick's Day. Will it be YOUR luck day?!?!

Now Offering Lessons 7 Days Per Week! 

We know how busy our families are with SO many activities during the week, so we are now open on Sundays for lessons from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m to help accommodate your busy schedule!  Please see the front desk if you are interested in moving your lesson time to Sundays!
Now offering Video Based Lessons!

In order to better serve you and maintain momentum with lessons, we're excited to announce that we are now offering Video-Based Lessons!

If the weather is unsafe or you're not feeling well, or if you have a tight schedule, you don't have to miss your lesson!

Please talk to our staff about details, and please discuss with your teacher if video-based lessons are appropriate for you!

Please remember, if you are sick, please stay home! We have unlimited make-ups and never need 24 hours notice of absences! We can do a video-lesson to you at HOME during your regular lesson time. Share MUSIC, not germs!

14 North Main Street
New City, NY 10956


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