April 2019 Newsletter

Thank you, Guns N’ Roses!

Many of you grew up in the same decade that I did. And with that came listening to a lot of rock music, when rock was really in its prime. Speaking of….has anyone noticed that there’s no rock music really on the pop radio stations anymore? Country is the new rock music! Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker is now a country singer, and even Staind lead singer Aaron Lewis has gone country! Dare I even mention that the Backstreet Boys currently have a hit on country radio?

But I digress….

Today I’m talking about Guns N’ Roses. Why? Because if it wasn’t for Guns N’ Roses, I wouldn’t have the love for music that I have today, and we wouldn’t be here today teaching over 600 students each week at our Harrison & New City locations!

I grew up learning classical piano. And while I enjoyed it and bonded with my dad (also a pianist) over playing music together, there came a time around 7th grade that I really wanted to quit piano. Yes, I wanted to quit! I think almost every parent sees their child want to quit music lessons at some point in the learning process. But my parents, knowing that most adults regret having quit lessons once they are older, pushed me to continue lessons. And this is where Guns N’ Roses comes in.

My Aunt came over for a visit one day, and brought with her the sheet music to the Guns N’ Roses song “November Rain.” And that is what kickstarted my renewal for the love of piano. I sat down at the piano with “November Rain” a song I REALLY liked that was being played at the middle school dances (usually followed at the dances by TLC’s “Waterfalls” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”….anyone else remember that?!?!) And I realized that hey….piano can be FUN when I’m learning the music that I WANT to learn! I sat down and played the piece all the way through and suddenly wanted to learn MORE rock piano pieces.

Next came Billy Joel, Elton John, Journey, etc. And from there I spread out into Jazz, and eventually learned pieces in many different styles.

Now, even though the main instrument Guns N’ Roses is known for is the guitar (Slash!), it was the piano part in that song that ignited my love for the piano.

Is your student struggling at home to practice and get motivated? We are proud to say here at the New City School of Music, that we teach students the songs that THEY want to learn (while sneaking in the music theory and technique that the NEED to learn….shhh! Don’t tell them!) because we want to see students develop a LOVE for music and enjoy the learning how to play!

Speak to your teacher about having your student learn one of their favorite songs! For me, it made a lifetime of difference!

~ Samuel Faraci, M.M.
Director



 

Please vote for our sister school, the Harrison School of Music in the “Music Lesson” category for the 2019 “Westchester Family Favorites Awards”! It only takes 1 minute AND you could win a Family Pack to a 2019 New York Yankees Game just for voting! Click this link to vote: https://bit.ly/2YIq5r0

Carnegie Hall Audition Dates:

New City School of Music
Saturday, May 11th at 3:00pm & 4:00pm

Harrison School of Music
Saturday, May 18th at 4:00pm & 5:00pm

Please see the front desk ASAP
to sign up for an audition time!

For more information on our Carnegie Hall performance, please visit www.NewCityMusicSchool.com/carnegieauditions2019

Our Grammy nominated friend Lance Bass from *N’Sync has a special message for New City School of Music students! Click below to see his video!

 

A Special Message from Lance Bass for New City School of Music students! Click above to watch!

Please welcome our 35 NEW Students who registered in March

Joao A.

Khris A.

Sarah A.

Kellyann B.

Tasfiah B.

Alexandra B.

Isabella B.

Adriana C.

Hugo C.

Allison C.

Ashley C.

Aliyah D.

Arielle D.

Justin F.

Kaitlyn F.

Amani F.

Nia F.

Victoria F.

Abby H.

Jordan J.

Malachi J

Kaalep J.

Carolina M.

Richard M.

Landyn M.

Joshua M.

Keia M.

Natsua M.

Vihaan N.

Nicolas P.

Azlan P.

Alex S.

Bronya T.

Ken Z.

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. To inquire about openings for April & May send an e-mail to office@harrisonmusicschool.com oroffice@newcitymusicschool.com. Or you can call the Harrison office at 914-698-1500 or the New City office at 845-499-2137.

Guitar:
Nick L: ALL TIMES SOLD OUT
VJ B: Wed – ONE SPOT LEFT
Brian B – Thurs – ONE SPOT LEFT
James H: Sat: SOLD OUT
Kevin S: Tues & Thurs: SOLD OUT
Jason B: Sun: ONE SPOT LEFT

Drums: 
Rossen N:  Mon & Wed: SOLD OUT
Andrew K: Mon & Tues: ONE SPOT LEFT
Michael T: Tues: ONE SPOT LEFT
Josh T: Thurs: SOLD OUT
Eric H: Sunday: TWO SPOTS LEFT!
Don P: Sat: ONE SPOT LEFT
Alex A: Sat: TWO SPOTS LEFT!

Voice: 
Hayley B: ALL TIMES SOLD OUT
Meghan L.: Mon: ONE SPOT LEFT
Jaime B: Fri. ONE SPOT LEFT
Amy R.: LIMITED
Greta M: Tues: ONE SPOT LEFT
Kristina K: Wed: SOLD OUT
Tamuz N: ALL TIMES SOLD OUT

Piano:
Jaime B
: Fri: ONE SPOT LEFT
Chiwen L: Tues: ONE SPOT LEFT
Emily S: ALL TIMES SOLD OUT
Marian S.: ALL TIMES SOLD OUT
Colby C: Tues & Sat: SOLD OUT
Dan F: Sat: SOLD OUT
Kate A: ALL TIMES SOLD OUT

Saxophone/ Flute/ Clarinet:
Ben B:
 Mon & Tues:  SOLD OUT
Adam H: Wed: ONE SPOT LEFT
Ian B.: Mon: ONE SPOT LEFT
Casey L: Fri: LIMITED

Violin
Ruby G: Thurs & Fri: SOLD OUT
Stephanie S: Sat: TWO SPOTS LEFT
Emily S: Sat: SOLD OUT
Mevlan M: Thurs: LIMITED!

Spring Break:
April 21th – 27th – No Lessons
Memorial Day:
May 26th & 27th – No Lessons
June Recital:
June 9th at the Union Arts CenterJuly 4th Break:
July 3rd – 7th – No Lessons

Labor Day:
September 2nd – No Lessons

Carnegie Hall Debut:
September 28th at Carnegie Hall, New York City

Thanksgiving Break:
November 27th – 30th – No Lessons

December Break 
December 24 – 31st – 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 Above: Piano Student Nathan earned his Master Songbird Trophy.. He studies with Jaime.
Pictured Above: Guitar Student Julie earned her Rockstar Trophy. and Wristband. She studies with Nick.
Pictured Above: Voice Student Michael earned his Songbird  Trophy.  He studies with Hayley.
Pictured Above: Piano Student Matthew earned his Prodigy Trophy. He studies with Kate.

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

Do You Want A 90 Minute Massage For F R E E?
On Friday May 24th, 2019, we’re raffling off a 90 Minute Massage at Massage Envy!  How to Enter? It’s simple! Simply refer your friends and family members to take lessons with us at the New City School of Music!  Every time you refer a friend who signs up for lessons with us before Friday May 24th, we’ll enter your name into our grand prize drawing of a 90 minute massage!  AND….we’ll give you a $25 Gift Card to Amazon just as our way of saying THANKS!  You win no matter what!

Congratulations to these students for recently upgrading to longer lessons each week!

Cynthia T.
Andrew G.
KC O.
Liam B.
Mythri T.
Thomas M.

We LOVE Referrals!

We’d like to take a minute to say THANK YOU to these families who referred NEW families to the Harrison School of Music and New City School of Music.

The Johnston Family
The Bartolome Family
The Buccarelli Family
The Wagner Family
The Orzo Family
The Turaga Family
The Canter Family
The Grillo Family
The Pisano Family
The Klein Family
The Rinaldi Family
The Castaldo Family
The Haber Family
The McLeod Family
The Joseph Family
The Rocha Family
The Nair Family
The Curry Family
The Gaviola Family

PET OF THE MONTH

Meet Coco! She is our Flute student Beatrice’s new 5 month old puppy. She loves her friends: Guinea pigs, bunny, tortoises! And parakeets! Coco is friend to all. She is from Long Island and she loves her new family!!!

Email us a picture of you and your pet and a brief story about your pet, and you could be chosen as our next pet of the month! If you are chosen, you’ll receive a $25 retail credit to use towards books or musical supplies at the school!

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!

Thank you Rockland for voting us “Best Music Lessons for Kids” in Family Magazine 2 Years In A Row! Our students and their parents are what make us great! Read the article on Page 22 of Westchester Family’s July 2018 issue here: https://issuu.com/downtownexpress/docs/westchesterfamily_2018_07_lo

14 North Main Street
New City, NY 10956
845-709-8383

office@newcitymusicschool.com
www.NewCityMusicSchool.com

 

 

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