July – August 2015 Newsletter

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July/August 2015

 

 Director’s Announcements

We welcome our new office staffer Erica Hill.

We want to see your pets with your instruments!
See page 3 for more details!

Knoxville Academy of Music | Pet Photos - Ollie

Thanks to each and every student & family at Knoxville Academy of Music.
Because of you we’re East Tennessee’s largest independent music school.

If you took time off for summer vacation and want to get back in lessons NOW is the time to call. Lesson times are filling fast.

Getting The Most Out Of Practice

Getting The Most Of Practice
Chapter II
Practice makes perfect?

I commonly ask music students what they think they need to do to improve their performance of a certain piece of music. The common response is “practice more.” While more practice may be part of the solution, it is definitely not the whole.

We have all heard “practice makes perfect.”I do not agree with that statement. For one thing, true perfection may not really be obtainable, but that’s not really the point. What is more important is that just practice alone is insufficient.
In fact practicing without clarity or in an inconsistent manner can be detrimental.

A much better statement, that is popular with music teachers is, “perfect practice makes perfect.”Derived from “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”– Vince Lombardi

Lets presume we are talking about learning music and that in this part if I say youI mean you, or your child.Consider an alternative to “practice makes perfect,”“practice makes progress.”Ah, now there is a statement I can agree with.
You will make progress in whatever you practice.

What if you are practicing a passage but do not always use the same fingering (inconsistent), what are you really teaching yourself? What if you are learning a new piece and initially misrepresent a note or notes to yourself (lack of clarity), will you practice the piece incorrectly?

If you are inconsistent in how you practice your progress will be slower and you may feel doubt in performance. If you lack clarity about what you are practicing you may even be practicing mistakes and getting very good at them. Does this sound like a good idea? Are these the results you want? No? Well, how do you get the results you do want?

Here is my version of a great practice mantra; “Ideal practice gets ideal results.” – Jeff Comas

What are ideal results? How about maximum return for the effort you put into practice? Would you like to learn faster and have more confidence and ease with performance, wouldn’t that be ideal?

So, what is ideal practice? In this case lets call practice the act of repetitions for the purpose of learning. In my mind ideal practice would look like this: You (the student) are:

  • In the Ideal Posture for playing your instrument
  • Clear about what is to be practiced before practicing
  • Consistent in your practice habits and only practice what you actually are trying to learn (this does not mean never go exploring on your instrument)
  • Engage in the activity at hand

Try this handy pneumonic for remembering how to practice ideally: ICCE

Put these elements into your practice, and remember to simplify by learning small parts. Practice briefly and frequently. Then you will experience accelerated learning, gain ease with your instrument, and ultimately have more fun.

That’s it for now.

Knoxville Academy of Music | Director - Jeff Comas

 Jeff Comas
 Director
Knoxville Academy of Music

Did You Accomplish Something Great?

This newsletter will regularly feature the significant achievements and honors our students and their parents receive outside of their classes at KAM.

If you or your child has received any personal or musical recognition, recently accomplished something really great, or are playing publicly, we would love to know!

Please share it with us by emailing us at Info@KnoxvilleAcademyOfMusic.com with the word ‘Achievement’ in the subject line and we’ll make sure to put it in our next newsletter!

Knoxville Academy of Music | New Students | August 2015

Sports Corner

Well, it’s August and football season is just around the corner. Longtime readers know that I write about the Vols when it’s football time in Tennessee, just for a fun diversion.
Back in Jan. at the end of last season I had this to say about the upcoming schedule.

“I reserve the right to update my predictions for next season, but I’m going to go ahead and generously predict a 9 & 3 regular season. Looking at the schedule I see five almost sure wins, and one almost sure loss. Of the six that I believe are up for grabs I believe Tennessee picks up the home games, of which there are four.

Overly confident? Maybe. But B. Jones has the team thinking with a winning mindset and with Josh Dobbs coming back as QB I think things are looking pretty good.”

 I still think things are looking up for the Vols, but I did reserve the right to revise my predictions, and I’m going to do just that.

Below are the original predictions along side the revised ones.

This is what I’m thinking now. TN finally gets a win over Florida. Still basking in the afterglow of the win over the Gators and then falters and loses the next 3 games against Arkansas, Georgia, and Alabama. Then they win the next three. I really hope I’m wrong about this, but SEC newcomer Missouri has had UT’s number so far, and I’m predicting another loss.

I feel pretty confident that (barring injury to Josh Dobbs) UT improves to at least 7 (regular season) wins this year. If things really go their way maybe they win as many as 10. For the first time in quite a while I think they will have a chance in every game, even against Bama, but they will drop at least one.

Just for fun I’ll leave both predictions up through the season and we’ll see which one ends up closer.

Knoxville Academy of Music | Jeffs Sports Corner | Vols Predictions - August 2015 Newsletter

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August Make Up Classes

 – All classes are scheduled for 1 hour.

Spaces are limited. First come first served.

Schedule in person or by phone.

8/1/2015
11:00 AM Adult Blues (13+)
12:00 PM Harmony (All Instruments)
1:00 PM Chords Class
8/8/2015
9:00 AM Young Beginning Guitar
10:00 AM Music Theory
11:00 AM Ear Training
8/15/2015
10:00 AM Intermediate /Advanced Guitar
11:00 AM Improvisation Class
12:00 PM Beginning Guitar
8/22/2015
11:00 AM Voice Class
12:00 PM Intermediate / Advanced Piano
1:00 PM Beginning Piano
8/29/2015
10:00 AM Rhythm & Meter
11:00 AM Drum & Percussion
12:00 PM Music Theory

Did You Know?

The Knoxville Guitar Society has another great concert season lined up?

The next concert is Stanley Yates on Saturday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m.
 at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan.

Tickets: $20 adults/$15 members/$5 students 12 to 18/Children under 12 free with adult admissions.

Knoxville Academy of Music will be giving away two tickets for each concert. Register to win by emailing Info@KnoxvilleAcademyOfMusic.com  with ‘Win Concert Tickets’ in the subject line.
We’ll have a drawing a few days before each concert.

Jeff Comas

Knoxville Guitar Society - Stanley Yates Concert
Guitar virtuoso Stanley Yates to perform live at Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan on August 22nd as part of the Knoxville Guitar Society concert series.

Do you have a picture of your pet with your musical instrument?
We’d love to see it and just might feature it in our next newsletter!

Knoxville Academy of Music | Pet Photos - Elizabeth A
Elizabeth A’s puppy!

Please send your adorable pet pictures to Info@KnoxvilleAcademyOfMusic.com

Winter Recital

Recitals are an important part of well-rounded musical education. Students that participate in recitals tend to learn their music more thoroughly, stay with music learning longer, and gain confidence in public settings. Student participation is always voluntary, but we would like to encourage everyone to perform. It is a great way to get experience playing live in front of a friendly audience, and it gives your friends & family an opportunity to see how far you have progressed with your lessons and practice.

Although our 2015 Winter Recital seems a long way off, it will be here in the blink of an eye. Go ahead and start thinking about what you want to play, it’s never too early to start preparing. Thanks to all who participated last spring’s recital, we can’t wait to do it again! Act now

Email Info@KnoxvilleAcademyOfMusic.com with ‘2015 Winter Recital’ as the subject line to pre-register early and secure your student’s spot today. Spaces are limited!

Is Your Instructor Sold Out?

Alla Ousley (piano, voice) is almost SOLD OUT weekdays and is now accepting SATURDAY students!

Andy Freeman (piano, banjo) only has 1 spot left on SATURDAY before he is SOLD OUT!

Chris Brock (banjo, guitar, mandolin & more) only has a few spots left on SATURDAY and on Thursdays before he is COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!

Dave Campbell (drums, voice, beginning piano) has only a few spots on Mondays and Tuesdays before he is SOLD OUT!

Doug Bowling (guitar, Childbloom®) has just a few evening spots before he is completely SOLD OUT!

Jamie Seiple (drums, bass, voice) has a few spots on Thursdays before he is SOLD OUT and has just started accepting new vocal students!

Jim Cooper (guitar, beginning piano) has just 2 openings on Wednesdays before he is SOLD OUT and is COMPLETELY SOLD OUT onThursdays!

Michelle Quimby (guitar, Childbloom®, piano & more) has just a few openings available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays before she is COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!

Phil King (piano, voice, violin) has only 2 spots available on Mondays and isalready COMPLETELY SOLD OUT on Thursdays!

Susan Nielsen (voice, piano, violin, viola) has 1 opening on Monday before she is SOLD OUT!

Travis Strike (guitar, bass) has 2 openings on Friday evenings before he is SOLD OUT!

Around the Town – Resources for You

Guitar Repair:
Bryan Parris                (865) 403-0046
The Sound Doctor        (865) 771-9863
Clayton Knight             (865) 237-5309

String Rental/Repair:
Wilhite Strings              (865) 670-1888
Brian Epp                     (970) 903-2173

Piano Tuning/Repair:
American Piano           (865) 671-3388

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KAM Featured Student – July/August 2015

Max H.

Knoxville Academy of Music | Featured Student July-August 2015
KAM Featured Student July/August 2015 | Max H

What instrument do you play? 6 & 7 string guitars.

How long have you been taking lessons? Five years.

Who are your favorite musical artists? Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, The Who, Guns and Roses.

What are your other hobbies besides music? I enjoy acting, playing video games, and playing tennis.

Favorite Foods: Nachos.

What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in the past 3 months? It’s been the coolest learning to put together (& record) a song with my new teacher, Jamie.

Do you have any performances coming up? On some Fridays and Saturdays I perform on the street in Market Square.

What made you interested in taking music lessons? My dad and I played “Rock Band” when I was younger, and I knew I wanted to play some rock on the real guitar. It’s still one of my favorite games.