The Musicians Learning Center-May 2017 Newsletter-Studio Notes

The Musicians Learning Center

The Musicians Learning Center
Offering Quality, Personalized Music Lessons Since 2006

Hello, everyone!

I have taught music lessons for over fifteen years. I have had students of all ages and interest levels. This January, I got to experience a new side of music lessons-being the parent. My five year old son, Ryan, started piano lessons with Ms. Cera. She has really been a great fit for my son and I am excited to see his progress each week.

Have I been the best “piano parent” during this time? Nope. We haven’t found a great practice routine. Most weeks we come in without the whole assignment being finished. To be honest, there have been some weeks where we have come in for a lesson without even touching the piano that week. Now, as a music teacher, I know that Cera knows when we don’t practice. Still, I mumble something about not enough time and we’ll try better next time to ease my guilt. When we do play at home, it is hard for me to turn my teacher brain off and just support and encourage Ryan’s exploration of music. I can’t try to fix everything.

One of the best gifts I am giving to my child through his music lessons is the relationship he is forming with his teacher. Even if it does hurt a little when he tells me “That’s not how Ms. Cera does it.” I know that aside from learning piano, Ryan is learning lifelong skills such as resilience and putting in the effort. I know he will learn about confidence and overcoming fear to play in front of others. He will learn that good things will happen with a little hard work and time. Music is not all about natural talent. Ryan is learning to navigate a relationship with an adult that is outside of his family. He will learn how to express to his teacher when he likes a song or when he thinks something is too hard and needs help. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes him!

-Melissa Jeffreys, owner

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Referrals and Reviews

Are you having a great experience at The Musicians Learning Center? Spread the word!

Every time you refer someone to the studio for music lessons and they sign up for at least one month of lessons, you will be sent a gift certificate for one free lesson and you will be entered in a drawing for great prizes, such as concert tickets. Your friend will also get a free lesson and an entry in the drawing!

The next drawing will be on August 11th for 2 tickets to an upcoming concert or an Amazon gift card! Congratulations to the Roberts family for winning the last drawing. They selected a $50 Amazon gift card!

We would also love to hear from you in the form of online reviews. We have sites on Yelp, Google, Facebook, Angie’s List, Thumbtack, and Yahoo. Leave a quick note to let future students know how happy you are. Reviews earn you a gift certificate and contest drawings, too!

Not over the moon, yet? Please let us know how we can improve your experience.

Music Theory Games

Music Theory Games (

Keep working on the games in order to claim your prizes (and most importantly, to gain a better understanding of how to read and understand music!). The prize drawer is overflowing with music trinkets, toys, and various gift certificates (Target, itunes, Marbles, IMAX, Three Bears Acres, and more!). You are sure to find something to reward all your hard work.

If you have any questions or need a FREE username to use the website, just let us know. Just ask if you want a copy of your game progress so that you will know what games to focus on to win prizes. Remember, you need to do the QUIZ level and reach the required score in order to pass a game off.

Win Tickets!
Win 2 tickets to see NC Symphony Summerfest: An Evening in France on Saturday June 17. Simply reply back to this email by May 31 or “like” our newsletter post on Facebook and you will be entered in the drawing. Winners are chosen at random. This contest is open to ALL our newsletter readers. Good luck! 
Congratulations to the Van Fleteren family for winning the last ticket giveaway.

Report Card Challenge

Show us your report cards between now and the end of May. For every A or B you receive, you will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Target gift card. We will draw the name of the winner in June.

Congratulations to Jackson H., piano student of Cera Finney, for winning the gift card from the last drawing. We had over 50 entries!

Pet of the Month: Finnegan

Finnegan belongs to Gabriel S., who takes guitar lessons with Jon Boisvert.

He is currently taking the test to become a Therapy Dog. He just turned three years old and is an English Cream golden. His enjoys nerf gun fights with Gabriel and tries to catch bullets in his teeth!

Gabriel and Finnegan have even been in the paper!

For being Pet of the Month, Finnegan will get a gift certificate to PetSmart. If you have a pet at home that would like to be featured, let us know!

Check out this article on why a music education is so important (even if you don’t want music as a career)

“I’m not advocating for everyone to go to music school. I am saying that we, as a nation, need music education to teach everyone these lessons and more. It’s what will help prepare students to join the workforce, whether they’re part of an orchestra, a lab or a startup. Keep kids involved in the arts and stop underestimating the inherent value of music education.”

On Thursdays, one student is selected as our student of the week. We hope you have enjoyed reading about them on our Facebook page and in the display case at the studio.

Each student of the week is entered in a ticket giveaway to be announced at Spring and Fall Student Recognition Weeks.

Congratulations to our last winner, Gabrielle P. She won tickets to an upcoming NC Symphony performance. Gabrielle is a flute student of Melissa Jeffreys.

Recent students featured as “Student of the Week”

Alex A.-piano student of Amber Galimore

David B.-guitar student of Jon Boisvert

Nigel B.-piano student of Craig Brown

Robert Conolly-guitar student of Jon Boisvert

Blair S.-piano student of Craig Brown

Celebrating Student Achievement • The Musical Ladder System®

The Musicians Learning Center is the first music school in North Carolina to license The Musical Ladder System®, a system that gives students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets, trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests. It is being used by music schools nationwide.

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! Best of all-It is absolutely FREE for our students!

Upcoming Events
May 22-June 3: Bring a Friend Weeks-Invite a friend to your lesson and you could win a $50 Amazon gift card! 
Monday, May 29:Closed for Memorial Day. See the front desk to reschedule.Sunday, June 4: Spring Music Recitals, Meredith College; 2 pm, 4:30 pm, and 7 pm June 19-June 24: Student Recognition Week!

Don’t miss out on music lessons! We are filling fast. Is your favorite teacher already sold out?

LeRoy Barley-1 spot left on Tuesdays, 1 spot left on Thursdays

Jon Boisvert- 1 spot left on Tuesdays, 2 spots left on Wednesdays

Craig Brown-1 spot left!

Brad Farmer-2 spots left on Wednesdays

Amber Galimore- 1 spot left!

Margie Harrison-1 spot left!

Melissa Jeffreys-SOLD OUT!

Jessica Kiernan-2 spots left on Tuesdays

Phyllis Moore-1 spot left!

Fred Westbrook-2 spots left!

Contact us today before all of our teachers are fully booked!

Charity Spotlight

Small Hands Big Hearts United

Kids love to volunteer and help out, but many charities have age restrictions. Small Hands Big Hearts United breaks down those barriers.

Forming partnerships with organizations that may not traditionally allow child volunteers is one of the ways this group helps children get involved in volunteering. These partnerships allow them to have regularly standing missions that members can easily take part in. Examples of these include working with Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Food Bank of North Carolina, and Oak City Outreach. For these missions, members can sign up and show up. An adult mentor or teen ambassador will orient attendees to the work they will be doing that day.

The Musicians Learning Center is excited about the opportunity to work with this group. It is free for children to participate, but parents must pay $30 to go through the background process. Bring us your email confirmation that you signed up and paid the fee and we will credit one free 30-minute lesson to your account.
Go here for more info on an upcoming 5K walk to raise funds and awareness of Cystic Fibrosis.