The Musicians Learning Center-August 2017 Newsletter-Studio Notes

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

Hello, everyone!

For the last few newsletter articles, I’ve written about my son, Ryan, beginning to learn the piano. Thank you to everyone that reached out to let me know that you enjoyed the articles!

So, we left off with us not exactly being the model piano students. Ryan loves the lessons with Ms. Cera and likes playing piano. But, he’s five so the majority of the “remembering to practice” falls on me. Well, it isn’t always on the top of my priority list. And, you know what? That’s okay. He is still gaining great skills and confidence each week. He put in extra effort around the recital and the promise of a Musical Ladder test can really encourage him to ask about practicing. Ms.Cera has a summer practice club called the Cool Cats and Ryan is all over anything that will earn him a prize.

I think back over these first six months and realize what he has learned and it just amazes me. Sure, he can play a few songs and is starting to read music. He sometimes remembers to hold half notes for two beats. That’s all great. The bigger accomplishments in my mind are the fact that my son now speaks to Josephine and Jolynne at the front desk when they ask about his day. He runs into the room when Ms. Cera is ready with a huge smile on his face, ready to tackle her latest challenge. Ryan got over his fear and walked out on the stage and performed his song at the recital. He is learning so much more than music each week. I know there will be times that he isn’t in love with music and I’m not in love with the hour drive to get him to his lesson. I know there will be times that Ryan will feel that other activities might interest him more and I feel like I have to decide between battling over homework or piano practice. So, in those moments, I know that I can look back on what he has accomplished so far and realize that I wouldn’t let him stop math class because he was more interested in football or quit picking up his dirty socks off the floor because he already picked up the toys from the floor.

It’s all about perspective and setting expectations. I don’t expect him to be a child prodigy or earn a college scholarship. I don’t even expect him to like music all the time. I do expect him to be respectful to his teacher. I do expect him to put in effort and to try his best. So, Ryan is getting ready for the next six months of lessons with one eye on that cool Musical Ladder trophy he wants and one eye on that drum room he passes each week on his way into Ms. Cera’s room. More on that one later!

-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 September 15th 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.

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

LeRoy Barley-1 spot left!
Jon Boisvert- SOLD OUT!
Shari Boshart-2 spots left!
Craig Brown-1 spot left!
Margie Harrison-SOLD OUT!
Melissa Jeffreys-SOLD OUT!
Michael Lewis-2 spots left on Mondays!
Phyllis Moore-SOLD OUT!
Amanda Rutter- 1 spot left!
Fred Westbrook-2 spots left!

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

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 4: We are OPEN. If you have Labor Day plans, stop by the front desk to reschedule.

Tuesday, October 31: We are OPEN. If you have Halloween plans, stop by the front desk to reschedule.

Thursday, Nov. 23-Friday, Nov. 24-We are CLOSED for Thanksgiving. Stop by the front desk to reschedule.

Report Card Challenge

Show us your report cards between now and the middle of September. 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 October.

Congratulations to Caleb J., voice student of Craig Brown, for winning the gift card from the last drawing. We had over 80 entries!


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!


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, David B. He won tickets to an upcoming NC Symphony performance. David is a guitar student of Jon Boisvert.

Recent students featured as “Student of the Week”

Isaac R., piano student of Jessica Kiernan
Nolan B., piano student of Craig Brown
Riaan P., piano student of Craig Brown


Your involvement in music can lead to a great career! Check out this article that explains why many tech firms are hiring more applicants with humanities backgrounds than engineers/developers.

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 the upcoming Java Jive Jog 5K and 10K. Interested in participating? We have four free registrations to the race to give away! Just ask us for the special code.


Win Tickets!

Win 2 tickets to see NC Symphony Beethoven and Mendelssohn on Saturday October 21. Simply reply back to this email by September 15 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 Smith family for winning the last ticket giveaway.

Pet of the Month: Needed!

We need your pet of the month submissions! Just send us the pet’s picture and some basic information you would like to share like how old the pet is and what they like to do.

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