The Musicians Learning Center-October 2017 Newsletter-Studio Notes


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

Hello, everyone!

Many of you have wondered how I knew I wanted to be a musician. The real answer is I didn’t want to make music my career. I had my eyes set on becoming an emergency room physician. I played flute in band and learned piano for the same reasons I studied Latin in high school-I thought it would look good on my med school application.

My mom knew that music was my thing long before I realized it. When we were having a discussion about where I wanted to apply to college, she said something to me that just really struck a nerve. I don’t remember the exact words, but it was something to the effect of “Melissa, I know you would make a great doctor, but is that what you want to be? Will that bring you satisfaction. It seems to me that when you are happy, you play music. When you are sad, you play music. When you are trying to make an important decision, you play music. When you feel bored or anxious, you play music.”

Her words stuck with me and after playing some music to work through my thoughts, I realized that I wanted to become a musician. Even if you don’t make music your life’s work, I know many of you find comfort in music and I encourage you to embrace that. When there are things going on in your life that you just can’t seem to understand, try listening to or playing music. It really doesn’t matter what kind of music, just do it. There is an amazing healing power to it and it calms your mind and your heart enough to see through the fog of life. We could all use a little more music in our lives, don’t you think?

-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 January 15th for 2 tickets to an upcoming concert or a $50 Amazon gift card! Congratulations to the Reeves family for winning the last drawing.

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?

Jon Boisvert- 1 spot left on Mondays! 1 spot left on Thursdays!
Craig Brown-1 spot left on Thursdays! 1 spot left on Saturdays!
Margie Harrison-SOLD OUT!
Melissa Jeffreys-SOLD OUT!
Michael Lewis-2 spots left on Saturdays!
Frank Alexander-1 spot left on Wednesdays!
Brad Farmer-only 3 spots left!
Victoria Nelson-2 spots left on Wednesdays!
Brittany Francis-2 spots left on Mondays!
Jessica Kiernan-1 spot left on Wednesdays!
Amber Galimore-1 spot left on Thursdays!
Quavon Johnson-only 2 spots left!
Cera Finey-1 spot left on Fridays!

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

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 21: Come hear some of our intermediate and advanced students perform in the lobby of Meymandi Concert Hall before the NC Symphony concert. 7 pm. Ask your teacher if you are interested in performing next year.

Tuesday, October 31: We are OPEN. If you have Halloween plans, stop by the front desk to reschedule. Come in your costume the week leading up to Halloween and stop by the front desk for a special treat.

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

Sunday, Dec. 17-Fall Music Recitals, Meredith College-Sign up now!

Friday, Dec. 22-Monday, Jan. 1-Closed for holiday break

Report Card Challenge

Show us your report cards between now and the end of January. 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 February.

Congratulations to Lily S, piano student of Amber Galimore, for winning the gift card from the last drawing. We had over 50 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!


Learn to spot the challenges in your music practice and ways to overcome them. Check out this article that explains how the skills you learn in your lessons to tackle new music will lead you to have better, more effective practice sessions in between lessons.

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.


Win Tickets!

Win 2 tickets to see NC Symphony: Baroque Masters on Saturday December 2. This all-Baroque program includes selections from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and from his Christmas Cantatas, as well as his popular Brandenburg Concerto No. 1—plus, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Horns will be performed on natural horns.

Simply reply back to this email by November 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 Sciaudone family for winning the last ticket giveaway.

Pet of the Month: Bentley

My name is Bentley! I am a 10 week old Pomeranian puppy. I am playful and cute. I love food and takings naps. I also like to nip every once in a while. I’m teething right now and my family says ouch! I’m glad I’m loved by Grayson, my best friend.

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