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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

August 3, 2017
Music, a Lynchpin to More Successful Learning?!

Love making music with like-minded friends?
Youth Perspective!

Why Music... 4 Articles

Albert Markasky, Owner & Master Luthier at Sylvan Music

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  Music, a Lynchpin to More Successful Learning?!

(0 Aug 2017) MusicJoy.jpgWith contemporary technology, music is available to all of us. Classical, pop, jazz, bluegrass, country, reggae, rock --whatever your preference you can access it.

Because of the amazing advances of neuroscience we now know a lot more about what happens inside the brain, whether listening to or making music.  In fact it has been and is being shown that music in our lives can enhance other skills. 

I believe that great teachers have intuitively used music to increase learning. Imagine walking through school halls after lunch, hearing wisps of classical music coming from the classrooms or perhaps a Souza's march between academic lessons. If your school does not have enough music, ask how you can help add to or supplement more music! Bring supporting data to the attention of educators. Perhaps donate a boombox and cds to your child's classroom or....

(0 Aug 2017) FernCreekandWesternRR-August2017.jpgYears in the building, Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad, an amazing model railroad system complete with villages, bridges,  landscaping and miniature people, is holding an open house Sunday 11-4.  This is a must see! Meet teen Trevor and his mentor Eric. They enjoy sharing train stories and their hobby with guests.

(2 Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events! We cannot fit them all into this newsletter.  Check the online calendar.

Have a musical weekend with the family!  Parmalee

 

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  Love making music with like-minded friends?

(0 Aug 2017) YS_brassplayersgirls.jpgAudition for the Santa Cruz Symphony Youth Orchestra

Founded in 1966, the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony is the only pre-professional youth symphony in Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to foster a lifelong appreciation for classical orchestral music in the youth of Santa Cruz County and surrounding areas, with an emphasis on the beauty and value of the experience of playing and performing this music.

(0 Aug 2017) YS_ConductorNathanielBerman.jpgLed by inspiring conductor Nathaniel Berman, the Youth Symphony performs three public concerts during the school year. Young musicians up to age 20 are invited to audition for the 2017-2018 season on August 20, 2017. Weekly rehearsals at Kirby School begin in September.

Musicians should:

  • (0 Aug 2017) YS_Hunterplayingflute.jpgHave strong musical skills and a good attitude. These are the primary requirements for admission to the symphony and are more important than an applicant's age or how long they have played an instrument.
  • Be 20 years old or younger, and must be prepared to make a sincere commitment to full rehearsal and concert participation.
  • Be currently taking private lessons on their orchestra instrument. It is essential that musicians receive this guidance throughout the year.

An online registration form and detailed audition requirements can be found at sccys.org.

Email info@sccys.org or call (831) 239-0442 with questions. The Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony is dedicated to making it possible for all young musicians to participate in our program. Tuition assistance is available.

  Youth Perspective!

Let's hear about the Youth Symphony Orchestra from the some of its musicians.

"When I auditioned for the youth symphony, I had only been playing the cello for a few months. I wanted to be able to play in an orchestra, but I was afraid I wouldn't be good enough. My parents first suggested the idea of joining, and when I came in with my prepared audition piece I was happy to find that the audition was very low pressure. For the first few months, I struggled a bit with the music, but I was able to adjust to the skill level. Playing in the SCCYS has made me a much better musician, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone in the area who plays an instrument." Yosef, Cello

 

"Thanks for the opportunity. I hope I can be of some help. Youth symphony was an intimidating obstacle at first. I originally believed it was only for the elite musicians of Santa Cruz, and was reluctant to join. Instead it was three years of making music, meeting new people, professionals and amateurs alike, and learning faster than ever before." Best, Burleigh

"I play the violin, I have been playing it for 7 years, since I was 5. I'm 12 now. When I play my violin, honestly I pretty much just play a lot of classical music. I would say I'm quite partial to classical and romantic. If I'm just listening to music, I normally listen to alternative/indie pop.

Before SCCYS, I played in a group called the Santa Cruz Chamber Strings, directed by the amazing Cynthia Baehr. It's a wonderful first chamber orchestra to play in, and the community there is great.

My first audition was honestly really fun, because I wasn't expecting my old conductor, Cynthia, to be there. She wasn't expecting me either, so it was a nice surprise for both of us and made me feel much more relaxed and at ease than if I hadn't recognized anyone there. I played the Preludio from Bach's third partita and it went really well, in my opinion. As for practicing, I just practiced a lot and also played in front of an audience a few times.

(0 Aug 2017) YS_threeviolinists3.jpgOne of the reason I love performing with SCCYS so much is that we all fit together really well when we perform. I'm also much too enthusiastic about practicing before the first rehearsal, because I love seeing the new music so much.

Music is a huge part of my life, seeing as my dad is my teacher and every practice session is a lesson. I'm also a part-time hobbyist arranger, meaning that I try to arrange other songs for musical instruments, but my friend Hannah Kuo (also from SCCYS) is so much better at that than I am. My other interests are writing (mostly fantasy), reading (fantasy and realistic fiction), and gaming, all three big parts of my life as well." Miles, Violin

(0 Aug 2017) YS_Uirassu.jpg"My name is Uirassu, I am 17 years old. I have been playing the violin and the piano for nine years. A few years ago, I decided to switch from the violin to the viola, which was when I joined the Santa Cruz Youth Symphony. This is when I began to play music from various composers during different time periods. I have learned so much about theory, technique, how to listen to other musicians within the orchestra, and my own music potential while playing in the Santa Cruz Youth Symphony." Uirassu, Violin, Cello, Piano

 
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Musical Me

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  Why Music... 4 Articles

After reading these few articles on what music does to enhance and enrich our lives and you may just place music at the top of the list of "must have" fields of influence in your children's lives.

(0 Aug 2017) SuzukiLessons_Hsu.jpgUsing Music And Rhythm To Help Kids With Grammar And Language

by Andrea Hsu

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee are considering whether music and rhythm training could benefit students with developmental language disorders. Reyna Gordon, director of the Music Cognition Lab, in previous research found a correlation between good rhythm skills and a strong grasp of grammar.  Full Story>>>

Say What!? Musicians Hear Better

by Jon Hamilton

(0 Aug 2017) MusicandBrain_NorthwesternU.jpgMusical training can improve your hearing, according to several studies presented in Chicago at Neuroscience 2009, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

The study tested classically trained violinists and pianists, and found that their brains were much better adapted to discern subtle pitch and tonal differences in sound. This study and its graphics are fascinating>>>>

Ten Reasons to Let Your Kid Major in Music

by Liz Ryan, Contributor to Forbes

Dear Liz, My daughter is a junior in high school, and she is sure that she wants to major in music in college. She wants to attend a music conservatory. That plan scares my husband and me. We love the fact that our daughter is a talented musician, but how can we in good conscience tell her "Sure, get a degree in music performance."? What could she possibly do with that degree? How many people earn their living playing the cello?

My recommendation is for her to get a more conventional degree but to minor in music. My husband wants her to study engineering or math (she is gifted in both math and science) and keep her musical activities out of her academic program entirely. He says she can play in an ensemble as an extra-curricular activity.

I trust your judgment, Liz. You are a musician, a mom and a business person - what's your opinion?  Read Liz's answer>>>>

Music As a Teaching Tool

by Maria Alegria

Incorporating music into almost any class can be a great way to teach content, and it doesn't take special training or expensive resources.

Many teachers shy away from including music in their classrooms because they presume they need musical training to use music as a teaching tool. However, there are multiple ways to implement music in the classroom that don't require any training. Read more for classroom strategies, incorporating music into history, math, science andliteracy>>>

 
  Albert Markasky, Owner & Master Luthier at Sylvan Music

(0 Aug 2017) Sylvan_Al.jpg"I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio where I spent most of my youth playing sports, avoiding girlfriends, and climbing churches throughout my home town. I was 10 when I picked up my first guitar. My father had bought my brother, Gary, and me a "10-lesson' package at the local music store. Gary later moved on to become the guitar player for the Michael Stanley Band while I played in bands, duos, and trios throughout my teen years and into my mid 20's. I loved to sing, write poetry, and play the guitar. After finishing college at Ohio State, I spent the next few years traveling the country and Canada playing concerts, pubs, and coffee houses as a solo entertainer. Throughout those years I became very intrigued with the workings of my guitars and spent many hours trying to understand the mechanics and playability of my instruments. When I reached Santa Cruz, I ran into...."Read more>>>> ...

"I can still be found in the back of the store building, repairing, and living the good life of a luthier. I built more than 20 guitars in the 80's and 90's, then I took a 10-year break to grow my family and a business. Now, I'm reconnecting with my love of guitar construction. I build one a year and I am thoroughly enjoying myself."

 

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August 12,  is to be a once in a lifetime brightest show!

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Perseid Meteor Shower

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Music Resources

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Young Writers Contest

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Bookshop Santa Cruz celebrates the talents of young writers in our community with an annual contest designed for writers ages 6-17.

First, second, and third place winners from each age group will receive Bookshop Santa Cruz gift certificates.

The winning entries are published together in a collection each November. Submissions are now OPEN for our 2017 contest!

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Natural Bridges Children's Center Open House
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  Natural Bridges Children's Center Open House
Natural Bridges Children's Center
Date: 08/05/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Preschool
Details: Inspiring Children, Creating Community, Building Bridges
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 429-6222 view all details >>
     
Adventure Sports Youth Scuba
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Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Date: Every Fri (Aug 4-Aug 25)
Details: Love the water? Scuba for kids!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 458-3648 view all details >>
     
Garden Railroad Open
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  Garden Railroad Open
Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad
Date: 08/13/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Our little railroad will have lots of trains running and we will be featuring the start of our new logging branch line
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831)-435-9042 view all details >>
     
Auditions: Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
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  Auditions: Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
Date: Every day (Jul 27-Aug 20)
Ages: Up to age 20
Details: Youth Symphony Auditions on August 20
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 239-0442 view all details >>
     
Church Street Fair
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  Church Street Fair
Cabrillo Music Festival
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 11:00am to 8:00pm
Details: Non-stop world and ethnic music and dance on the outdoor Church Street Stage, and dozens of premier artists and craftspeople
Special Instructions: Church Street in front of Civic Auditor
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Beauty and the Beast
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  Beauty and the Beast
Cabrillo Theater
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 21-Aug 13)
Details: A heartwarming performance of a classic!
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 479-6154 view all details >>
     
Our Coastal California in Pastels
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  Our Coastal California in Pastels
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 08/05/2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: First Friday, Sandra Cherk uses soft pastels to capture scenes of our much-loved shorelines, foothills, mountains and forests
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
     
87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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  87th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
Santa Cruz Art League
Date: Every day (Aug 11-Sep 10)
Details: California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-5787 view all details >>
     
Overnights at the Zoo
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  Overnights at the Zoo
San Francisco Zoo
Date: Every day (Aug 19-Aug 20)
Details: From dusk until dawn, groups will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zoo
Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway
City: San Francisco Phone: (415) 753-7080 view all details >>
     
Papa Doo Run Run
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: 09/01/2017
Details: Last free Friday night concert of the summer
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-5590 view all details >>
     
Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
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  Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
Capitola Village
Date: Every Wed (Jun 7-Aug 30) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax.
City: Capitola Village view all details >>
     
Summer Concert Series
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  Summer Concert Series
State Park New Brighton
Date: Every Sa (Jul 1-Aug 27) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Details: Campfire concerts. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!
City: Capitola view all details >>
     
Day Out with ThomasTM
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Roaring Camp
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 28-Aug 6)
Details: A train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,TM temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling
Special Instructions: July 28-30 & Aug 4-6
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Kids Week Downtown Santa Cruz
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Jul 29-Aug 6)
Details: Join us all week long for fun activities and specials downtown - just for kids!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!
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  Around the World in 60-90 Minutes!
Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Details: Learn about the exotic plants from around the world
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.427.2998 view all details >>
     
Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
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  Scottish Games & Celtic Festival
Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Pipe bands, Drum Major and Solo and Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, Sheepdog Herding and...
City: Monterey Phone: (831) 682-2022 view all details >>
     
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
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  Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
City of Watsonville
Date: Every day (Aug 5-Aug 6) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Details: Strawberries, music, food and strawberries every way you can imagine
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-768-3240 view all details >>
     
Whales in Our Watershed
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  Whales in Our Watershed
Elkhorn Slough
Date: 08/10/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Details: Marine biologist and naturalist Dorris Welch, co-owner of Sanctuary Cruises, dives into the natural history of the whales that f
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 728-2822 view all details >>
     
     
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