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February 2019 Newsletter

Happy February! We hope you are all enjoying your time back from the holidays! Here are the events and News from Velocity for February! 

Important February Dates:

1st:  Tuition Due 
2nd 2:00m-4:00pm: Velocity Achievement Festival - can't wait to see who wins the outstanding performer of the day trophy!
9th 11:30: Enrichment Class: Music Theory. Any enrolled Velocity Student can attend. Click here to register 
9th: Spring Theory Test @ UT. (Students of Dr. Kathy Rabago, Dr. Hanna Chung, and Dr. Brad Emerson only)
23rd: Baroque/ Classical Festiival @ UT (Students of Dr. Kathy Rabago, Dr. Hanna Chung, and Dr. Brad Emerson only)

TBA: Student Photoshoot with their Instrument.  This is going to be a wonderful opportunity!  We are bringing in a professional photographer to take pictures of the kids!  Make your appointment to bring your child in for a professor photo shoot with their instrument.  (exact times/dates to be sent out later)

Looking forward to March.....

9th: Enrichment Class. Any enrolled Velocity Student mat attend. Click here to register
30th 10:00AM: Honors Recital @ Steinway.  Are you a student who is going 'above and beyond' in lessons?  Students of all levels who really shine will be invited to perform on this special recital.  

30th 11:00AM: Pops Recital @ Steinway.  For our students who love playing pop/rock/jazz/worship music.  This is a once in a lifetime chance to play with a rhythm section (guitar and drums!). Always one of our most fun recitals of the semester.  Don't miss out!   Click here to register

Meet our New Guitar Teacher, Jerry Thompson!  

We are very happy to welcome Jerry Thompson to the Velocity team! Jerry started playing guitar at age 11 and he and 2 friends started a garage band in junior high school. By age 18 he was teaching private lessons. Originally self-taught, he was later instructed in jazz guitar by Noel Smith and in classical guitar by Frank Hardcastle and Hansford Johnson (an Andre Segovia master class alum). He has attended guitar clinics and seminars by Robben Ford, Howard Roberts, Jerry Donahue, and Doyle Dykes. Jerry taught at Amarillo College for 26 years where he taught guitar to classes as large as 35-40 students. Styles taught included Classical, Jazz, Rock, Country & Western, Modern Acoustic, Reggae, Heavy Metal, and others. Classes included music theory and were taught as individual performance and as ensembles (4-10 players). He has taught beginner to advanced private lessons to individual students for approximately 46 years and has taught at numerous band camps through the years.

Meet our New Violin & Viola Teacher, Haley Dietz!  

We are also very happy to welcome Haley Dietz! A native of State College, PA, she is a classically trained violinist whose passions include both teaching and performing. Haley began studying the violin at age 5, after being inspired by a girl playing the violin on Sesame Street. In May 2018 she graduated from the University of Maryland where she received her Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance under the instruction of Irina Muresanu and currently studies with Will Fedkenheuer of the Miro Quartet.
Haley is an active orchestral musician and is currently a member of the Round Rock Symphony
Orchestra and also performs with various ensembles throughout the greater Austin area. In 2016 she received a full fellowship to the National Orchestral Institute and performed with them again in 2017.


New Classes at Velocity

We still have openings for our spring classes!  All classes meet for 45 minutes and are $110/month.  Month to Month commitment (we know you will love it and stay enrolled until the end of May!)  Learn more about the classes on our website by clicking here.  

Beginning Piano I

We have 3 separate classes, separated by ages.  Each child learns on a full sized digital piano.
Ages 6-10: Mondays 6:00, Fridays 4:30
Ages 11-17: Thursdays 5:30
Adult:  Tuesday 9:00am or Thursdays 7:30pm

Musical Tots, ages 3-5

Wednesdays 3:00 with Ms Nicolle

Beginning Guitar I

Fridays 6:30 or Saturdays 1:30 (students need to bring their own guitar to the class)

Beginning Voice I

Fridays 3:30 with Ms. Megan P.  

Beginning Cello I

Saturdays 10:00am (students need to bring their own cellos to the class - contact us for rental recommendations)

First Steps in Piano (ages 4-6)

Mondays 3:30

Chamber Music

If you’ve taken private lessons for two years or more, then you may be ready for chamber music class!  This is a wonderful opportunity for students who are already familiar with their instruments to work with Dr. Rabago, Dr. Emerson, Ms. Dixon, and Dr. Chung to grow in their musical skills collaborating with other students.  We will group students according to ability, and set rehearsals based on student and teacher availability.  Students of all instruments welcome!

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