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Where Did Music Come From? – An Infographic

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The Swingaroos at The Metropolitan Room, July 6

 

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  • WhenSunday, Jul 6, 2014 9:30 PM (Doors open at 9:00 PM )
  • Ticket Price$15.00  $115.00
  • Door Time: 9:00 PM
  • Show Type40s
  • Restrictions: 2 Bev Min
  • Purchase TicketHere!

Go to http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=155230&cart for more information.

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The Swingaroos – I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me!

 

Check out our amazing piano and voice instructor, Kimberly Hawkey, perform with her band, The Swingaroos!

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Alon Nechushtan’s Venture Bound CD Release and Tour

 

East and west coast tour with my project ‘venture bound’ , starting in June. Check out the tour dates here!

beside his home base in New York City – June 18th Cornelia Street, he will be in New Jersey, Boston, Virginia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Francisco.

See the online flyer here.

Catch Alon Nechustan touring with the band:

-Fanwood NJ June 14th,
-Jazz Museum of Harlem,NY June 21th
-Charlosville Virginia,VA, June 28th,
-An Die Musik, Baltimore, MD, June 29th
-Los Angeles,CA, July 10-12th
-San Francisco July 13th,SF
-August 10-20 Israel Tour, ISR

RELEASE DATE : JUNE 14 2014

Each new album by Alon Nechushtan offers a fresh glimpse at his diverse and complex musical personality, which seems to be able to encompass a vast, cross-genre richness, which eventually becomes his very own. The most amazing quality of his is that he always sounds as if he already played this or that specific sub-genre for years, whereas in fact a comprehensive knowledge of his output so far reveals that he is probably one of the most chameleonic Jazz musicians around. But regardless of the specific musical environment Nechushtan selects as his weapon of choice at a specific moment, he is always honest, both with himself and the listener. The quality of players he selects as his partners, the wonderful technical qualities, the incredible melodic wealth and above all the ability to communicate with his fellow musicians and his public alike are a direct result of this honesty. Nechushtan’s music is always an amalgam of influences: first and foremost Jewish music in all forms and shapes, but also the endless varieties of the Jazz Art Form, which together create the new “Jewish Jazz” phenomenon, This album,although less obviously connected with the Jewish context and emphasizing the Jazz tradition and its contemporary state of affairs, is nevertheless an integral part of his continuous musical journey, which is always fascinating and heartwarming.

 

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La Traviata @ Church of the Covenant, May 7, May 11, and May 18

 

New York Opera Exchange Presents

La Traviata

May 7, 9, 10, 16 at 7:30PM
May 11, 18 at 3:00PM

Verdi’s La Traviata
sung in Italian with English supertitles
Featuring the New York Opera Exchange Orchestra And MorDance

Conducted by David Leibowitz
Directed by Jennifer Bushinger and Justin Werner

“Transported to the rubble of post-Mussolini Italy, Verdi’s timeless romance tells the story of an Italian royal turned courtesan and the American soldier she loves so much she has to let go.”

Church of the Covenant
310 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

Tickets
$30 in advance and at the door.
$10 student rush at the door.

Cast
May 7, 10, 16
Violetta: Nadia Petrella
Annina: Kendra Berentsen
Flora: Rachael Braunstein
Alfredo: Jonathan Tetelman
Germont: Charles Hyland
Gastone: Victor Starsky
Baron Duphol: Nicholas Wiggins
Dr. Grenvil: Colin Whiteman
Marchese D’Obigny: Javier Ortiz
Giuseppe: Jon Olson

May 9, 11, 18
Violetta: Samantha Guevrekian
Annina: Amanda Matson
Flora: Ann Louise Glasser
Alfredo: Kyle Van Schoonhoven
Germont: Isaac Grier
Gastone: Joseph Palarca
Baron Duphol: Nicholas Wiggins
Dr. Grenvil: Colin Whiteman
Marchese D’Obigny: Javier Ortiz
Giuseppe: Jon Olson

Covers (May 8)
Violetta: Jessica Thompson
Annina: Julie Norman
Flora: Katherine Wiswell
Alfredo: Lindell O. Carter
Germont: Roberto Borgatti
Gastone: Adam Fieldson
Baron Duphol: Stephan Holden-Corbett
Marchese D’Obigny: Blake Burroughs
Giuseppe: Brandon Martin

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Alon Nechustan Trio @ Why Not Jazz, April 26

 

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One of our amazing teachers, Alon Nechustan, will be playing with his jazz quartet on April 26. Be there!

Where: Why Not Jazz, 14 Christopher Street, New York, NY (right off 6th Avenue), downstairs
when: 10pm
Who: Featuring Alon Nechustan, Greg Ward, Francois Moutin, and Shareef Taheer – a fairly international band
Price: $12 tickets

They will be playing both a new and old selection from Alon’s upcoming new album.

View more info on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/238911636309999/?notif_t=plan_admin_added

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Private NYC Music Lessons: Why Parents Should Learn with Kids

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Okay parents: We’ll be honest; even we have some sour memories of being forced into taking music lessons as kids — the long hours practicing indoors, the decrepit (not to mention ridiculously strict) teachers, the isolation from our friends playing music that just reminded us of funerals and horror film soundtracks! ‘Why, oh why? Why are our parents subjecting us to this!’ We wondered with desperation.

And now look at what we are doing, ourselves. 😉

But really — as much as we hate to admit it, our parents totally knew what they were doing. And as that old saying goes, we really did appreciate how music touched our lives from such a young age — it just took us a while to appreciate those music lessons. The instructors at Music To Your Home live, breathe and sleep music, though, and we definitely don’t want our young clients to take YEARS to love and appreciate music! And to that point, you know what other old saying we love?

Practice what you preach.

Now, before you go assuming that we’re just trying to get you to sign up for some fancy-schmancy NYC music lessons with your kids, you should know that you’re only half right. Seriously — we’re not as fancy-schmancy as you think. 😉

Now, as far as signing up for those music lessons with your children…well, why not? Oh okay, you need some convincing. Here’s a few more-than-fantastic reasons why enrolling in music lessons with your kids could be one of the best decisions you make for both you and them.

1. Keep Your Mind Young and Sharp

You may know that learning to play a musical instrument can help your children perform better in school, be more disciplined and be exposed to the creative arts from a young age. There is definitely research to back all these claims, but what you should also know is that Sudoku isn’t the only way to keep your brain working hard.

One study conducted at The University of St. Andrews and published in the journal Neuropsychologia found that, “musical activity could be used as an effective intervention to slow, stop or even reverse age, or illness, related decline in mental functioning.”

The research also concluded that people who played instruments were also quicker to recognize mistakes and correct them faster than those who didn’t! This is enough to make us want to get back in the studio right now.

2. Discover a Hobby to Keep You Healthy

Many people complain that as they get older, they find it harder to find a hobby they are truly passionate about [that doesn’t cost a fortune to maintain] and that can they do for themselves. Don’t be under the impression that learning a new musical instrument is just for kids. On any given day you can find any of us just walking to the beat of our own drum (sorry, no pun intended)!

Playing music has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, lessen anxiety and depression and possibly even help you fight off viruses better! Happiness and health all in one package?! Do you really need any more convincing that this is a fantastic hobby to pick up?

3. Set a Good Example for Your Kids

Think back of when you were a child and your parents didn’t allow you to do “grownup” things like stay up late or watch certain movies. They were trivial restrictions, but it’s often these things that left us feeling separated from their world. Learning to play music together doesn’t have to be that way!

Music lessons are a great way to do something with your children that’s beyond watching the latest movie. It promotes healthy bonding, combines your adult world with their adolescent — and did you read reasons one and two up there? And let’s not forget kids learn best by example. Showing them that you’re never too old to learn something new and work hard to achieve something you’ve never done before (not to mention the mistakes you’ll make and learn from along the way) is a priceless value you can instill in them. And didn’t you know that you’re never too old to act like a kid? 🙂

Ready to start you own little family band? Here’s some of the awesome instruments we can teach you and your family right in the privacy of your own home. (After all, it isn’t NYC if you can’t get music lessons delivered to your home, right?)

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5 Grammys Covers We Can’t Listen to Enough

So, unless you live under a rock (that’s sound-proof) you probably know that the 56th Grammy Awards were on TV last night. As much as we love our day jobs offering private music lessons in NYC and the surrounding area, we are musicians first and foremost. (Did you see the nod that one of piano instructors, Steven Feifke, received by The Boston Globe?!) With that said, you can only imagine how excited we get when any music awards show is on! But musical talent is all over the place — not just at an awards show. After all, people like Beyoncé, Madonna and John Legend were all just kids once upon a time learning their first musical notes on the piano or training their voices to get the right pitch and tone. And just look at them now!

One of the truly amazing things about technology these days is that showcasing your talent is easier than ever. What we really enjoy seeing is the creativity that everyday people put into creating covers for songs that we all know and love and then uploading them to YouTube. What better way is there to showcase your passion and talent for the world to see? After suffering from the Post-Grammy Blues this year, we decided to find the best covers out to inspire us and keep us entertained until the next music awards show. Here are the 5 best Grammys covers that we can’t — and we you know YOU won’t be able to stop listening to!

1. Royals, Lorde: Piano Cover by Tom Reading

All we can say is, wow…just wow. 13 separate tracks and using only one finger at a time to create this super complex and beautiful cover! Love.

2. Drunk in Love, Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z: Acoustic Cover by Lea Bailey

Not only is this cover incredibly interesting and beautiful as an acoustic version to Queen Bey’s catchy single featuring hip-hop hubby Jay-Z, but we truly respect this girl’s ability to play, sing and rap all the parts to the song! Who’s the triple threat now?

3. All of Me, John Legend: Cover by Joey Busse & Jack Feeny

Ah, there’s just very little to say about why we love this one. These guys do John Legend justice with their awesome duet of his swooner, “All of Me”.

4. Radioactive, Imagine Dragons: Cover by Lindsey Stirling & Pentatonix

We were already HUGE fans of violinist, composer, performer, all-star musician Lindsey Stirling who tends to blow our minds with the different genres in which you can incorporate the violin — but now this…WOW. This song was one of our faves from 2013 anyway, but the vocals lent by Pentatonix just repurposed it into a whole new song that we can’t listen to enough!

5. Brave, Sarah Bareilles & Roar, Katy Perry: Mashup Cover by Nathan Parrett & Pip

Okay, so we had to end this list with this totally brilliant mashup of two feel-good songs that always make us feel like we can take on the world. These guys do a beyond amazing job seamlessly blending two awesome jams into one (and what awesome voices!). Can we download this somewhere, please?!

What did you think of our favorite Grammys covers? Tell us your thoughts in the comments and share some of your other faves! ‘Till next time, play and sing like no one’s watching. 😉

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The 10 Most Romantic Love Songs of All Time

Alright, alright, you know what day it is. As if the red and pink balloons and hearts all over the place didn’t give it away already, we wanted to make sure you knew that it that it was Valentine’s Day!

All clichés aside, we really do love this day. We despise the fact that Valentine’s Day has become all about whether you have a significant other to celebrate it with or not. It’s a day about love and celebrating all of the love you have in your life — not being reminded of whatever it is that you don’t have. And as music teachers, we love Valentine’s Day even more for all the great love songs that have been created over the years that celebrate love the way it’s meant to be. So whether you’ve got big plans or are kicking back with a rom-com tonight, make sure you take a moment to listen to some great music (that just so happens to be about love) — it’ll be just the thing to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling. Here are our top 10 picks of the most romantic songs of all time (in no particular order, of course). Make sure you share yours with us in the comments!

1. Forever and For Always, Shania Twain

A modern classic for sure, there’s just something about a country girl singing a love song that we can’t resist. All the 90’s kids will appreciate this sweet country-pop ballad!

2. Wicked Game, Chris Isaak

Is that Elvis? No! It’s the equally heart-melting voice of Chris Isaak. Who ever said that love songs were only happy and sappy? This sensual number [and its singer] is one of the most underrated in the love song category.

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3. Push, Sarah McLachlan

While she’s plenty well-known for her tear-jerking “Angel”, Sarah McLachlan has penned, played and sung one of the most beautiful love songs you’ve probably never heard. No sad animals here!

4. God Only Knows, The Beach Boys

Okay, now who doesn’t love The Beach Boys? How can even resist the melodies and sweet harmonies of the original heartthrobs?! You can’t, that’s how. A list about the top love songs wouldn’t be complete without a Beach Boys number.

5. Just in Time, Nina Simone

There’s something about a jazz singer singing a love song that makes you feel like they’re truly singing the language of Love. And no one could convince us of that better than the legendary Nina Simone and her classic number.

6. Halo, Beyoncé

You had to have been living under a rock five years ago to not have been swept away by one of Beyoncé’s most popular ballads. Her incredible vocals, beautiful harmonies and instrumentals are the perfect combination to bring to life the lyrics penned by Ryan Tedder, songwriter and lead band member of OneRepublic. Tell us this isn’t a love song for the books.

7. The Way You Look Tonight, Frank Sinatra

You didn’t think we’d have a list of the most romantic love songs of all time and not have at least one of Frank Sinatra’s beautiful ballads? Every note that came out of this man’s mouth was the epitome of love, and this one is one of our particular favorites.

8. Let’s Dance, David Bowie

Another one of those atypical songs that is equal amounts of sensuality as it is love, this one will speak to all those 80’s kids out there. Get up and dance!

9. Perfect Day, Lou Reed

Ah, Lou Reed — no one can sing so fondly about a simple day and turn it into one of the best love songs of all time. That’s what love will do to you!

10. I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston

This list would just be incomplete without this iconic love song that was not only originally sung by the incredible Dolly Parton but also by the unforgettable, late Whitney Houston. This pick just gives us the chills, and we love both versions equally because when it comes to a great love song, there’s just no picking favorites.

So, what did you think of our list? Did your your top love song make it on the list? Tell us in the comments and happy Valentine’s Day from the team at Music To Your Home!

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