By Kristina Nakagawa, Artistic Director, Resounding Achord
An article (“Trained Musicians Make Better Decisions” by Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard) was sent to me by a Resounding Achord alum, and it couldn’t be more perfect for this week. Here at Resounding Achord Productions, we are gearing up for our first-ever fundraiser on October 7. All funds raised from this variety-show-style evening will go directly to our high school regional and all-state honor choir scholarship outreach programs. The event will include performances from past scholarship recipients, along with current singers and friends of Resounding Achord. For more information, visit us here: A Musicale Fundraiser.
Many parents and teachers are well aware of the benefits of music training for children. This study from a team at the University of Texas-Austin suggests that families might consider holding off on music training until later in childhood, due to the development process of the brain’s prefrontal cortex. The study also theorizes that “The music classes offered during many children’s elementary and high-school education in America may result in improved decision-making ability as an adult.”
Personally, I believe that children and students of all ages should be exposed to and experience music firsthand. They should play in music, they should listen to music, they should live in music. As a parent, I resonate with the suggestion to not start more technical or “serious” musical training until the child is ready, or even until they ask for it! Anyone who was ever forced to practice their musical skills when they were young would likely tell you the same. However, these same people will also tell you the regret they feel that they didn’t continue with their music practice. Perhaps by waiting for instruction until age 8 or later, we can keep and preserve the joy of music throughout our lives?
The good news: many of the students in our musical outreach programs are just starting their journeys as musicians. I can only hope that by supporting them through our scholarship outreach program that we are helping to create the most advanced critical thinkers and problem solvers of the future. We are surely going to need their help.
Resounding Achord Productions is pleased to offer 10 scholarships for the February 2018 CCDA All-State Honor Choir. Applications will be available by November 15, 2017. For more information, send an email to email@example.com.
Our IMPACT program allows all students high-school age or younger to attend our RAP Produced concerts for free. Prior to each concert, we send information to music teachers in order to help provide outside musical opportunities to their students. The goal of this program is to educate our youth about choral music and to assure them that high-caliber performance opportunities exist outside of the education and faith-based organizations.
Need a place to sing when your choir is off for the summer? We have the perfect gig for you.
The Summer Conducting Lab gives conductors-in-training an opportunity to work with a choir in a rehearsal setting, gaining valuable podium time and real-time feedback. During the 2-hour sessions, 3-5 conductors work with the all-volunteer choir, made up of singers from all over the Silicon Valley. Dr. Jeffrey Benson and Kristina Nakagawa provide feedback to the conductors both during the session and afterward in private communication.
What do the lab choir singers like best?
“I loved getting to learn more about the insides of conducting!”
“Making great music.”
“I loved being a part of a group of extremely skilled musicians; both the singers and directors!”
“The feedback given by Dr. Benson and Kristina Nakagawa and their effect on the conductor/choir were eye- (and ear-) opening for me as a singer.”
What else is great about the Summer Conducting Lab?
Just show up, sing, and have fun. Music will be provided for singers at each event.
Mondays & Wednesdays, mid-July thru mid-August 7:30-9:30 pm
St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1205 Pine Ave, San Jose, CA
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Join Resounding Achord and friends for a fun evening of music, dessert, wine, coffee, and tea. This musicale-style performance will feature solos and small group numbers by Resounding Achord singers along with student groups and soloists who are past Honor Choir Scholarship recipients. All proceeds from this event will benefit the 2017-18 scholarships for the California Choral Director’s Association Regional and All-State Honor Choirs.
Come share this special evening with us and find out why our Honor Choir Scholarship program is one of our most popular and successful outreach programs.
St. Francis Episcopal Church of Willow Glen, 1205 Pine Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
Please purchase tickets by October 1, 2017. Refreshments are included in the price of admission. And, if you have any issues purchasing tickets, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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