October Newsletter

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Student of the Month - Mattias!

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What type of Lesson do you take? : Viola

What has been your favorite thing you have  learned here at Cappella? :   How to perform in front of lots of people and how to practice music!

What is your Favorite Color? : Chartreuse

What is your Favorite Food? : Sushi!

If you could have a superpower what would it be and why? : Teleportation because traveling can cost a lot of money!

What are some of your other hobbies other that music? : Tennis and writing stories!


Welcome to Jennifer Gautier!

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You may have seen a new face at the front desk! Her name is Jennifer and she is Cappella's new admin! She is here to help Cappella run the way it should and to greet all who walk through the front door! Here is a little bit about Jennifer and we hope you grow to enjoy her as much as we do! She is a Washington native and a Seattle University alum, with a degree in psychology. Jenifer, along with her husband, four children and two beagles have called Bonney Lake home for the past six years.  She homeschools her children and strongly believes in the importance of including the arts as part of their experience. Jennifer finds it so exciting to watch someone discover their unique talents through dance, theater and music. In her spare time, she loves to bake, work on diy projects in her home and hang out with family.  She also LOVES all things Harry Potter or Disney! 


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Teacher Spotlight - Guqi Zhang!

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Guqi Zhang is a passionate  pianist who loves working with students and sharing her love of music. She’s currently a member of Music Teacher National association in the United States. Guqi graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio with a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. And she holds a Batchelors degree in Music Education. Guqi Zhang studied extensively with Jiang Li when she was obtaining her degree from Xi’an Conservatory of Music, and thereafter she continued her studies with Frank Huang at Miami University. Ms. Guqi won the Best Performance Award of Free Style Youth Group in the Third Internationaler Deutscher Irmler-Klavierwettbewerb, 2013, and the Excellent TeacherAward in the Fourth KAWAI Asian Piano Competition in 2012. She has been learning piano since her early childhood, and started to teach in her undergraduate time. She loves to connect with different ages of students & sharing her musical journey and the joy that music brings her. She has found that encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one thing that helps younger students the most. Seeing the students develop a passion for music is more rewarding than anything else!

To Enroll in classes with Ms. Zhang please contact us at 253-470-8050 or at Info@CappellaAcademy.com! 


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My name is Zoe and I am eleven and a half years old. We have a furry family member named Isabelle. She is 9 months old...and while she is super cute, she is quite a bit of trouble. This August I was pretty excited about receiving my trophy for completing six months of piano lessons. I couldn't wait to show it to my mom, who was returning from a business trip that evening. After getting home from my lesson, I left my trophy and piano books on the stairs and went outside to wait for her. A short time later, Hayley, my nanny, came outside with something held behind her back. She said, "Isabelle chewed up something, and it's important this time..."  I asked, "What was it?" She replied, "I'm scared to show you this, but here." Fearing that she had chewed up my computer mouse or something equally expensive, I watched as she took the trophy and placed it in my hands. My heart sank...It looked like Isabelle had rammed the top of the trophy in the garbage disposal, ripping off most of the top and damaging the bottom as well. I sighed and nodded. "Thanks." I said. She took it back inside, and I texted my mom, telling her what had happened along with a picture of the damage. Being my mom and the fact that Isabelle is still learning what is hers and what isn't, she stopped by Capella on the way home from the airport to see if she could order a replacement. Isabelle is getting better about chewing everything is sight but if given an opportunity when no one is watching she still chews anything she can get her paws on, unfortunately for everyone. 


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AUGUST NEWSLETTER!


Congratulations Olivia! Keep up all your super awesome work! 


Christopher Diedrick has been playing the saxophone and piano for over 30 years. He went from all-state saxophonist in high school to lead alto in the jazz and concert bands at Western Connecticut State University. While at university he absorbed everything he could about music from performing both classical and jazz to composing to conducting. After receiving a performance degree, he went back to get his B.S. in Music Education. Christopher lived in South Korea for twelve years where in addition to teaching English, he continued his musical pursuits teaching privately and playing concerts throughout the city of Suncheon where he lived.In addition to music, Christopher enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and long-distance running. He is excited to be back in the U.S. and working at Cappella Music Academy!


It is always fun to read interesting facts about instruments! Here are some fun facts about one of Cappella’s most popular instruments! 

1. The drums are one of the world’s oldest instruments in the world! The earliest record of them is from 2300 BC–1900 BC!

2. Viola Smith is one of the world’s most famous
female drummers. She is 101 years old and claims that
 playing the drums contributed to her longevity!

3. The longest drum roll by an individual is 8 hours 1 min 17 seconds and was achieved by Christopher Anthonyin in 2012!

4. The world’s largest drum kit has 813 pieces to it and took 36 years to build. It takes 15 hours and 4 people to put it together! 


Students are always asking the teachers here at Cappella what tips and tricks they have for getting the most out of their at home practicing. Here are some tips we recommend trying! 

1. Find somewhere quiet to practice! This will help you eliminate distractions that will keep you from getting the most out of your practice! 

2. Use Technology to your advantage!  3 low cost or free apps that we recommend getting are a Tuner, a timer and a metronome! 

3. Having specific goals in mind when you practice! Having something you are working towards makes practicing easier! 

4. Have a specific time each day that you set aside from practicing! It becomes easier once practicing is part of your daily routine! 

5. Practicing a little every day can be more beneficial that practicing one or two long practice sessions! 

 



JUNE NEWSLETTER



Meet our New Piano & Flute teacher Ms. Nesbitt!

Ms. Nesbitt hails from Hyles–Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. In high school, Ms. Nesbitt had the opportunity to travel to Okinawa, Japan to participate in honor band for flute performance. She was thrilled to be a part of something so exciting and to have such a wonderful opportunity to perform internationally. For the past 30 years, she has been performing for various local functions and church events at the advanced level. She has enjoyed being a private piano and flute instructor for the past 25 years to students of all ages and skill levels. Her passion and commitment to providing the highest level of musical education is evident in her teaching methods. She is well-versed in all things music theory and strives to make learning fun and enjoyable for each of her students. She was a high school ensemble trainer for over 15 years and greatly enjoyed the fast-pace environment of working with high school students. Ms. Nesbitt is excited to be part of the Cappella Music Academy faculty!

To Enroll with Ms. Nesbitt contact us                   at 253-470-8050 or at info@CappellaAcademy.com!




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A big congratulations to Drew who
performed as part of his Middle Schools
Solo & Ensamble and recieved the
highest score of a ‘1’ on the piece he
performed called Single Strokin’ by
Edward Freytag!

Keep up the fantastic work Drew!



Meet our new Drum & Guitar Teacher Mr. Wiendenmeyer!

Mr. Josh Wiedenmeyer is a well-seasoned and enthusiastic percussionist, both as a performer and instructor! He recently  relocated to Washington from North Dakota to pursue his passion in percussion. Josh Wiedenmeyer graduated from Northwest University with a degree in the Contemporary Music Industry and has been playing drums since he was 15 for his church and worship team; His passion and appreciation for percussive instruments has only grown since. He has played all over the greater Seattle area with various bands as well has been blessed to play all across the northern united states. His passion for the drums is evident in the way he performs and teaches. He loves going to see concerts, eating pizza, the Seattle Seahawks and all thing relating to Star Wars or Marvel comics!  Mr. Wiedenmeyer recently relocated from North Dakota so he could further his passion in percussion and is very excited to join the team at Cappella Music Academy!

 

To Enroll with Mr. Wiendenmeyer contact us                   at 253-470-8050 or at info@CappellaAcademy.com!