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Newsletter – August 2011

August Newsletter
Student of the Month / Haley Wisby
Congratulations to Haley Wisby for being our student of the month. In addition to performing on Chain of Fools and Magic Dance, Haley learned how to use Reaper audio software and helped to organize all the audio from the Nashville trip. Currently Haley is working on Jar of Hearts and The Swan. She’ll be performing these pieces at our formal recital on October 2nd. And in a few months her videos from Nashville will be released.
First Video From The Nashville Trip Now Online
On Saturday, May 7th 48 students traveled to Nashville, TN to record 8 songs at Starstruck Studios, a world class recording studio owned by Reba McEntire. This was our longest recording session to date…running from 8:00 am to 3:30 am. Because we had so much material to record the students on Bad Horsie were only given one hour to record the song. So at 7:30 am the first group of students arrived at the studio, loaded in their equipment and then recorded Bad Horsie from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. The students were extremely professional and did a fantastic job with this challenging piece.

This is the first of 8 videos:

LMA Student Sings at the Florence Freedom Ballgame
Kala Scarpinski was chosen from 50 contestants to sing the National Anthem at the Florence Freedom Ballgame. To see a video of her performance please follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6NEzeQGNc8&feature=related

Kala also sang “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin at Starstruck Studios so stay tuned for her video!

Students songs now available on iTunes
9 of the students’ songs are now available to purchase through iTunes. We obtained the license to sell digital downloads of these cover songs through songclearance.com All proceeds will go towards improving the quality of future recording sessions and to continue making it as affordable as possible for the students.

Link to the songs: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-students-of-aaron-okeefe/id455402028
LMA Student Builds A Guitar
Mack Pairan has this to say about his extraordinary guitar:

“I built my guitar out of wood. It is still a work in progress but eventually it will be very nice. It is going to be a full scale abstract looking guitar, but will also look classical.”
Rock n’ Bowl Recital on September 18th
The next Rock n’ Bowl Recital will be on Sunday, September 18th from 3 to 6:00 at Loveland Lanes. The students will be performing in bands and playing nearly 50 rock songs.
Formal Recital on Sunday, October 2nd
Our next formal recital be at the Epiphany United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 2nd from 2:00 to 6:00. The recital will feature guitar, piano, string, voice and percussion students.
Noah Stubenrauch Competes In Mason Idol
Noah first had a 30-60 second a cappella audition to qualify. He sang “Always on the Run”. The next week he completed against children based on age. His group was made up of 13 kids ages 11-12 ( 9 girls and 4 boys). They were judged on : vocals (pitch, range consistency), presentation (interpretation of the music/lyrics), personality (presentation of self), stage presence (natural ability and comfort on stage). Round one was a Broadway song. Noah sang “Any Dream Will Do” and made the cut to the semi-finals. His group then had 8 kids( 4 girls and 4 boys). The competition was tough. This semi-final round was a pop or country song. Noah sang “Keep Your Head Up”. From here they picked the top 3 to go onto the finals. Although Noah didn’t make it into the top 3, he said he had fun would definitely like to try again next year.
LMA Students Featured in Loveland Herald
A big thanks goes out to Chuck Gibson for the fanastic write up. Chuck wrote an article about the students’ trip to Nashville and how some of their videos have garnered attention from world famous bands.
Loveland Initiative Backpack Donations
Thank you to the students that donated a backpack to the L.I.F.E./Loveland Initiative Backpack to School Drive! It was a hugely successful event–we were delighted to see the happy and proud faces of the kids as they chose their very special backpack filled with supplies for the new year.
Follow LMA on Facebook
Please follow LMA on Facebook for photos, videos and a schedule of events: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Loveland-Music-Academy/163271867754
New Schedules
Reminder to parents: School is beginning and many students have new lesson schedules. Please be sure to mark your calendars, as the beginning of a new year is very chaotic and it’s easy to overlook the new schedule and forget! Contact your teacher directly if you need to change your lesson schedule. We will do our absolute best to accommodate you.