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“School’s Out!” FSM Summer Band Camp

 
We’re excited to announce a new summer camp opportunity for our students:
 
“School’s Out!”
FSM Summer Band Camp
 
Monday, 7/31 – Friday, 8/4
1:30 – 3:00 pm each day
Performance Friday evening (time TBA)
Led by FSM Faculty: Liz, Mike & Kenny
 
Students will journey through four decades of popular music (60s-90s) as they explore new styles of music and concepts such as improvisation, harmony and groove. In the process of learning four songs together, they’ll hone their listening & performance skills, culminating in a special performance that Friday evening.  
 
Space is limited! (4 students min; 6 students max).
 

While the camp is open to all of our students, we recommend students being at an early intermediate level or above (minimum of 1-2 years of lessons), in order to fully enjoy the experience.  Any student who wishes to participate must have the approval of their teacher, who can best assess their readiness.

 
Camp Tuition: $450 per student
Payable in full or two payments of $225 on June 1st & July 1st
 
Register below or with the front desk.
 

Summer Lessons Available

Summer lessons are available from Wed, July 5th thru Sat, August 26th.  Summer is a great time to try a new instrument or hone your existing skills.  We offer flexible summer scheduling to accommodate your camp and vacation plans.

Currently Enrolled Students:  A reminder that the regular school year schedule is not in effect for July & August.  There is a 3 lesson minimum for all enrolled students, billed on July 1st.  Please contact the front desk to schedule your summer lessons.  Thank you!

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Closed for Summer Break

We will be closed from Monday, June 19th thru Tuesday, July 4th.  Summer lessons are available starting Wednesday, July 5th.  Contact us now to book your summer lessons!

Annual Spring Recital 2017

Our 5th Annual Spring Recital will be held the afternoon of Saturday, June 17th at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Hall in Weston.  We have added an additional session this year for six total recitals, each running approximately one hour. 

To participate, RSVP through the form below or with the front desk by Monday, June 5th.

JUNE 17th – RECITAL TIMES 

11:00 am:
Students of Diane

12:15 pm:
Students of Jeff & Mike

1:30 pm:
Students of Andrew, Jenn, Kenny, Margaret & Sally

2:45 pm:
Students of Alec, Greg, Matt & Susan

4:00 pm:
Students of Barbara & Liz

5:15 pm:
Students of Anna, Carl & Colin

 

Changing Recital Times:

If you have a conflict or need to schedule siblings in the same session, please let us know no later than Monday, June 12th.  Certain recital sessions may become full, so place your requests as soon as possible.  Note: your teacher will only be attending his/her scheduled recital session.

 

Accompanist Info:

Any student requiring accompaniment at the recital must hand in their sheet music to their teacher or the front desk by Friday, May 26th.  

We recommend that students rehearse in advance with the accompanist, Steve Denny, so they will be more comfortable at the recital.  Steve will be available on Friday, June 9th for 15 minute rehearsals at the school.

There is an additional fee of $20 for this service, payable to your account on file or at the front desk.  Rehearsal spots are limited, so contact us now to schedule your time.   

 

Recital Notes:

  • Please arrive 15-20 minutes early.
  • Performers should dress nicely for the occasion.
  • Admission is free, and there is plenty of seating for family and friends.
  • Remember to bring any sheet music or materials you need.
  • Please be aware that another recital may still be in progress when you arrive.  There are two additional rooms down the hall where students can warm-up/tune as needed.
  • If young children need a break from staying quiet, feel free to utilize the warm-up rooms or the playground outside.

Workshop: How to Give Your Best Performance – POSTPONED

**UPDATE:  This workshop has been postponed to the fall – date TBA**

  • Are you new to performing and want to learn some tips to prepare for your first performance?
  • Are you a seasoned performer who struggles with performance anxiety?
  • Are you interested in learning music at a deeper level for both greater performance readiness and greater enjoyment?

If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, then you will benefit from this interactive workshop, presented by FSM Co-Director, Tracy Carlucci.  

Students will learn practice techniques to better prepare their recital pieces, as well as strategies to cope with the inevitable performance jitters.  While it’s normal and even beneficial to feel nervous before performing, those jitters can sometimes hinder our ability to give our best performance if we do not know how to handle them properly.

Those attending should bring the sheet music for their June recital piece (or any other piece they may like to perform in the future), although they will not be required to participate if they’d rather just observe.

This workshop is open to instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages.

To participate, please RSVP below by Friday, May 26th.

Closed for Memorial Day

We will be closed on Monday, May 29th in honor of Memorial Day.

Community Outreach Recital

FSM students of any age are welcome to participate in this recital and share their love of music with the residents of The Jewish Home.  

More details:

  • The recital will take place on stage in the auditorium at the Jewish Home.
  • Family members are welcome to attend and sit with residents in the audience.
  • Utilize this opportunity to do a trial-run of your June recital piece, or perform another selection of your choosing
  • Students should arrive 15 minutes early to warm-up.  
  • An accompanist will be provided.  Students can run the beginning of their piece with the accompanist right before the recital. Sheet music for the accompanist must be submitted to the front desk by Friday, 5/12.
  • RSVP Deadline: Friday, 5/12.  Please fill out the form below to participate.

 

Workshop with “Your Time To Shine!”

 

Your Time To Shine! presents

Playing Music Together: Conversations in Musical Styles

After all the practice and study on your instrument, learning to improvise and play with others can be some of the most rewarding musical experiences. Matt Oestreicher and Joe Gray from Your Time To Shine! will present an interactive workshop that focuses on these skills and more. The workshop will involve audience participation, so be prepared to play along with us if you would like.

Come and share in the joy of music making with us! We will be discussing core musical ideas like improvisation, harmony, songwriting, rhythm, and groove.

Our first workshop with Your Time To Shine! was a big hit two years ago, so don’t miss out!  To attend, please RSVP below in advance.

Your Time To Shine! Workshop at Fairfield School of Music, November 2014

 

Matt Oestreicher is a producer, arranger, performer, writer, band leader, and educator.

He has performed/worked with many artists like Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Cee-Lo Green, Will i Am, Ray Chew, Jon Bon Jovi, The Isley Brothers, Paul Shaffer, Ben E. King, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Maya Rudolph, Weird Al, John Legend, Talib Kweli, Travie McCoy, Melvin Sparks, The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.

Matt is the arranger/keyboardist/guitarist for the world famous Apollo Amateur Night Band. He is associate conductor for Smokey Joe’s Cafe which will be coming to Broadway in 2016.

As a performer he has toured the world many times and has made numerous appearances on national tv shows.

www.mattoestreicher.com

Joe Gray has a BA in music education, He has toured and performed with some of the nation’s top artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Kashif, Patti Labelle, the rock Funk group Cameo, and has recently received a Grammy certificate for his participation on the Grammy award-winning album by Stephan Marley.

Mr. Gray has also worked at the World Famous Apollo Theater for almost 30 years where he began as a truck loader and now holds the position of Head Of Stage.

Mr. Gray performs every week as the “Set It Off Man” in their iconic weekly show “Amateur Night at the Apollo.” Joe has also been featured on two live special guest performances on “It’s Showtime at the Apollo”.

Joe was a featured vocalist on an album by American Idol/Dancing with the Stars music director, Ray Chew. Gray and his crew members began a technical workshop for high school kids some 10 years ago at the theatre which has blossomed into an all out educational department for the theater and is now a major part of their funding.

(Bios from www.yourtime2shine.org)

 

Pre-Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year

Our Priority Fall PreRegistration for current students will start Monday, April 17th.

Any remaining spots become available to the public two weeks later, starting Monday, May 1st.  You may register for the new school year after pre-registration, but please be aware you are not guaranteed a spot, as our teachers’ schedules fill up quickly!

 

How to Pre-Register:

Click here to fill out the online form.  (This link was also sent via email on Monday, April 17th).  We will then confirm your day & time and process the non-refundable $45 Registration/Activities Fee, which reserves your lesson time.  The final step is to sign your paperwork at the front desk.

There are two different pre-registration sessions:

  • Pre-Reg Week 1 (Mon 4/17- Sat 4/22):
    • For students who want to KEEP their current day, time & teacher.
  • Pre-Reg Week 2 (Mon 4/24 – Sat 4/29):
    • For students who need to CHANGE their day, time, or teacher.

Pay-in-Full Option:

Pay in full for the school year and receive a 5% discount on your tuition, plus we’ll waive the $45 Activities Fee!  Contact us for more info.

Reminders:

  • Your current day/time does not automatically roll over into next year. You must re-register every year.  
  • Lesson times are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • If your schedule changes later on, you can change your lesson day/time, based on whatever openings your teacher has left.
  • If you pre-register but need to withdraw from fall lessons, you must fill out a withdrawal form at the school by August 1st to avoid payment on September 1st.

Click here for tuition fees for the 2017-2018 school year.

Student/Teacher Jam

(Note: this date has changed from 3/19 to 3/26)

Join us for our popular Jam Night at Walrus + Carpenter — a local favorite for its award-winning BBQ and thriving local music scene.  Make a reservation and bring the whole family for dinner!   

Please call Walrus in advance if you will be dining there (203-333-2733).  After our packed house at our last jam, we have made new arrangements that should accommodate everyone better.  All dinner seating will be in the front dining room.  The music will take place in the back room as usual, but it will be cleared of all tables to allow more room for people to sit/stand and watch the performers.  We encourage anyone dining there to make their reservations for 5:00 or earlier, to allow time to eat before the jam begins.  The music will start around 6 pm.  

Performances will feature both students and faculty members.  To participate, please register below by Monday, March 20th.  Any students requiring accompaniment must hand in their sheet music to their teacher or front desk by Monday, March 20th.