Article on Monster Music Teachers at the NAMM Show!

Two of our teachers, bassist/pianist Andreas Farmakalidis and American Idol finalist Alexis Stone Lopez, were highlighted in Bass Musician Magazine at last  year’s NAMM convention. The article gives a great intro to both Andreas and Alexis as musicians and features a few great snapshots from the time they spent jamming and singing at the Floyd Rose/Brubaker Bass Booth. Check out this article and pass it along to your friends! CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE  or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

http://bassmusicianmagazine.com/2013/04/bass-and-voice-andreas-farmakalidis-and-alexis-lopez-at-the-floyd-rosebrubaker-bass-booth/

Monster Music Student Takes the Stage!

 

Our own Amanda Macias auditioned repeatedly and can formally announce that she has gotten then part of Jazz in the stage play “Let’s Rock” to be performed at Shepard of the Hills opening May 2013. Amanda is taking lessons with Hannah Ferber who has her Bachelor of Music in voice from Berklee College of Music! Exciting!

Tips for Stage Fright!

Have you ever backed out of a performance because you thought you couldn’t get over your stage fright? Or have you ever been in the middle of a song and forgotten the lyrics halfway through because you got so nervous with all those people staring up at you? All performers have felt that way at one time or another, and even the most famous, experienced performers still suffer from stage fright! Stage fright in and of itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing; the key is to find out how to USE all that nervous energy to your advantage. Well, one of our star teachers, Andreas Farmakalidis published an article on this VERY subject!

You can read it now by clicking on this link: STAGE FRIGHT: PART ONE

 

(if that link does not work, copy and paste this into your browser: http://bassmusicianmagazine.com/2013/03/overcoming-stage-fright-part-1-by-andreas-farmakalidis/)

Monster Music Student is On a Roll!

One of our very own Monster Students, Jaki (piano, vocals, writing, recording), has just been booking acting gigs like mad! Just last week she did a student thesis film at USC, and now this week she booked a part in the opening theme for a Sundance pilot! She is going out on auditions almost every day, putting her acting chops to the test! If things keep going like this, we just know she’s gonna take off!

Jaki can attest to the confidence she has gained while here at Monster Music Lessons; not only confidence that if she goes out for any role that requires musical ability that she will be able to hold her own, but also the confidence that has been developed through our student performances! She knows that the skills and experiences that come directly from Monster Music Lessons gives her that edge over her competitors and is the key to succeeding in this fierce industry!

“Fall Into Music” was a SMASH HIT!

SUCCESS!! We had an amazing evening this last Sunday at our “Fall into Music” recital and variety show! Thank you so much to Roma Bistro for allowing us the opportunity to use their magnificent space! We had such a great turn out, stellar performances by everyone age 4 to 40, beginners to professionals, students and even a surprise duet by our teachers Alexis and Andreas! Thank you to everyone who

worked so hard to make this a memorable evening. We keep on getting phone calls, texts and emails from everyone who was involved raving about how much of a blast we had!Now– Students!! It’s time to start thinking about WHAT YOU WILL PERFORM AT OUR NEXT SHOW! Start discussing possibilities with your teacher, and don’t shy away from the idea of collaborating with other students and/or teachers. Sometime our duets and ensembles are some of the most impressive! we will be announcing the date of our next show after the New Year! So start brainstorming and practicing like you’ve never practiced before!

GREAT JOB EVERYONE! We look forward to seeing you all at the next show!

Vocal Ensemble Auditions!

Have you ever wanted to be a part of a group? Here is your chance! Monster Music Lessons has teamed up with international musician Alex Economou to form some stellar vocal groups that will rehearse once a week and have the opportunity to perform locally. We will be putting together three different ensembles: Group 1 is Ages 8-14, Group 2 is Ages 14-18 and Group 3 is Ages 18 and Over.

Auditions start in ONE WEEK!

Sunday September 30, 2012 @ 2 O’clock

Auditions will be held at the Monster Music Lessons Main Office at 19520 Nordhoff St. Suite 1  Northridge, CA

Please bring either sheet music or chord chart for our accompanist, or your own karaoke track to sing along with. Choose a song that best showcases your vocal ability. Most of all, remember to have FUN!

This is just the first round of auditions. We will be holding more but this is just to get us started.

Cost to participate in ensembles will be a flat $40 per month.

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