“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King, author
The Music Academy of Rockford has always been a great place for my children to learn an instrument. The teachers are fantastic and the activities that the children do are perfect for their self-esteem.
“Don’t think of what you can afford. Think about what you need. Music is that essential.”
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, music director and conductor of the San Antonio Symphony
I love the Music Academy. The quality of the instruction and articulation in curriculum are outstanding. We get a lot for our investment.
I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same result.
Thank you for a wonderful experience at The Music Academy. I often quote you from a talk you gave to parents when we first enrolled Emma. It was a story about your son who was in vet/med school at the time, you said he called you and thanked you for encouraging him to practice his instrument regularly during his childhood. He told you he was able to study and approach solving problems from a variety of perspectives and had a different attitude about dealing with challenges than …
Thanks - from mother of a graduate!
I never guessed I’d have the chance to play chamber music! Thanks so much for including adults. I’ll never forget this experience.
Creativity is chocolate for the brain.
Dr. Gene Cohen
Music is enough for a lifetime…but a lifetime is not enough for music.
Ray and I wanted to let you know how much GiGi enjoyed her lesson last week. Ted kept her completely engaged the whole lesson and they even played a simple duet. GiGi was very apprehensive about working with someone new and Ted gained her trust almost immediately (which is no easy task). From our perspective (as parents) GiGi had the best lesson ever!Ted has made a positive impact on Gianna and we are grateful.
The music education has always been wonderful and we were very surprised how “Mr. …
Guitar Parent Comment
Dear Marti (and all), Thank you for all you did to make the Music Academy 30th anniversary celebration, Heartstrings, with Ben and Noah (Geller) possible. The programming on Friday evening (November 6, 2016) for the fundraiser was wonderful. We enjoyed seeing the mix of the the younger players to alumni playing together….and of course hearing Ben and Noah, as well as the other featured players including the women’s group playing the Elgar “Salute d’Amour” in place of Margaret Batjer! W…
Heart felt thanks!
The Music Academy is a very important and worthwhile program in expanding the arts in this community. It’s a privilege to be able to support it any way we can.
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Every art form encourages, nurtures, and even requires the best of our creative ability. This is, after all, the special quality of the human spirit and, though thorough training in the Suzuki Talent Education method, the child develops a beautiful tone – his own, personal tone – and a musical, singing heart.
Eleanor StanlisMusic Academy's Founding Director. From 'Strings with a Heart' published in the American Suzuki Journal, Winter 1997, Vol.25, No.2, p.30.
To send light into the darkness of hearts, such is the duty of an artist.
Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.”The study of music teaches “sensitivity, discipline and endurance” and ultimately produces “a beautiful heart.
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