Keeping Your Family Safe

Introducing Porch Lessons (dependent on weather)

Your family’s health and safety are of paramount importance, so we’ve created a sanitary, functional space for in-person lessons. The ceiling fan has been installed to pull breath upwards and outwards; while keeping the climate cool. If you’d like to continue online, that’s completely fine. Skype and FaceTime are available for solo lessons, reserving Zoom for group.

In person lessons: Only students of the same family will be allowed to take lessons together. Lessons will be scheduled a half-hour apart so that the space can air out and chairs/instruments wiped down. I’ve obtained clear face masks and face shields for myself. Students will receive a temperature check and use hand sanitizer upon entry,

PLEASE WEAR a mask for instrumental lessons (face shields for voice are appreciated). Students should bring supplies including pencils, water bottle, sheet music and an assignment book (audio recorder for voice). Books are available for purchase here, as needed.

I’m grateful to you all for your support on this journey. May music continue to heal and brighten your souls as it does mine.

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Earth Day 2020 Concert

This concert was set for Rockledge Gardens, but moved to a virtual format due to the pandemic. We are hoping to hold a subsequent concert in 2021.

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“Sound of Music” offers an aural feast at CVP

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As a reviewer, I’m hard-pressed to imagine a more perfect production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Artistic director Anastacia Hawkins-Smith prioritizes and elegantly accomplishes an impressive vocal symphony while conveying the severity of the impending Nazi invasion. Housing the last live orchestra in Brevard County’s community theater network, the Cocoa Village Playhouse (CVP) reprises their production from 2000 which encourages us to face our fears, to sing when the spirit moves us, and to “follow every (aspirational) rainbow.”

As many readers will be aware, The Sound of Music’s 1938 Austrian plot is loosely based on a true story as published in 1949. Sheltered by angel-voiced nuns singing decadent Latin hymns, aspiring nun “Maria” finds her calling as an unlikely rebel in the developing culture of World War II. Portrayed by local voice coach Natalie McKnight Palmer, “Maria” is both humble and plucky in the adversity that finds her beloved mountain home. Palmer is an inspired choice for “Maria;” she’s clearly as adept molding musical prodigies as she is conquering the melodies epically sung by theatrical legend Julie Andrews. Her performance was outstanding; the songs are tricky because they center in the passagio, the transition between the head and chest voices. Some of her speaking vowels might be too short in places, but this works to her favor when she percussively argues with the captain.

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Winter Concert 2019

Presenting the 2019 Performing Company of the Springer Music Studio (extended version). These children, teens, and adults confidently and beautifully performed Christmas carols and popular music at the Florida Institute of Technology.
GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC! Did you know that studying a musical instrument has been proven to improve academic success and cognitive abilities throughout a musician’s lifetime?

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