Music Authority Family Newsletter - February 12, 2019
Introducing Bree Shannon, TKL Cases, Rock Camp, Jr, and learning new languages
I have embarked on a new adventure. I am learning to speak Spanish with the help of a Music Authority dad. From the perspective of someone who spoke French fluently enough to survive in France without any English speaking help, this is a far more daunting task than I first imagined.
However, as my tutor reminded me, this isn't that much different than an adult picking up an instrument for the first time. (And then being tossed on stage in a Spring show - not that I'd ever do that to anyone. Cough.)
Music is a language, just like Spanish. You can learn to play (repeat phrases by rote without learning the whys behind what you're saying) or you can learn to speak (understand the language well enough to put together your own sentences.)
Music Authority teaches the language. We want you student to be able to speak the language with other students, to be able to function in a band or a group. To be able to write songs of their own. We don't want them just to tell us "what song do you want to play today."
Language is important. It engages the parts of your brain that do math and science, check out the studies on Google. Music makes your student smarter.
Adults, we handle you a little different. We want you to understand the language, yes, but we also want you to have fun and learn the songs you didn't a chance to play when you were a kid. Science shows music is good for you, too, helping to keep the brain engaged. Some studies even show music can delay dementia.
Much like throwing adult musicians onto the stage, I guess I just put myself out there. I'm trying my best (I can greet you, tell you my name, and ask how can I help you). Feel free to quiz me. But please also give me a sticker and tell me to keep practicing for next week.
Bree Shannon is a native of Marietta, Ga and started singing and performing at the age of 12. She just retired from 12 years of working as a production performer and lead vocalist for Carnival Cruise Lines, where she sang and performed every genre of music, from rock, pop, r&b, country, classic soul and Motown. Bree loves to perform, loves teaching others and her main focuses are stage presence, audience connection and storytelling through song.
Bree is also a TV, film and commercial actor, a voice-over talent, and she’s a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and Actor’s Equity Association. Her passion is performing on stage for a live audience and sharing her gifts and knowledge of performance with others. She believes that you can never be too good at your talent to learn more, grow more and be better!
Music Authority is happy to now offer TKL Cases to the Music Authority Family! TKL offers deluxe gig bags and cases - an investment in protecting your gear. Don't see what you're looking for? Talk to one of our customer service specialists and we'll be happy to order what you need!
Rock Camp, Jr.
Jake Lanni, this year with the help of TA Dominic Perez, leads one of the most fun camps of the summer at Music Authority - Rock Camp, Jr. If your student, age 5-10, is looking to get their feet wet in a band, this is the camp for you! Shortened hours from our full rock camp, campers join a band, learn about instruments, do crafts, and put on a show Friday night. Sign up today! (Space is limited.)