By Marti Frantz
Executive Director, The Music Academy In Rockford
Since its founding in 1985, The Music Academy has successfully motivated and inspired more than 35,000 young people with high-quality music instruction. Our nonprofit community music school is based in a historic, centrally-located neighborhood at Loreen Hall, 226 S. Second St. We also provide partner programs at eight locations throughout Rockford. Our highly-skilled artist faculty members provide a multi-level, articulated curriculum to youth — from newborns to teens and also to adults.
Alumnae Emily Herdeman Kelly says about Music Academy’s work: “Through each child you place beauty, integrity and a sense of community in a world that desperately needs more of these things!” The Music Academy transforms the lives of Rockford-area students by providing the highest quality music education — inspiring them to achieve their full musical and personal potential. We don’t know if students of The Music Academy will become scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs, recording artists or contented lifelong learners. We do know this: we are changing the way our students learn to think and act. For example:
Miquel Rodriquez, class of 2014, a violin student since age 4 and Boylan High School graduate, represents well the kind of personal potential realized by Music Academy students. He recently was a part of a team of students who developed a bionic hand using 3D graphics for a young girl. The hand is constructed of plastic parts and cost less than $5 to produce. Mikey intends to major in physics and engineering and continue to play his violin at Augustana College in the fall.
Kodai Speich is a 10-year-old piano and violin student at Music Academy. He began music instruction at age 3. Kodai recently won the Boone-Winnebago Regional Spelling Bee and secured a spot to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. His Washington Academy teacher describes him as “… an exceptional student. He is a musician, so he’s used to practice and performance.” The Music Academy teaches our students to become their own best teachers. Kodai already does just that! He also represents the work of The Music Academy well.
The Music Academy is a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and as such, is a community school committed to ensuring student scholarship and financial aid is available to our students. The Music Academy Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the school, is responsible to raise approximately $15,000 each year to meet the financial needs of our students. The Foundation is presently engaged in an annual appeal campaign to raise financial aid, scholarship and professional development funds.
They have created a new event that will feature music by Music Academy artist faculty member Rachel Handlin and alum Jon Rozman. “Bach, Blues and Brews” debuts Sunday, Sept. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Carlyle Brewing Company, 215 E. State St. Beer and root beer by Carlyle Brewing and pub-style food from East State Street restaurants Abreo, Capri and Vintage @ 501 will be served. Door prizes from Irish Rose and Uncle Nick’s will be awarded. A limited number of tickets for “Bach, Blues and Brews” are now on sale through The Music Academy office at (815) 986-0037.
Saturday, Oct. 18, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., we offer the third annual Spooky Suzuki Open House — “Bone Jour!” The morning offers an instrument petting zoo, classes open for observation, a “Buck a Book Sale” with books, CDs, vinyl and gently used sheet music — each item is $1. Wear costumes, if you like!
The Music Academy has been declared one of “Rockford’s treasures.” We invite you to learn more about us. Our website is new and interactive, and you can learn more there. Or, call us to learn about fall lessons and classes beginning again in August. Or, join us in September or October to have fun and see and hear what we are all about!
The Music Academy — celebrating 29 years of service to our community by nurturing musical and personal potential!
For more about The Music Academy, contact Marti Frantz, executive director. The Music Academy In Rockford, 226 S. Second St., Rockford, IL 61104, (815) 986-0037. Visit our website: www.musicacademyinrockford.com and “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheMusicAcademyInRockford.
From the Aug. 13-19, 2014, issue