Adeline Erwin, Judy’s mother, was an African American school girl in the 1930’s. She felt like she didn’t belong. In those days, elementary schools were segregated, but high school was not. Adeline felt awkward walking the halls of her Topeka Kansas, the capital of the state, which in 1954 would become world renowned for the Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. This is the Supreme Court case that officially ended segregation of schools in the U.S high school. She was taller than her peers and the target of racism from students and teachers. But her choir teacher saw beyond Adeline’s appearance. She saw the gift of music beaming from Adeline’s spirit.
Music is important in a child’s development. It is so important that some parents even expose music to their babies in utero. But why? What is it about music that is so important to a child’s life?
For many generations, women’s progress meant incremental access to token roles of influence and power. From business owners to doctors, managers to entrepreneurs, key leadership positions were reserved for the few and exceptional. Progress in the 21st century means that seeing a “Ms.” in a leader’s title no longer causes a pause or a second glance. Valparaiso’s women influencers and innovators prove that leadership is a gifting that transcends gender.
Gratz Opus 118 is pleased to announce that our Executive Director, Judy Neville, was featured in the current issue of Valpo Life, an online magazine. Click below to read the article, and then stop by to see us at the store. Christmas music is starting to come in!
Valpo Life in the Spotlight - Judith Neville
So many choices! “Learn piano in 21 days!” “Watch my videos and learn to play like a pro in just 3 sessions!”
It doesn’t matter whether you or your child want to one day play “Moonlight” Sonata (the original) or gather around the piano with family at holiday time and be able to play the songs you love to sing. The journey of learning to play an instrument is best traveled with guide who knows where you want to go and how to get there. There are a lot of teachers–professionally trained and otherwise–who are available to be that guide. But, who’s the best for you, or your child? Please click on the link below and read an article by Heidi Smith, product marketing manager for Alfred Music. Although her first audience is music teachers themselves, her checklist of what to look for in a great music instructor–instrument or voice is so very valuable. In a world where everyone seems to be looking for the quickest route there in the least amount of time, the precious gift of music-making is not to be rushed. It’s a journey to be enjoyed with all kinds of delightful surprises and achievements along the way. Opus 118 moments (see my very 1st blog)! We have teachers here at Gratz Opus 118 who are ready to travel along. We’re as excited about the journey and results as the students are!
Gratz Opus 118 is pleased to announce that we are adding drums/percussion and some other instruments to our instruction! This new instruction comes by way of our newest instructor, Nicholas DeHenes! Here’s a little more about Nicholas:
Nicholas DeHenes is a 3rd year music education major at Valparaiso University. He grew up in Chesterton, IN, and studied music with Vince Arizzi and Michael Scheiber while attending junior and senior high school. Upon graduation from high school, Nicholas attended VanderCook College of Music for 2 years. He is now a student at VU. Nicholas has been playing and studying the percussive arts for 6 years, as well as other instruments such as piano, guitar and clarinet. Upon graduation from VU, Nicholas intends to become a middle school band director, eventually planning to become a music theory professor.
Nicholas’s musical gifts are evident, and we welcome him to the Gratz Opus 118 family! Call us now to schedule lessons with this exceptional musician and teacher! (219) 462-4573