April Newsletter


Spring Recital

Get ready for the Spring Recital on Saturday, May 9th at the Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School of Music in Rice University! Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your recital time and paid parking is available adjacent to the hall. Accompaniment rehearsal with faculty member Christina Giuca will be held April 18th at 3:30 pm. We are looking forward to seeing everyone perform – happy practicing!

little girl with violin jumping

How to Make Performance Anxiety an Asset! By Dr. Noa Kageyama

Read more about the following seven steps for recital day success at http://www.bulletproofmusician.com/how-to-make-performance-anxiety-an-asset-instead-of-a-liability/

Step 1: Pick Your Focal Point

Step 2: Form Your Clear Intention

Step 3: Breathe Mindfully

Step 4: Scan and Release Excess Tension

Step 5: Find Your Center

Step 6: Repeat Your Process Cue

Step 7: Direct Your Energy


We know many of you have plans for the summer and we hope you have tons of cool adventures! Since Vivaldi Music Academy is open year-round, it’s a good idea to start thinking about summer now. That way, it doesn’t take you by surprise later!

Lessons are first come, first serve; so if you withdraw for the summer, we cannot guarantee that we will have a spot for you in the fall, as we will open the spot to new students and actually GROW in enrollment over the summer. The big question for all parents and students to consider is: Do you want the same teacher, in the same time slot, in the fall? If the answer is YES, there are two ways to do this:

  1. Take advantage of our summer make-up lessons
  2. Sub lease your spot to a family member or friend

A detailed letter will follow soon. Any questions? Please feel free to call our office at 713-858-9617.

Spring is Here!

Flowers are blooming and days are longer; spring has come! Here is a beautiful excerpt from the first three movements of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons called Spring. Take a listen and enjoy!

Swing into spring with these suggested musical venues in Houston this April:

School House Rock! With the Houston Symphony, Saturday April 25th at 10 am, 11:30 am

Peking Acrobats with the Houston Symphony, Wednesday April 22nd at 8 pm

Disney on Ice: Frozen, Wednesday April 15th-17th at 7:30 pm


Student of the Month: Mackenzie Bartsch

What instruments do you study at Vivaldi Music Academy?

I study the violin, piano and also take composition score lessons with Lachlan Fife. I also play analog and modular synths at my studio at home, which I compose cinematic music with and include the violin and piano as more voices.

What do you enjoy most about Vivaldi Music Academy?

The atmosphere, the friendly teachers who always talk to me, my awesome teachers Lachlan Fife and Kristen Roberts, and the fact that I get to perform pieces for the Kindermusik classes! I also love the fact that I have a place to come and share my love of music with others, which this Academy allows me to do.

Who are your favorite musical artists?

My favorite musician/inspiration ever would be Joel Zimmerman.

Do have advice for other students who may be interested in music?

Music is a living thing within yourself. Whether you’re excited, angry, sad or a little mischievous, the music will mimic your thoughts, feelings and mood if you learn to work hard to make it grow and how to let it loose. Practice, practice, practice but make it FUN!! Pretend you are a character in the story and act like the character would act!

What do you have planned for your Carnegie Hall Performance?

I would love to hopefully play Le Carnaval de Venice by Ernest Depas as a solo and maybe some of my compositions.