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WISHING YOU A MUSICAL 2018 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Celebrate 2018 with music lessons at Vivaldi Music Academy– an educational benefit for growing and developing minds, as a hobby for an instrument you wish to regain, or as a new challenge this coming year. Set your goals today by calling us at West U (713-858-9617) or Bellaire (832-404-2299)!

We are celebrating our two-year birthday at our Bellaire location that opened on January 13th 2016! How time flies and we are grateful to our Vivaldi family with over 1500 students enrolled for music lessons between our two locations. An exciting 2018 is on the horizon with our encore performance at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall,  faculty concert at Houston Baptist University benefiting the KnowAutism foundation, and so much more!)

In celebration of our five year anniversary in 2018, we are pleased to announce:

Vivaldi Music Academy’s

Encore Performance at the

Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall!

Thursday July 5th 2pm

Friday July 6th 8 pm

REGISTRATION BEGINS 8 AM SATURDAY JANUARY 13th FOR VIVALDI STUDENTS ONLY

(in person at one of our two locations or via phone or email). Recital spots will go quickly, so don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!

West U: 3914 Gramercy St, Suite B            713-858-9617

Bellaire: 5305 Bissonnet St.                      832-404-2299

info@vivaldimusicacademy.com

Faculty Concert - Jan 26th

Friday, January 26th at 8pm
Houston Baptist University | Dunham Theater
(7502 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77074)
Please join us for an exciting evening of musical performances by our talented faculty, special guests, and Director Zeljko Pavlovic! Admission is free and open to the public; donations benefiting the KnowAutism foundation are encouraged and greatly appreciated at the door and during intermission. Free parking is also available across from the Morris Cultural Center.

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Congratulations to all of our students for a job well done at our Winter Recitals! We’re so proud of you and look forward to more upcoming performances!

January Vivaldi Seasons - Theme

Vivaldi Seasons, Early Childhood Music Program’s December Theme will share stories of the upcoming holidays, sing popular holiday tunes and learn about the Nutcracker! Read Vivaldi Seasons blog to learn more!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Thursday January 11th: Preschool Playhouse at Chick-Fil-A (Holcombe and Buffalo Speedway) at 9:30am

Saturday January 13th: Registration for Carnegie Hall performance July 2018 begins at 8 am

Friday January 26th: Faculty concert benefiting the KnowAutism Foundation at Houston Baptist University at 8 pm

Sunday, January 21st - 27th: Musical Ladder Testing

INSPIRE YOUR FRIENDS!

Refer your friends to the academy and receive a FREE LESSON! Your friends will receive a FREE registration. Vivaldi Seasons will receive a FREE class! (Up to $45 offer)

Happy Holidays from Vivaldi Music Academy | December Newsletter

Happy Holidays from Vivaldi Music Academy
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Vivaldi Music Academy will be holding our Student Winter Recitals at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music (Alice Pratt Brown Hall) on Saturday December 9th, Sunday December 10th, Saturday December 16th and Sunday December 17th. Don’t forget – family and friends are welcome to attend! We can’t wait to see all of our students perform!

Updated Parking Details:

The current parking lot for Shepherd School of Music (Alice Pratt Brown Hall) will be closed to prepare for construction site for a new music and opera building. The West Lot 2 has been designated for all Shepherd School of Music (Alice Pratt Brown Hall) events. The easiest way to access this lot is to enter campus from Entrance #18 off Rice Boulevard and then turn right at the parking gates to West Lot 2. For visitors with disabilities, accessible parking will be available at the south end of the lot.

A credit card will be required to pay for parking for West Lot 2. The fees for the use of these lots are $1 for each 30 minutes, with a $11 daily maximum.​

In celebration of our five year anniversary in 2018, we are pleased to announce:

Vivaldi Music Academy’s

Encore Performance at the

Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall!

Thursday July 5th 2pm

Friday July 6th 8 pm

REGISTRATION BEGINS 8 AM SATURDAY JANUARY 13th FOR VIVALDI STUDENTS ONLY

(in person at one of our two locations or via phone or email). Recital spots will go quickly, so don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!

West U: 3914 Gramercy St, Suite B            713-858-9617

Bellaire: 5305 Bissonnet St.                      832-404-2299

info@vivaldimusicacademy.com

Vivaldi Season | Kids Music Classes at Vivaldi Music Academy
Vivaldi Seasons - December

Vivaldi Seasons, Early Childhood Music Program’s December Theme will share stories of the upcoming holidays, sing popular holiday tunes and learn about the Nutcracker! Read Vivaldi Seasons blog to learn more!

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We hope you will be able to help out our friends at the Know Autism Foundation this holiday season. The KNOWAutism Foundation provides direct financial assistance to families with children on the spectrum to help reduce the financial burden of diagnosis and therapeutic services. KNOWAutism also partners with other organizations to support community based programs that serve special needs students, promote awareness and early intervention, and provide a library of resources and referrals. Any contribution, big or small, is immensely appreciated!
If you would like to donate to the foundation please follow this link http://www.know-autism.org/donate.html
If you would like to be a part of the foundation’s Reach for the Stars Gala on February 22nd 2018 at the Briar Club, please follow this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/knowautism-2018-reach-for-the-stars-gala-tickets-36286242127 or if you would like to donate an item for the auction, please follow this link http://www.know-autism.org/events.html
With your help, together we can transform lives, one child at a time.

Happy-Holiday-2017

Don’t forget – the Academy will be closed from Friday, Dec 22nd – Tuesday, Jan 2nd, 2018. Classes and lessons will resume Wednesday January 3rd 2018.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

December 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th: Student Winter Recitals at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music
December 22nd – Jan 2nd : Vivaldi Music Academy Closed for Winter Recess
January 13th – Registration for Carnegie Hall performance begins at 8 am for Vivaldi students only

INSPIRE YOUR FRIENDS!

Refer your friends to the academy and receive a FREE LESSON! Your friends will receive a FREE registration. Vivaldi Seasons will receive a FREE class! (Up to $45 offer)

August Newsletter – Back To School Edition

Back to School – August Newsletter

We’re celebrating Vivaldi Music Academy’s 4th birthday!

The Academy opened its doors to the first music lessons on August 7th, 2013. Thank you to all of our Vivaldi students, families, faculty and staff for joining us on this incredible musical journey and for dreaming big with us!

Vivaldi Music Academy 4th Birthday

Vivaldi Strings performs with The Piano Guys

Vivaldi strings students have been invited to perform with the renowned group the Piano Guys for the last two years. And we’ll be joining them on-stage again at the Revention Music Center on August 25th. Our strings students are working hard in rehearsals leading up to the concert!

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The Piano Guys Rehearsal
Houston Mom's Blog - Vivaldi Music Academy

We’re so excited to partner with Houston Moms Blog! This awesome article highlights our collaboration on back-to-school activities and ideas!

Back to School Ads - Vivaldi Music Academy

Enroll by Friday, August 18th and receive our BACK-TO-SCHOOL OFFER – FREE REGISTRATION (up to a $45 value)! Vivaldi Music Academy offers private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin, drums and more along with group classes in strings, guitar, choir and early childhood music development. Spots are going fast – call us at West University 713-858-9617 and Bellaire 832-404-2299 to ENROLL TODAY! www.vivaldimusicacademy.com

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Being BOLD! We're so excited to be a finalist for the 2017 BOLD Awards for Greatest Business Growth! #vivaldimusicacademy #BOLD

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Zeljko and Alex Pavlovic


Check out this awesome article about our director, Zeljko Pavlovic in Voyage Houston Magazine! Learn all about Zeljko's journey, the founding of Vivaldi Music Academy, and what it means to dream big!

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The back to school season can be hectic. Sometimes simply getting back into the swing of things takes some preparation. Here are some easy tips to ease the transition!

Lock down your schedule

Most kids respond well to consistent schedules, so use a calendar to ensure everyone know what activities are expected each day. This includes both lessons and practice times! Also consider including a rewards system that will help make the connection from consistent practicing and hard work to beautiful musical results.

Set realistic expectations for practicing

Make sure everyone is on the same page! Younger children may need shorter practice times compared to older children. Also, if your child is overtired from school and other activities, try to reschedule a time when they are well-rested and enthusiastic for learning music.

Stay organized

Come to music lessons with all the essentials! If your child is especially forgetful, consider creating a checklist and posting it on the door.

Befriend your child’s music teacher

You are more than welcome to sit in on at least the first few lessons, which will help ease anxiety and also allows you to get a feel for their teaching style. Communication is key for everyone!

Don’t forget the practice journal

A practice journal can be an incredibly valuable tool, when both student and teacher are using it effectively. Sit down with your child and review the journal each week.

Upcoming events

August 25th: Vivaldi Strings performs with the Piano Guys at Revention Music Center

September 7th: Vivaldi Seasons Program presents Preschool Playhouse at Chick-Fil-A, Holcombe and Buffalo Speedway

September 12th: Vivaldi Music Academy hosts Musical Storytime at Barnes and Nobles

#VivaldiGoesToKennedyCenter | Adventures

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On Friday June 23 2017, forty-three Vivaldi Music Academy students took the stage at the D.C. venue. The curtain went up at 7:30 sharp, when students, teachers, family, and friends were delighted in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

On behalf of the National Culture Center (to be come the Kennedy Center), 1962

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit."

IT ALL BEGAN ON REGISTRATION DAY

Registration for the recital opened at 9AM on January 21 at both VMA facilities. Recognizing the value of this opportunity, parents assembled outside the studios at 4AM to gain a position in line, and – in true rock-concert fashion - spots were filled in five minutes once doors opened.

Vivaldi Music Academy parents ready to register for The Kennedy Center
Kennedy Center Registration

Golden Invitations for our star performers were a hit with our students and families!

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The Kennedy Center invitations

Adventures in Washington D.C.

Our students had a fabulous time exploring the sights, sounds, and history of our nation's capital before recital day!

The Kennedy Center Adventures | Pre-Concert
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Student Adventures | Vivaldi Music Academy
Family meet with Congress lady
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Family poses in Washington D.C.
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Student Adventures | Vivaldi Music Academy

ARRIVING AT THE KENNEDY CENTER

Ready to go! Students and families arrived at the Kennedy Center for a few pre-concert pictures

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The Kennedy Center Adventures | Pre-Concert
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Family performing at the Kennedy Center

Vivaldi Music Academy takes the stage at 7:30pm sharp

with Director, Zeljko Pavlovic providing opening remarks

The evening featured solo performances in violin, piano, guitar, and voice, and highlighted a bluegrass instrumental ensemble. The event wasn’t complete without showcasing six of the Academy’s talented instructors, including Director Zeljko Pavlovic.

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Violin student takes the stage in Washington D.C.
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Vivaldi Music Academy debuts at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
The Kennedy Center Performance | Vivaldi Music Academy
Vivaldi Music Academy debuts at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

"There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel between achievement in public life and progress in the arts"
- 1960 John F. Kennedy

July Newsletter 2017 | Kennedy Center Edition

Congratulations to all of our students for their amazing performances at the The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC this past month! It was so exciting for our students, faculty and Vivaldi families to experience a recital in our nation’s capital.

To learn more about Vivaldi Music Academy’s debut at the Kennedy Center, follow our hashtag #vivaldigoestoKennedyCenter on social media. Stay tuned for our next musical adventure in 2018!

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Director Zeljko Pavlovic - Vivaldi Music Academy
Alex Pavlovic at The Kennedy Center
Voice student at the Kennedy Center
Vivaldi Music Academy debuts at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Vivaldi Music Academy Voice student at the Kennedy Center
Giri and Uma Peters perform in Washington D.C.
Violin student takes the stage in Washington D.C.
Vivaldi Music Academy performs at Vivaldi Music Academy
Vivaldi Music Academy debuts at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

#VivaldiGoesToKennedyCenter

Musical Ladder System - Student Achievement Program

Don't forget - the next Musical Ladder assessment will be held
Sunday, July 23rd - Saturday, July 29th

NEXT ASSESSMENT WEEKS
Sun, Aug 27th - Sat. Sept 2nd
Sun, Sept 24th - Sat. Sept 30th
Sun, Oct 29th - Sat. Nov 4th
Mon, Nov 27th - Sun Dec 3rd

Musical Ladder Piano student

Join us at Chick-Fil-A for our preschool playhouse event!
Our wonderful Vivaldi Seasons teacher, Miss Sharon, will share a
sneak peak into our music program for young children -Vivaldi Seasons.

Vivaldi Seasons and Chick-fila

REFFERAL REWARDS

Refer a friend and receive a FREE lesson! Or refer a friend for Vivaldi Seasons, receive $10 off! And your friend will receive FREE REGISTRATION (up to $45 value)

Our summer recitals here in Houston were a huge success! Congratulations to everyone for their hard work and fabulous performances at Houston Baptist University’s Belin Chapel. We’re looking forward to our Winter Recitals December 2017 at Rice University!

Summer Recital for Vivaldi Music Academy students
Violin Lessons in Houston

We’re so proud of Alexa C. on her acceptance into the Houston Youth Symphony! Alexa is always working hard to achieve her musical goals with her teacher, Ms. Courtney, and is also an active violinist for the American Festival of the Arts (AFA).

We hope everyone had a safe and happy July 4th holiday!

4th of July - VMA

Mark Your Calendars!

Preschool Playhouse - Chick-fil-a, Buffalo Speedway/Holcombe
Thursday, July 13th at 9:30am

Musical Ladder Testing
Sunday, July 23rd - Saturday, July 29th

Vivalid Strings performs with The Piano Guys
Friday, August 25th - Details coming soon!

February News & Updates

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Join us at the Children’s Museum of Houston on Thursday Feb 23rd at 6:30 pm as our Vivaldi Strings and Choir class gather to perform for the Spotlight Performance series. Thursdays are also family night at the museum so admission is free!

Bringing our love of music to the community!

WUES International Fest - Voice and Violin

Our faculty members Josan, Emilio and Jenee participated in West University Elementary School’s International Festival on Thursday January 26th along with staff member Chardae – a fun time was had by all!

Vivaldi Seasons - Shares their love for Jazz this February

February the Vivaldi Seasons program is celebrating jazz and black history month! These fun-filled classes are for students ages 1- 6 years old! Every month, our teachers selected a theme related to the month! It will be full of jazz and history! Sign-up for a free preview today!

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Winner of the iPhone7 Referral Contest is:

SAM T.

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We love music project!

Express your love for music, your teacher and Vivaldi Music Academy with art work of your choice! Submit your artwork throughout the month of February that shows your love for music and we will proudly display your work at our schools. Any medium is welcome, as long as it fits within 8.5” x 11” space. We are looking forward to seeing all of our students creativity!

Vivaldi Music Academy’s Practice Journals

We are proud to announce the Musical Ladder System developed by our director’s colleague, Mr Marty Fort. The system is used throughout the United States and Canada to help students keep track of their progress through a rewards system that kids will love. The first round of evaluations will be held the last week of March. You will also be able to communicate and gauge your child’s lesson with our practice journals available for purchase. Please talk to the front desk and your teachers so you can get started!

Faculty Concert!

Vivaldi Music Academy Faculty Recital 2017
Arsh and John – Voice and Piano teachers at Faculty Recital

Congratulations to our faculty on their wonderful performances at the Faculty Concert and thank you to all of our students and Vivaldi families who attended.

December News & Updates

Vivaldi Music Academy Goes to the Family Theater at the Kennedy Center

We are pleased to announce our summer debut at the prestigious John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Family Theater on Friday June 23rd, 2017. Registration will begin Saturday January 21st at 9 am. Please see  https://www.vivaldimusicacademy.com/kennedy-center-2017/ for more details on how to register!

Introducing the Musical Ladder System

Vivaldi Music Academy is proud to introduce the Musical Ladder System for student lesson engagement and progress. Developed by Director Zeljko Pavlovic’s colleague, music academy owner Marty Fort and used by music schools throughout the US and Canada, the Musical Ladder System will help you keep track of your child’s progress through a rewards program that kids love. More details coming soon!

Musical Ladder System offered at Vivaldi Music Academy

REMINDER

Winter Recitals 2016-2017

We are looking forward to seeing everyone perform! Please be sure to double-check your recital time and date and directions for parking. Please allow yourself plenty of time for parking and reaching the hall.

WHEN IS THE RECITAL?  

Sunday December 11 2016
Saturday December 17 2016
Sunday January 8 2017
Saturday January 14 2017

WHERE IS IT?

Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
*Students must be enrolled in the Academy at the time of the recital in order to participate
Please let us know if you have any questions prior to your recital day*

WINTER RECESS

The Academy will be closed for the holidays Monday, December 19th-Sunday January 1st.  Classes and lessons will resume Monday January 2nd.

For current students only:

Please remember that lessons are billed on a 48-week year with 4 weeks of holidays built into the schedule.  You receive an average of 4 lessons per month. When you have 5 lessons in 5 week months, we do not charge you more and when you have less than 4 lessons we do not charge you less.  No make-ups are required for holiday closures.

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Upcoming Events

December Student Winter recitals:

Sunday December 11 2016
Saturday December 17 2016

Winter Recess

Monday, December 19th-Sunday January 1st.
Classes and lessons will resume Monday January 2
nd.

January Student Winter Recitals

Sunday January 8 2017
Saturday January 14 2017

Kennedy Center Registration

Saturday January 21st 9 am

Faculty Concert

Saturday January 28th 7 pm
Houston Baptist University

Student of the Month: Addison C.!

  1. What school do you currently attend?
    • Lovett Elementary, 5th Grade
  2. What do you like most about playing violin?
    • How much I have been able to improve in the last few years. I started a bit later than everyone else in my school since I began learning on a wind instrument before switching to violin. I was struggling to keep up at first but over the last couple of years I have made great strides and have been playing in the top orchestra at school.
  3. When did you start taking violin lessons?
    • I started in 2nd grade
  4. What advice do you have for those who would like to take violin lessons?
    • Listen to you instructors. They can teach you techniques and music pieces that will make you a top player.
  5. Tell us about auditioning for All City Orchestra.
    • I rode a bus to a different school. There was a judge behind a curtain so he or she could not see me or any of the students auditioning. We, of course, could not see the judge either. They did that so only the way we played would count. Nothing about how we looked or whether the judge knew one of us personally would come into play. They gave us three pieces to learn 10 days ahead of the audition. They were harder pieces than I usually play. I practiced a great deal for the 10 days I had.
    • There were students from all over HISD and even some homeschoolers auditioning. They gave us all codes so they would not use our name when calling us so the judge would not know the name of the person on the other side of the curtain. I played the songs I had practiced intensely for the last week and a half. The next week, I went to my after school practice like I do every week. My orchestra teacher had posted the list on the wall. I saw my name highlighted and my teacher made an announcement about all who made it into the All City Orchestra!
  6. When you found out you were selected, how did you feel?
    • I felt great for accomplishing something with all of that practice. It was hard to concentrate for after school practice that day because I was so happy. I cannot wait until spring when we start practicing as an All City Orchestra.
addison-c – Violin Student at Vivaldi Music Academy

November Newsletter

VIVALDI MUSIC ACADEMY GOES TO THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER!
REGISTRATION BEGINS 9 AM, SATURDAY JANUARY 21ST
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The Kennedy Center – Outside

Vivaldi Music Academy is pleased to announce our students’ summer debut at the prestigious John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Family Theater. The Kennedy Center, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility.

The Center, which opened on September 8, 1971, continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy’s vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, world, and folk music for all ages. Each year, the institution that bears President Kennedy’s name brings his dream to fruition, touching the lives of millions of people through thousands of performances by the greatest artists from across America and around the world. The new 324-seat Family Theater provides a new home for world-class performances for the nation’s youth and continues the Kennedy Center’s commitment to performing arts education for adults and children alike.  “This new venue” said Michael Kaiser, former Kennedy Center President, “expands the Kennedy Center’s ability to produce and present excellent works for young people.”

John F. Kennedy | Vivaldi Music Academy performs at The Kennedy Center 2017

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.”
President John F. Kennedy

Don’t miss out on signing up for Vivaldi Music Academy’s Student Winter Recitals at Rice University!

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Don’t miss out on signing up for Vivaldi Music Academy’s Student Winter Recitals at Rice University! An essential part of any student’s musical development, playing in recitals builds confidence and is great motivation to take your playing to the next level. Recitals give students:

  1. Something to work for
  2. Performance Experience
  3. Inspiration from advanced performers
  4. And of course, a great sense of pride and accomplishment!

Remember: Students must be enrolled in the Academy at the time of the recital in order to participate. Sign up Genius closes 8 pm November 4th!

Shepherd School of Music at Rice University

  • Sunday December 11 2016
  • Saturday December 17 2016
  • Sunday January 8 2017
  • Saturday January 14 2017

Winter Recital Sign-up link: https://www.vivaldimusicacademy.com/winter-recital-2016/

Student of the Month: Matthew F.

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Matthew Huntington Fisk attends St. Anne Catholic School and is in the first grade. Matthew began piano lessons at the age of three.

I like playing the piano because when I move my fingers across the keys it feels like home. My favorite artist are Beethoven, John Legend and Michael Jackson. My advice for those who want to take piano lessons is to practice, practice, practice and then you will take fun trips to Carnegie Hall and Italy! I enjoyed playing at Carnegie Hall and Vivaldi Church because I was able to play in halls so many famous people played in before me.

TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE THANKS!

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We are thankful to all of our Vivaldi Students and Families! During the month of November, your referrals will earn you a $25 Target gift card and a free lesson when your friend registers with us for music lessons. Your friend receives free registration. AND you both are entered into a drawing for an iPhone 7!! WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED ON JANUARY 15th!!

Thank you to all of our students for sharing their amazing, spookiest, funniest, outlandish, and cutest Halloween costumes for our annual costume contest! The winners of our drawing are: 

Julian Weaver – $50 | Miriam Afouba – $25 | Sophia Willis – $25

Vivaldi Strings performs at Hermann Park in October 2016

Congratulations to our Vivaldi Strings and Choir on their remarkable performance  for Hermann Park’s Student Performances in the Park series! Our Vivaldi students even enjoyed a train ride through Hermann Park afterwards!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Fall Recess:

Wednesday November 23rd-Sunday November 27th.

Classes and lessons resume Monday November 28th.

Please remember the Academy runs on a 48 week year with an average of 4 lessons per month and 4 weeks of holidays built into the schedule. When you have 5 lessons, we do not charge you more. When you have less than 4 lessons we do not charge you less. No make-ups are needed for holiday closures.

We understand many of you have travel plans beyond the days of the Academy closures for the Holidays. If you love your teacher and your preferred lesson day/time, please be sure to utilize our generous masterclass make-ups/workshops to guarantee your spot when you return.

FACULTY CONCERT

Vivaldi Music Academy invites you to our highly anticipated Winter Faculty Concert!

Join us for an exciting evening of musical performances by our director, violinist Zeljko Pavlovic, talented faculty members and special guests on Saturday, January 28th at 7pm at Houston Baptist University! Admission is free and open to the public. The concert is a wonderful and motivating experience for students to see their talented teachers perform on stage! We hope to see you there!

Faculty Concert – HBU – Jan 2017

Important Dates:

Fall Recess:

Wednesday November 23rd-Sunday November 27th.

Classes and lessons resume Monday November 28th.

December Winter Recitals: Rice University Shepherd School of Music

Sunday December 11 2016

Saturday December 17 2016

Winter Recess:

Monday, December 19th -Sunday, January 1st.

Classes and lessons resume Monday, January 2nd.

January Winter Recitals: Rice University Shepherd School of Music

Sunday January 8 2017

Saturday January 14 2017

January 15th, 2017: Winner of iPhone7 referral contest announced!

Saturday January 21st 9 am : Registration for Summer 2017 Recital at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts begins

Saturday January 28th 7 pm : Faculty Concert, Houston Baptist University

Musical Journeys: Bonnie’s Path to Success

It’s never too late to start playing violin! Vivaldi Music Academy violin teacher, Bonnie Diggs, started her incredible musical journey around age 13 when her grandparents gifted her family with a violin. Most professional violinists begin at a much younger age however Bonnie’s curiosity and love for learning led her to a professional level in an incredible few years. At age 14 she taught herself the basics of how to play the violin and worked through the Essential Elements for Strings book on her own.

As she progressed, she realized private violin lessons would bring her playing abilities to the next level. After 6 months of lessons, her teacher suggested that she audition for the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO). Much to her surprise, she ended up in their top orchestra! Before she could take her place in GNOYO, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina forced Bonnie’s family to move to Florida.

In September of 2005, Bonnie received a letter from GNOYO informing her they were rebuilding the orchestra and invited her to rejoin them! She spent hours practicing every day and by December 2005, Bonnie had conquered multiple songs. After her first concert she was inspired to dedicate her time to mastering the violin. When the famous violinist Midori was not able to make it to a rehearsal Bonnie stepped in to play the soloist’s Mendelssohn violin concerto on short notice – an amazing feat! As she auditioned for three universities to continue her studies, Bonnie received a full scholarship to each university. Bonnie chose to attend Loyola University and for the first two years she was principal second violinist. She pushed herself to practice more until she became concertmistress!

Bonnie loves to mentor beginners as well as teen and adult students who pursue the violin as it reminds her of the age at which she started playing. She encourages her students to never shy away from performing. She believes music teaches students to build character, confidence, and self-esteem, and looks forward to being a part of your very own journey on the violin!

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Bonnie – Violin lessons

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