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  • Music Teacher Cat - A - Palooza

    Practice Tip Cards are Hit with Music Teachers

    Definition of Palooza is: "an all-out crazy party; partying at one place with a ton of people like there's no tomorrow."

    Music Teacher, cat humor Practice Tip: Just Do It                    This is our most popular card.

    That's what Violettes by Becky has been so quietly doing. One year ago, I started painting music themed art. People loved it. Even more, they loved when I put titles to the art. It turned into over 50 Greeting Cards , posters and even a coloring book in one year. The cards mostly illustrate music practice tips. But the sets of eight cards expanded as I received requests.

    So, currently in addition to getting 8 of the same cards in a set (as in number 1 below), the following sets are available:

    1. Whimsical with humorous or serious "PRACTICE TIPS" on the backs. (We take requests).
    2. "Seize the Opportunity to Play" (best gift with people playing in interesting places - subtitle on back)
    3. Asian collection (A set of 10 cards with instruments from 10 different Asian countries, and description on back)
    4. Appalachian Assortment
    5. Beer-Guitar (Adult Tips "Have Foam with Your Music") and Banjo Moonshine Designs.
    6. Tips for Playing in an Orchestra
    7. In Progress - Voice Tips

    Link to cards on web site.

    All cards can be purchased as 11 by 17 or 16 by 20 inch posters at the link below.
    If you have any requests or questions, do not hesitate to email RMChaffee1@comcast.net or call 865/850-9220.

    We have been attending new kinds of events, and have learned that music teachers and

    Music Teacher, Cat Practice Tip: Mindful Repetition is more effective than mindless repetition. Leave a small space between repeated phrases. Set your intention before you play.        This tip is one of my favorites, submitted by a music teacher.

     

    Grandmothers of young musicians are the biggest clients. Recently I attended the ETSBOA, the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association. Folks love the cards and posters with cats and dogs so much. One gentleman came up to my vendor table and said, I am a dog person. What dog cards do you have?

    Now we are creating a "Musical Pet Series". So stay tuned.

    Future Violettes by Becky vending events:

    Turkey Creek, Knoxville Hallmark store will be holding an event featuring Violettes very soon.

    • Feb. 25 Relix Theatre, Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
    • March 3 at Sherrill Hills Retirement Home from Noon to 3PM
    • April 5 and 6, Nashville, Tennessee Music Teachers Association (TMTA) State Convention

    Please visit our Music Teacher Cat - A - Palooza today.

    Gift ideas for music lovers

  • Junior Composition Competition Tie for 2nd Place

    Maya Wood from Missouri & Sonia Nair from Oregon Tie

    for 2nd Place Junior Composition

     

    The Violettes by Becky Composition Competition is national, with 4 students entering from Oregon.  From Lake Oswego, Oregon, Sonia Nair tied with Maya Wood of Jefferson City, Missouri for 2nd place in the Junior Composition Division.

    Gifts for Music Lovers, Violin Gifts, Gifts for Piano Players Maya Wood, 2nd Place Junior Composition Tie


    Maya Wood is the daughter of Tim and Robin Wood and student of Helen Haynes Jefferson City Music Academy.
     
    She is a 7th grader at Thomas Jefferson Middle school and participates in Track, Cross Country, Orchestra, and Coding/Technology Club.


     

     

     

     


     




    Gifts for Music Lovers, American Gifts, Gifts for Piano Players Sonia Nair, 14, pictured with her sister, Nidhi Nair, 9. The two have performed a unique piece titled “Tidal Wave” based on the ever popular “Heart and Soul”. Sonia created the piece for the two of them, because her younger sister loved playing the melody with her sister’s fabulously creative piano part.

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     In 8th grade, Sonia Nair has been studying piano for five years with teacher, Dr. Anne D. Young. From an early age, she became interested in composing music and recreating songs by ear. The rest is history. Outside of school and piano, her interests include competing in track and field meets, performing dance routines, participating in Girl Scouts, and spending time with her younger sister. Sonia also enjoys traveling with family, completing science experiments, cooking, and helping her community.

     

     

     

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    Music Art Cards to Benefit Youth Music Competition

    The Youth Music Competition will earn 100% from card profits thru the end of May 2016, and 20% after that. Please support our work with card purchases at this LINK. You can buy a set of all the same or an assortment. We are currently working on more cards, and love requests.

    Gifts for Music Lovers, Violin Gifts Purchase Music Art Greeting Cards, Blank inside with Practice Tips on Back to benefit our Youth Music Competition.

     

  • Samantha Shuma Wins Junior Songwriter Contest

    Bio for Songwriter Contest, Junior Division Winner

    Guitar Purse, American Gifts, Gifts for Music Lovers Samantha Shuma wins 1st place in Violettes Songwriter Contest

     

     

    Samantha Shuma, age 13 from McKinney, won 1st place in the 3rd Annual Violettes by Becky Songwriter Competition, Junior Division. Samantha is a songwriter, vocalist, mandolin player, and actress. She started instrument lessons at age 5 and voice at age 6. After studying violin, piano, and guitar, she fell in love with the mandolin. She now takes both acoustic and electric mandolin lessons. She plays Bluegrass, Rock, and Pop, and is involved in musical theatre. Samantha wrote her first song 2 years ago. “I like to write about my thoughts and feelings being 13. Sometimes, it is difficult to find songs for my age, so I write them.”

     

     

    Samantha won for her original song "Hooked". She wrote song lyrics with music. Contest entries were judged on emotional impact, individuality and creativity, meaningful lyrics, and melody.

    Samantha regularly appears in live shows through the McKinney and Frisco School of Rock performance programs. She also travels across the country to attend music intensives like Acoustic Music Camp, Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp, and Camp Bluegrass. Samantha likes to shoot and edit videos for her music. This summer, she will be taking songwriting camps and a studio recording camp to learn more about creating sound tracks. “I enjoy performing, especially my own songs, and my goal is to have a successful career in the music industry,” expressed Samantha.



    Music Art Cards to Benefit Youth Music Competition

    The Youth Music Competition will earn 100% from card profits thru the end of May 2016, and 20% after that. Please support our work with card purchases at this LINK. You can buy a set of all the same or an assortment. We are currently working on more cards, and love requests.


    Gifts for Music Lovers, Violin Gifts Purchase Music Art Greeting Cards, Blank inside with Practice Tips on Back to benefit our Youth Music Competition.
  • Carli Tuttle, 2nd Place Songwriter Competition Winner

    2nd Place in Songwriter Competition from Melbourne Beach, Florida

    gifts for music lovers, guitar purse Carli Tuttle wins U.S. Music Corp. guitar

    The Violettes by Becky Annual Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition is national, so winning is not easy. We would like to present Carli Tuttle, 2nd place senior songwriter winner. Thanks to U.S. Music Corp. for the donation of her guitar. Carli hails from Melbourne Beach, Florida.

    Carli Tuttle, 16, attends Melbourne High School where she is the FCA Worship Leader and is a performer in the Melbourne High Masquerade Musical Theatre. She won a songwriting competition in Nashville last summer at Annie Moses Band Fine Arts Summer Academy and was given the amazing opportunity to perform her original song at the legendary Bluebird Cafe. Her favorite subjects in school are History, English, and Anatomy. She also plays volleyball for her high school varsity team. Carli started guitar lessons at the age of 8.... She also plays the piano, electric guitar, and ukulele. She started writing songs when she was 12 years old. Carli loves encouraging her siblings to sing and play instruments. She has 3 brothers and one sister.



     


    Music Art Cards to Benefit Youth Music Competition

    The Youth Music Competition will earn 100% from card profits thru the end of May 2016, and 20% after that. Please support our work with card purchases at this LINK. You can buy a set of all the same or an assortment. We are currently working on more cards, and love requests.

    Gifts for Music Lovers, Violin Gifts Purchase Music Art Greeting Cards, Blank inside with Practice Tips on Back to benefit our Youth Music Competition.

  • Talented Sisters Both Winners in Youth Composition Competition

    Youth Composition Competition Students Also Top Students in School

    This is the third year sisters, Fiona and Helena Abney- McPeek from Chicago have entered the Violettes Youth Composition Competition. This year they both received top placement awards!

     

    Gifts for music lovers, violin themed gifts, violin gifts Fiona, 1st Place Junior Composition Competition Winner

     

    Fiona Abney-McPeek from Illinois won 1st place in the Junior Composition division with "Sunlight".

    Thanks to Performers Music in Chicago for her $50 Gift Certificate.

    Currently 13 years old and in 7th grade, Fiona has been involved with music for much of her life. She started playing violin when she was a toddler. Soon after, she began her first compositions, which she played on violin with her family. "Sunlight" is Fiona's first piece for brass. In addition to playing and composing music, Fiona participates in her middle school's Mathcounts, Science Olympiad team and cross country teams. She currently plays in a youth orchestra, sings in the school choir, plays chamber music with her friends and participates in a composition workshop.

     

     



     

    gifts for music lovers, violin gifts, violin themed gifts Helena wins for a 3rd year in a row, but this year she is in the Senior Division.

    Helena Abney-McPeek from Illinois won 3rd place in the Senior Composition Competition with "May 14". She entered Parts I and II separately due to their length. Both Parts I and II were equally excellent, and tied for third place! Helena has won awards for the past 2 years.

    Thanks to Sheet Music Plus for the $25 Gift Certificate

    Helena, age 15, started playing Suzuki violin at the age of 4.  From the very beginning, she was interested in composing, and wrote several pieces for violin and voice when she was about 5 years old.  She is now a high school sophomore.  She sings in the a cappella choir at school and plays violin in the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra.  She's involved in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra's Composition Seminar and has composed for her high school's musical. Her other interests include math, computer science, writing and acting.

                   


    Music Art Cards to Benefit Youth Music Competition

    The Youth Music Competition will earn 100% from card profits thru the end of May 2016, and 20% after that. Please support our work with card purchases at this LINK. You can buy a set of all the same or an assortment. We are currently working on more cards, and love requests.

    Gifts for Music Lovers, Violin Gifts Purchase Music Art Greeting Cards, Blank inside with Practice Tips on Back                                                               to benefit our Youth Music Competition.
  • Student Bio of 2nd Place Senior Composition Winner

    With No Formal Composition Training, Ms. Williams takes 2nd Place

    A s 2nd Place Senior Composition winner, Lindsey Williams of Bend, Oregon receives  $200 cash, donated by the West Knoxville Kiwanis Club.

    gifts for music lovers, violin gifts, piano gifts Lindsey Williams, Senior Composition  Winner

    Lindsey is an 18 year-old senior with many musical interests. She has been studying piano with Peter Brownlee for the last seven years. During this time, she completed, with distinction, all 10 levels of the Oregon Music Teachers' Association Syllabus, and has won a number of competitions, most notably the Cascades Classical Music Competition and the OMTA Bach Festival. She has also participated in masterclasses with Jill Timmons and Sean Chen.

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    Additionally a violinist, Lindsey has performed with the OMEA All-State Orchestra and is a
    member of her high school's Chamber Orchestra. Lindsey loves chamber music and recently won 2nd place at the State Ensemble Festival with her piano trio.

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    Lindsey has been composing ever since she began learning piano seven years ago, mimicking
    her favorite composers, Bach and Mozart. More recently, she has been exploring her own
    unique style, often taking inspiration from more obscure areas such as literature and visual art.
    While she has never had any formal composition training, Lindsey hopes to advance her skills
    at Bard College this fall, where she plans to pursue a double major in music and social studies.
    In addition to piano, violin, and composition, Lindsey is an avid French enthusiast who founded
    her school's French Club.




    Music Art Cards to Benefit Youth Music Competition

    The Youth Music Competition will earn 100% from card profits thru the end of May 2016, and 20% after that. Please support our work with card purchases at this LINK. You can buy a set of all the same or an assortment. We are currently working on more cards, and love requests.

    Gifts for Music Lovers, Violin Gifts Purchase Music Art Greeting Cards, Blank inside with Practice Tips on Back to benefit our Youth Music Competition.
  • Student Bios for Youth Music Competition 2016

    Knoxville Songwriter, Emma Rowe

    ViolettesbyBecky.com, a music-themed gift company, held its 3rd Annual Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition for ages 10 thru 18, with scores and recordings submitted on-line. Volunteer judges are music professionals, who review the students’ entries not only for prize placement, but with an aim to provide encouraging constructive comments. The competition is divided into 2 categories, Composition and Songwriter, each with a junior and senior division.

    Two local students entered with impressive work, Emma Rowe, Junior Songwriter and Samuel Aba, Senior Composition. Emma won a 2nd place in the Junior Songwriting category.

    I had the joy of meeting Emma in person to deliver her certificate. She and her 2 younger sisters were on their way to a Daddy Daughter camping trip.

    Violin Gifts, Guitar Purse Gifts for Music Lovers Emma Rowe receiving her certificate for the Violettes by Becky Youth Music Competition

    Emma Rowe

    Emma is a 12 year old rising eighth grader. This fun, active girl loves many different styles of writing! She sings, acts and helps write shows for the musical theater troupe she has been with for five years.  Emma studies writing in her homeschooling co-op. She was the 2014 First Runner-up in the National World War II Museum Essay Contest. Emma is currently writing two books, one a non-fiction story set in an area of land in Kentucky she saw while on a trip, and another a guide to healthy eating. She hopes to publish both! She loves to read, swim, and play with dogs and cats. Those are only three of the many things Emma enjoys doing! She also entered the Violettes by Becky Music Composing Contest twice, entering an original tune and lyrics both times. Emma is grateful to her friends, family members, and teachers who edit her musical score compositions, lyrics, essays, and books.



    Music Art Cards to Benefit Youth Music Competition

    The Youth Music Competition will earn 100% from card profits thru the end of May 2016, and 20% after that. Please support our work with card purchases at this LINK. You can buy a set of all the same or an assortment. We are currently working on more cards, and love requests.

    Gifts for Music Lovers, Violin Gifts Purchase Music Art Greeting Cards, Blank inside with Practice Tips on Back to benefit our Youth Music Competition.

  • Singer and Comedian Lulu Roman (from Hee Haw)

    Yes, That's right, Lulu Roman is Cool Violin Purse -un 42

    violin purse, gifts for Musicians, gifts for music lovers

    We have taken a break from our Cool Purse -un blog, but can't resist the excitement of a post that Singer and Comedian, Ms. Lulu Roman is a proud owner of a Violettes by Becky Violin Purse. She is a lovely and kind person, and tells me,

    Violin Purse, Gifts for Music Lovers, Singer and Comedian Lulu Roman, Singer and Comedian

     

    "I love my bag, it's small and it goes with everything. You can put so much in this small violin I will never use another purse."

    This lovely woman has so many credits to her profession. Just a few of which are, she was a guest performer at the inauguration celebration of President Ronald Reagan in 1980, was inducted into the Country Music Gospel Hall Of Fame in 1999 and the Christian Music Hall Of Fame in 2008.

    Today, she is still both a as a comedian and singer, and as a Southern Gospel singer has well over 16 albums. Google her work and enjoy!

     

     

    Sincerely,

    Becky Chaffee

    Owner of ViolettesbyBecky.com

    Violin Purse, Gifts for Music Lovers, Singer and Comedian

    Click here to shop for your Violin Purse or Gig bag Today!

  • 3rd Annual Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition Results

     

    Presenting Results of the 3rd Annual Violettes

    Composition and Songwriter Competition 2015/16


    We hope to post some student Bios in the near future. Please send in Bios and Photos.

    Senior Division Composition Awards

     

    Announcing the 1st Place Senior Composition Winner for the 3rd Annual Violettes Youth Music Competition (Hope You don't mind some visual - it shows how easily your music paints a picture) Thanks to Kiwanis West in Knoxville, TN for the Prize Donation.

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    2nd Place Senior Composition-

    Lindsey Williams from Oregon with "Nocturnal Transmogrifications"

    Thanks to Kiwanis West of Knoxville, TN for the $200 Prize Donation.

     

    3rd Place Senior Composition-

    Helena Abney-McPeek from Illinois with "May 14", Both Parts I and II

    Thanks to Sheet Music Plus for the $25 Gift Certificate

     

    Honorable Mentions:

    Juliana Lynch from Maryland, "The Cherry Tree"

    Sayali Gove from North Carolina, "The Night Dances"

    Max Justice from Oregon , "Scarlet"

    Jie Zhang from Oregon, "The Unforgettable"

     


    Special Award:

    Juliana Lynch from Maryland with "Heaven's Door" - One of the judges commented that this deserves 1st place in a different category. Violettes by Becky agrees, so we have created a special one time Choral award for Miss Lynch.

    Presenting 1st Place Choral Award to Juliana Lynch, we pulled $100 out of our Violettes by Becky hat.



    Senior Songwriter Awards

    Please note that this decision was impossibly hard. Finally, after looking at the ratings from 3 judges, we had to call a prize winner.

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    1st Place Senior Songwriter - Aanna Sapp from Missouri with "Wanderlust"

    Thanks to the Annie Moses Band for the Fine Arts Summer Academy Gift

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    2nd Place Senior Songwriter- Carli Tuttle from Florida with "Trust Me"

    Thanks to US Music Corp for the Washburn Guitar Prize

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    3rd Place Senior Songwriter - Alma Russ from North Carolina with "Next Town"


    Thanks to Sheet Music Plus for the $25 Gift Certificate


    Junior Division Composition

    1st Place Junior Composition-  Fiona Abney-McPeek from Illinois with "Sunlight"

    Thanks to Performers Music in Chicago for the $50 Gift Certificate

    2nd Place Junior Composition- Tie

    Sonia Nair from Oregon with "Coming of Age"

    Thanks to Performers Music in Chicago for the $25 Gift Certificate

    Maya Wood from Missouri with "Moonlight Spirit"

    Thanks to Sheet Music Plus for the $25 Gift Certificate

    Junior Division Songwriter

    1st Place Junior Songwriter- Samantha Shuma from Texas with "Hooked"

    Thanks to Sheet Music Plus for the $50 Gift Certificate

    2nd Place Junior Songwriter- Emma Rowe from Tennessee with "Life Isn't Fair"

    Thanks to Sheet Music Plus for the $25 Gift Certificate.

     


    School Awards

    Oakland, California Roots Int. School wins Outstanding Participation Award, with Dr. Bryan Alvarez entering 26 students with Garage Band compositions. They each have feedback from our amazing judges. 1st thru 3rd places still to be announced. -And a $500 check from an anonymous donor.

    We still haven't heard from one of the judges, who is diligently typing results for all the children.

    The Flushing, New York Veritas Academy students were challenged by Dr. Michael Eisenberg to write songs to enter. Students Melany Bernard , David Mercado, Tiffany Rose Joseph all won honorable mentions. Plus outstanding teacher, Michael Eisenberg wins $200 for the school to spend on music related equipment. Thanks to a collection of my generous friends and clients.


    We must thank Composition Classes of Ben Mulholland from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania school, Play On, Philly! for judging the middle school compositions including the overwhelming number of Garage Band compositions.


    Note that all Judges are Music Professional volunteers! A great big thank you to these fine people. We pulled in an additional judge, Tammie Dischner, member of the Knoxville Songwriter Association, to help us decide on the Senior Songwriter group winner.

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  • Youth Music Competition Status Update (Revised)

    From the Desk of Violettes by Becky

    Regarding the 3rd Annual Youth Music Composition

    Dear Music Competition Folks,

    We are working diligently to finalize our late judging for the Violettes 3rd Annual Youth Music Competition by next weekend. We had 2 three way ties, we had judges who voted for different first place candidates and we had traveling judges, sick judges, and even judges who didn't properly receive all the student entry links. (My bad).

    With continuous back and forth with judges this week, and even asking an extra music professional help to break a conflicting vote, "winners" are being finalized. We have judges going back to make minute scoring tweaks to help us come up with the official winners. In other words, the entries are all winners, and we have to painfully decide on who gets the prizes.

    Gifts for Music Lovers, Music Competition, Pick Banjos, Not Fights while finalizing music competition results!
    Gifts for Music Lovers, Violin Purse, Music Competition Practice Tip:  Practice Slowly

    While waiting for the results, please check out the new line of  whimsical cards we have with Practice Tips on the back (and blank middles). They are created from hand painted originals by Becky Chaffee (me). Profits from On-Line Sales thru May 31 go directly to the 2017 youth competition. To view more cards, see Link 1 and Link 2.

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