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."
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
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
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.
Music Teacher Enters Talented Students in Songwriter Competition
Music teacher Dr. Michael Eisenberg is another outstanding teacher whom I am introduced to thru my work with Violettes. Learning of the Violettes Composition and Songwriting Competition for Youth thru Linked-In announcements, he encouraged 4 students enter. The contest was a goal to produce. Dr Eisenberg currently teaches music, music history, chorus, music theater, and French at Veritas Academy in Flushing, New York.
1. Violettes: Teaching is generally a job with long hours. Have you received any awards for your work?
Dr. Michael Eisenberg: I was named a Montalvo National Teaching Artist Finalist for excellence in arts ed and I was selected for the Carnegie Music Educators Workshop in 2013 to the present. My high school choir was invited to sing at Placido Domingo's retirement gala at the Met as
well. Thank you for all the amazing help you have given to my students*.
2. Violettes: All your students entered the Songwriting Division. Is your background in voice? Tell us about your music background or history.
Dr. Michael Eisenberg: My principal instruments are piano and harpsichord but I have been involved in singing since high school and have studied voice and currently sing with the Brooklyn Tabernacel Choir and the New York Festival Singers. I love singing and believe it is critical to students’ experience with music.
3. Violettes: What kind of classes do you teach and do you have certain methods that you use to bring out the best in your children?
Dr. Michael Eisenberg: I have taught for 4 years with the NYC dept of Ed and prior to that with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Lincoln Center Institute as a teaching artist. I have taught many different kinds of courses from voice and chorus, to band and keyboard, to strings and orchestra to general music. It is my experience that the more students take ownership of the content and instruction the more they connect and enjoy it. When they have the chance to create and shape the music they are performing they respond in a much more enthusiastic and organic way.
4. Violettes: Tell us about the school where you teach? Do you have any fun stories about working with teen age children?
Dr. Michael Eisenberg: Veritas Academy is an innovative Renzulli-design school where students are encouraged to use their individual strengths and creativity to connect to curriculum. We are located in Queens, NYC which is the most ethnically and linguistically diverse community per capita in the US and the world. Our school is located in the oldest NYC high school campus in a beautiful neo-Gothic building.
5. Violettes: Tell us about any music ventures that you have outside of teaching.
Dr. Michael Eisenberg: I am currently working to present some concerts with voice and keyboard in Milan and throughout western US focusing on the musical world of Leonardo da Vinci. I recently curated an exhibit there on Leonardo’s designs for musical instruments. Last summer, I participated in an NEH workshop in Germany on teaching Bach to high school students.
6. Violettes: Do you have any hobbies that you like talking about?
Dr. Michael Eisenberg: I love to ski and to speak foreign languages and get to know other cultures. I also love to read and of course perform and make music.
*Violettes by Becky pairs professional volunteer judges with the students to give them encouraging constructive feedback for their music. Junior Composition Judges; Senior Composition Judges; Songwriter Judges are from the Knoxville Songwriters Association.