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Let’s Play Music Third Year Graduation Recital

The third year of Let’s Play Music is very fun and very full—jam packed with learning to play scales and chords in different keys, learning to improvise and transpose, learning to count music properly in different time signatures, and the coup de gras—composing an original piece to play at the recital.

Students begin thinking of ideas for the composition in January when Orange Roots semester begins.

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We talk about inspiration and what they, the student, gets excited about.  We talk about how music can tell a story, just like a book can, and how music follows patterns, just like books do.  We explore different sounds on the piano, e.g “What would it sound like if it was raining outside?” “What does an elephant walking sound like on the piano?”

In mid-February we are ready to begin putting notes down on the manuscript paper. Students (and parents) often feel apprehensive about beginning a composition. But, after meeting one-on-one with the teacher to begin their composition, they leave their lesson feeling excited about going home and adding to what they just wrote.

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Students spend the next few weeks making changes and adding new ideas to their composition. Once again, there is a lesson, one-on-one with the teacher, at the end of March where students will put the finishing touches on their masterpiece.

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Then they begin practicing for the recital.  Parents are often surprised that a student will need to practice something they wrote themselves.  Let’s Play Music students are often able to write and play music that is beyond their ability to read music, so practice is necessary.

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The recital is truly a time of celebration! Each student has progressed at their own pace, but we celebrate where they are right now!

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Parents are an integral part of the Let’s Play Music program.  This program is successful because of dedicated parents who come to class with their child and follow up with practice time at home.  Sometimes practicing is not fun and life gets in the way, but LPM parents are truly the best! Why? Because they have committed to helping their child through this wonderful program and have given them the gift of music. At the recital we always take time to honor the parents and their contribution to the child.

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Let’s Play Music graduates are ready to enter private lessons and be successful. They have been given the tools for a strong musical foundation and been taught successful practice techniques.  They have learned to intelligently listen to classical music and recognize classical form. Their ears, eyes, fingers, and voices have been trained to help them decipher and play difficult music passages.  But, most of all, they have learned that they can do hard things, and for this, we celebrate!

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The Birth of The MAC

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Micah and Tina have known each other ever since they met as 14 year-old high school freshman. They have always had a love of the arts and cultural activities.  One of their favorite dates has always been to go on an art walk to local galleries, then hit a food truck or small locally owned restaurant for a bite to eat.

When Micah and Tina began having children in 1992, they knew they wanted their children to have a strong art and music background-with an artist father and a musician mother that’s a pretty obvious path!  Raising their children in Mesa Arizona for the first few years, they found many options for music and art for their children’s education, and watched their four children grow and develop their own talents.

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When they made the move to Meridian Idaho in 2005, they saw those opportunities shrink exponentially as they searched diligently for quality and affordable art programs.  They wanted something more than a so-called “instructor” in a room with art supplies on a table and the children left to their own devices.  They also looked for something that was affordable and fun, yet still educational and skill-building.  After several years of searching, they gave up and nurtured their children’s artistic pursuits at home.

Meanwhile, Tina had found a great music program called “Let’s Play Music” and began to teach classes for young children out of their home.  Within 3 years, those music classes were maxed to capacity and it stayed that way for years.Let's Play Music at The MAC MeridianLet's Play Music at The MAC Meridian

As Tina explored the possibility of expansion of Let’s Play Music and the mommy and me music classes called Sound Beginnings into a new venue, adding art classes was an exciting addition.

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The MAC Grand Opening August 2015

Micah and Tina searched for months for the perfect space for the music classes and the new art classes. Two of their top requirements were that the location had to be in NW Meridian and it had to be family friendly. Finally they found the perfect spot! Located near 2 elementary schools, a daycare facility, and a pediatric dentist, The MAC is nestled right in the heart of where many young Meridian Idaho families live.

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The MAC Grand Opening August 2015

The MAC is truly a family-run and family-oriented facility.  You will see Tina teaching many of the music classes, Taylor (daughter) teaching many of the art classes, and you will see Sam (son) manning the front desk. The MAC has added a few new teachers in the last 18 months who feel like family!

Let’s Play Music and Sound Beginnings are growing by leaps and bounds at The MAC!  Art classes are gaining in popularity and enrollment!  If you haven’t been to The MAC yet, what are you waiting for?