10 Common Mistakes Made at NYSSMA

NYSSMA is approaching and we want to make sure you are prepared for your performance! We’ve created a list of the 10 most common mistakes people make at NYSSMA, so you can avoid these NYSSMA no-no’s.     Bringing Photocopies: NYSSMA requires original NYSSMA approved scores of your piece. You are not permitted to use…

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Formerly of Center Stage: Catching Up With Skela

Catching up with Center Stage student, singer songwriter Skela

One cold fall evening, I left work to warm up my car, and while shivering in the driver’s seat, the following Instagram caption made me forget about the weather: “My dad used to say his favorite singers in the world were the ones who let out the pain through their voice. That’s how I learned…

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Everything You Need To Know About NYSSMA

If you haven’t already, you and your teacher will decide whether or not you should participate in the NYSSMA festival. NYSSMA is an optional statewide music festival, in which students will be judged on their performance. For those who have never done NYSSMA before, the process and adjudication can seem intimidating. We have compiled a…

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A Delicious Valentine’s Day Brunch

Valentines Day Brunch Recipes

Wether you are spending this special day with your significant other, your kids, or your gal pals, this Valentine’s Day brunch is the perfect way to celebrate all the loved ones in your life. This year, Valentine’s Day happens to fall on a Thursday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have Thursday brunch! If you…

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Happy International Mentoring Month!

When you’re passionate about something, one of the most rewarding things you can do is acquire a mentor. A good mentor is someone who can act as a positive influence by encouraging or educating you once you have taken responsibility for your own growth in a field. Some seek out mentors, for others it unfolds…

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10 Recital Mishaps And How to Avoid Them

10 recital mishaps blog

Our Winter Recital is just around the corner and our students are busy practicing for the big day. During a recital, you can run into some mishaps that you didn’t quite prepare for. We have compiled a list of the 10 most common recital mishaps, along with tips on how to avoid them: You Made…

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Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever!

New Year’s Eve is in less than a week and we can not wait to ring in 2019! While there are so many parties happening across the city, we feel that the best place to celebrate NYE is right at home with family and friends. We have included some of our favorite recipes that are…

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A Prefect & Stress-Free Christmas Menu

Merry Christmas sign

What’s on our wish list this year? A stress-free holiday where we can come together to spend time with our loved ones. Along with the holidays comes shopping, planning, deadlines, final exams and other obligations. It can be a bit overwhelming when things pile up but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Take a breath.…

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Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah recipe blog

Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, began this past Sunday on Dec. 2nd. Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew word for dedication, and is celebrated to remember the Maccabees victory and rededication and of the Temple over the Syrian Greek army. There is a well known miracle of Hanukkah, which is why it is commonly referred to…

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Jimi Hendrix: Remembering a Legend

“Music doesn’t lie. If there’s something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” -Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) had a deep reverence for music which was evident throughout his career. He began as a self taught guitarist, after he had been honorably discharged…

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