The Music Academy in Rockford

The Music Academy in Rockford

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FINE ARTS HALL OF FAME 2022: Thank you to all the volunteers, supporters, artists, students and staff who celebrated the 2022 Fine Arts Hall of Fame class over the weekend! Congratulations again to this year’s class of RPS 205 alumni:
• Marti Frantz, Executive Director of The Music Academy in Rockford
• Dr. Eric A. Johnson, Director of Choral Activities at Northern Illinois University
• ALONZO Russell, choreographer, dancer, singer, songwriter and performer
• Michelle Williams, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and author

We’re already planning for next year – submit your nominations for the 2023 Hall of Fame Class: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RPsykBrsG5cC-IsnwaHOeqzG4G9p7dRjBBMJmubRFsQ/viewform?edit_requested=true
On March 31, Marti Frantz completes her service as Executive Director of RMA, after 35+ years of service. How can we express our appreciation for her leadership?

(I am going to: 1) Donate $35 to the Music Academy Foundation. 2) Send her a card that includes some of my favorite memories from the Academy.)
Join us tonight as Rockford-native violist with the Charlotte Symphony, Benjamin Geller joins students and faculty of The Music Academy in Rockford from music from Bach to Bollywood. Listen at 7pm at 90.5fm or WNIU.org!
Join us this 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟔𝐭𝐡 at The Music Academy in Rockford for all your music needs! 🎶

Looking for something in particular? Give us a call ahead of time and we will have it ready for you!
𝓜𝓪𝓻𝓴 𝔂𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓬𝓪𝓵𝓮𝓷𝓭𝓪𝓻𝓼!

Join us 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟔𝐭𝐡 at The Music Academy in Rockford for all your music needs! 🎶

Looking for something in particular? Give us a call ahead of time and we will have it ready for you!
It's that time again! Join us at The Music Academy in Rockford this 𝑺𝑨𝑻𝑼𝑹𝑫𝑨𝒀 for all your music needs! 🎶

Looking for something in particular? Give us a call ahead of time and we will have it ready for you!

See you all Saturday!!
We are proud to partner with high quality arts education organizations such as the The Music Academy in Rockford! Their mission is to inspire a life-long love of music and the arts and to help our students achieve their fullest musical and personal potential. check them out! http://www.musicacademyinrockford.com/
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November 3rd . The Music Academy in Rockford
Enjoy a walk, bike ride, picnic or a sit at Sinnissippi Gardens this Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. while listening to The Music Academy in Rockford perform live on two separate outdoor stages. This is a great way to get outside in the Rockford region, practice safe social distancing while having fun! 🎻🎼

Event details: https://www.gorockford.com/event/pop-up-performance/18386/

*Please note the event date changed from Saturday to Sunday due to weather.

(Photo credit: The Music Academy in Rockford)

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens - Rockford Park District
Pop Up Performances on the Bike Path! More live music matters.
Saturday, September 12th (13th is rain date) 2:00 p.m.
Nicholas Conservatory Lagoon and
Swedish American YMCA pavilion.
Students from The Music Academy perform for free!
Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific in partnership with Rockford Area Arts Council and Rockford Park District.
As an extension of a partnership with Rockford Art Deli's campaign, RACVB and RAAC Rockford Area Arts Council are excited to jointly announce the inaugural five recipients of the Our Journey Micro-Grant, which was developed in partnership to benefit local artists and arts organizations in driving excellent project work in Winnebago County.

Seeded by the sales of Rockford-themed masks and t-shirts, $2,200 of Our Journey Micro-Grants will be awarded to support videography, music education, live performance, and online and distance learning programs. The first five recipients include:

▪️ Children's Theater Project for supporting its online theater experience for children

▪️ The Music Academy in Rockford for music lessons and musical instrument refurbishment for an area youth resident

▪️ Rockford Art Museum for collaborating with the Neighborhood Network Program to develop a distance learning, art-making program for at-risk youth

▪️ Roni Golan's Gallery for developing a space to host puppet performances

▪️ Sounds of Good News Productions for videography work of a musical production

The Music Academy is a not-for-profit community music school offering Suzuki and Traditional lessons. Located in Loreen Hall, 226 S. 2nd St., Rockford, Il.

The Music Academy is a not-for-profit community school of music dedicated to providing high quality, affordable instruction and performing opportunities to students regardless of age and ability. Our mission is to inspire a life-long love of music and the arts and to help our students achieve their fullest musical and personal potential. For more information, call 815.986.0037 or go to www.MusicAcademyInRockford.com.

Operating as usual

10/18/2023

We are so excited to welcome Amanda Arrington to The Music Academy for a very special workshop called Collaboration Celebration!

Saturday, October 21, 9:45-10:30 in the FLC Sanctuary

This innovative workshop for ALL instruments and levels will explore the skillsets associated with collaborating musically - from creating performance invitations, to working well with others, to musical techniques. All students will get to collaborate with others in this exciting workshop!

Amanda Arrington serves as Senior Professor of Practice at Kansas State University. She maintains an active schedule, collaborating with performing artists, faculty, and students in concerts across the country and abroad. An advocate of new music, you can find her premiering works and performing in renowned venues, including the Sydney Opera House, the Kennedy Center, and the National WWI & National WWII museums. Amanda and her husband, recording engineer Owen Taylor, are co-founders of Radium Recordings, a classical music record label.

10/17/2023

Some of our Prelude students come over and watch the Suzuki Orchestra after their class on Saturday mornings.

It’s so fun to see our current Music Academy students inspiring the next generation of young musicians 🎵🎵🎵

10/16/2023

We are Hiring! We have two part-time administrative positions available - - please share with anyone interested in working in a supportive and creative environment. The position includes tuition remission for lessons at the Music Academy!

See our website for full job descriptions: https://www.musicacademyinrockford.com/employment

Photos from The Music Academy in Rockford's post 10/13/2023

We are getting ready for our first parent meeting of the year on Saturday, October 14th from 9:45-10:30 in the FLC Narthex (outside of the Sanctuary).

This meeting of parents called, …just a 2nd! Coffee and Conversation is open to all practice partners/parents/caregivers/invested parties.

This week Laura will be leading a discussion on Suzuki philosophy best practices.

10/12/2023

Love this photo from Saturday's Orff Class ❤

Orff classes are part of the Piano Saturday Group Class curriculum - included with Suzuki lessons.
To learn more about Suzuki lessons and what we do on Saturday Mornings visit our website: https://www.musicacademyinrockford.com/saturday-group-lessons

Photos from The Music Academy in Rockford's post 10/09/2023

We had a great time introducing new people to string instruments at the Halloween Spooktacular in Belvidere. Kiddos got to try instruments (many for the FIRST TIME) and hear our awesome students play spooky music 🎃🎶🎵

Check out our website for more Upcoming Events: https://www.musicacademyinrockford.com/upcoming-events

Photos from The Music Academy in Rockford's post 10/05/2023

Checking in on this year’s violin (and viola) beginners! We ♥️ these special moments between parent and child.

09/27/2023

❤️❤️❤️ Scenes from our new String Ensemble Reading class on Saturday mornings ❤️❤️❤️

09/21/2023

Throwback Thursday to when Rachel Barton Pine visited🤩🤩🤩🤩 🤩There are some familiar faces in this picture including board member and alumnus Jon Rozman (😳) - any guesses on a year for this photo?

Did you know!?! Rachel Barton Pine is on our artistic advisory board and has visited several times to work with our students!

If you want to know what's going on (currently) at the Music Academy sign up for our newsletter - a new issue coming out next month! https://www.musicacademyinrockford.com/newsletter

09/19/2023

New Opportunity for Parents! Join us the Second Saturday of each month to meet with other caregivers/practice partners - we'll discuss alllllllll the things that parents often struggle with, love about, and need help understanding when guiding their children through their musical journey.

All are welcome - not just Music Academy Parents - feel free to join us if you'd like some support on this journey 🥰

Our first discussion is scheduled for October 14 at 9:45am in The First Lutheran Church Narthex.

Check-out our Calendar on the website for more events and dates: https://www.musicacademyinrockford.com/yearly-calendar

09/14/2023

Consider this your sign 🌟

09/12/2023

Tonight the RSO partnered with The Music Academy in Rockford to host a masterclass with guest artist Amir Eldan for regional cello students. Thanks to all our musicians and guests who came out!

09/12/2023

Second lesson fun🥰! It's not too late to sign up for violin lessons...give us a call! ☎️📱🎻 🎶

Cello Masterclass — Rockford Symphony Orchestra 09/08/2023

Cello Masterclass on Friday from 6-7:30pm in the Activity Room 🤩

ON FRIDAY, watch upcoming RSO cello soloist, Amir Eldan work with 4 regional cello students at The Music Academy
THEN...
Go see him perform on Saturday at Rockford Symphony Orchestra's opening night 👀

Cello Masterclass — Rockford Symphony Orchestra Join us to observe a cello masterclass given by RSO Guest Artist and University of Michigan professor Amir Eldan.

09/05/2023

We have TWO big events coming up this week:

1.) Friday, Sept. 8 = Cello Masterclass with Amir Eldan
****Thank you RSO/RSYO for setting this up! Amir will be working with four local student cellists including two Music Academy students!

2.) Saturday, Sept. 9 = Potluck and Play-in
Look for the next post for more info. All Suzuki and Traditional families are invited 🤩

09/02/2023

Cor Cantiamo is partnering once again with NIU School of Music to offer our ILMEA Audition Prep Workshop.

📣 Calling all students! 🎶 Join us for full rehearsals of All State pieces and District Selections, where we'll help you strengthen your tonal skills and prepare for your audition recording. 🎵🎤

🌟 Not only that, but you'll also receive individualized feedback, rehearse with our professional choir and have the chance to showcase your talent through individualized opportunities. 🎉

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to enhance your musical abilities and take your skills to the next level! Sign up now and let’s make beautiful music together. 🎼✨

Register at link below:
https://enroll.niu.edu/register/vox_ilmea2023

08/30/2023

Meet our office manager, Nicolette Theotikos! If you’ve called, made a payment, registered, or signed up for anything, chances are - you’ve talked with Nicolette.

Nicolette moved to Rockford with her husband last year and we are lucky to have her! She is a graduate of U of I, and has a marketing and music background.

She’s always thinking of ways to ensure the best experience for our students and families and has helped shape many of our events and programs. She is invested in the growth of the Music Academy and making sure that our reach is wide in this community.

Fun fact - Nicolette is fluent in Greek!

08/29/2023

Welcome! In case you’re new here, we thought we’d introduce ourselves. The Music Academy is a not-for-profit community music school dedicated to helping students reach their full potential through high quality music education and engaging opportunities.

We’ve been around for 39 years but have some relatively new faces of leadership. We’ll use this space to introduce our faculty and staff!

First up is our Executive Director, Laura Eakman. Laura is a violist and music teacher who has taught privately, in public schools, charter schools, and with amazing organizations like El Sistema. She was a Music Academy student (starting at age 5) and played in Measure 5.

Laura wholeheartedly believes in the Suzuki phrase, ‘beautiful heart; beautiful tone” And knows first hand that studying an instrument is not easy but worth it in so many ways.

She’s on a mission to make sure that excellent music education is accessible for all and to help parents learn best how to support their children in their musical journeys.

Laura is pictured here with her husband, Jakob and their son, Elliot - who is registered in Music Academy Prelude Classes ♥️

Photos from The Music Academy in Rockford's post 08/28/2023

Welcome Back! This guy just had his first violin lesson - look how excited he is 😃 we love it when younger siblings start taking lessons too!

08/28/2023

Charms are back! 🥰🥰🥰🥰
New: puzzle erasers, and necklaces in addition to key chains for charms! 😍
Practice 5 days a week and pick a weekly reward!
Happy Practicing 🎹🎻🎶🎷🪈

08/25/2023

Welcome to our new Bass Faculty member, Alex Waters!

Alex comes to us by way of Iowa where he finished his Master's degree and served as a bass teaching assistant. Originally, from Quincy, IL, Alex has experience teaching all levels and ages - he even founded a bass camp in his hometown 🤩

If you are interested in Bass lessons with Alex you can give us a call or fill out a prospective student form on our website: https://www.musicacademyinrockford.com/private-lesson-form

For a look at all of our amazing faculty members, please visit our website:https://www.musicacademyinrockford.com/faculty

08/24/2023

Throw back Thursday to last year’s potluck and play-in 🎉🎶

Registration is open for our fall semester which starts next week! Call, register, or fill out a prospective student form on our website!

See you at this year’s Potluck and Play-in on September 9th 🤩📸

08/23/2023

Did you know that we have NINE violin teachers? All of our violin teachers have Suzuki teacher training and expertise teaching littles through adults.

That explains why our students enjoy playing and keep with it for the long run - the better the teacher, the more likely the student is to keep going 👏

08/14/2023

So far (8/17) Play Music on the Porch Day will be happening in over 2000 locations, in over 45 Countries around the world! Help us grow by tagging any musicians you know, or any musicians who inspire you!

Yearly Calendar — The Music Academy 08/10/2023

Did you know that you can now view and upload our annual calendar to your own google calendar!? Right from our website!

Yearly Calendar — The Music Academy Early Childhood Classes Suzuki Instruction Traditional Instruction Lessons for Adults Summer Camp/Chamber MusicOrchestras

08/08/2023

We ❤️ seeing our teachers and students interact - our teachers love, believe in, and nurture every person 🥰

08/07/2023

We are getting ready for Saturday Group lessons which start on September 9th. Can’t wait to see how much these violinists have grown over the summer 🎵♥️🎶🤩and we have a few positive changes!

Also this picture feels like it could have a pretty good caption to go with it - leave your captions in the comments if you’re feeling inspired 🫣

08/02/2023

Registration is officially open! You can register on our website OR fill out a registration form and return it to the office.

https://www.musicacademyinrockford.com/register

We have so much good stuff planned for this year - masterclasses, winter workshop, and a TRIP to NASHVILLE 🤩

07/31/2023

Our wonderful wind teacher, Don Larson has been making noise control panels for our studios. He and his wife put up this cool design in piano teacher, Lillian’s studio 🤩

We are lucky to have such creative and generous people to learn with ♥️🎶

07/26/2023

Congratulations to everyone who performed in last night’s concert at Sinnissippi Park! We love collaborating with the Rock Valley College Festival Orchestra to perform this annual summer event! It was amazing to see how many alums, current students, faculty, and parents participated 🤩

PLUS Sebastien played the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole 🤩👏🎶 - a wonderful performance from this graduating senior and student of Rachel Handlin ❤️

07/21/2023

Flashback Friday to when these amazing kids raised $56 for the Rockford Rescue Mission - completely on their own - during our Music of Friends: Chamber Music Camp this summer 🎶🎵👏♥️🤩

Without any help from teachers they met during lunch breaks to organize and plan how they would raise money. At our final showcase concert, they sold homemade treats, friendship bracelets, and their artwork and donated 💯 of the funds. Very cool!

Also: thank you again and the Smith Charitable Foundation for making this a success!

07/19/2023

What's included in your tuition when you register for Suzuki Lessons at The Music Academy? Lessons with our expert & trained faculty, performance opportunities, group classes, BUT ALSO:
🌟A lifelong love of music and the arts
🌟Confidence
🌟A sense of Community
🌟Creative Expression
🌟Problem-Solving Skills
🌟Musical Ability that lasts a lifetime
🌟Bonding with your child
🌟Beautiful HEART

What else have you gained from a music education? Share in the comments 🥰

07/18/2023

We are thrilled to welcome Chantel Davis to our Violin Faculty! Chantel is an amazing violinist, trained Suzuki teacher, and wonderful person. Chantel is building a Suzuki and Traditional Violin Studio as well as teaching Suzuki pre-twinkle lessons and Suzuki Orchestra on Saturday mornings. Welcome Chantel!!!

You can read more about Chantel by visiting our website: https://www.musicacademyinrockford.com

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07/11/2023

Fall is right around the corner and we're getting ready for registration to open! Now is the time to inquire about lessons if you're a new student - you can tour our school, ask questions, and get placed with an appropriate teacher.

Please share this with anyone who may be interested in joining our engaging and impressive musical community 😃🎻🎹🎼🎷

07/10/2023

We're back from break! We hope that everyone had a wonderful 4th of July Holiday and are ready to get back to lessons 🎹🎻🤸

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Our Story

The Music Academy is a not-for-profit community school of music dedicated to providing high quality, affordable instruction and performing opportunities to students regardless of age and ability. Our mission is to provide our students opportunities to grow through music inspiring them to pursue a life of excellence, accomplishment and fulfillment. Located in Loreen Hall, 226 S. 2nd St., Rockford, Il. For more information, call 815.986.0037 or go to www.MusicAcademyInRockford.com (where you can hear our students perform! They will wow you!)

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226 South 2nd Street
Rockford, IL
61104

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Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm
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