Wesley Stevenson - Music Educator

Music education: Reimagined is not only our slogan, but a promise to shed the traditional methods of teaching music, and to revitalize the arts to students deeply rooted in our current, technological age.

Mission: To present the arts to students in a way that is engaging, stimulating, and fulfilling within a positive learning environment.

Operating as usual

[10/08/20]   Hey students! It’s the first week of October! Ya know what that means? Yep. You guessed it! Time for some Christmas music! Yaaaay! 🎄 🎁 🎅 Anyone for a y’all glass of eggnog? 😀 - Mr. Wes

[09/19/20]   Hey 👋🏽. We would like to officially welcome Rex, Anya, Annabelle, Meridian, Ember, Iris, Ashley, Chloe, Dean, and Lily to our musical family 😀. - Mr. Wes

[09/05/20]   Hey guys and gals! Mr. Wes here 🙂 Everyone ready for another awesometacular year? I know I sure am!

Quick few announcements regarding in-person lessons this Fall. Statistics are showing that we're still on the rise regarding the positive COVID cases here in Virginia. So as much as I'd love to welcome all my wonderful students back into our home, this is not the time to let our guards down. We are aligning ourselves with the public schools here in Virginia will and reevaluate things after 9 weeks, once more information is made available.

In other news, our End of the Summer showcase has been postponed to Saturday, September 26th at 11:00am. If you would like to participate, you need to take the initiative and let me know! At the end of our showcase, we will once again have Angelina Gandolfo, violinist from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, who will be giving our students a brief presentation of music history. You DO NOT want to miss this!

See you next week!! 🙂 - Mr. Wes

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FourFingerFrenzy/SixStringShenanigans

Hey Hampton Roads. Quick announcement regarding our FourFingerFrenzy and SixStringShenanigans program. We are launching another 8-week beginner ukulele and guitar course starting in October! The course will be online via Zoom and open to youth ages 7 - 16.

Ukulele explorers I [Saturdays at 10am]
Guitar Fun01 [Tuesdays at 5:30]

To register click the link below. If you have any questions, include them as a comment on this post.

https://forms.gle/w4FJdGU23AtKBkJp7

docs.google.com Hi. Wesley here! Thank you for taking the time out to register for our upcoming series of music classes. We look forward to working with your kiddos and helping them grow in the musical arts. See you in October!

Would you look at that! I’m famous ya’ll! Well ok - not really, but it is pretty neat that Williamsburg’s Next Door Neighbor Magazine featured me as one of their local artists. Take a look see. 👀 I’m all the way in the back. (I think that’s a good thing?) 🤔

https://www.williamsburgneighbors.com/issues/2020/Sep20NDN.pdf

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Guitar Technical Exercises 1-4

...Finally finished the “Stay on the beat challenge” for both piano and guitar. (PHEW!)

After teaching for over 15 years, I've become quite aware that there are few ways to make technique and rhythm exercises exciting for young students. Well here's my attempt and changing all that 😁.

These are fun challenges designed to help students with their reading, fingering technique, and rhythm all while playing along with guitars, bass, and whatever else I decided to goof around with. Enjoy!

Piano: https://youtu.be/tMdUPhiGbFk
Guitar: https://youtu.be/j4O3roN0hq4

These are 4 technical guitar exercises that will help you with your reading, technical, and rhythmic development. Alternate picking is preferred and remember...

[08/03/20]   Hey hey hey! Look what we have here 😀! Welcome Meridian, Iris, and Ember to our musical family!

[07/09/20]   Hello everyone! If you're new to this page, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Wesley and I am a local music teacher here in Williamsburg, Virginia. Currently, we're offering classes in piano, guitar and ukulele exclusively through Zoom, but we're watching things closely to see when it's safe to resume lessons from our home studio. If we've never met, please feel free to schedule a consultation. Just send me a msg and we will make it happen. I look forward to meeting all of you :-)

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Ode to Joy

Congrats to Carolyn for completing her Piano Adventures level 2A in style! Onward and upward to Level 2B!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J98Uuk6h2Vo

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Music Studio Update for the remainder of 2020

Mr. Wes' Music Studio Update

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsSaypB9BW4&feature=youtu.be

Hey everyone! Quick summary of this video: 1. Lessons resume May 11th via Zoom. www.https://zoom.us 2. Slight adjustment to my teaching availablilty while wi...

[04/22/20]   Hey Students! My new Youtube channel, Prelude to Practice is up and running. It is where I will host all my complete piano and guitar playthroughs and brief tutorials from here forward.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8nK-JQ019JhuCvbQjQSWgA

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Faber Piano Adventures Lesson Book 1 Playthrough

Hello everyone! Finally, after all these years, I got around to recording all the songs from the lesson books that your kiddies are currently in. Until I get back to full time teaching, you can use these recordings as a reference to know if they are on-track. As always feel free to send me recordings as well. Level 1 and Level 2A are available with time stamps. See you soon and stay safe out there!

https://youtu.be/Lt2YUcx7QSU
https://youtu.be/Y5NObtaTUNg

A complete play-through of the acclaimed Piano Adventures series by Nancy and Randall Faber. These are selections from the Lesson Book 2A (2nd edition). All ...

[03/13/20]   Just in: Per the city of Virginia Beach, all ukulele classes at the Tidewater Comm College, Williamsburg Reg Library, and Princess Anne library have been cancelled until further notice. Stay healthy everyone and keep on strumming'! - Mr. Wes

[01/31/20]   Eek! We desperately need volunteers!

Starting in March, our next round of kids ukulele classes in Virginia Beach and Williamsburg begin. As you’d expect, teaching a class of 35+ kids, all armed with ukuleles, can be quite an undertaking for just one dude.

If you like to have fun, know your basic colors, can count to 4, and have at least 3 working fingers on your left hand, you’d be perfect as one of our ukuleers. 😀

If interested, let me know ASAP. Thanks!!

The FourFingerFrenzy WILLIAMSBURG class is NOW ENROLLING! To register, call the WRL @ (757)259.4055 or stop by the children's desk to be put on the roster. The class is free for students ages 9-15 and we have extra ukuleles for your kiddos to use during class. It is a full 9-week course and space is extremely limited, so we ask that you register if you fully intend on completing the course. We're also looking for volunteers to help with class management, so if you are an educator or if you know your way around a ukulele, we could really use your gifts. Thank you and we hope to see you all there!

[01/16/20]   To our private students: If you have not received our email we sent out earlier this month regarding our updated studio policies, I have it posted in our waiting area. Be sure to give it a look while you are here. Thank you! - Mr. Wes

Our current 2020 FourFingerFrenzy calendar of events.

[01/12/20]   For those interested, our kids ukulele program is offering free classes all throughout Hampton Roads this year. Williamsburg and Virginia Beach starting March, Chesapeake this summer. If interested, let us know.

[01/06/20]   Classes are back in session!!! Let's crank it up to 11 this year? 😄

[12/21/19]   Wow. What a year it has been! What a DECEMBER it has been!!

Well I’m taking a much needed break for the remainder of 2019 and will be back in action starting Monday Jan 6th.

It’s going to be a great 2020. I can feel it!!! Merry Christmas everyone and thanks so much for all of your thoughtful gifts. I definitely got HOOKED UP!

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[11/30/19]   All classes today and tomorrow have been cancelled, due to family emergency.

Thanks so much for your understanding. Prayers are appreciated.

[11/19/19]   As a reminder, our annual Christmas recital will be held at the Brookdale Facility (same as last year) on Friday, Dec 20th.

We ask that all performers wear any combination of Christmas Colors. Black, White, Green, and Red.

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Ben Plays Lil' Liza Jane

Today we celebrate another lovely performance of Lil Liza Jane by Ben K. Enjoy

https://youtu.be/BqCEDZu5ABA

Ben Plays Lil' Liza Jane

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Lily Plays the Little Flower

The Student Showcase continues this week with Ms. Lily as she performs the Little Flower.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVmVah_-cSg

Not only is Lily nothing but smiles when she comes in each week for her piano class, but she shares that joy with all those around her. Oh and I hear she also plays a mean flute too!! Enjoy!

This video is about My Movie 9

It's almost time for Lily to show off her skilllzzz. Stay tuned!

Alice Performs Old Macdonald

I know it snuck up on us, but this week we've begun filming for our October Talent Showcase! Our first performer is Alice, one of our new additions to our musical family. She is a welcomed burst of personality, and I'm sure you'll enjoy our rendition of Old Macdonald.

[10/10/19]   WOWSERZ! It's been a record breaking growth cycle here at our home music studio. Thank you all so very much for your referrals. We are truly honored that you think so highly of us to tell your friends about what we do.

So... we would like to officially welcome, Gavin, Adelaide, Alice, Lincoln, Timmy, Dwight, Brandon, Gladys, Callum, Lorna, Clark, Grace, Faith, Brooke, Matt, Kaleigh, Kayla, Frances, Oscar, Allister, and Carolyn to our musical family! We are so excited to share our joy of music with you all and look forward to seeing each of you grow in your gifting! See you at your next lesson!! - Mr. Wes

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[08/17/19]   If your family is currently enrolled in lessons with us, please take a moment to review the updated policies for the Fall semester. There will be a packet for you to take with you at your next visit. - Thank you. - Mr. Wes

[07/27/19]   To our students:

There is POWER in the words you speak. Words can either ENABLE your success or SECURE your defeat so choose your words carefully. When you’re having difficulty with a particular section, instead of saying, “This is soooo hard”, say, “It may take some time, but I’ll figure it out”.

Hang in there peeps. YOU GOT THIS! - Mr. Wes.

[07/26/19]   We finally have dates and times for the upcoming adult ukulele class.

Where: The Slover Library in Downtown Norfolk
When: SUNDAYS from 2-3 starting September 8th - October 27th.
What: Um it's an ADULT ukulele class.

Ya can't register quite yet, but as soon as they open the class for enrollment, I'll let ya'll know.

[07/23/19]   Hey Williamsburg!! If your family is considering enrolling in piano, guitar, or ukulele for the 2019-2020 school year, please let me know asap as I have limited availability. As of this very moment I have openings on:

Mondays @ 3:30, 4:30
Thursdays @ 3:00, 5:30
Fridays @ 3:00

If you do not see a spot that works for your schedule, check back as times are always changing. Also, If you're an early bird like me, I'm considering opening back up my 9:00am and 9:30am slots.

Mr. Wes

[06/15/19]   Wow what a blazin' start to the Summer! We officially would like to welcome Zack, Rose Marie, Michael, Alex, Erica, Ashley, and Colbie to our musical family! We're looking forward to seeing you all grow in your gifting! See you all at your next lesson!! 🎼😀

Spring Recital 2019

A few Pictures from our Spring Recital. April 27th 2019

A few Pictures from our Spring Recital. April 27th 2019

[04/23/19]   Hello Performers! Just a few more days till our first recital of the year. EXCITING!

Brookdale Assisted Living Center
3800 Treyburn Dr.

Performers will be in dress attire and arrive no later than 6:40. Refreshments will be provided.

See you there!!! - Wes

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Videos (show all)

Alice Performs Old Macdonald
3 part ukulele performance of the Tetris Theme
Tumbalalika featuring performed by Hanna, Andrew, and Mr. Wes
Annabelle on the drums - July 2016

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