United Conservatory of Music - April 2020

APRIL 2020




How We Are Adapting to COVID-19

Greetings UCM Family, I don’t normally write these, our esteemed director Christopher Scherer generally gets to talk to you in this context, but I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts about what we are going through together as a community. No one suggests that this is an easy time. The challenge to our daily lives and lifestyles is unprecedented in most of our memories. In our most troubled days, our friends and neighbors were those we would reach out to for a kind gesture and encouragement. COVID-19 seems to make us fear those that would love us, it is an illness that hides within us, and we can’t control ourselves nor protect those we care about. I am pleased to say, that that idea is wrong, our friends, neighbors and families are still there, and they are still the people that we can reach out to for that kind gesture. “Social distancing” while not generally in the nature of our teachers, they are committed professionals. The staff care very much about our students and their families, the handshakes, and with many of your children, the offered hugs are warmly received. Although, the friendly smile and hand wave is very appreciated, it is not quite the same thing. We look forward to a time, when a handshake or a hug is not considered a means of transmission of a virus but what they are: a gesture of friendship, respect, care and love. In the coming months we may not go back to way things were before, I for one am not looking forward to always offering “a fist-bump of peace,” when in church! But until we discover what the “new normal” is, UCM is happy to serve you and continue to bring the gift of music into your homes.

Many musicians in our community make their living from public performance and in the current state of affairs, has taken many of those opportunities away from them, and it is not simply the financial aspects that they are suffering. Musicians are artists that are intended to be part of a community. A musician doesn’t simply play for themselves, although there is that aspect of that in their lives, music is intended to be shared. All of our teachers are professional musicians and they have great joy teaching your families. Many of you have transitioned into this period with our online lessons offered through Zoom, and we have had great success in teaching via this method. If you have not tried these lessons or have decided to hold off on lessons during this time, I would greatly encourage you to give us a call so you can give it a try! The past month permitted us to begin our Masterclass series and we are looking forward to our Chamber Music Festival Clinician Diana Wuli to be leading the Masterclass during the last week of April! As Diana is currently in Australia and will most likely be staying there throughout the month of April, this may also be our first international Masterclass. And speaking of Diana Wuli, we are still planning out our Summer Camp. It is still tentatively planned for July 20-24. As with all of our summer plans, they are still up in the air, but both Diana Wuli and Peter Kim are still scheduled to come out to be our guest clinicians.

We are offering more and more online group classes; in fact, every day of the week at 11am we will be hosting a free online class. You can even watch me if you are spectacularly bored, on Friday mornings. Be on the lookout as those classes will also be offering some of our giveaways. Gifts cards, guitar strings, possibly some Apple products that will make connecting to US easier! As I close this I wanted to note that most recently in a television interview on the local news NBC affiliate, our own Christopher Scherer was asked about the significance of our music lessons, they may be just a small part of our collective lives and we have read them here before. But somethings bear repeating, in a world that sometimes seems chaotic, and frustrating, “There is nothing better than music to calm you, to be able to express yourself and to learn.”

We at UCM, our teachers and staff, are blessed to be part of your community, and a part of your lives.

Please be Safe and Healthy!

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If your child is between 3–5 years old, you’ve probably noticed that they’re becoming a lot more talkative. By the time children are 4, they can usually speak in 5–8-word sentences. That makes this age range the perfect time to get your child interested in reading. However, this can raise a lot of questions. For starters, the question of how to get your child interested in reading is almost more important than when you do it. You may wonder how much time you should spend reading with them, how intensive reading time should be, and if you should make everything involving words and letters into a reading lesson. While the answers to these questions will vary from child to child, there’s one goal that every parent should strive for when teaching their child to read: Above all, help them enjoy it. When your child starts kindergarten, learning to read will be a part of the curriculum. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to teach them to read earlier, though. If your child loves to read, it can make their learning experience much more enjoyable. WHEN SHOULD YOU TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ? And How Should You Do It?

Have you ever walked through a park and seen a plastic bottle or wrapper lying on the ground? If so, did you pick it up and properly dispose of it? You might not have realized it, but in that moment, you took a small step toward keeping your community — and, by extension, America — beautiful! April is Keep America Beautiful Month, and folks who celebrate aim to help each community in every state stay clean and green. Created by the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful, this holiday offers a perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and work to better the place you live in. Here are three ways to show your appreciation for a green America this month. Take action online. With the current COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world, it might be difficult to get outside and participate in a few community cleanup programs. But that doesn’t mean the public still can’t participate in Keep America Beautiful Month. April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and to celebrate, Earth Day Network is providing digital events for everyone around the world to take part in. Follow Earth Day Network’s social media accounts and stay updated on efforts to keep the Earth green or participate in an event yourself! For more information, visit EarthDay.org. Start plogging. If you’re passionate about staying active and cleaning up your neighborhood, then this is the perfect activity for you! Plogging combines jogging and picking up litter, which takes care of your health and keeps your community clean. Anybody can do it: Just throw on your running shoes, grab a bag, head out the door, and pick up any stray bits of trash you see on your morning jog or evening walk. Improve recycling through education. An important goal during Keep America Beautiful Month is to spread awareness about recycling. There are various ways to educate those around you about recycling and encourage them to do their part. At work, for example, you can volunteer to lead a recycling initiative by printing off guides and fostering discussions on why recycling is so essential. At home, you can make a commitment with your family to fulfill the three R’s of recycling: reduce, reuse, recycle. DO YOUR PART TO KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL AND MAINTAIN GREEN LIVING SPACES FOR EVERYONE

There are plenty of ways to help your child enjoy reading from an early age. One is to simply read to them and make storytime fun. If the pig goes oink or the mailman

has a funny, nasally voice, bring those features to life. You can also have your kids help you with daily tasks that require reading, like making a

to-do list or shopping at the grocery store. When they’re helping you and having fun, it won’t feel like learning at all!

Finally, the best way to make reading enjoyable

for your children is to enjoy it yourself. Your kids watch what you do, and if they see you enjoying a good book, they’ll want to read even more. Reading opens up the world to them, and with your help, nothing will dull their

To discover more ways to participate in Keep America Beautiful month, visit their website at KAB.org today!

love of learning.

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What’s the oldest library in America? It’s an easy question to ask, but it has an unexpectedly complicated answer. Before the Industrial Revolution generated greater interest in public services, a library’s function and purpose varied widely. Several libraries in the United States claim to be the country’s “first,” but for different reasons.

libraries throughout the colonies to encourage the spread of the Anglican Church. Not surprisingly, most of the libraries’ holdings were theological.

A Few More Firsts

During the 1700s, a few more “first” libraries were established. In 1731, Ben Franklin and a few others started the first subscription library in the United States. Members of subscription libraries could pay to buy books or borrow them for free. In 1757, 60 men founded the Library Company of Burlington in New Jersey, and Thomas Rodman received a charter from King George II to operate the business in 1758. The library still operates under that charter today. The Library of Burlington was the first library to operate out of its own building after a prominent resident donated the land in 1789.

Colleges and the Clergy

Some believe Harvard University hosted the first library in the United States. Harvard was the first university in the United States, founded in 1636, and clergyman John Harvard seeded the library with a 400-book collection. Soon after, however, Thomas Bray, another clergyman, began establishing the first free lending

By the People, for the People

In 1833, just as the Industrial Revolution was picking up steam, the Peterborough Town Library was founded in Peterborough, New Hampshire, at a town meeting. It was the first tax-supported free public library in the United States and in the world. Not long after that, the Boston Public Library, known as the “palace for the people,” became the first municipal public library in the country. The Boston Public Library was also the first library to have a space specifically for children.

Out of all the “first” libraries in the country, these are the most probable progenitors of most libraries today — even if they weren’t exactly “first.”



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Keep America Beautiful Fostering a Love of Reading in Your Child The History of Libraries in America Easy Deviled Eggs Did You Spot These Movie Easter Eggs?



DID YOU SEE IT? 3 of Hollywood’s Best Movie Easter Eggs

This April, many kids will search excitedly for Easter eggs, but aside from the holiday treat, the term “Easter egg” has a fun alternate meaning when it comes to media. In this context, an Easter egg refers to a hidden surprise or message, and people often enjoy trying to find as many as they can. This spring, turn on some of these classic movies and see if you can spot a few of Hollywood’s Easter eggs yourself.

ocean. Their destination is unknown, and sadly, a treacherous storm sinks their ship. Three years later, their eldest daughter, Elsa, is coronated, and guests arrive at the castle. If viewers scan the crowd of visitors, they will see Flynn and Rapunzel from the 2010 Disney movie “Tangled.” (Notice the time difference?) The theory, confirmed by filmmakers, is that Elsa and Anna’s parents were traveling to Flynn and Rapunzel’s wedding. The connections continue with claims that the shipwreck in “The Little Mermaid” was their ship, and some even think that Tarzan’s parents were actually Anna and Elsa’s parents, who survived the wreck.

In 2002, “Catch Me If You Can,” starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, created just that. The movie follows the life of Abagnale, who briefly appears in the movie himself to arrest DiCaprio, who plays a young Abagnale. Today, Abagnale serves as a security consultant and teaches courses for the FBI.

Indiana Jones and Han Solo Teaming Up

No movie franchises are as prolific as George Lucas’ “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones,” but they also share another Hollywood connection. Both series feature Harrison Ford, who plays Indiana Jones and Han Solo, and the franchises make references to each other, including hieroglyphics in “Indiana Jones” that feature R2-D2, C-3PO, and Princess Leia, as well as a club named Club Obi Wan. Though “The Empire Strikes Back”was filmed before “Indiana Jones,” Lucas had Ford in mind for his next great story and gave Han Solo a bullwhip in reference to Indy’s famous go-to tool.

Disney Royalty’s Family Tree

Frank Abagnale Arresting ‘Himself’

At the beginning of Disney’s “Frozen,” released in 2013, Elsa and

At 15 years old, Frank Abagnale Jr. started his career as one of the U.S.’s most prolific con artists. Abagnale scammed the government out of money, impersonated pilots and doctors, and swindled banks, making his story seem like a Hollywood plot.

Anna’s parents leave

to journey across the

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If you ever feel like your child is losing interest in music, instead of dropping out, try another instrument or teacher! Sometimes all that’s needed is a bit of a change! We also have our Shakers classes for kids ages 2–4 and 4–6. If your child is between those ages, try those classes and see their love of music flourish!

We love your referrals! Refer a friend and we will give you and your friend a $50 gift card as a THANK YOU!

PLEASE WELCOME THE NEW STUDENTS WHO ENROLLED IN JANUARY! Makena O., Sara S., Zee T., Diana P., Delylah T., Celeste C., Ty H., Haley H., Logan H., Kaydence L., Efrain E., Zachary F., Maya S., Bethany G., Jeremy G., Dilion T., Issac A., Lucas A., Nicole G., Lucy J., Sam J., Katie M., Antonio C., Maribeele A., Blake L., Brandon S., Ebosalume L., Ruth B., Samantha A., Emma L., Jameson R., Craig T., John S., and Kylie S.

Look at some of our very happy students working on their lessons via Zoom!

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