United Conservatory of Music March 2018

UNITEDCONSERVATORY NEWS &NOTES

MARCH 2018

FROM THE DESK OF Christopher Scherer

Dear UCM Family, The year is flying by and it’s March already! As you are probably aware, we’re excited to have started the Musical Ladder System with our students, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to keep kids motivated and focused. We look forward to seeing smiling faces with trophies and wristbands! Learning music is such an important part of brain development and we are happy to play a part in your children’s lives. Another important announcement is our Summer Music Program, which runs June 24-30 . It is going to be a wonderful time where kids of all levels will be able to join in and play music in small and large groups. We will be presenting further information and offering discounted pre-registration for that program later this month. We hope you enjoy this newsletter, and let’s keep making music!

THINGS YOUDIDN’T KNOWABOUT St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is the best day of the year to let your Irish colors fly. Traditional celebrations include dressing in green, attending parades, and eating green food. However, these weren’t always the holiday traditions. It might come as a surprise, but the patron saint of Ireland wasn’t even born Irish! Who Was St. Patrick? Not much is known about the man, and even his place of birth is subject to dispute among experts. We do know that he was born in a village called Bannavem Taberniae, which could have been somewhere in England, Scotland, or Wales. When he was 16 years old, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and brought to Ireland for the first time. He was held prisoner for the next six years, and he worked as a shepherd until he was finally able to escape. After such a rough introduction to the Emerald Isle, it might be a little hard to understand how Patrick became the patron saint of Ireland. Alone and scared in a foreign country, he turned to his faith for comfort. While his family was indeed Christian, Patrick had shown little to no interest in the practice up until that point. After being held captive for so long, he felt compelled by God to leave Ireland, so that’s what he did.

- Christopher Scherer Director

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