UNI TED CONSERVATORY N E W S A N D NO T E S
LEARNING FROM OTHERS
The Power of Asking for Help
Before starting the United Conservatory of Music, I took a trip to Vancouver to visit a friend of mine. He’d worked at a number of different music schools over the years and arranged for me to speak with the director of the school where he was teaching at the time. This ended up being extremely valuable for UCM’s success. I paid close attention to everything they were doing at the school. I remember seeing a lot of the good stuff and trying to learn from it. When the director and I spoke, I told him I was just starting out, and he wished me luck. He knew how difficult my path would be. As did I, which is why I asked him a lot of questions. I wanted to do right by the staff, teachers, and students who might one day come to UCM. There are only two ways to learn something: Make mistakes or listen to other people’s experiences. The latter is usually a lot less painful, but to hear those experiences, we need to be willing to ask for help. Unfortunately, a lot of people are afraid. There’s a perception that asking for help and admitting what we don’t know makes us look ignorant and causes others to lose respect for us. But I think it’s more admirable to be willing to learn something than to be stubborn and try to do it all on your own. “There are only two ways to learn something: Make mistakes or listen to other people’s experiences.” When I was young and first started playing the violin, I didn’t often connect with my teachers. As a result, instead of asking for help, I would stubbornly try to do things on my own. I developed a lot of bad habits that ultimately held me back as a musician. It can take years to break bad habits in music.
In the long run, it’s much better to take the time to build a strong foundation. When I start out on any new project, I try to learn from other people’s experiences as much as I can. The way you begin any project is extremely important.
At UCM, we try to give our students every avenue needed to ask for help. Our first priority is matching students with teachers they connect with. I know from personal experience how challenging it is to ask for help
when you don’t click with your music teachers. Additionally, if students have to miss a lesson, free group make-up lessons are part of the membership plan. This option is incredibly beneficial during the summer months, as families leave town for their vacations. Some people are really good at learning from scratch. Others, like myself, look at a project and realize they have no idea where to start. That’s when you benefit from asking for help. However our students need help, we strive to provide options for granting that help and building the strong foundation they need to thrive.
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SUMMER SWIMMING SAFETY 3 Tips for Swimming in Open Water
WILL DISNEY+ GET YOUR KIDS TO STOP WATCHING UNBOXING VIDEOS?
There’s nothing like taking a dip in a nearby pond, lake, or even the ocean. For many, it’s a summertime tradition. However, swimming in open bodies of water brings certain safety risks, as these environments are not nearly as controlled as public, club, or backyard pools. Everyone should follow these tips to have a fun and safe time cooling off under the summer sun.
NEVER SWIM ALONE
When you swim in virtually any body of water, having someone there to keep an eye on you can be a lifesaver: the more people, the better. Stick to bodies of water with a professional lifeguard on duty when possible, though that’s not always an option. When swimming in open bodies of water, have a “designated spotter” to keep an eye on the swimmers. This way, you’re prepared if anything bad happens. It’s also a great idea to keep flotation devices nearby, such as life jackets, life rings, foam boards, etc. Sometimes, it’s next to impossible to see what’s under the surface of the water. If you are unfamiliar with a body of water, don’t jump or dive in without knowing how deep it is. If you cannot confirm what is under the surface (and the spot is not a known diving location), don’t risk it. It may be okay to swim or wade, but jumping is out of the question. Along these same lines, be VERY careful around bodies of slow-moving or standing water. These can house dangerous microbes and other contaminants that can make you ill and potentially be deadly. KNOWWHAT YOU’RE GETTING INTO
Ever since Netflix changed the way we consume movies and TV shows at home, studios have been locked in a streaming war. Amazon Prime and Hulu shook up the scene, along with more niche services like CBS All Access, DC Universe, and Crunchyroll. Is there room for one more? Disney seems to think so, and their new service is shaping up to be the king of streaming.
WHAT IS DISNEY+?
Disney has always prided itself on its family-friendly brand. This is the first major perk of their new streaming service, Disney+. There will be no R-rated films or TV-MA television shows anywhere on the platform. This is a great relief for parents who have had to deal with their kids accidentally navigating away from“Peppa Pig” videos on YouTube and finding more adult content. Keep in mind that “family-friendly” doesn’t mean limited. Disney+ boasts a massive offering of original content, such as the live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” and “Loki,” a show starring everyone’s favorite trickster god. There will also be live-action remakes of Disney animated classics alongside original movies, including a Christmas movie starring Anna Kendrick. New isn’t always better, which is why Disney+ will also house decades’ worth of classic content. Every single movie in the Disney catalog will be available on the service, from“SnowWhite and the Seven Dwarves” to “Frozen 2.” All “Star Wars”movies and Marvel movies will also become available along with over 5,000 episodes of old Disney Channel shows.
WATCH FOR RIP CURRENTS
These can occur at any beach without warning. They pull swimmers away from shore and are strong enough that even excellent swimmers struggle to get through them. In fact, rip currents are behind nearly 80% of
beach rescues. Keep an eye on the foam at the surface of the water. If it seems to suddenly
pull away from the beach, there’s a good chance a rip current is lurking beneath. If you find yourself in a rip current, it’s crucial to remain calm and avoid expending energy swimming directly back to shore. Instead, try swimming parallel to the shore until you’re out of the current.
IS DISNEY+WORTH IT?
That depends entirely on your family. If you don’t care for Disney, don’t waste your money. However, if you share a soft spot for classic Disney movies, enjoy new Marvel content, or secretly long to rewatch every episode of “Kim Possible,”Disney+ might be the streaming service you’ve been waiting for.
Disney+ launches in the United States on Nov. 12, 2019. Visit Preview. DisneyPlus.com to get notifications. Happy binge-watching!
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THE GUARDIAN WHO WOULD NOT LEAVE HIS WATCH Odin Lives Up to His Legendary Name
Amid the devastation of the wildfires that tore through California in the fall of 2017, a few heroic tales rose up to give people hope. One such tale was of Odin, a loyal Great Pyrenees guard dog. Along with his sister, Tessa, and eight rescue goats, Odin is part of the Hendel family. It was mid-October when the Hendels were awoken by the smell of smoke, a fierce orange sky, and sounds of destruction — urgent warnings from Mother Nature. Gathering everyone as quickly as they could, the Hendels got their human family members and Tessa in the car, but Odin, seated proudly next to the eight goats, refused to get in. Try as they might, the Hendels could not get him to come with them, and there wasn’t enough room in the car for the eight goats. With the firestorm quickly approaching and the risk of losing even more family members increasing with each passing minute, the Hendels made the heart-wrenching decision to leave Odin and the goats behind. The family made it to safety with Tessa in tow, relieved to be together but heartbroken that Odin and the goats weren’t with them. After several agonizing days, it was finally safe enough for them to return home and survey the destruction. What did the Hendels find? Ashes, rubble, their barn and home burned to the ground — and Odin. There he was, still guarding his eight goats and some small deer that had sought shelter with the brave canine. Weakened, burned, and limping, but nevertheless steadfast, Odin had never left his goats, even as the fire
raged around them. Odin wagged his tail as he saw his family, happy to see they were also safe. The Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue and the Goatlandia Animal Sanctuary provided temporary shelter for the goats and pups while the Hendels rebuilt their
barn. Odin received all the care he needed, along with a lot of love and treats. Today, Odin and his goats are back with
their family, rebuilding their lives after this devastating wildfire. But the Hendels, and anyone who’s heard the story, won’t soon forget the bravery of Odin, the amazing pup.
JUICY LUCY SLIDERS
TAKE A BREAK
Inspired by Bon Appétit Magazine
2 lbs. ground chuck beef, 20% lean
16 small potato rolls, toasted
8 slices melting cheese (like American, Swiss, Muenster, or cheddar)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Your favorite burger accompaniments
Divide beef into 16 evenly sized balls.
2. Rip cheese into roughly equal pieces, creating 16 equal portions. 3. Using your index finger, create a small indentation in each ball. 4. Fill indention with cheese and pinch meat around to seal. Then gently form balls into 3/4-inch- thick patties. Season patties. 5. Meanwhile, heat a cast-iron skillet to medium-high. 6. Lightly coat skillet with oil and cook patties in batches. Brown one side undisturbed, about 3 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until desired doneness, about 3 minutes for medium. 7. Serve on toasted potato rolls with your favorite accompaniments.
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The Madden Curse
ON THE TRAIL OF THE MADDEN CURSE
Truth, Lies, and Superstition
There is no urban legend in the world of modern video games as well- documented as the so-called “Madden Curse.”The curse cover spot of the popular NFL video game “Madden NFL,” formerly known as “John Madden Football.” While the games date back to 1988, the curse is said to originate with the revolves around the highly sought-after
in the rumor gaining traction. Soon, the idea that the game’s seemingly innocent cover could have devastating effects on a player’s career was widespread. Once a substantial honor in the world of football, the Madden cover spot has become one of the sport’s most feared superstitions for fans. The players, however, seem to find the correlation more amusing than scary. Most of the athletes in contention for the spot still consider it to be a great honor, choosing to brush off the rumors as coincidence. Despite the ambivalence of many players, there does seem to be a correlation between the cover and player issues. Of the 22 players who have been featured on the cover, 16 of them have suffered from significant issues in the season that followed. While the causes varied, with severe injuries, contract disputes, and personal issues all afflicting different players, something about the spotlight appears to have disturbed the powers that be. In fact, sometimes these issues occur shortly after the game is released in stores. Whatever the true cause, the curse seems to have taken a dip in recent years. Only one of the last five players has been affected, a stat that bodes well for this year’s star: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The real answer probably lies somewhere between fact and fiction. The increased pressure of national attention is bound to make players tense up every once in a while, and in a game as physical as football, any distraction can end in disaster.
1999 version. Garrison Hearst, a popular running back at the time, broke his ankle shortly after being featured on the cover of the 1999 edition. This was the first in a long line of injuries and personal issues that resulted
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JUNE RECITALS In June, we had nine recitals with over 150 participants! Take a look at just a few of our awesome performers! We will hold our next series of recitals in December!
Upcoming Dates to Note:
Labor Day: CLOSED
Monday, Sept. 2, 2019
Musical Ladder Achievements Here are just a few of the wonderful students who received a music ladder award recently. Congrats, everyone! Follow our Facebook and Instagram to see more! www.instagram.com/unitedconservatory www.facebook.com/unitedconservatory
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PLEASE WELCOME THE NEW STUDENTS WHO ENROLLED IN MAY! Brooklyn L. Annalyce J. Ricardo M. Logan R. Makenzie Y. Tiffany R. Arianna O. Bella O. Maya M. Julia N. Shalini S. Katelyn B. Lillian R. Delilah G. Sue R. Genesis G. Anderson N. Alexander G. Rebekah R. Dominic H. Alana C. Parker S. James H. Victor H. Ryan H. Addison C. Manvir S. Gurvir S. Harmanpeet K.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6
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