UNI TED CONSERVATORY N E W S A N D NO T E S
LESSONS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME
About Perseverance, Hope, and Opportunity
March is Women’s History Month, which makes me think of one very important woman in my life: my mother. When I was 7 and my brother was 10, she left everything she knew behind in Korea to move to Boston. It was 1995, and at the time, a woman divorcing her husband in Korea was unheard of. Many people did not approve of her decision. In her mind, though, it was the only choice she had. My mom was a pastor’s daughter, and she grew up very sheltered. She wasn’t allowed to pursue music or the other creative arts, and when she married my father, she moved in with him and his family. When she made the decision to walk away from the safety and security she had in Korea, she took the first steps down the path that ultimately led to where I am now. She couldn’t have music, but she gave my brother and me the opportunity to pursue it. My mom has always been somebody I can rely on and go to for advice. Without her support of my music, I’d never be who I am today. If she hadn’t paid for my violin and all the lessons I took over the years, I would be on a different path, and Fresno wouldn’t have a Conservatory of Music for teachers and students who love music. None of what my mom signed up for in life ended up happening. Things didn’t work out quite as she had planned when she married my father, and the same can be said of her move to America. When she moved here, she dreamed of one day running her own business, but instead, she always had to work for someone else. Regardless, she always made the best of her circumstances, and she never gave up on anything. She’s determined and has a strong sense of what she believes is right. She pursues the things she believes in relentlessly. In a way, my mother is getting to see my brother and I live the life that she never could. When she came to America, it was a giant risk, the same way that starting the United Conservatory of Music with Leo was a giant risk for me. When I came out to Fresno, I had never even met Leo before. The business needed a lot of work, and things could have easily fallen apart. A small business always has the possibility of failure, and sometimes it feels like 99% of running one is stress. I’m grateful my mother was a role model to me throughout my life.
To run a small business, you have to be determined enough to grind it out. You have to know what you believe in and why, and you can’t give up easily. Sometimes, you have to just keep going and hope that you fix things as you go along. When my mother came to America, she had to deal with all of life’s challenges one by one. And at The United Conservatory of Music, we do our best to take everything that is thrown our way and roll with it, day by day. We focus on continually improving what we do. This March, for Women’s History Month, I will be thinking about my mother and how grateful I am for her. Without her, I could never have pursued my love of music to the level I’m at today or built a business like the United Conservatory of Music. So thank you, Mom, for showing me how to take risks and chase my dreams. I couldn’t have done any of it without you.
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YOUR GUIDE TO SPRING- GREENING
3 Eco-Friendly Home Swaps to Make When You Declutter
It takes a special kind of person to enjoy spring-cleaning. For most of us, the satisfaction of a clean house doesn’t quite outweigh the hours of scrubbing, sorting, and slogging through heaps of unnecessary stuff. If you’re struggling to find the motivation to start your spring-cleaning, try flipping the paradigm: Instead of spring-cleaning, think of what you’re doing as spring -greening, andmake some eco-friendly swaps along the way. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 1. Swap your plastic spray bottles for bulk or DIY cleaning products. According to a Statista report, in 2019, the household cleaners market was worth more than $31 billion, and it’s continuously growing. You can save money on cleaning supplies by taking the green route. When your current stock runs out, try buying bulk cleaners or making your own. Both options will save plastic because you can reuse your bottles, and they can help you avoid the harmful chemicals found in most cleaners. Visit UnderATinRoof.com and read the blog post “Zero Waste Cleaning Supplies + Recipes” to get started. 2. Explore alternative laundry detergents. If you’re used to using a plastic jug of liquid laundry detergent, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. This spring, try exploring greener alternatives like plant-based bulk laundry powder (Molly’s Suds is an excellent source). Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even try adding all-natural cleaners like soap nuts or English ivy to your laundry loads. For more on the former, search “soap nuts” on 1MillionWomen.com, and read up on ivy detergent at Permacrafters.com/English-Ivy-Laundry-Detergent.
On March 8, 1971, all eyes were on the world of boxing as people watched what would become known as“The Fight of the Century.”It was one of the most anticipatedmatchups the sport had ever arranged: Current heavyweight champion Joe Frazier and former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali were finally facing off, the first time two undefeated boxers would fight each other for the heavyweight title. Spectators were hungry for a battle. Both fighters held rightful claims to the title of world heavyweight champion. Ali won it in 1964 and successfully defended it for several years, but he was stripped of the title during a legal battle over his induction into the U.S. armed forces. In his absence from the sport, Frazier earned two championship belts through major knockout fights. But when Ali settled his court case and came to reclaim his title, Frazier wasn’t ready to give it up easily. Ringside seats for the fight sold for today’s equivalent of over $1,000. Millions watched the broadcast in over 50 countries around the world, and Madison Square Garden sold out to a crowd of 20,455 spectators. The fighters possessed polar opposite tactics, backgrounds, and social impacts, but when it came to skill, they were evenly matched. The fight captivated the nation. As Sports Illustrated put it at the time, “The thrust of this fight on the public consciousness is incalculable. It has been a ceaseless whir that seems to have grown in decibel with each new soliloquy by Ali, with each dead calm promise by Frazier.” THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY HOW A BATTLE OF BOXERS CAPTIVATED THE WORLD The fight exceeded all expectations with a fully engrossing 15 rounds. For the first quarter of the match, it seemed Ali would best his opponent, but Frazier came back with fury. Even though Ali continued to rise to his feet round after round, Frazier emerged victorious by the slimmest of margins, dealing Ali his first professional loss ever. The landmark event highlighted an unforgettable night of skillful prowess like the world had never seen. Even though the title fight was only the beginning of the rivalry between the two boxers, the matchup rightfully took its place as one of the greatest fights in the history of the sport.
3. Say goodbye to paper towels. Paper towels are a mainstay in American homes, but do we really need them
when a good old-fashioned rag can do the job? According to the Ocean Conservancy, 13 billion pounds of paper towels are tossed in the U.S. each year! This spring, quit paper towels and keep a stash of dish rags under the sink to do your dirty work. When you’re cleaning out your closet, you can even cut up old T-shirts and add them to your rag stash! If you’re brave, try giving up tissues, too — an old- school hanky does the trick.
If you’ve made all three of these swaps, don’t stop there! To continue your green journey, visit any of the blogs mentioned above
and start browsing.
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GIVING BACK TO LOCAL COMPANIES On National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, which is huge for small businesses everywhere. Mom-and-pop businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy; Small Business Trends reports that mom-and-pop businesses account for 64% of gross domestic product (GDP) and generate 78% of all new jobs. Furthermore, no matter what turns the economy takes, small-business owners are less likely to lay off their employees than big corporations. Mom-and-pop businesses support all communities, and you can support them by celebrating this unofficial holiday! Shopping locally has a massive impact on your community. Local businesses return three times the amount of money to the local economy than larger corporations do. With that big of a returned investment, your community can support even more small businesses that generate a wealth of jobs and keep the cycle going. In addition to the economic boost, products from small businesses are usually higher quality, which makes them a better value for your dollar. Take this day to shop for birthday and holiday gifts for your loved ones that will bring them great joy and last a lifetime. Give your local economy a boost!
on Facebook or take a picture for Instagram, be sure to tag the business and use relevant hashtags so your friends, family, and everyone else in your community can shop there too. Writing reviews on Google Reviews and Yelp helps establish validity for the company. When another potential customer looks for reviews, they know they’re getting quality products and services from a well-established pillar of the community. The local businesses that are active on social media may post deals and sales for that day only, so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to follow all your favorite businesses!
Get social and spread the word!
While small businesses utilize every form of marketing available, social media is essential for their success and growth. After shopping at your favorite mom-and- pop business, share that experience on your social media! When you write a post
PESTO CHICKEN WITH BLISTERED TOMATOES
TAKE A BREAK
Inspired by CookingLight.com
In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan fromheat. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. Spread pesto over chicken and top with pankomixture. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat.
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 6 tbsp spinach pesto 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 1 tsp red wine vinegar
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10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.
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WHOSE PICKS WILL GO ALL THE WAY? March Madness Fun for the Whole Family
Turn each game into an event. Not every kid may like watching basketball, but if they fill out a bracket, then they might gain at least a passing interest in who will win each game. To elevate their interest, turn each March Madness matchup into a little party. It doesn’t have to be fancy; make fun snacks to eat while you watch or bet pieces of candy on who will have the most points to create great family bonding opportunities. Reward the winners with prizes. Offer prizes to each round winner as well as the overall bracket winner to get the whole family involved. Small prize ideas for each round can include a homemade dinner of the winner’s choice, a week’s supply of their favorite snack, or a coupon for getting out of a chore. Whoever wins the whole tournament (or makes it the furthest with their bracket) deserves a bigger reward. Offer them the chance to see a movie of their choice in theaters or to eat a meal at their favorite restaurant. Create a learning opportunity. Learning math or geography might not sound like your child’s idea of fun, but it can be when they learn it through the lens of March Madness. See if your kids would be interested in understanding the inner workings of the ranking system or studying where some of the qualifying colleges are located on a map of the United States. They may find it so interesting that they don’t even realize they’re learning valuable skills.
One of the greatest things about
March Madness is that you don’t have to be a huge college basketball fan to get in on the fun. Kids of all ages can fill out brackets — or have
a parent fill one out for them — and watch their picks duke it out
on the court. While healthy competition
among family members can be fun all on its own, check out the following tips if you’re looking to go the extra mile and reap as much fun from March Madness as you can.
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STUDENT OF THE MONTH Isaiah
Q. What is your favorite thing about the violin? My favorite thing about the violin is how well you can change someone’s whole day with the music you play and create in their head. Another thing about the violin is that you can convey your own emotions through your music. Q. What do you like most about lessons, and how long have you taken lessons here? One thing I like most about my lessons at UCM is that my teacher, Nolan, is very patient with me if I run into some problems. I have taken lessons at UCM for 2 1/2 years, and I love it.
Q. What are your favorite pieces that you’ve played? My favorite piece that I have played is “Gavotte” by Martini. “Gavotte” is my favorite song because it is one of those songs that communicates a very well-written story. Q. What are some other hobbies or activities you participate in? Some other hobbies that I like to participate in are skateboarding, playing video games, playing baseball, and hanging out with my friends. Q. Would you recommend United Conservatory to your friends? I would recommend my family and my friends to UCM so they are exposed to performing arts and maybe a new hobby. piano instructor since June 2019. I am currently a vocal performance major at Fresno City College and plan on transferring to Fresno State in fall 2020. I started singing and was introduced to piano at the age of 6 and carried on singing in choir ensembles and as a soloist ever since, singing in all kinds of different languages or styles of music. I started my journey as a music major in fall 2017 at Fresno City College and began taking lessons to be classically trained, and I still take lessons to continue to better myself. I currently sing repertoire in Italian, German, French, Spanish, and English as well as practice more modern genres of music and write my own. I have been working at United Conservatory of Music as a vocal and
Staff Spotlight: Pardees
Q. What are the things you like most about teaching? Mainly that I get to be a meaningful part of each and every one of my student’s lives. I’ve learned that the most valuable part of teaching is to be able to learn more alongside them every step of the way. Q. How do you inspire students to practice more? I always tell my students about my own struggles when I practice my own music. It’s not always easy, but it’s super rewarding once you see how far you’ve come! Q. What do you feel are the benefits of a child studying music? Not only does it implement a sense of discipline through practice and repetition, but it also expands the knowledge and general understanding of arts as a whole, and it can open a new perspective for the student, parent, and teacher.
Q. What is your favorite type of music?
Although I appreciate and frequently listen to all kinds of music, generally, I listen to hard rock and metal. Q. What do you like most about teaching at United Conservatory of Music? My colleagues — the office staff, teachers, and directors — are incredibly supportive. The environment at UCM is consistently positive and supportive of not only my success at the school but also my musicianship. Q. What are some things most people don’t know about you? I am part of the City Singers ensemble at Fresno City College and perform frequently. I also have written and currently write my own music and was a vocalist in a hard rock/metal band named Faerdos for 1 1/2 years.
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