September 27, 2016 – Anthony Healy has joined the Crescendo piano teaching faculty. Anthony Healy is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. Before moving to Kalamazoo to pursue a master’s degree in jazz performance at Western Michigan, Anthony worked as a teacher in the Belmont, Needham, and Westborough school districts, where he taught grades 6-12 choral and general music. He also maintained a private piano studio of over 30 students.
Anthony studied classical piano in Boston under Inna Muravnik before attending Ithaca College to earn a degree in music education with a piano performance focus, along with a minor in Italian studies. Anthony has always been fascinated by the art of improvisation, which led him to pursue a masters degree in Jazz Piano Performance from Western Michigan studying with Jeremy Siskind. He also had the opportunity to serve as a graduate assistant teaching group piano classes and supervising student teachers while studying at Western. Since living in Kalamazoo, Anthony has had the opportunity to share the stage with many of today’s leading performers, including Randy Brecker, Deborah Brown, and Edward Simon.
More details on Anthony can be found here.
September 16, 2016 – Crescendo Academy of Music was awarded a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs in September. This grant, funded by the State of Michigan and the National Endowment for the Arts, is competitive. The POPS grant will be used to assist in funding Community Voices, a choir of adults with special needs; increase fundraising and administrative capacity; and support our partnership with the Kalamazoo Public Schools orchestra program (under the direction of Sandy Shaw).
August 10, 2016 – Darren Chan has joined the Crescendo Academy of Music faculty. Darren will be teaching violin and viola for us. He has graduated from the University of the Pacific with an undergraduate’s degree in Viola Performance studying under violinist/violist Igor Veligan. He is currently pursuing a masters in violin performance at Western Michigan University under violinist Renata Knific. His complete bio can be found here.
June 7, 2016 – Jessica Louis Coe has joined the Crescendo piano teaching faculty. Before returning home to Michigan, Jessica Louise Coe studied, lived, and worked in Chicago for fourteen years. She spent seven of those years as a teaching artist at the world-renowned Old Town School of Folk Music, teaching diverse styles of piano and voice to students of all ages and abilities.
Whether working with voice or piano students, Jessica prioritizes technical development but only as a means to an end and not the ultimate goal. “I believe the ultimate goal of learning an instrument is to have the ability to create meaningful art that impacts others, drawing from technical skills to create nuance and diverse expression based upon an understanding of the music. My secondary goal with students is that they become independent musicians who are well-equipped to study, learn, and interpret music on their own. I believe this is possible for every student when he or she has achieved music literacy/fluency, developed an acute aural awareness and has a working knowledge of music history and theory. I would like all my students to take ownership of their art and work with them to teach them what this concept means and how to attain it.”
Her complete bio can be found here.
April 1, 2016 – Crescendo has recently launched a fundraising campaign for Community Voices. This program offers musical experiences to teens and adults with mental and/or physical challenges. Participants experience singing, chanting, drumming and making music in a non-competitive atmosphere where the reward is the pleasure of making music with others.
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Enrollment has been growing and so has the excitement for the program, both from participants and anyone who has had the opportunity to see them perform. Our goal for this fundraiser is to raise $3,500, which will fund Community Voices for a full semester. Costs for this program include instructors, a music therapist, and practice space. Keeping this program accessible is important to Crescendo, which is why participants only pay $30 per 12-week session. These fees pay for a portion of the program while the rest is funded by Crescendo and our generous donors.
If you would like to help make Community Voices a program that will continue in perpetuity, please consider donating to our campaign. A donation of any amount will help us reach our goal of offering musical experiences to those with mental and/or physical challenges.
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Note: This link will take you to our fundraiser on CrowdRise.com where you can learn more about our campaign and make a secure donation.