Our Fall Recitals are here! Everyone is invited – these concerts are free and open to the public.

 Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4
 Both at 6:00pm – 1414 E 103rd St. Kansas City, MO
Evangel Youth Building, across the parking lot behind the main  church building

Different students and bands perform on each night, so you’re invited to come to both and see an amazing variety of performances!

If you are performing, you might feel anxious about playing in front of others, even if you know the audience is kind and excited to see you! Here are some tips to prepare for the concert.

  1. Start small – play your piece for one person in your own home, where you are comfortable. Then play for two or three. Build up the number of people you are playing for and it won’t feel so overwhelming when concert time comes.
  2. Practice the performance—not just your music. Imagine you are at the actual show. What will you wear? Play your song in those clothes and get used to how they feel. Practice walking up to your instrument and playing the song all the way through, taking a bow, then walking “off stage”, just like you will at the concert.
  3. Imagine it going GREAT! Use your imagination to think through the whole show and it going really well. Don’t let your mind fixate on “what if” scenarios that might go wrong. Repeatedly imagine performing well from start to finish and being proud of what you’ve done—you’re preparing you mind for success!

Know that your teachers, friends, and family will be there to support you and cheer you on! We are so proud of all our students and can’t wait for you to show your progress!

Wishing you all the best!
Laura Lee Crandall
Owner, KC Rock Band & Guitar

Student of the Month – Kai Kim

Kai Kim is 8 years old and has been taking piano lessons at KCRB for 2 years! Her teacher is Karren Schiele. Kai is an excellent pianist, works hard, and has a wonderful attitude! We are so proud of her! Here’s a bit more about Kai:

What is your favorite song you’ve play so far? Tap Dance
Why did you choose piano?   It seemed like an easier instrument than others!
Do you have other hobbies besides music? Taekwondo
What’s your favorite food? Pizza

Congratulations, Kai! You’re doing a wonderful job!

Did you know…

Secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).
(VH1: Save the Music. “The Benefits of Music Education.”)

A study of adults 60 to 85 years old showed that after just six months of piano lessons, the group had robust gains in memory compared to those who had not received lessons.
(Jennifer Bugos, University of South Florida)

Research reveals strong connections between rhythm skills and pre-reading abilities in toddlers. (Woodruff Carr K, W.-S.T., Tierney A, Strait D, Kraus N).

Students who take music in middle school score significantly higher on algebra assignments in 9th grade than their non-music counterparts. (http://www.artsedsearch.org/summaries/window-of-opportunity-adolescence-music-and-algebra#sthash.BvS0RoHP.dpuf)

Older adults actively engaged in music show improvements with anxiety, loneliness and depression. The simple routine of sitting down and playing an instrument or singing a tune can help melt away the stress of a hard day and calm any anxiety.
(American Music Conference 2007)




Fall Recitals and Music Study Benefits