Dear Music School Families,
The Music School is off to a wonderful start, providing lessons to all students from kindergarten through adult. We are currently providing in-person lessons for most instruments. We have many new students who have joined the Music School to enrich their musical journey. It is our goal to provide excellence and share OUR love of music with YOU!
Fall recitals will be held on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19. Please speak to your instructor about your scheduled recital day and time.
- Music is a science: it is exact, specific; it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony, all at once and with the most exact control of time.
- Music is mathematical: It is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.
- Music is a foreign language: most of the terms are in Italian, German or French; and the notation is certainly not English – but a highly developed form of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language. Also, many songs we study are from other cultures.
- Music is physical education: It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek and facial muscles, in addition to the extraordinary control of diaphragmatic, back, stomach and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
- Music is art: It allows a human being to take all of these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling and emotion.
INSTRUCTOR OF THE MONTH
TROMBONE, EUPHONIUM, BARITONE, TUBA
Kyle Molitor began playing trombone at the age of 12 and attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, where he studied with Elliot Mason of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He is a two time member of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Jazz Ensembles, and recorded at Capitol Records in L.A. for the 2010 and ’11 Grammy Awards.
Kyle is also a three time member of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and has performed at The Kennedy Center, Yoshi’s (San Francisco), The Jazz Standard, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Monterey Jazz Festival with featured solos in each venue.
Pursuing his career in music performance, Kyle was a member of Bootsy Collins Rubber Band for three years and has been touring across America since 2015.
During the past three years, the opportunity to teach private lessons locally has reinforced the importance of high quality musical education for the younger generation. He’s eager to be challenged, brings an unusually broad base of natural talent, experience, and professionalism. He is proud to be a part of the standard of excellence that Valley Catholic Music brings to its students.
Visit Kyle’s VC directory page to learn more about his interesting and enriching music career.
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