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Coronavirus (Covid-19) FAQ & CSM Response: In response to concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how CSM is responding. We are monitoring the situation as it evolves, we've created an F.A.Q. and Updates page to serve as a central place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions:


Click HERE to visit our Coronavirus FAQ & UPDATES page.


Beginning Composition Class (Virtual via Zoom) - starting 5/14/20, Thursdays 5:30-6:30 p.m. (8 weeks):

This workshop, led by our composer-in-residence Mr. Quentin Walston, is especially for beginners and will be taking place via Zoom, exploring different musical concepts with listening examples, and students will also play their self-composed pieces for each other! Now is a great time for students to take advantage of extra time at home by focusing on a different aspect of their musicianship -- learning how to write their own music! The weekly seminar will start this Thursday, May 14th, and meet weekly for 8 weeks from 5:30-6:30. Please reply to Mr Matt or to Mr Quentin directly (Quentin@QuentinWalston.com) for more information regarding registration.

Please see attached flier for testimonials and more details. And if you missed it, feel free to view the showcase video which aired yesterday of the students from the recently concluded Advanced Composition Seminar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX18Vlv3mKo&feature=youtu.be

Interested in joining a future composition class or have questions? Contact Mr. Quentin Walston at: Quentin@QuentinWalston.com


International Recording Project: Record yourself playing "Ode to Joy" and join others around the world! 
Calling ALL musicians to record themselves playing Beethoven's "Ode To Joy"! Dr. Dan Zhang (CSM viola and violin teacher) is doing a project with a colleague of hers to unite music students from China, the US and around the world during this pandemic by playing Beethoven's "Ode to Joy". A video compilation will be created and is set to be released to Chinese media outlets (and possibly beyond!). Join the project by submitting a recording of you playing! Just follow the instructions below.

The Details:

DEADLINE (initial) to submit recording: May 30, 2020.
The project is already underway and some of Dr. Z's CSM students are already participating with an initial deadline set for May 30. If you need extra time though, that can be arranged, just email her. dzhang09@su.edu


QUESTIONS/CONTACT: Dr. Dan Zhang (CSM Viola/Violin Instructor) at: dzhang09@su.edu

PURPOSE: To encourage and unite people in China, the US and around the world during this pandemic, through music!

MEDIA: Recordings will be compiled and initially released to provincial newspapers in China and possibly Chinese national media networks (and beyond possibly!).

DROPBOX LINK: Below is a Dropbox link with all the music you'll need: https://www.dropbox.com/…/peactv…/AAAXQTy1Hh1C72vjmHx5n1y0a…

In the video, it doesn't matter what the background is, but try to show face and hands. At the end of the video or the beginning of the video, please say one or two sentences of well wishes. We may cut these to make a short video as well. If international students, you are welcome to speak in your own language.


Please perform with metronome (in your ear w/earbud), half note=70, and tune to A=441- NOT 440!!!
For Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, from measure 164 to 188
For 1st violin, from letter A to 8 after letter B
For 2nd violin, from 1 measure before A to 8 measure after B
For viola, from measure 116 to 8 after letter B
For cello & double bass, from measure 92 to 8 after letter B
For piano, from the second allegro assai on page 51 to letter B on page 53

Thanks everyone! Happy performing! If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Z at: dzhang09@su.edu


Online Learning NOW AVAILABLE via Zoom! We are excited to offer online video lessons across all our lessons studios via Zoom! Online learning allows us to continue the learning process remotely, especially in light of our current circumstances. If you are unable to attend lessons on-site at CSM due to illness, social distancing or closure, we are still able to provide students with the opportunity to meet for lessons online via video conferencing lessons! One of the easiest and best services we’ve found at this time is “Zoom”. All you need is a internet-connected laptop, tablet or phone with microphone and camera. Your teacher will email a "Zoom" link to click to join a lesson live at your lesson time. Sign-up online or email: studiomanger@csminspires.com for details! Also, check out the following links for more info. and Zoom Tips/Tricks!

Zoom Homepage Link:    www.zoom.us 

CSM Parents & Students Zoom Tips:  Zoom Tips

Zoom "Tips & Tricks" Link:    Zoom Tips & Tricks


Congratulations to our Guitarists selected as finalists in the MGI Youth Guitar Competition FKA Beatty Competition! 

Congratulations to all of our CSM Guitarists who were selected to advance as finalists in the MGI Youth Guitar Competition FKA Beatty Competition!


Senior Division:
Anushka Phadke, Jack Osborne, & Shreya Phadke




Congratulations to our 2020 PAVAN Governor's School of the Arts Classical Guitarists! 
How about some good news? We're thrilled to congratulate CSM Guitarists (from the studio of Dr. JB Taylor) Olivia Hughes, Alex Seymour, and Daniel Robinson for successfully auditioning and placing in the Classical Guitar Division of the 2020 PAVAN Governor's School for the Arts program!

PAVAN is a regional, auditioned 2-week intensive summer program for classical guitar, theater, voice, and visual artists. Students audition and an winners receive a full, merit-based scholarship to attend this program for free! PAVAN guitarists participate in clinics, a large guitar ensemble rehearsals and performances while learn advanced technique, theory, and improvisation in both solo and group settings. We're so proud of our amazingly talented guitar students and Dr. Taylor for this awesome achievement! Keep the music alive!



CSM Lessons Gift Certificates Available!: Give a gift that will last a lifetime! Special Music Lessons gift certificates towards private or class music lessons at CSM are now available! The PERFECT way to spread cheer this season while investing in a loved one or friend's musical future!

As an added bonus, take advantage of our special limited-time holiday lessons promo offer for new students: sign-up for lessons and receive TWO FREE lessons! Email studiomanager@csminspires.com to get your customized CSM lessons gift-certificates today!


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