“20 Outstanding Eastman Women for 2020”

Hello everyone! It’s a huge privilege to be featured by my alma mater in “20 Outstanding Eastman Women for 2020.” I’m absolutely inspired and grateful to be featured next to musicians I so deeply admire! And yes, I just about dropped my phone when I saw the article, it was a wonderful surprise! Mobile users, click through to your browser to access links and photos. Check out the article on Eastman’s home page here, and tune in to a recent Eastman video about Kids Aren’t Lazy here. Wishing you all a safe and musical spring break with your families!

LHS Studio Announcement

Hello everyone! I’m sure you have seen a few scary reports regarding this year’s aggressive flu season and now the new coronavirus. I’m happy to reassure everyone that we currently plan to move forward with our exciting spring schedule, including the March 21st studio recital.

It’s important to keep our cozy studio safe for everyone. LHS policy is conduct classes via FaceTime when a student is coughing, sneezing, or otherwise ill. Family members experiencing symptoms are asked to stay home or wait outside. The Sugar Land Art Center & Gallery will be making a similar announcement regarding all artist classes — group and individual — this week.

The close interactions between teachers, students, and parents mean it’s crucial to emphasize appropriate hygiene, including hand-washing before every class. All studio families will appreciate knowing that the family here before them didn’t leave any germs behind! 😉 After all, we never know when an illness that presents as a mild cold for some will be dangerous for others.

Students who come to class with symptoms like cough, sneezes, congestion, stomach upset, or fever will be sent home immediately. This policy is in place to protect all studio families and will be strictly enforced. To take advantage of your full lesson time, notify Ms. Haley as soon as possible and plan to do the class via FaceTime.

I’m proud of our mutual effort to maintain a safe studio space together. LHS young musicians and families can celebrate our emphasis on health by engaging in frequent hand-washing and good sleep routines at home.

Stay well, pumpkins!

Lauren Haley Studios

Ms. Haley Talks Pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music

Photo credit: Dr. Lisa Caravan. Shared with permission.

Last week was so full of teaching inspiration! It was a dream come true to speak about pedagogy with string performance students at the Eastman School of Music (mobile users, click through to your browser to view the photos). Eastman’s performance majors (both graduate and undergrad students) already had so much insight into teaching and it was such a privilege to spend time with them! Many thanks to Dr. Lisa Caravan and Eastman’s Music Teaching & Learning Department for sponsoring my visit. It was especially exciting to hear that Dr. Caravan and her students headed to ROCMusic to teach immediately following our class together! If you haven’t heard of ROCMusic, click this link and check it out!

Tune in! University of Rochester Neilly Series Lecture with Lauren Haley

Hello everyone! Today I have the huge privilege of sharing my Neilly Lecture at the University of Rochester from Tuesday, February 11th. In one of the greatest joys of my career, Prof. Russell Peck (John Hall Deane Professor of English, University of Rochester) introduced me. I would have flown to Rochester for that honor alone! 

It was incredible to speak with musicians, professors, administrators, and teachers before and after the lecture. One band director introduced herself to me before the lecture and mentioned that she has been teaching band for 34 years. Of course, my immediate thought was, “my goodness, I’d love to listen to YOU here tonight too!”  

One thing that brings us together as teachers (regardless of whether we teach middle-school brass, conservatory violin, or collegiate physics!) is that deepening our understanding of Growth Obstacles (musical, technical, or academic challenges that, given appropriately, spur development) and Hindrance Obstacles (matters of circumstance that stall progress and strike students unevenly) helps students reach their highest goals. Last week really lit a fire under me to continue collaborating with performers, educators, and administrators in support of students and their families! 

There is the distinct feeling that Rochester is full of possibilities for becoming Ever Better. And yes, I’ll be carrying that spirit with me back to my Houston lessons! Together, we are persistent and resilient in our pursuit of self-betterment through collaboration, literature, music, theater, science, medicine, technology, and history. 

Many thanks to Dean Mary Ann Mavrinac (vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the University of Rochester Libraries), Ashlee Huff, and Matt Cook for arranging this visit, and to the River Campus Libraries for hosting my trip.  

PS — How fitting that on the day of the lecture, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performed for Rochester public school students! Note the school bus parked right by Eastman. 😉 When children see artistic paths and possibilities, it furthers their own voices and artistic potential. And yes, if you look closely, you’ll see that Eastman’s crosswalk features piano keys!

The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY

WXXI Connections with Evan Dawson interviews Ms. Haley with Dr. Kathleen Baynes and Herbert Smith!

Hi everyone! I am absolutely thrilled to share this WXXI Rochester interview with you! It was an absolute treat to be on Connections with Evan Dawson on Tuesday along with Herbert Smith (RPO trumpet performer, teacher, and Eastman grad himself!) and Dr. Kathleen Baynes (M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist, and director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center).

Dr. Kathleen Baynes, Lauren Haley, and Herbert Smith at WXXI
Photo credit: Robert J. Braden

As you’ll hear in our conversation, Herb’s enthusiasm for music bubbles over into literally EVERYTHING he says. Listening to Herb, you’ll definitely have an extra spring in your step when you head into the practice room! I would totally have been a trumpet player had Herb been my teacher. Come to think of it, maybe it’s not too late!

Dr. Kathleen Baynes’ warmth and her emphasis on helping families develop self-esteem and soft skills in young musicians made we want to reach across the table to give her a high-five every time she spoke. Y’all, I learned so much and just KNOW I’ll be quoting Dr. Baynes going forward! PS — She has two young musicians (ages 8 and 10) at home!

Evan Dawson, himself the father of an 8-year-old violinist (!) had the most relevant and insightful questions for us. He also highlighted a few favorite parts of #KidsArentLazy on the air! You can listen to our entire conversation here and tell me what ya think!

Many thanks to Dean Mary Ann Mavrinac (Vice Provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the University of Rochester Libraries), Ashlee Huff, and Matt Cook at the UR, to Evan Dawson and Megan Mack at WXXI, and to Hebert Smith and Dr. Kathleen Baynes. Photo credit: Robert J. Braden

#Motivation #Talent #Music #Trumpet #Classical #Jazz #Psychology #Psychiatry #Teaching #Pedagogy #Parenting #SoftSkills #Speaker #EatSleepMusic #Meliora #AdolescentPsychiatry #ChildPsychology #UniversityofRochesterMedicalCenter #RochesterPhilharmonic #EastmanSchoolofMusic #URLibraries

Ready for a Region Boost? Check out the LHS MS Region Tutorials in Collaboration with Cellist Mark Yee!

MS Region auditions are just around the corner and we’re so excited to give everyone an extra boost. We’ll be offering the FBISD Region 13 MS etude and scale performances and tutorials on violin and cello for 50% off this week only! Click HERE to access the videos through the LHS Vimeo site! Young musicians can rent the videos to rewatch at home an UNLIMITED number of times before Region auditions on November 2nd and 3rd.

LHS is thrilled to collaborate with cellist Mark Yee to create exceptional cello tutorials and performances for this year’s audition material! You can read all about Mark, a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music (B.M., Cello Performance) and Eastman School of Music (M.M. and Performer’s Certificate) at this link.

Best of luck to everyone for fabulous auditions again this year! Be sure to follow @LaurenHaleyStudios on Instagram for audition tips and to keep up with the latest studio news!

Studio News!

It’s finally fall and that means we have all sorts of happy news to share!

Congratulations to Jordan (viola), Elizabeth (violin), and Catherine (violin) for their acceptance letters to Virtuosi of Houston! We’re so proud of their audition success!

Next up, we’re delighted to share Ms. Haley’s Musikal Journey in collaboration with Samantha Steitz at Musikal Husky! Ms. Steitz and Ms. Haley met as guests of The Music Educator Podcast (Greg Childress) and mutual pedagogy nerdiness ensued, of course! Ms. Steitz is a pianist and pedagogue, as well as the co-author of Rhythm Keeper, Ms. Haley’s FAVORITE rhythm book. Mobile users, click through to your browser to view this link to Ms. Haley’s Musikal Journey. PS — If you and your family don’t yet have Rhythm Keeper (spoiler alert — you NEED this book!), you can save 15% on Rhythm Keeper with code LHSTUDIOS!

Photo by Albertine Wang

This past weekend, Ms. Haley flew to Rochester to speak for the Rochester Cello Society at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance. Many thanks to Hochstein for the Recital Hall and to Sandra Halleran and the RCS for hosting! While in town, it was amazing to reunite with Eastman mentors and colleagues and to celebrate Sarah C. Mangelsdorf’s inauguration as the UR’s 11th president! MELIORA!

One happy surprise was discovering this Eastman IML poster by the Sibley Music Library elevator. So neat! (Many thanks to Anna Schlia for the heads up!)

In other news, all three parts for Applause to the Musician’s series with Ms. Haley have been released! Watch the videos and subscribe to Applause to the Musician HERE.

Remember to follow @LAURENHALEYSTUDIOS on Instagram to keep up with the latest studio news!

Applause to the Musician Presents ‘How to Inspire Growth in Your Musical Child’

Applause to the Musician’s series How to Inspire Growth in Your Musical Child with Lauren Haley begins this week! Mobile users, click through to your browser and follow the link to this week’s video. Subscribe and tune in on Monday, September 30th and Monday, October 7th to watch Parts 2 and 3 of the series!

Many thanks to Maggie, Kevin, and Jerry at Applause to the Musician for this production!

Ms. Haley with Jerry and Maggie at Lauren Haley Studios. Photo credit: Kevin Hsieh

Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music Features Ms. Haley in Spotlight Interview

It’s an honor to share this month’s Eastman IML Spotlight interview! Mobile users, click through to your browser to follow this link and read about balancing performance and education, advice to aspiring writers, and the inspiration behind Kids Aren’t Lazy!

So much of Eastman is reflected in Kids Aren’t Lazy and in my own studio. I was fortunate to belong to three ESM studios: Phillip Ying’s, Zvi Zeitlin’s, and Oleh Krysa’s. Phillip Ying shared with me the joy of chamber music. Zvi Zeitlin saw more potential in me than I saw in myself and invested so much in my development as a violinist. I will always be grateful for his determination. Oleh Krysa leads a studio full of kindness, friendship, and musical excellence, all while covering so much incredible repertoire!
I also had a fabulous mentor at the University of Rochester, Russell Peck. I took every English class he offered while I was studying at Eastman. He and his wife, Ruth Peck (a pianist) showed me that music and academics (writing, especially!) are hugely synergistic.

Ms. Haley as quoted in the Eastman School of Music’s Institute for Music Leadership (IML) Spotlight

LHS Violist Accepted to Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra!

Congratulations to Ryder J., who this week won a spot in the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra! Ryder is a freshman at Travis HS and will join LHS violinist Anna M. in performing with the FBSO in their upcoming Russian Fireworks concert on Sunday, October 6th at 2pm. Works will include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #2, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, and Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. We are exceptionally proud of Ryder’s musicianship, dedication, and awesome speedy progress over the past two years! Way to go, Ryder!