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!
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!
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!
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’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!
The Rochester Cello Society and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance announce Strategies for Parents of Instrumentalists, a special event with Lauren Haley on Saturday, October 5th from 1:15 – 2:45 pm at the Hochstein School in Rochester, NY. All are welcome to attend this free workshop, which will include an intermission.
From Sandra Halleran, Founder of the Rochester Cello Society:
“The Rochester Cello Society and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance welcome Lauren Haley, renown author of Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation and Talent through Music. Lauren will give a session to Rochester’s parents of instrumentalists. Any parent who wants to learn strategies for supporting their young musician is welcome. Topics will include: the power of parents (and effective communication), developing practice routines that *really* stick, and helping young musicians and their families prepare for peak performance (competitions, auditions, etc!)
This workshop is FREE and will take place in the Hochstein Recital Hall.”
Many thanks to Michael Hagerty and News 88.7 FM KUHF (Houston Public Media) for the interview and article about Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music! You can catch the interview, which aired today at 12:50 and 7:50 pm, at this link: http://bit.ly/2Yg10Hk
Join in on the conversation and let us know what you think!
Tune in to 88.7 FM KUHF on Thursday, August 1st at 12 and 7 pm to hear Ms. Haley’s interview with Michael Hagerty for Houston Matters / Houston Public Media!
To learn more about Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music, join violinist Gary Levinson (Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony, and Artistic Director, Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth), pianist Baya Kakouberi (Artistic Director, Blue Candlelight Music Series, and Lauren Haley at Kawai Piano Gallery Houston on Saturday, August 3rd from 1 – 3 pm!
This masterclass and workshop is generously sponsored by Kawai Pianos and will be free and open to musical families (and teachers!) of all ages and instruments.
We are especially excited to welcome young musicians from Virtuosi of Houston to the masterclass for a special performance in collaboration with Baya Kakouberi! Many thanks to Karen Needham for facilitating Virtuosi’s performance.
Best wishes to Olivia for her conducting debut tonight at 7 pm at Baines MS! Olivia will be conducting the top Baines orchestra (Honors) and then performing in the orchestra (viola, first desk!). Olivia has also been chosen for a special duet performance this evening. Congratulations, Olivia!
Thanks so much to Classical 101.1 WRR and Amy Bishop for speaking with me this week about Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music! Click through to listen to our interview.
If you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, join us at Kawai Piano Gallery Dallas this Saturday, April 13th from 1 – 3 pm for a Kids Aren’t Lazy discussion, masterclass, and book signing! Kawai is offering a limited number of free tickets (first come, first serve), so RSVP today to reserve yours!