From the beginning, Jesse was inspired by the learning process and thought he could offer a lot as a teacher. While still attending VC, Jesse began tutoring music part-time as well as performing regularly throughout Ventura County.Read More
We are proud to announce our latest Featured Teacher, Nancy Friedman. Nancy is one of our senior Voice and Piano teachers serving parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties and she is an invaluable member of our staff. Here is a little bit about Nancy in her own words:
I was born in Detroit, Michigan and went to Mumford High school. I began studying piano when I was 6 and for many summers I attended Interlochen National Music Camp, near Traverse City, Michigan. I competed and performed various concertos with the orchestra there. When my family moved to Los Angeles I finished my education at UC Berkeley and UCLA majoring in Music and History. I eventually got a Lifetime Teaching Credential and worked in the Los Angeles school districts for several years.
Being so close to the entertainment industry, I "ran away" to Hollywood leaving education and began to pursue a career in film and television. I made many commercials and more than two dozen films over the next 15 years. I had a wonderful time working closely with producers, directors and actors as a Production Script Supervisor and an Assistant Director. They sent me abroad several times so I had the chance to live in Spain for six months and France for three months along with working visits to England, Amsterdam and Italy.
When I retired from the entertainment profession, I decided to pursue songwriting and composing for musical theatre. While doing doing that over the last six years, I met Marlene and she introduced me to teaching music to children and mentoring talented music students.
I’ve done a wide variety of creative endeavors and I believe that the best is yet to come.
Nancy, your creative flair and extensive experience with music and education have been a blessing for our students. Thank you Nancy for your tireless efforts. Keep up the great work.
One of our great teachers, Steve Taylor, is spending the next few weeks touring the west coast opening for the amazingly talented Tal Wilkenfeld. We are so proud of all our teachers and love to share their successes with the community. Here is Steve's announcement.
Hello beautiful people, my tour opening for Tal Wilkenfeld starts today October 1st at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano and will go all the way up to Vancouver, British Columbia! This is a huuuuuuge opportunity for me and I'd be so thrilled to see you out at one of the stops! I'll be playing acoustic guitar as well as the mysterious Guitorgan, a semi-hollowbody guitar/organ hybrid from the 70's.
If you can't make it, you can keep up with my comings and goings via
The new album "The Land of Milk and Honey" is available everywhere digitally
Saturday, 10/1/2016 The Coach House San Juan Capistrano
Monday, 10/3/2016 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, 10/5/2016 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach
Saturday, 10/8/2016 Great American Music Hall San Francisco
Monday, 10/10/2016 Aladdin Theater Portland
Tuesday, 10/11/2016 The Triple Door Seattle
Thursday, 10/13/2016 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, CN
Thank you so much for listening!
If you're in the neighborhood for any of his shows be sure to stop in and show your support.
Congratulations Dino! You are the first HHC teacher to be chosen as the HHC Featured Teacher and this is why:
Dino has been studying piano for 43 years. He studied at Pacific Conservatory at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA with Rex Cooper. He then went on to graduate with his B. A. in Music at California Lutheran University where he studied with Dorothy Schechter. In addition to his B. A. in Music, Dino has also achieved a B. S. in Business Management. He has been teaching piano for 16 years and has been on the HHC staff for more than 5 years. He will plans on continuing his teaching career far into the future.
Dino has a wonderful following of loyal and dedicated piano students. He knows the importance of continuity in teaching. He’s reliable, dependable and steady in his teaching approach and stays organized with regard to his work with the HHC administration which is highly appreciated.
Recitals for his students are important to Dino. He always participates in the HHC recitals as well as additional private recitals with his HHC students being incorporated in with his additional students.
However, it’s not all about just teaching for Dino. He enjoys working with technology as well as traveling.
Dino, we are proud to say you’re a member of our staff and we honor and value our working relationship with you. We look forward to many more years of productive music educational experiences.
Marlene, David and the HHC Staff
It’s astounding to me that two people can be so connected through the power of music. That we can continue down very different paths, with our paths always crossing again and again with a musical purpose.Read More
As a music instructor and creator of many music education programs, I've known for a very long time that music knows no age. Most people think that learning to play a musical instrument is only for the young. However, the same profound benefits of music education reach into adulthood that we find in working with young children.
Senior Reflections is one of the Heritage Home Conservatory community outreach programs. This endeavor addresses the needs of elderly residents in independent and assisted living communities located in Southern California.
Our classes have been designed to target "brain health", boost energy through diaphragmatic exercises when vocalizing, camaraderie, creative story telling put to music and so much more.
The changes in the way our participants approach our class have profoundly changed from the onset of the program to present day. When we first began meeting, we saw and heard people who were unsure of their abilities. Many kept saying they were "not good singers", but we persisted, telling them that our class is not about being "divas" and that we had no plans to go on tour in the coming future.
So, we set to the task of encouraging, prodding, coaching, laughing, sharing ideas and just creating a good time by singing old standards and bringing back memories through music.
Additionally, we are not just singing the tunes of other composers, but we work on creating our own songs. This song writing process is being led by Alan Roy Scott, a world renowned singer, songwriter who also passionately believes in the importance of working with the elderly.
Music is very powerful! It engages the whole being in the action so after a 1 hour class, we see our students (many of whom need walkers to get around) get up from their chairs and go off humming a tune and being much more mentally alert.
We have succeeded in creating a class that sets goals. We have already performed for the entire population of the community in which they reside and now we are in discussion about creating a CD of their best tunes. Also, the art work for the cover of the CD will be designed by one of the residents. Suffice it to say, they will have a significant investment of time, energy and creativity in this project and the best part is that they will be able to hand a part of their life's legacy to their families through this CD.
Through the vast network of wonderful Heritage Home Conservatory instructors , we are able to train more teachers to work with more communities. Our teachers are excited about the prospect of sharing their music with the elderly and in exchange coming to know their wisdom.
For more information on our Senior Reflections program, please contact HHC directly.
Musicologist Astrith Baltsan gives some insight into the evolution of George Gershwin and his amazing compositions. This video is a must see.
The Music Instinct: Science & Song explores ground-breaking science revealing the power of music and its connection with the body, the brain and the world of nature. The film deals with research, showing music can heal as well as its potential for education.
For quite a long time now, science is discovering the many benefits of playing a musical instrument. Whether you're a young child or an older adult, adding the study of music to life will enhance so many aspects of your general learning and living styles.
In my many years of teaching and interacting with families, I have had the pleasure of meeting so many different types of students. One very interesting and special student comes immediately to mind as she has struggled with an auditory processing disorder as well as ADHD. The study of music has been profoundly beneficial to this young girl, especially when taught through our on-line program. The use of the computer and headphones seems to hyper-focus her and eliminate the usual distractions in her surroundings. Please click this link for a most great read about auditory processing in young children.http://neuronetlearning.com/blog/music-improves-auditory-function-during-early-childhood/
We encourage all of our teachers to evaluate each and every student to determine our approach in reaching our goals in the most pleasant and efficient manner. Not every student is considered mainstream. So, we welcome each and everyone interested in playing an instrument.
Imagine attending a music recital in the great outdoors. You bring your whole family, a picnic lunch and your young performers with their music ready to share with the milling throngs. This was the most recent music recital for the Heritage Home Conservatory students. We, at HHC, are always striving to provide our students with the best instructors, the best music education and performance experiences and help them retain their music for a lifetime. Please enjoy some of the wonderful pictures from our event.
We are now preparing for our up-coming musical events which will be held in two different retirement centers in our community. Our young students will be sharing their holiday music with elderly people who will be, I am quite certain, thrilled to enjoy their musical accomplishments.
And, if you're wondering when the adult students get to perform, well this coming Saturday, November 2, 2013, there will be a gathering for an informal "musicale". However, only for the adult student - no kids allowed. That's only by the choice of the adult students since they feel so intimated by young students who they feel play much better. I say, the more the merrier, but then I'm just happy the adults are willing to play in public.
Music knows no age. There's something for everyone and learning a musical instrument provides so many benefits to each and every age group.
If you're just thinking and dreaming about the possibilities of becoming involved with music studies, please call or email us. We'd love to tailor a music education program just for you. Hope to hear from you soon
Marlene Cooper-Williams, President/CEO - Heritage Home Conservatory
Our Founder and CEO, Marlene Cooper Williams, is a regular contributing writer for a great Autism advocacy website called "Our Journey Thru Autism." Read her article here: http://www.ourjourneythruautism.com/2011/10/public-schools-and-music-programs-for.html
This article focuses on the state of music programs in public education and how we in the private sector can offer a low-cost alternative for families and students who would most benefit from adding music training to their curricula.
We know how music benefits mainstream students, but we also know the profound and positive effect it has on children with special needs. And, yet we would be hard-pressed to find public schools offering music to these kids.
[EDIT] The website which originally posted this article has closed. We have edited the above link to refer to a local copy of the original article for your enjoyment.