December Newsletter

Memories of Snow

Winter is strange in California. All the songs and movies paint winter as an icy wonderland, but here in Fresno, it hasn't snowed since 1998. Fresno isn't the only place I have lived where we never got a white Christmas. I was born in Los Angeles, but I spent the early part of my childhood in Seoul, South Korea ... CONTINUE READING

Everything You’ll Need for an Ugly Sweater Christmas

It's speculated that the first ugly sweater party took place in Vancouver, Canada, back in 2001. Since then, the trend has become one of the most popular holiday party themes. Come Thanksgiving, you'll start to see racks in all types of clothing stores lined with hideous sweaters. If you're ready to jump on the ugly-sweater-party bandwagon this Christmas season, here a few things to keep in mind ... CONTINUE READING

The History of the 3 Wise Men

The story of the three wise men visiting Jesus is a focal point in the Judeo-Christian telling of the birth of the Christ. Their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh demonstrate reverence for the child through symbolism: Gold symbolized kingship; frankincense was commonly burned in temples and represented the spiritual stature that Jesus would hold; and myrrh was used in preparing bodies for burial, foreshadowing his eventual crucifixion. While the Magi's role in the birth of Jesus is well-known, not much is understood about the men themselves and their connection to the baby in the manger ... CONTINUE READING

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November Newsletter

Who Gets to Be a Musician?

When I was growing up, practice was a battle of wills between my mom and me. She won some battles; I almost won sometimes. I began playing cello primarily because I knew I would never be better than my sister at violin. She worked harder — a lot harder — so she was always going to be better. I wasn't really happy about ... CONTINUE READING

How Thanksgiving Became an Official Holiday!

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays celebrated throughout the United States. One of the first documented Thanksgiving celebrations took place in 1621, when Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a feast together. But the banquet, which celebrated the colonists' first successful harvest, wasn't just one large meal, nor did it last for only one day; in fact, the feast lasted for three days ... CONTINUE READING

A Historic Veterans Day

This year, Veterans Day takes on particular historic significance: Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. Countries around the world will commemorate the signing of this peace agreement with moments of silence, centennial ceremonies, and historical exhibits ... CONTINUE READING

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October Newsletter

The Joy of Music

I've been playing violin all my life. When I was a kid, my mom took me to see a show at a music school. We saw a kid playing the violin on stage, with everyone watching him. I remember thinking he looked very serious, but he also seemed like he was having a good time. It was really cool, and when my mom asked me if I wanted to play the violin too, I decided to ... CONTINUE READING

Police Officers Sing Their Hearts Out

When you think of viral videos of police officers, you may not imagine your local police department lip–syncing pop songs. But this new online trend is taking the internet by storm. To show a more positive side of their departments, many stations all over the country have ... CONTINUE READING

The Monsters Some Believe Are Real

There are people who would have you believe that monsters live among us all year long. These individuals, referred to as cryptozoologists (or just "wishful thinkers" by their skeptics), believe a hidden animal kingdom exists just beyond the edge of mainstream biological science. Here are three of the weirdest, almost–certainly imaginary "cryptids" to ever... CONTINUE READING

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September Newsletter

How Parents Can Help Their Kindergartner Succeed

Children are constantly reaching new milestones. Whether a child is preparing for their first dance, earning their driver's license, or heading off to college, success in navigating these events is often determined by the kinds of experiences parents share with their children when they are young. One of the earliest milestones a child encounters is the first day of kindergarten, a sometimes overwhelming event that many parents struggle to navigate. The good news is that parents who have already endured the struggle can offer advice to assuage the fears of newer ... CONTINUE READING

Pigs to the Rescue

More and more Americans are keeping pigs as pets than ever before. With their keen intelligence, laid-back amiability, goofy snorts, and, of course, their stubby little legs, it's no surprise that people take to these plump, fuzzy animals. And here's an extra bonus: Apparently, they also save ... CONTINUE READING

The Best and Worst Foods for Inflammation

The food you eat plays a major role in how your body functions on the cellular level. Some foods can wreak havoc on your body, while others can make you feel great. This is especially true when it comes to that all-too-common ailment, ... CONTINUE READING

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August Newsletter

Family-Fun Activities

With school right around the corner, you might be thinking about taking your kids out for a bit of fun before the school year starts. If you’re fresh out of ideas on what to do, here are a few ... CONTINUE READING

Game Night Goes (Really) Retro

People love to play games. When you play Angry Birds while waiting in line at the grocery store, you are actually participating in a long history of gaming that dates back to the earliest civilizations. Through the discovery of ancient game boards, archaeologists learned that the ancient ... CONTINUE READING

How to Achieve a More Restful Night’s Sleep

A good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your mind and body. One study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research found that the quality of your sleep is much more important than the quantity — that is, if you want to feel rested. And we all want to ... CONTINUE READING

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July Newsletter

Can Your Kid Change a Tire?

The day is finally here. After 18 (or so) years, your child has reached adulthood; they're ready to spread their wings and leave the nest. Whether your kid is going to college across the country or moving into their first apartment across town, this can be a bittersweet time for families. While parents are often proud to see their children entering the "real" world on their own, it can be nerve-wracking at the same ... CONTINUE READING

Summer-Worthy Learning Opportunities

Every summer, parents across the country have to deal with the same delicate problem. They want to make sure their kids continue to learn without feeling like they're being assigned tasks. After all, summer homework is every child's worst nightmare. Luckily, you don’t have to rely on math problems and book reports to keep your child's development from taking a two-month vacation. Here are a few mentally stimulating activities that are as educational as they are ... CONTINUE READING

Take Your S'mores to the Next Level

You're just three ingredients away from the perfect summertime treat: chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. The s'more is a fan favorite on camping trips and at backyard bonfires alike. Though they say you can't improve perfection, we've found a few creative twists on the classic treat that will make your summer a little  ... CONTINUE READING

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June Newsletter

The Great Barbecue Debate

If you're like most Americans, you probably refer to your summer cookouts as barbecues. Despite this common shorthand, slapping some burgers and dogs on a scorching-hot grill doesn’t resemble actual barbecue at all. What "true" barbecue means varies from region to region, but at its core, barbecue is about cooking meat slowly over woodsmoke. Celebrated food author Michael Pollan explores the origin of this American cuisine in his book, ... CONTINUE READING

3 Fathers Who Risked It All for Their Kids

This Father's Day, thousands of dads will receive a "No. 1 Dad" mug to sip coffee out of at the office. But the following dads took that "No. 1" to a new level.

Brian Munn gave his son a liver transplant. When doctors discovered that baby Caleb Munn had a rare disease called biliary atresia, they told his parents that he was unlikely to survive past age 2 without a ... CONTINUE READING

Workouts You'll Actually Enjoy

Summer is a time for fun! The days are longer, so why waste the extra sunlight trapped on a treadmill? There are plenty of great opportunities to exercise without feeling bored out of your mind. Consider one of these fun activities you may have never tried ... CONTINUE READING

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May newsletter

 

5 WAYS TO CULTIVATE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR KIDS

When you imagine your kids as adults, what do you see? Do you imagine that your lives intersect? Are you still close with them?

That time is still years away, but if you hope to have a long-lasting relationship with your kids, now is the time to start building ... CONTINUE READING

BOBBIE THE WONDER DOG'S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY

Imagine America in 1923. Yankee Stadium opened its doors for the very first time. Walt and Roy Disney founded The Walt Disney Company. The first issue of Time magazine hit newsstands. President Warren G. Harding died of a heart attack in office, and Vice President Calvin Coolidge became the 30th president. And Bobbie the Wonder Dog trekked 2,550 miles to return  ... CONTINUE READING

THE KEY TO A MEMORABLE VACATION

The virtues of buying locally sourced food and supporting small businesses have been widely extolled. But we rarely think to apply the same practices when we travel. Many Americans spring for all-inclusive packages when planning their next summer vacation, but doing so means they'll miss out on some of the best aspects of the culture they're ... CONTINUE READING

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March Newsletter

Dear UCM Family,

The year is flying by and it is March already! As you are probably aware of we are excited to have started the Musical Ladder System with our students, and it is a wonderful opportunity to keep kids motivated and focused. We look forward to seeing smiling faces with trophies and wristbands! Learning music is such an important part of brain development and we are happy to play a part in your children’s lives. Another important announcement is our Summer Music Program which runs June 24-30. It is going to be a wonderful time where kids of all levels will be able to join in and play music in small and large groups. We will be presenting further information and offering a discounted pre-registration for that program later this month. We hope you enjoy this newsletter and let’s keep making music!

 

Christopher Scherer

Director

 

 

Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled in February!

Dorene Y.        Mary Z.       Emily P.

Arabella M.   Nickolaus M.  Shantelle M.

Xariel L.        Eviana V.         Maria S.

Tyler S.          Rich L.        Elizabeth A.

Judith R.        Kelly L.       Arabella M.

Landon G.      Breylin G.     Jungsuk S.

Kaitlyn A.      Jonathan P.      James C.

Sally C.          Jasmin O.       Chelsea P.

David L.         Albert K.          Tony R.

 We’ve been voted one of the best music schools in Fresno!

We’ve been voted one of the best music schools in Fresno!

Ty W.             Audrey G.          AJ G.

 

 

 

                                  

 

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to Samantha Barbosa! (Cello)

Q. How old were you when you started taking music at United Conservatory?

I started taking lessons last year when I was 15.

 Congrats to Samantha, our student of the month!

Congrats to Samantha, our student of the month!

Q. What type of music do you like to listen to?

I generally enjoy all types of music from classical to alternative. 

 

Q. What do you like most about your lessons at the United Conservatory?

My favorite part of lessons is knowing that I can always get help with any particular piece or technical issue I’m struggling with. 

 

Q. How do you like your teacher?

I really enjoy having Mr. Kim as my teacher because I know he will help with any questions I may have. 

 

Q. Is music a very important part of your life?

I’ve always been more drawn to music over other alternatives like sports or art. I like being able to listen to different elements of a piece and I just enjoy music as a whole. It isn’t, however, the most prominent part of my life.

 

Q. Would you recommend the United Conservatory to your friends?

I would definitely recommend United Conservatory to my friends and I already have suggested it to a couple. 

Teacher of the month

Congratulations to Grace Bernhardt (Cello)

Grace Bernhardt Cello Instructor UCMF

Q. What are the things you like most about teaching?

A.  It’s so encouraging to see these kids grow and get better at playing their instrument at such a fast rate! I get to learn so much from teaching these kids especially the young ones; they remind me that music is hard at times but is so much fun! 

 

Q. How do you inspire students to practice more?

A. Usually I tell them that things get easier when you practice. Practice is essential in order to get better at your instrument. I also say that when they practice and get really good at their pieces not only they move onto different pieces but also get the opportunity to play more exciting pieces; not only more interesting to play but also more interesting for others to listen to. Lastly, this new musical ladder system is really getting students to want to practice because they want to win! Music is sometimes hard to be persistent in because sometimes it can feel like you’re going no where, but with this new system earning bracelets, award certificates and even trophies, students can really see and feel progress in their instrument. 

 

Q. What do you feel are the benefits of a child studying music?

A. There is no doubt about the educational benefits of music; not only in math but also in science and even language! The most important thing to me about music is the bonds you build with those you play with. Music creates a type of connection not held my many and music even becomes a common language with those you other wise can’t speak with. 

 

Q. What is your favorite type of music?

A. Anything with a beat, honestly! Whether it’s classical, classical pop, country, R&B, Christian pop, soul, jazz, hip hop or even just music made my nature, I love it all! 

 

Q. What do you like most about teaching at United Conservatory of Music?

A. My students really make it such a wonderful experience. Seeing them just learn to love their instruments and really get good at them is the best feeling ever as a teacher. Specifically at UCM we as teachers are fully equipped with all the necessary information and tools to teach our students the best way we can. I know that if I notice that my students aren’t really learning, there are many other teachers and resources at UCM, from which I can learn different techniques, and apply them to my teaching. 

 

 

 

Check out our Referral Program Raffle!

Refer your friends to the Conservatory and if they sign up, we’ll enter you AND your friends into our next raffle on April 1st 2018 so you and your friends both can win great prizes. We’ll also give you a $25.00 Amazon Giftcard to say thanks AND we’ll give your friend one as well! You will both be entered in our drawing for great prizes including iPads and more! We’ll post the latest results in the newsletters and in the offices so keep checking in to see if YOU win. Spread the word!

Thank you so much for your referrals. J

 

Nonstudents are encouraged and welcome to participate in the referral program.

 

Immediate family members and members of the same household are not eligible for the referral program, but are eligible for discounted or free registration fees. Please contact the office for details.

 

Important Dates:

CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK: Monday, March 26 through Sunday, April 1st

Cello Recital: Saturday, April 6th

End of Semester Recitals: TBD

Summer Music Program June 24-30th

Join us in our annual Summer Music Program! Beginner to intermediate string players will play in groups and experience playing in a friendly environment where they can learn to play with others

Intermediate and advanced players will join our string quartet program in pre-formed or new groups and learn music and perform at a high level with guest instructors from Indiana University and Fresno State.

February Newsletter

Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled in January!

Isabella A.    Feona W.    David P.    Christin C.

Reem D.      Bryan D.    Oliver S.   Katarina O.

Lawrence V.   Isabel V.   Andrew V.  Armand V.

Nhia V.        Juliette J.   Isabella J.    Alexis Z.

Amayah M.   Margo D.   Alexandra C.  Kylie F.

Shaeleen A.  Carrie D.   Liam C.        Maria R.

Alina I.        Mikayla P.   Jacob P.     Mattias S.

Hannah C.  Izaiah J.   Maria R.      Baruch C. 

Emily G.    Shopno K.  Luke D.    Sophia D. 

Kelly L.    GIa K.       Myrah K. 

 

 Keep Making Music! :)

Keep Making Music! :)

Greetings UCM Family,

We would like you to welcome you all to our school with our very first newsletter! To give a bit of information about us, Leo Kim began this school 10 years ago teaching lessons out of his home and giving sectionals in various schools around town. Before long he had other cello and violin instructors teaching out of every available space in his house and had almost no choice but to find a new space to teach in order reclaim his own home! I came into Fresno in January of 2016, having just finished my Master’s degree, not quite knowing what to do with myself. When we met, Leo and I shared with each other our dreams of what music education could become and we decided to create a school that would be able to inspire and educate students of all ages and levels. We have always sought to make quality number one amongst our priorities for our students, and offering new experiences was one area in which we could provide that. So in January of 2017 we created the Chamber Music Program and the Group Lesson Program where kids could play in small groups of 2-6 and have an enjoyable musical experience with their peers. To expand our offerings and to give the joy of music to others in our community, in the beginning of this year we began teaching guitar, piano, and voice lessons as well. We welcome all of our new instructors Luis Mota (piano and guitar), Simpson Cha (cello), Nathan Nau (piano), Norene Foin (piano and voice), Jason Aaronson (guitar and voice), and Tiffanie Trujillo (voice), and look forward to another wonderful year of music making!

Christopher Scherer, Director

 

 

Congratulations to everyone who performed in the Chamber Music Recital on January 20th!

 

Student of the month

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Congratulations to Lara Torres! (Violin)


Q. How old were you when you started taking music at United Conservatory?

I was 14 when I started taking music at UCM.

Q. What type of music do you like to listen to?

I enjoy listening to various genres of music including: Classical, Pop, Christian, and Alternative Rock.

Q. What do you like most about your lessons at the United Conservatory?

At UCM, I always look forward to learning new pieces and musical concepts, playing alongside other students in quartets, and, of course, just creating music. 

Q. How do you like your teacher?

I think my teacher, Christopher Scherer, is pretty cool and I look up to him a lot. He has taught me so much and has helped me improve tremendously as a musician through the few years I’ve studied with him. I am very grateful for the opportunity to learn from him.

Q. Is music a very important part of your life?

Music is such an important part of my life because it has played a big role in molding me into the person I am now. I have learned so much from it and I have met many amazing and talented people through it as well. Most of all, to me, music is like a breath of fresh air. From the moment I put on my ear buds to when I make the first bow stroke on the strings of my violin, all the worries and stress just fade away, leaving all my focus on simply trying to translate the little dots and dashes on a piece of paper into the beautiful vernacular of music. Through this art, I can freely express the emotions that I do not usually reveal in speech. No matter where I go and no matter what I do in my future, there will always be a place in my heart for music. 

Q. Would you recommend the United Conservatory to your friends?

I would definitely recommend the United Conservatory of Music to my friends. 

 

 

Teacher of the month

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Congratulations to Nicole Skaggs (Violin)

Q. What are the things you like most about teaching?

A. I like helping students reach their goals. Seeing the joy on a student’s face when they have accomplished something they didn’t think they could do brings me a great sense of happiness.

 

Q. How do you inspire students to practice more?

A. I do my best to inspire my students by finding new and fun ways to practice. In the end, it is up to the students if they want to improve upon their skills, but I try my best to make my lessons with my student’s fun and captivating for them.

Q. What do you feel are the benefits of a child studying music?

A. I feel students have many different benefits when it comes to studying music from a young age. When a child starts studying music from age their brain develops at a much faster rate. There has been a scientific study on children who study music versus children who don’t and it has been proven that children who study music mature at a faster pace versus a child who doesn’t study music.

Q. What is your favorite type of music?

A. I don’t have a specific type of music I enjoy because I like pretty much every type of music. I feel that by enjoying many different types of music it opens up mind to what I am capable of playing and what kind of music I can teach my students.

Q. What do you like most about teaching at United Conservatory of Music?

A. I like the motivation the students have here to learn at the United Conservatory. Most of the students come in ready to learn something new and work hard. The teaching environment here among teachers and students is very friendly and outgoing. It is a wonderful tight knit community.

 

Refer a Friend to the United Conservatory! 

 Get your gift card today! 

Get your gift card today! 


If your friends sign up, we'll give you a free $25 gift card for either Amazon or Target and we'll enter BOTH of you in the drawing for our Grand Prize drawing for an Apple Watch on April 1st! Tell your friends to check us out at www.unitedconservatory.org

It's that easy! There’s no maximum number of entries. The more you refer, the GREATER your chances of winning!

 Do you want to win an APPLE WATCH? Refer us to your friends! 

Do you want to win an APPLE WATCH? Refer us to your friends! 

 

Important Dates

CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK

Monday, March 26 through Sunday, April 1st

Cello Recital  Saturday, April 6th

Summer Music Program June 24-30th

Join us in our annual Summer Music Program! Beginner to intermediate string players will play in groups and experience playing in a friendly environment where they can learn to play with others

Intermediate and advanced players will join our string quartet program in pre-formed or new groups and learn music and perform at a high level with guest instructors from Indiana University and Fresno State.