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.
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
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
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.
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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.