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  • Welcome Mark Retallack and Aaron Chase

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Welcome Mark Retallack and Aaron Chase

The Fabulous School of Music is happy to announce our two newest teachers: Mark Retallack and Aaron Chase. 

Mark, an established Boston-based jazz/classical/rock piano/keyboardist, has been teaching all styles of piano, from beginner to advanced for many years right here in Beverly. He has extensive musical knowledge, passion for piano and loves to teach. Now he’s part of the Fab School Team!  Knowing all students learn differently, Mark uses many teaching techniques, helping his students achieve their musical dreams. Click to view Mark’s Bio page for more info.

Aaron is a multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter from Boston with a music degree from Berklee College of Music.  He’s a talented musician who has been trained and can teach the new technology methods of music making.  He will be teaching several instruments including Guitar, Ukulele, Harmonica, Drums, Piano, as well as Voice, Songwriting, Recording and Music Production.  Click here to check out Aaron’s Bio page

We are so honored to have them both on our Fabulous Faculty!  Welcome aboard, Mark and Aaron!

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  • Welcome Stephanie Lento & Tom Groleau

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Welcome Stephanie Lento & Tom Groleau

We at the Fabulous School of Music are very happy to announce our two newest teachers, Stephanie Lento and Tom Groleau.  Stephanie comes back to us (she started her musical journey here) bringing her music expertise and enthusiasm to teach voice and piano lessons.  Tom, an extremely talented Boston-based musician, brings his experience & wealth of musical knowledge to the Fab, teaching drums, guitar and bass.  We are so honored to add them both to our Fabulous Faculty!  Welcome aboard Stephanie and Tom!

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  • Welcoming Daniel Nichols

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Welcoming Daniel Nichols

The Fabulous School of Music is happy to announce our newest teacher, Daniel Nichols. Daniel comes to us with a Degree in Songwriting and Music Education from Berklee College of Music (2008). He brings a wealth of musical knowledge, instructs several instruments & has taught music full-time in and around the Boston area since 2011. We are extremely honored to add him to our Fabulous Faculty! Welcome aboard Daniel!

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  • Fabulous School of Music announces a new Voice and Piano teacher to our Faculty, Paige Revens

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Fabulous School of Music announces a new Voice and Piano teacher to our Faculty, Paige Revens

We have experienced an amazing increase of Vocal and Piano students in the past few years. It became apparent that we needed another Voice teacher to meet the increased demand.  Paige comes to us with great musical credentials and a wealth of teaching experience in and around the Boston area. We are extremely happy to add her to our Fabulous Faculty!  Welcome aboard Paige!

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  • A Beverly Music Book and Supply Store Run by Musicians for Musicians

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A Beverly Music Book and Supply Store Run by Musicians for Musicians

When it comes to music supplies, convenience is key. A string can break on a dime, leaving a practicing guitarist without one-sixth of their sound. Or maybe that last guitar pick falls deep into the abyss of the couch cushions, never to be seen again. Maybe you’ve downloaded some sheet music, only to learn that you’ll need a capo to play the song.


You could embark on the long and unnecessary journey to the music stores on Rt. 114. But why waste your precious time, not to mention gas, when there’s a fully stocked Books and Supplies Store right here in downtown Beverly?


One of the reasons we opened the store was because we noticed that music students are often unequipped with the simple gear that can assist so much in their learning. A student without a guitar stand might keep their instrument out of sight, which keeps practice out of mind. Similarly, a learning musician without an easy way to read music (a music stand), is more likely to abandon the task altogether. Maybe they’d like to stand up and jam out like their musical idol, but they can’t do it without a strap that fits.


What students and experienced musicians alike can appreciate most about our store is that it’s run by the teachers right here at the Fabulous School of Music. You don’t need to worry about a salesperson trying to upsell you on something you don’t need. Instead, you’ll receive expert advice on exactly what you need at any given point in your playing career. Guitar picks come in many different shapes and thicknesses, and we can help you find the one that’s right for you. Strings and drumsticks vary just as much. Whether you’re a student of ours or not, we’ll help find the gear that’s right for you. We only stock brands and products that we stand behind as professional musicians.




This holiday season is a great time to stuff the stockings of your children and loved ones with gifts they can actually use to improve their playing. If your child takes lessons with us, why not come down to the street level store while you’re waiting and pick up a metronome or tuner to help them improve their playing. A perfect holiday gift for family members or friends aspiring to play an instrument is a Fabulous School of Music Gift Certificate for lessons. The precious Gift of Music. Gift Certificates can be purchased at the store, school or conveniently right here! Certificates will be sent out within 24 hours of payment.


If we don’t have something in stock, we can order it while making sure you’re getting exactly what you need. We also have access to the full line of Hal Leonard Publications, DVD's and Media, from instructional books to pages and pages of Beatles and Led Zeppelin favorites. We can have any of these delivered right to your door.



As the only music book and supply store in Beverly, MA, we want to be the place where all musicians, whether learning their first song or heading out to a professional gig, stop to pick up the supplies they need for the job. We carefully choose products to give musicians the best bang for their buck. Make a local business your go-to supply shop and put your gear needs in the hands of professionals who care.


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  • Instrument Repairs with a Player’s Touch

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Instrument Repairs with a Player’s Touch

It’s hard for an outsider to understand the connection a musician has with their instrument. That’s why, for the experienced musician, finding a repair technician is much like finding the right doctor. They want a steady hand that will treat their “baby” with the respect and care it deserves.  Here at the Fabulous School of Music, players trust Julian Morelli with their instrument repairs. Julian has years of playing and teaching experience, making him an ideal repairman for the practicing instrumentalist.


As a player, Julian has a unique ability to work with others to provide perfect adjustments and alterations. Different musicians have different preferences when it comes to the functionality of their instrument. Long-time players know exactly how much action they need on an instrument, or which custom pickups will make their guitar sound just the way they want it. From minor issues like input jacks and strap buttons to greater concerns like curved fret boards and faulty wiring, our repair shop can keep your trusty old axe from taking a spot in the storage closet.


Quality repair work is just as important for new players. Novice guitarists might not know the difference between an instrument that’s in its best playing shape or one that has issues making it more difficult to learn and enjoy it. As a teacher, Julian knows that shoddy repair work can stand in the way of developing proper technique and form. Our repair shop will have your instrument sounding as good as it can from the get-go, making it as easy as possible for you to improve as a player quickly.


The Fabulous School of Music repair shop has better turnaround than other local shops, with prices that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.  We currently offer guitar, bass, and drum repairs, with hours running from 12 – 3 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Check out our repair shop page for specific services offered, and contact Julian for an honest, affordable repair today.



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Book Store

Along with our New Tech Shop, The Fabulous School of Music has opened our very own Books & Supplies Store on the street level at 8 Bow St. in downtown Beverly.  Our objective is to stock all the books and supplies needed for our many students to help them learn better, practice more and keep their instruments clean, maintained and playing properly. We’re open to the general public as well and are currently the only music book and supply store in Beverly.  We’d like area musicians to know we will be selling the supplies they need without the time, gas and hassle of driving over to the big music stores on Rt. 114!  We will be carrying books from Hal Leonard*, Alfred’s, Mel Bay and others as well as supplies from D’Addario, Ernie Ball, Elixir, Korg, Remo, Rico, Hohner, Planet Waves, Dunlop, Fender and much more!!  Musicians, let us know your musical supply preferences and we will make sure to stock them if we don’t stock them already. 

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Jakub Matczynski

Jakub Matczynski is the newest member of the Fabulous Faculty!
We are happy to announce our newest member of the Fabulous Faculty, Jakub Matczynski.  Jakub has been teaching piano in our area for a few years and now he will be teaching at the Fab as well as home lessons for your convenience.  Welcome aboard Jakub!!

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  • You can’t stop the flow of music: a call to parents

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You can’t stop the flow of music: a call to parents

American composer Aaron Copeland once said, “To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.” Has there ever been a truer sentence? You cannot stop music.  It really is a force beyond our control. Everything is music – the flush of the toilet or the vroom of a plane overhead. Only God can stop the flow of music. Not only is it impossible for us to stop the flow of music, why would we even want to? It would be the same as removing our hearts. We would perish.

Copeland’s quote also applies to children and music. Let’s tweak the sentence just a bit. To stop the flow of music in children would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable. At the Fabulous School of Music, we are big supporters of music education, especially when it comes to young children and teenagers. Learning how to play an instrument, for example, will change a child’s life forever. The moment a child latches onto music, it is impossible to stop the flow. Again, why would you want to stop it? The child’s life is changing for the better because of it.

In the article, “Children benefit from lessons in the arts,” Danielle Rose of http://www.northjersey.com writes, “The Children’s Music Workshop, an online music resource, states that children who practice the arts have higher grades in school and on standardized tests.” While that may seem like common sense, many parents still underestimate the power of music. Many kids have never touched a musical instrument! Our one piece of advice: expose your children to music from day one. Play it around the house, put an instrument in their hands or encourage them to sing. Before you know it, your son or daughter will be begging you for lessons!

Debbie Disanza, director of Music Together programs, sums it up the best: “Music is the only activity that stimulates every area of the brain.” You see, you can’t stop the flow of music! Music Together is a global program that encourages music education for children before they hit kindergarten and grade school, so from birth through age seven. All parents and children should be involved in such a program. What do you think?

Here is Rose’s article: Children benefit from lessons in the arts

-Tom

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Musicians and runners may have more in common than you think…

Statistics and experience show that playing music of any kind is good for the mind, but in a recent study in the Netherlands Heart Journal, it seems that it is also good for the body. Researchers took two groups of young people of the same age, gender, size and exercise level. There was, however, one difference: one group practiced music for at least two hours a day. In the article, “Making Music May Impart Some Health Benefits of Exercise,” Scott Douglas of Runners World writes, “Compared to their potential audience members, the musicians had lower resting heart rates and blood pressure (systolic, diastolic, and mean).” Not all musicians are self-destructive.

Researchers expected such results. You see, making music and exercising stimulate brain activity involving communication between the brainstem and muscles, the cardiovascular system and other parts of the body. This communication is essential in the health benefits of exercising. Why should making music be any different?

Douglas comments that the study nicely compliments a study published in Evolutionary Psychology by a team of researchers led by Oxford psychology professor Robin Dunbar. In another article by Douglas, he writes, “But if you’re familiar with the concept of flow, you’ll notice that Gibbard’s [of Death Cab for Cutie] description of a great show sounds like athletes’ descriptions of a great training session or competition—total immersion in the task such that the barrier between actor and act disappears.” This, according to Dunbar, is because performing music releases endorphins.

Dunbar and his team tried many experiments, including testing the differences between people who went to a charismatic church service opposed to those who went to a quiet Anglican service; the differences between players in a drum circle and passive listeners; and the differences between people who had been dancing and those who were rehearsing music. During the three experiments, the researchers continually gauged pain tolerance, a common effect of released endorphins.  The charismatic church singers, drummers and dancers all had a greater pain tolerance. Dunbar says, “Psychologically, endorphin release is experienced as a mild opiate ‘high,’ a corresponding feeling of well-being, and light analgesia.” That is a positive high. Can you really go wrong with endorphins, lowered blood pressure and a greater pain tolerance?

The two studies prove what many of us already know: playing music is a transcendent experience. The health benefits are numerous – physically, mentally and emotionally. Why aren’t you playing an instrument? Why aren’t you playing music? Pick up a guitar and release those endorphins!

You can find the first article here Making Music May Impart Some Health Benefits of Exercise and the second one here Study: Performing Music Gets Us High.

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Interview with Tom Moore

I recently conducted a phone interview with a young music writer from Buffalo NY.  Here are some of the questions and answers.

1.) Tom – we’ll start this off with a humorous icebreaker.  The classic desert island question: if you were stranded on a desert island and could only listen to one album, what would it be and why?

I actually have a favorite album.  What I like about it is its power.  It’s a two-album set.  I heard it when I was fifteen.  It’s a rock opera about a kid with four personalities.  It’s called Quadrophenia and is by The Who.  I love the ocean and it has many sound effects.  It was originally supposed to come out in quad, which was a new type of recording.  My father actually had a lot to do with it.  He worked for Columbia Records.  It was gonna be the new thing, having four track instead of two track.  It had motion all around you, instead of in front of you.  When Townshend was working on the album, he did a lot of keyboard parts and sound effects in his own private studio.  The sound effects were gonna cross from side to side, back to front.  They never used it though.  The music on Quadrophenia is extremely powerful.  It has every extreme emotion.  It has anger, humor, helplessness, etc. – all these different things that this kid is going through.  It helped me through my adolescence.  I enjoyed playing the bass parts.  John Entwistle is amazing on the album.  Daltrey is at his peak.  It’s just an amazing piece of music.  Music should be emotional.  I don’t think there’s another album that has as much emotional content as Quadrophenia. 

2.) How could your “desert island album” benefit students just learning their instruments and music in general?

I also teach songwriting.  If you can come up with something that is musically catching and a theme that is powerful as well, it’s a win-win situation.  Quadrophenia is that.  It has the rock anthems, the love songs, etc.  All these different types of song are present on Quadrophenia.  Acoustically, it’s great.  There are not a lot of repeated parts.  The album is constantly moving and developing.

3.) What got you into music?  I know that must seem like a terribly broad question, but what was the first “a-ha!” moment in terms of music, the moment you realized that music shook your soul?

My first concert when I was three-years-old was a classical concert.  It was a piece of music by Prokofiev, called Lieutenant Kijé at Queens College in New York.  However, the thing that really got to me, in terms of music, was going to a birthday party at the age of seven.  They took us to see the movie Help.  The Beatles seemed like a lot of fun.  That looks neat, I thought, I want to do that!  The theme of Fabulous School of Music is the Fab Four.  Beatles posters are everywhere.  I even have a tapestry of the Abbey Road album up on the wall.  We decorated the waiting room in Beatles memorabilia.  What inspired me to play is Sgt. Pepper.

4.) You and the Fabulous School of Music firmly believe in the importance of kids playing together in rock ensembles.  Could you tell us more about this?

The movie School of Rock inspired many people.  Many educators saw the movie and thought, there’s something to this.  I was asked to be the instructor of an after school program.  My job was to put kids in groups and get them ready to perform at the end of the year.  I was becoming kind of like Jack Black.  It was very successful.  I wanted to continue this with the Fabulous School of Music, and we’ve been doing rock ensembles since 2005.

The rock ensembles go year-round.  We even have a Summer Camp.  It’s very difficult to find kids that want to play.  They lose motivation if they don’t see the point to playing.  These kids are at the age where they’re making friends.  There’s lots of peer pressure.  This is one way to harness a healthy peer pressure.  You got four or five kids in the group.  They’re practicing for each other.  The better they do, the better the band plays.  They go from limited practice to nonstop practicing.  They want to perfect the songs.  They have higher expectations of themselves.  It jumpstarts their learning and practicing, and allows them to have a lot of fun with different kids.  Once a kid gets a musical part down, they bring it to the group.  Rock ensembles also help with these kids’ self-esteem and confidence.  They play up on a stage in front of their friends and families.  They get standing ovations.  Many of these kids don’t play sports. This is all they have – the music.  This breaks them out of the shy mold.  It’s a fun and rewarding thing to watch. 

The classes are $200 for 8 sessions and that includes a show at the end at one of the venues in Beverly that allows us to do it.  Some ensembles do original music.  Others do covers.  They can decide if they want to be original or do covers.  They have to make decisions on their own.  Our instructors coach them through the process.  It’s all about teaching them about the organic process of music.  The three teachers that do it are Julian Morelli, Erin Burke-Moran, and Randy Leventhal.  They are perfect coaches for the kids.  Julian and Randy can play, sing, teach guitar, bass and drums and Erin is a member of an up and coming band, Caspian. 

We try to keep the kids at the same level of musicality.  We once had a twelve-year-old drummer who was so good we put him with a group of sixteen and seventeen-year-olds and it worked well!

5.) You once said, “I fought the law…and the law lost.” This was a reference to local authorities and a rock ensemble show.  Tell us more.  Do you still believe in the rebellious spirit of rock n’ roll?

A very bad incident happened at an underage battle of the bands show at a local VFW.  The authorities decided to send out letters to all venues that have liquor licenses and entertainment telling them that they shouldn’t do underage shows. This included the venue that we use for our rock ensemble shows, “The Spotlight Tavern” in Beverly.  It was brought to my attention.  I put it on my Facebook page and it went viral, getting four to five thousand hits a day!  Many friends of the school were outraged.  We had a whole group that went to the hearing – teachers, parents, kids, etc.  When the authorities saw the strength we had, they listened to us and realized they had jumped the gun.  Our victory was reposted in two newspapers.  The school got press.  It ended up being a very positive thing.  The city comptroller even came to the gig!  It was a victory for our kids and for live music in general.

Yes, I believe in the rebellious spirit of rock n’ roll, if it’s used in a positive manner.  I believe in its power.  If you want to say something about an issue you feel strongly about, and you have an audience, it is one way to get your point across.  Too many people, I feel, abuse the privilege.  Quadrophenia isn’t political, but it was more about what we go through as kids.  That I think is the rebellious spirit of rock n’ roll – giving kids a much-needed voice.

 

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Some people think that once you hit a certain age, you should not be taking music lessons.  You’re too old to pick up the guitar!  The drums have passed you by!  That is wrong on so many levels.  Music does not pass you by.  It stays with you – in your pyrotechnic blood, in the pitter-patter of your heart palpitations.  If you are eighty-six-years-old and have always wanted to learn the guitar, come on down! 

It does not matter if you are eighty-six or six, because – as Plato puts it – “Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” Everyone has a soul that perks up when approached by music.  It is like falling in love for the first time over and over again.  Music lessons are perfect for all ages.  Not only will music lessons find their way into the secret places of your soul, they will also help your brain.

The health benefits are numerous and, depending on the student’s age, the benefits may be stronger.  In the article “Music lessons linked to lasting brain benefits” Katie Moisse of ABC News writes, “The study of 45 young adults found those with at least one year of childhood musical training had enhanced neurological responses to sound, a trait tied to improved learning and listening abilities.” Enhancing one’s neurological capabilities greatly enhances all areas of life.  The senses become sharper and the mind stronger.  A better listener is naturally a better learner.  Hearing notes (or noise) teaches the brain to look for patterns. 

Although the article explores the benefits of music lessons on younger children, lessons are neurologically good for people of all ages.  Want a more efficient brain?  Take some music lessons.  Want to explore the secret places of your soul?  Take some music lessons.  Music lessons will transform you into the Marco Polo of the soul. 

For Moisse’s article, look here: Music Lessons Linked to Lasting Brain Benefits.

-Thomas

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Music, when soft voices die; start taking lessons today

It is all around you, rollerblading on the air.  You cannot avoid it.  You start the day with it, as you step outside to grab the morning paper, your hand tightly wrapped around a coffee cup – the thorough chirps of birds greeting you.  How their collective song meets the exhaust thump of traffic.  It is as if your own personal DJ is remixing the sounds of morning for you.  That is how the day goes, immersed in noise and trying to seek solace in the sounds.  The music of the world carries you through the day and into night or, as Shelley writes, “Music, when soft voices die, / Vibrates in the memory - / Odours, when sweet violets sicken, / Live within the sense they quicken.” Where would we be without music?

For most – if not all – of us, not a day goes by that we do not listen to music, through either our iPods or the world around us.  It helps stabilize our souls and encourages us to push through life’s grime and muck.  A musician is like Santa Claus, gifting with every song, with every strum of the guitar.  Playing music benefits both the musician and the listener.  It is a perfect relationship.  Have you ever considered moving out from the realm of mere listener and picking up an instrument?

The line “music, when soft voices die” refers to the everlasting power of music; it is like a fossil deep in the mind.  When you unearth it, you are an archaeologist flung headfirst into the emotions of an era.  The more you dig, the more you learn.  Start taking lessons today and add to the archaeological study of the soul.  New Year, new you, new soul.

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  • Due to popular demand, the Fabulous School of Music is adding Ukulele lessons!

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Due to popular demand, the Fabulous School of Music is adding Ukulele lessons!

Everyone wants to play it and now we have Tom Carroll offering lessons on it.  It’s a fun instrument perfect for camping, sing-alongs and the little hands of children that may have difficulty with the size of a guitar.

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Welcome aboard, Liz!

The Fabulous School of Music is happy and proud to add Liz Kereakoglow to our Fabulous Faculty. Liz will be teaching violin, viola, cello, guitar, bass and piano, specializing in the younger students with her Suzuki certification. Welcome aboard, Liz!

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Welcoming Joe Pino & Rich Stevens

The Fabulous School of Music is happy to announce 2 new teachers that have just been added to the fabulous faculty. Introducing Joe Pino and Rich Stevens. Both are Berklee College of Music graduates. Joe will be teaching all levels and styles of Trumpet along with beginner/intermediate Piano. Rich will teach all levels and styles of guitar but he also specializes in Jazz Guitar. Welcome aboard fellas!

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Welcome aboard Chris!!!

We are happy to announce a new Guitar Teacher to the Fabulous Faculty!  He is Chris Galat and he will be teaching Thursday-Saturday at the Fabulous School of Music. Welcome aboard Chris!!! Check out his profile here.

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  • 2010 Fall Semester Songwriting Class w/Jenifer Tobiasz coming Oct. 4th @ 6pm!

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2010 Fall Semester Songwriting Class w/Jenifer Tobiasz coming Oct. 4th @ 6pm!

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  • Kemp Dunn is now teaching drums and hand percussion at the Fab School of Music!

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Kemp Dunn is now teaching drums and hand percussion at the Fab School of Music!

See Kemp’s teacher bio page for more info.

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  • Erin’s 1st night out with “Caspian”

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Erin’s 1st night out with “Caspian”


Played our first set last night.  Went very well.  Tuesday night in DC and had a full room.  Really looking forward to this tour.  Sold a bunch of merch and rocked some faces.  On to Virginia tonight and playing with our good friends “Gifts from Enola.”  Great band.  Check them out if ya can.  Van is running fine.  Gear is all in order.  Weather has been perfect.  No complaints.  The poster above was made specifically for this tour by a friend in Portland, Maine.  They were all individually screen printed and they are beautiful.

cheers ya’ll,

Erin

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  • The Fabulous School 2010 Fall Rock Ensembles are coming soon!

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The Fabulous School 2010 Fall Rock Ensembles are coming soon!

The Fab School presents “The 2010 Fall Semester Rock School” program once again!! We are happy to have teachers: Randy Leventhal, Julian Morelli and Erin Burke-Moran as our instructors.  The first meetings will be announced soon! All those interested in participating should attend either meeting to form the actual groups and schedule the weekly sessions. For more info or to sign up, click on the Ensembles heading and then “Fabulous School of Music Rock School Program”. Learn how to ROCK at the Fab School!!

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Erin Burke-Moran and Caspian on Tour this Spring

Hey ya’ll. 

      We’re heading out for another monumental, earth-shattering tour.  This time it’s almost three months of nothing but Rock ‘n Roll. We will be playing with Arms and Sleepers (Boston locals), Constants (also from Boston and also our dear, dear brothers), Red Sparrows (L.A.) and EF (Sweden) amongst many other great bands.  The first seven weeks will be spent in the US and the remaining time will be overseas.  We are so pumped for this one.  Our most recent album “Tertia” is doing really well.  We have been getting some pretty great press recently including a nice write-up in The Washington Post and a sweet interview/CD review in the hip music mag OUTBURN (issuse #52).  Also, one of our songs was featured in the Olympic coverage this past week!  Below is a list of our tour dates along with some press quotes.  There are still some more dates to be added as well.  It’s gonna be crazy.  Make sure to check back here.  I am going to be keeping you guys up to date on my travels with a tour blog.  We’re playing a show in Cambridge on the 27th of March.  It’s a Saturday night, so if you wanna check us out let me know and I’ll give you the details.  Just want to say that it is a great pleasure to spend time with you and to share in one of life’s greatest joys…music!!!  Keep rockin’ and don’t forget to be FABULOUS! 

Cheers.

OF TERTIA:

Nothing less than an exemplary and genuinly revelatory excercise in emotionally devastating post-rock. 8/10 - ROCKSOUND

Caspian, a Massachusetts post-rock crew, knows that “epic” doesn’t have to mean an album of five 16+ minute songs, and the crew have the melodies to prove it. - BROOKLYN VEGAN

This batch of songs is anchored by brilliant, restless songwriting. No boring twenty-minute crescendos here. Tertia is full of surprises… There’s scarcely a better post-rock record on the horizon. 9/10 - PREFIXMAG

Tertia is just as effective when it sparkles as when it storms. Caspian has the instrumental firepower to make a big noise when it feels like it. But the melodies, timbres and harmonics are so fully realized that “Tertia” would be mighty, even without its climaxes. - THE WASHINGTON POST

A dense work of post-rock with purpose. - RHAPSODY


North America
2.27 Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears Place
3.9 Washington DC @ Black Cat **
3.10 Harrisonburg, VA @ Blue Nile **
3.11 Johnson City, TN @ The Hide Away **
3.12 Nashville, TN @ The Muse **
3.14 Orlando, FL @ Wills Pub **
3.16 New Orleans, LA @ Dragons Den **
3.17 Shreveport, LA @ The Rustic Cowboy **
3.18 Houston, TX @ The Mink **
3.19 Austin, TX @ SXSW Festival
3.20 Austin, TX @ SXSW Festival
3.21 Austin, TX @ SXSW Festival
3.23 Tucson, AZ @ TBA **
3.24 Scottsdale, AZ @ Rouge Bar **
3.25 Los Angeles, CA @ Pehrspace **
3.26 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe **
3.27 San Francisco, CA @ TBA **
4.1 Murray, UT @ SHO **
4.2 Denver, CO @ 3 Kings **
4.3 Albequerque, NM @ Winnings **
4.5 Austin, TX @ Mohawk **
4.6 Dallas, TX @ Lounge on Elm Street **
4.7 Kansas City @ Record Bar **
4.8 Vernon, IA @ Orange Carpet **
4.10 Champaign, IL @ Mike N Mollys **
4.11 Fort Wayne, IN @ TBA **
4.13 Toronto, ON @ Rancho Relaxo **
4.14 Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange **
4.15 New York, NY @ Webster Hall Studio **
4.16 Philadelphia, PA @ Northstar Bar **
4.18 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop ^
4.21 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall ^
4.22 Madison, WI @ High Noon ^
4.23 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar ^
4.24 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr. ^
4.26 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge ^
4.27 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge ^
4.29 Seattle, WA @ Neumos ^
4.30 Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore Cabaret ^
5.1 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne ^
5.2 Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall ^

Europe
5.5 Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera #
5.6 Njimegen,Netherlands @ Doornrosjie #
5.7 Koln, Germany @ Gebaude 9 #
5.8 Karlsruhe, Germany @ Jubez #
5.9 Weisbaden, Germany @ Schalctof #
5.10 Bochum, Germany @ BHF Langendreer #
5.11 Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang #
5.12 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen #
5.13 Aarhus, Denmark @ Voxhall #
5.14 Malmo, Sweden @ Debaser Malmo #
5.15 Warsaw, Poland @ Basen Artystyyczny # *
5.16 Poznan, Poland @ Pod Minoga # *
5.17 Krakow, Poland @ Lodz Kaliska # *
5.18 Prague, Czech Republic @ Chapeau Rouge #
5.19 Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea #
5.20 Wurzburg, Germany @ Cafe Cairo #
5.21 Leipzig, Germany @ Wave Gothik Theatre
5.22 Athens, Greece @ An Club

** = with Arms and Sleepers
^ = with Red Sparowes
# = with Constants
* = with Ef

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Music Theory Class with Phil Dubnick is coming soon to the Fab School!

The Fabulous School of Music proudly presents “Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Music Theory But Were Afraid To Ask” w/Phil Dubnick.  Classes will start March 4th at 7:00pm and will run 8 weeks to April 22nd.  Have music theory questions?  Phil’s got the answers.  For a complete description of the class or to sign up, click here.

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More Joe Satriani Tips

Here’s is another quick lesson from Joe Satriani:

This video originally appeared in Guitar One magazine, which I believe no longer exists, otherwise I’d link to it’s site.

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Bluesy E7 Lick

This is my first free online guitar lesson video.  It’s geared more towards intermediate to advanced players, but hopefully everyone can get a little something out of it - it’s a cool lick, if I do say so myself, and whether you understand the theory or not, I think you’ll it very useful in a number of situations.

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New Faculty member Ellen Allen, teaching violin, viola

We are proud to announce our newest teacher, Ellen Allen to the Fabulous Faculty!! Ellen teaches violin including Suzuki method for the young students, as well as viola, voice and piano. Ellen is a graduate of Gordon College and will be taking students immediately. Welcome aboard Ellen!

Learn more about Ellen Allen

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Phil Dubnick has produced a Free Guitar lesson on Line.

Phil Dubnick, a very talented teacher, singer, guitarist, producer, recording engineer as well as a Teacher here at the Fab School has produced a Free Guitar lesson on Youtube. If you want to sign up for Guitar Lessons with Phil, call us at 978-927-0FAB.

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