Monday, May 18, 2015

Fall Music Series and Music Club

Updated 8/27/16 

YELP:  See the 5-Star rating and parent reviews
http://www.yelp.com/biz/jingle-jamboree-music-albany

Congratulations as Jingle Jeff was just named one of the Best Music Teachers in the Bay Area voted on by parents and Parents' Press Magazine for 2016

MUSIC CLUB
FALL REGISTRATION OPEN
(Scroll Down for more info)
(This may have one space or be full)

Scroll Down for Summer Camp Pics

What is the Kodály Method?
https://www.oake.org/about-us/the-kodaly-concept/



Jingle Jamboree Music
Fall Music Classes
Open for Registration
Dear Jingle Jamboree Parents,
I hope you are having a great summer.  I have had an amazing time in the summer music camps.  Take a look at all the fun on my blog:  jinglejamboree.blogspot.com - It's time to register for Fall Music Classes.  I hope the schedule works out for you this year.

The main classes will be offered on Fridays.  I am also offering Wednesday morning classes, so if Wednesdays are better for you it will be important that you spread the word, tell your friends and recruit others since Wednesdays are new.
FALL MUSIC CLASS SCHEDULE
    










 Fall Schedule
Wednesdays
9:00 am Toddlers (15 mo.-2 yrs)
    (7 spaces left)
10:00 am 2 and 3 Year Olds
    (8 spaces left)
11:00 am 4 and5 Yrs. Pre-K
      Beginning Music Reading
    (8 spaces left)

1:45 to 4:30 pm Music Club for Elementary Age Students in 
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades
    (1 space possibly open)
Waiting list after full - please email before registering.

Fridays
9:00 am Toddlers (15 mo.-2 yrs)
    (4 spaces left)

10:00 am 2 and 3 Year Olds
    (2 spaces left)

11:00 am 4 and 5 Yrs. Pre-K
      Beginning Music Reading
    (8 spaces left)

3:30 pm Infants
    (6 spaces left)
4:30 pm 4 and 5 Yrs. Pre-K
         Beginning Music Reading
    (8 spaces left)



Jingle Jeff was voted one of the best music teachers in the Bay Area!!
I was so excited to receive this honor which was voted on by parents.  Maybe some of you voted for me - thank you so much.  Please tell your friends as this is how I keep Jingle Jamboree Music classes going.  You receive a $25 rebate off your class price for each person you refer that enrolls.  
No need to register if you are a returning music student.  Just email Jeff at jeff@jinglejamboree.com
and let me know which class you are enrolling.




 Payment Methods
1 - Write a check made out to 
Jingle Jamboree Music mailed to music studio address below.  Please do not put an envelope under my house door as my dog will eat it.  You can use the mailbox.
2 - Pay invoice I send you from Square.
3 - Pay at PayPal.com using the email address jinglejamboree@yahoo.com



Albany

MUSIC CLUB
FALL REGISTRATION OPEN

Register Here:  jinglejamboree.com/camp/

Wednesdays 1:45 to 4:30 pm
(Pick up at Cornell and Marin Elementary) 
$145 per month 
Extended to 5:30 pm for $2.50 per 15 minutes

WHAT:  Music Club teaches music reading and writing through fun music games and activities
Children learn about instrumental percussion accompaniment
Children learn about band and orchestra instruments
Other activities include making a craft each week and having a small snack on arrival and a larger snack later
HOW:  Children learning music skills separately can progress much faster (melody, rhythm, music reading and writing)
WHO:  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders
(Kindergartners can preview the group to see if they 
are ready for the Music Club program)
WHERE:  Jingle Jamboree Music Studio
1016 Talbot Avenue in Albany
WHEN:  Wednesdays begins after minimum day
Beginning August 29
FEE:  $290 Registration fee (1st and Last Month)
$145 monthly (no payment in June)
TEACHER:  Jingle Jeff (aka Jeff Luna-Sparks) M.M.Ed./Kodály
Music Teacher in Albany Elementary Schools








Summer Camp Pictures

Lion King Jr. Advanced Broadway Musical
Session III














Miles sealed all the designs by ironing them!!  Thanks Miles
 Everyone in their cool new shirts with their own art work silk screened on

The lunch surprise!!  A pizza party, but what is in your lunch box?  It's not lunch!!









































The many faces of Jingle Jeff - "you're funny JJ"






We made tasty fun rainbow cupcakes on Fun Friday










Scenery & costumes underway













 We had to take a break from learning and practicing the musical.  Parachute time!!

Is that a pine needle in your hair?

DASHIKI












Summer 2016

Jingle Jamboree Music

presents

The Lion King Disney's

Broadway Jr.




Session One:  June 13 - 24, 2016

"Exploring Music" (5 spaces open)

Introduction to musical instruments (piano, trumpet, violin, trombone,

clarinet, flute, electric guitar, drum set, percussion), music reading and

 writing, music games

Session Two:  June 27 - July 8, 2016 (5 spaces open)

(No camp on July 4)

"Beginning Musical:  The Lion King Beginning Level"

9:00 am to 3:30 pm 
A great opportunity to develop theatrical and singing skills in a small environment.  This camp is a no-stress based musical theater program and is highly recommended for beginners and intermediate students.  In past years, many students have taken both musical camps and loved them.


Session Three:  July 11 - 22, 2016

Disney's The Lion King Broadway Jr.

Advanced Musical (2 openings left)

This musical has just been released for Elementary Age Children.  Past cast members are very excited to perform this beautiful Disney Musical arranged for this age group.  Don't miss out in registration.  This camp always fills up very fast.  Do not wait


Previous performance in Advanced Musical required,
audition or invitation from Jingle Jeff.
Students need to enroll in beginning musical or have previous experience in musicals to enroll in this camp


Extended Care $2.50 per 15 minutes

($10 per hour)


Register for Summer Camp NOW to lock in the price of just $675 May 1 - 15.  These camps always fill up early, so do not delay.




Extended Care Available

Hours  
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

No reservations necessary - just drop-in

$10 per hour and billed in 15 minute increments at $2.50

Pay for the time you need to have your child there



Session Two (Lion King Beginning)
Beginning Musical Lion King Cast
















































































 Making the masks was a 3-day project!!  And they are still not completed!!

















Baking Cookie Craft
Above is what the cookies were "supposed" to look like
and below is how they actually turned out.  We had a big laugh about this.  Someone asked:  "Won't the cookies all run together when they are baked?"  I said:  "Of course not, they will simply rise in place."  Well you can see below that they actually all connected.  How fun.









Big thank you to Amy & Erin who have attended camp since they were 6 years old.  Now they are CITs and decided to make costumes for the campers.  How fun is that?
Thank you Amy & Erin!!!











Session One

















































































Each child is working on their music writing book.
Campers are learning to write melodies and rhythms separately and then they are put together.  Children learn to read the relationships of the pitches which makes transposing into any key - a snap!


































































Spring Camp Pictures SCROLL DOWN

Spring Music Classes
March 21 to June 3, 2016
(No classes April 11 - 15)
Class Schedule

Infants - Ages 6 to 15 months

Fridays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. (3 openings)




TODDLERS  - Ages 15 mo. to 2 years

(Introduction to Instruments and Vocal Training)



(Full)  


Fridays, 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. (Full)



PRESCHOOL (Pre-Instrumental Training) - Ages: 2 and 3 years



(Full)  


Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.  

(Full)



PRE-KINDERGARTEN - Intro. to Music Reading and Writing

   Ages 4 and 5 years

Cancelled - Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11:55 am

Cancelled - Fridays 4:30 to 5:25 pm



After School Elementary Music

Thursdays 3:30 to 5:30 pm - "Music Club" (2 openings)








Spring Music Camp Photos:
Zoo at Ocean View Park
Laughter & Musical Fun Everyday
































 The Zoo at Ocean View Park



First craft - flower magnets

Fun in After Care - Special Treats!!!
FUN with percussion





February Camp Photos:






































Extended care fun



NEW SERIES:

Monday Music Classes

9:00 am Toddlers

10:00 am 2 and 3 Year Olds

REGISTER HERE

Toddler Tambourine 
Upcoming Classes
Class Schedule
Policies of Jingle Jamboree
INFORMATION
Music Classes
From Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kindergartners to Elementary Age children in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade

Musical fun for all ages.
Join me in Elementary After School programs designed to learn in a entertaining way after a long day at school.
Friday Music
Tea party
Holiday CAMPS
Kindergartners 
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade
(Dec. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 & 30
Feb. 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19
April 11,12,
13,14 & 15)
See BLOG
for more info.

Chinese song
UPCOMING STUDIO CLASSES


Winter CLASSES
January 20 through March 18, 2016
(No class Feb. 19)

Fee:  $225



   
Dear Friends,
There are still a few openings in the Winter Music Series, but classes will be closing very soon.  Don't delay in registering.

I hope you will join me (Jingle Jeff) as we extend our musical knowledge through singing-in-tune, keeping the beat, improvising rhythms, being playful and creating exciting musical activities.

Musically,
Jingle Jeff

Class Schedule

INFANTS  (5 spaces open)

Fridays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
Ages: 6 to 15 months ("Sign and Sing Part 2") 
 
TODDLERS - (3 openings)

Fridays, 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
Ages:  15 mo. to 2 years 

(Introduction to Instruments and Vocal Training)       

       

FULL - PRESCHOOL - FULL (Waiting List)

Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.

(Pre-Instrumental Training) - Ages: 2 and 3 years



PRE-KINDERGARTEN 

Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11:55 am- (CANCELLED)

Fridays 4:30 to 5:25 pm (4 openings)

(Into. to Music Reading and Writing)

Ages:  4 and 5 years

"I Can Read and Write Rhythm and Melodies introduction!"  (beginners welcome)



Kindergarten/First Grade Music

Wednesdays 4:30 to 5:30 pm (DELAYED)

Music Reading/Writing Level 2 - beginners welcome



After School Elementary Music



Thursdays 3:30 to 5:30 pm - "Music Club" -
    (2 openings)

Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade


Join me in waking up the Rickety Rockety Riding Horse in the Holiday and Winter Series

Policies of Jingle Jamboree Music

Refund Policy:  The 10-class fee is based on a $50 non-refundable (no exceptions) administrative fee.  Classes are then refunded 
according to the remaining amount.  Refund requests received two weeks prior to the beginning of the series or after will only be refunded if someone else takes your child's space in the class.  There are no refunds after the first class (no exceptions).  Partial credit can be given toward an upcoming class if illness prohibits the child from attending more than half the classes in the series.  Refunds require a minimum of two weeks to process. 

** PARKING:  To keep a "low impact" on the neighborhood, please park on Marin Avenue or at the corner of Talbot & Dartmouth where a public toddler park is located. 

 Drop ins:  One free preview per family.  The drop in charge is $25, and onlyby special arrangements with the teacher.  This includes siblings or friends who are not enrolled in a Jingle Jamboree Music class.  Enrolled sibling may attend classes at any time for free. 

Liability:  The children are under the supervision of their parent or caregiver at all times during the class, thus it is the parent/caregiver's sole responsibility should any injury occur.  Jingle Jamboree, its director and teachers are exempt from any liability in case anyone is injured during the class.  Audio/Video Recording: In order to honor copyrighted material, electronic recording is prohibited. 

Make Up Classes:Families should consider missed classes during family vacations as part of the vacation cost to the family.  Please consider changes to the social calendar as a choice not to attend classes.  Unfortunately, you cannot make up classes when your child is ill.  Partial credit can be given if an extended illness occurs during the series.  Please check with Jingle Jeff about this exception.
Jeffrey L. Luna-Sparks, M.M.Ed./Kodaly & Orff Level II
Jingle Jamboree Music Studio
1016 Talbot Avenue / Albany, CA 94706
(510) 334-8851 (Text or Talk)
Director
  • Jingle Jamboree Music 
  • Ocean View Elementary 1st-5th Grade Music
  • 4th & 5th Grade Musical Theater at Cornell, Ocean View & Marin Elementaries
Register links:
     For music classes:  
     For Elementary Music Camps & After School:

CAMPS??  Keep scrolling down


Classes and After School location:

All Classes are held in the Jingle Jamboree Music Studio:
1016 Talbot Avenue in Albany, California. 
When you arrive walk up the driveway on the left side of the house and walk through the large gate. Then walk straight ahead to the music studio.

How to Register for studio music classes:

1. For studio classes go to this link to  Register Online 

2. Complete your registration by mailing a check for $250 to:

Jingle Jamboree Music

1016 Talbot Avenue

Albany, CA 94706

(Please make checks payable to "Jingle Jamboree Music") 

3.  You will be emailed an invoice to pay online with any credit card using Square.

4. You can also pay with a credit card online at PayPal

5. Once you submit your registration online, your space will be held in the class for 7 days while 

payment is made then you will receive an email confirmation.


“The corpus callosum, the organ that carries communication between the two hemispheres of the brain (right brain/left brain) has been shown to be 10 to 15 percent larger in musicians who began music study before the age of six than in nonmusicians or even musicians who started music later in childhood. . . The planum temporale, the area of the brain that processes sound has been found to be larger in the left hemisphere of musicians than in nonmusicians.” - G. Schlaug, L. Jancke, Y. Huang and H. Steinmetz, “In Vivo Evidence of Structural Brain Asymmetry in Musicians,” Science, 267 (January-March 1995): 699-701

Discussions of this topic and further evidence are found in “Raising Musical Kids A Guide for Parents: by Robert A Cutietta. You can also google the title of the article above for more information (“In Vivo Evidence . . . “)
Information provided by Jingle Jamboree Music 2010
(Updated September 3, 2011)














Policies of Jingle Jamboree Music

Refund Policy: The 10-class fee is based on a $50 non-refundable (no exceptions) administrative fee. Classes are then refunded
according to the remaining amount. Refund requests received two weeks prior to the beginning of the series or after will only be refunded if someone else takes your child’s space in the class. There are no refunds after the first class (no exceptions). Partial credit can be given toward an upcoming class if illness prohibits the child from attending more than half the classes in the series. Refunds require a minimum of two weeks to process.
PARKING
No parking on Talbot Avenue in order to keep a 
"low impact" on the neighborhood.  Please park on Marin Avenue or at the corner of Talbot and Dartmouth near the public toddler park.
Liability: The children are under the supervision of their parent or caregiver at all times during the class, thus it is the parent/caregiver's sole responsibility should any injury occur. Jingle Jamboree, its director and teachers are exempt from any liability in case anyone is injured during the class.
Audio/Video Recording: In order to honor copyrighted material, electronic recording is prohibited.
Make Up Classes:  Families should consider missed classes during family vacations as part of the vacation cost to the family.  Please consider changes to the social calendar as a choice not to attend classes.  Unfortunately, you cannot make up classes when your child is ill.  Partial credit can be given if an extended illness occurs during the series.  Please check with Jingle Jeff about this exception.


# 2 - After School Music

Tuesdays 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Musical Theater begins Sept. 8

TUESDAYS: 10 openings remaining

  
   * Learn songs and lines from musicals

     * Learn choreography and simple dance moves
     * Learn music reading for melodies and rhythms
     * Music workbook included


     * Free practice CDs

    * Learn to use and make simple costumes that fit over 
        your clothes for easy changing from scene to scene
    * Spring culminating activity of writing your own musical
       (This is the highlight of the program as children love to           create their own characters, costumes and props for a           final performance for the parents.)
     * Helps in preparation for summer advanced musical

Fees for Musical Theater and Dance:  Reg. $250 first month for year long (Sept-May) program includes light snack and filtered water. Monthly fee $125. 30-day notice required to withdraw - reg fee includes first and last month.

SCROLL DOWN to register


Thursdays 3:30 to 5:30 pm

Music CLUB begins September 3

TUESDAYS: 7 openings remaining

Music Club has been one of the most popular after school music programs for elementary children ages Kindergarten through 5th Grade.  Children enjoy the following activities each week:

1.  Play fun music circle games
2.  Enhance singing in-tune abilities
3.  Learn to read and write music through fun games
4.  Enjoy a snack
5.  Make fun crafts often related to music activities
6.  Explore a variety of music styles including folk, pop, rap, and Broadway musicals.

Fees for Music Club:  Reg. $250 first month for year long (Sept-May) program includes light snack and filtered water. Monthly fee $125. 30-day notice required to withdraw - reg fee includes first and last month.


After School Music Registration

PLEASE NOTE:  To register for After School Music above please follow the procedure listed below:

1.  Fill out the registration form at this link:




2.  Complete your registration by mailing a check for $250 to:

Jingle Jamboree Music

1016 Talbot Avenue

Albany, CA 94706

(Please make checks payable to "Jingle Jamboree Music"

3.  Pay the invoice emailed to you through Square with any credit card online.

4.  You can also pay with a credit card online at PayPal


5.  Once you submit your registration online, your space will be held in the class for 7 days while payment is made.  You will receive an email confirmation when payment is complete. 



Summer Music Camps
$750 for all two-week camps

One-day drop-in $75
One week camp - $375

LOCATION:

All Classes are held in the Jingle Jamboree Music Studio:
1016 Talbot Avenue in Albany, California. 
When you arrive walk up the driveway on the left side of the house and walk through the large gate. Then walk straight ahead to the music studio.

SESSION THREE
"The Sound of Music"
































July 13 - July 24, 2015







































































First rehearsal for Sound of Music III
Scroll down to see the cast -  They did a great job preparing for the show in advance.  The cast sounded amazing today on the first day.  Thank you Cordy & Adri for setting up the cast!!
Cordy is the Director of the Musical









SESSION TWO
"The Sound of Music"
June 29 - July 10, 2015







Pretzel Nose Crown

Pretzel ear ring
 What is in my lunch?  Surprises on the Pizza Party Day as parents pack funny things in the lunch box.

















CIT Henry brings rockets to celebrate the last day of camp!!
Thank you Henry - this was sooooo nice of you & how fun!! 










































































SESSION ONE
"Exploring Music"
June 15 - 26, 2015

What a fun group of campers!!
They set many "firsts" and what FUN we had.  These were not posed pictures!!


Dear Indugu plays for the campers
(see dearindugu.com)


























Lunch box surprise day








CRAFTS


Maypole

Playing trumpet










Playing trombone








 Awwww what a sweet note!!!

One of our fun crafts!!

Visiting Ifshin Violin
































Refer a friend and get $50 back!!!

http://www.jinglejamboree.com/camp/



SUMMER CAMPS 2015




More information below - scroll down

WHY take music classes for two years?
(See amazing new research below)


Or Register online:

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“The corpus callosum, the organ that carries communication between the two hemispheres of the brain (right brain/left brain) has been shown to be 10 to 15 percent larger in musicians who began music study before the age of six than in nonmusicians or even musicians who started music later in childhood. . . The planum temporale, the area of the brain that processes sound has been found to be larger in the left hemisphere of musicians than in nonmusicians.” - G. Schlaug, L. Jancke, Y. Huang and H. Steinmetz, “In Vivo Evidence of Structural Brain Asymmetry in Musicians,” Science, 267 (January-March 1995): 699-701

Discussions of this topic and further evidence are found in “Raising Musical Kids A Guide for Parents: by Robert A Cutietta. You can also google the title of the article above for more information (“In Vivo Evidence . . . “)
Information provided by Jingle Jamboree Music 2010

(Updated September 3, 2011)


Policies of Jingle Jamboree Music

Refund Policy: The 10-class fee is based on a $50 non-refundable (no exceptions) administrative fee. Classes are then refunded
according to the remaining amount. Refund requests received two weeks prior to the beginning of the series or after will only be refunded if someone else takes your child’s space in the class. There are no refunds after the first class (no exceptions). Partial credit can be given toward an upcoming class if illness prohibits the child from attending more than half the classes in the series. Refunds require a minimum of two weeks to process.
PARKING
Albany:  No parking on Talbot Avenue in order to keep a 
"low impact" on the neighborhood.  Please park on Marin Avenue or at the corner of Talbot & Dartmouth near the public toddler park.
Drop ins: Preview classes are $25 each.  The drop in charge is $25, and only by special arrangements with the teacher. This includes siblings or friends who are not enrolled in a Jingle Jamboree Music class. Enrolled sibling may attend classes at any time for free.
Liability: The children are under the supervision of their parent or caregiver at all times during the class, thus it is the parent/caregiver's sole responsibility should any injury occur. Jingle Jamboree, its director and teachers are exempt from any liability in case anyone is injured during the class.
Audio/Video Recording: In order to honor copyrighted material, electronic recording is prohibited.
NEW POLICY - Make Up Classes:  Families should consider missed classes during family vacations as part of the vacation cost to the family.  Please consider changes to the social calendar as a choice not to attend classes.  Unfortunately, you cannot make up classes when your child is ill.  Partial credit can be given if an extended illness occurs during the series.  Please check with Jingle Jeff about this exception.






























WHY take music classes for two years?
(See amazing new research below)

  • Study: Music Education Could Help Close The Achievement Gap Between Poor And Affluent Students

Posted: Updated: 
PHOTO 3

Closing the achievement gap between low-income and affluent students could be as simple as do-re-mi.
In a study out Tuesday from Northwestern University, researchers looked at the impact of music education on at-risk children’s nervous systems and found that music lessons could help them develop language and reading skills. The study is the first to document the influence of after-school music education on the brains of disadvantaged children, as opposed to affluent children receiving private lessons.
Researchers from the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern spent two summers with children in Los Angeles who were receiving music lessons throughHarmony Project, a non-profit organization providing free music education to low-income students. In order to document how music education changed children’s brains, students were hooked up to a neural probe that allowed researchers to see how children “distinguished similar speech sounds, a neural process that is linked to language and reading skills,” according to a press release.
photo 1
Photo of Harmony Project student, courtesy of Dr. Nina Kraus.
Students from the study, ages six to nine, were divided into two groups. The first group consisted of children who received two years of music education by the end of the study, while the second group of children had only received one year of lessons. This led researchers to discover that children’s brains only started to respond to the music education after two years of lessons. One year was not enough to have a definitive impact.
“We used a quick but powerful neural probe that allowed us to gauge speech processing with unprecedented precision. With it, we found that the brain changes only followed two years of music training,” Dr. Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, said in a press release. “These findings are a testament that it’s a mistake to think of music education as a quick fix, but that if it’s an ongoing part of children’s education, making music can have a profound and lifelong impact on listening and learning.”
photo 2
Photo of Harmony Project students, courtesy of Dr. Nina Kraus.
Leaders at Harmony Project approached the researchers after the non-profit observed that their students were performing much better than other public school students in the area. Since 2008, over 90 percent of high school seniors who participated in Harmony Project’s free music lessons went on to college, even though the high school dropout rates in the surrounding Los Angeles areas can reach up to 50 percent, according to a Northwestern press release.
“Now we know this success is rooted, at least in part, in the unique brain changes imparted by making music,” Dr. Margaret Martin, founder of Harmony Project, said in the press release.
Kraus told The Huffington Post that the study could be a case for expanding music education in school.
“It would appear that music is an effective strategy for helping to close the achievement gap,” Kraus said. “What seems to be happening is that this experience of making music is helping to create a more efficient brain, a brain that is going to be able to help a person learn and communicate, especially through sound.”
The Harmony Project and the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory have teamed up before to study how music education impacts students’ grades. Researchers previously showed that after one year, second-grade students participating in Harmony Project maintained or improved their grades. This compares to peers from the same schools whose grades’ dipped after not participating in music lessons.
“Existing research indicates that kids from poor homes are not learning to read in the first four years of school –- while kids from middle-class and affluent homes are,” Martin previously told The Atlantic. “Given the importance of reading in achieving an education, this finding is stunning.”