Archive for the ‘Music’ Category


In Today’s News

April 24, 2017

Aaron Robinson

In the Portland Press Herald yesterday Bob Keyes wrote an article about the work of Aaron Robinson. I am so proud of Aaron and the work he has done over the years. He is a former student of mine. The following is an excerpt from the article which you can read entirely at

Maine composer Aaron Robinson was reminded of Bernstein’s words while listening to media reports in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris in the fall of 2015 that killed 130 people and injured 400 more. “One of the people interviewed was quoted as saying, ‘We’ve become numb with sorrow,’ ” Robinson said. “When I heard ‘numb with sorrow,’ I was already creating in my head.”



Maine Music and Health

April 19, 2017

April 21

Kate Beever is THRILLED to be performing the entirety of Paul Simon’s Graceland album next Friday in Portland. I’ve got a great group of musicians and singers joining me to pay homage to this album as well as a few other Simon hits.

Come prepared to dance! More information and tickets are available by CLICKING HERE!



April 16, 2017



Midcoast Music Academy

April 13, 2017

Making music

I had the opportunity recently to visit the Midcoast Music Academy (MCMA), a community music school located at 279 Main Street, downtown Rockland. I walked in to a space that breathed music like a dragon breathes fire. It was a warm feeling with tons of energy. I was greeted by the director and founder Tom Ulichny. He and his wife Anne Bardaglio established the academy in 2012 and they are fully committed to providing music lessons to community members of all ages. In their words: “And when we say “community music school” we mean it: we believe that an exceptional music education should be available to any committed student, regardless of financial constraints”.

They provide the highest quality music instruction to students of all ages and skill levels in a fun, relaxed, and creative environment. MCMA emphasizes access to music education regardless of financial constraints and combines the fundamentals of music – theory, notation, and ear training – with a contemporary approach to learning. At MCMA, they believe students should learn to play what they love and love what they play.

The academy offers both private & group instruction for all ages on a wide variety of instruments including acoustic and electric guitar, drums, world percussion, bass guitar, double bass, piano, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, voice, violin, viola, and ukulele. They’ve established a scholarship program to be sure that lack of funding doesn’t get in the way of learning opportunities.

In addition they work collaboratively with other organizations in the midcoast including schools and organizations to support and enhance the existing music education programs. Tom and Anne are also committed to adding value to the community by bringing professional musicians to the area for short visits providing concerts/programs and long term as well.

Tom says: ”Music is truly a universal language, and is one of the most powerful tools we can use to communicate with each other and build community. It breaks down all barriers; whether that’s social, political, racial… and it builds confidence, promotes active listening, and empowers students of all ages. MCMA is passionate about spreading music education and keeping it accessible to all who are interested in developing these skills, regardless of financial constraints.

The midcoast is fortunate to have MCMA as part of the community. Stop by and say hi to Tom and take a tour of their beautiful space with several studios to make beautiful music. To learn more check out their website by CLICKING HERE.


In Today’s News

April 10, 2017

Music man White keeps tunes flowing as leader of band

This is a great great great article about Medomak Valley High School senior Patrick White.

From the article… During Medomak Valley High School home varsity basketball games this winter, the Panthers had many student-athletes they looked at to help guide the teams to success on the court, but to keep the music flowing, and the energy in the gymnasium festive and upbeat during timeouts and halftime, there was only one leader of the band and that young man was Patrick White.

White, an 18-year-old senior, was the guiding force behind the pep band as he and his small, dedicated group of music-loving schoolmates kept the tunes flowing and gave games a fun, dramatic, almost big-time collegesque-flair.

White said: “Having the opportunity to direct and be a part of such an amazing group of people is something I don’t think I’ll ever forget,” he said. “It’s funny, because you’d think that playing with a band and playing a sport are two totally different things, but I really think that in a lot of aspects they’re actually the same. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to break a full-court press, or if you’re running the same four measures of a certain song over and over again to get the timing right: you need a lot of patience, practice, and persistence if you’re going to be successful.”

“Probably one of the biggest skills you need to have in either activity is the ability to be a good listener, because, frankly, we’re all wrong way more than we like to think we are. Hearing and implementing what everyone has to say not only helps you see things in a different light, but in the long run will make everyone happier and more successful. At the end of the day you’re a team, regardless of whether your pregame huddle is in a locker room or next to a drum set.”

To read the entire article written by Ken Waltz CLICK HERE.



April 7, 2017

Maine Academy of Modern Music

Why wait until summer to rock out at camp?  The Maine Academy of Modern Music is proud to announce it will be hosting a Rock Camp in Portland over the April school vacation week.

The camp will run Monday to Friday from 9 am – 3:30 pm and will be held at MAMM’s building located at 125 Presumpscot Street in Portland.  The camp is open to students ages 11 and up and space is limited. Register by CLICKING HERE.

In addition, MAMM is offering a camp in Waterville. CLICK HERE for registration information.



In Today’s News

April 6, 2017

 Mark Manduca – Old Orchard Beach High School Music Teacher

From the Journal Tribune, written by Cierra Albert. Read about 17 year veteran music teacher Mark Manduca who said: “I’ve always viewed my job as more than just teaching music. I think that my main purpose is to build good citizens,” he said. “Music is a vehicle that I use to help teach those values, but no one subject rules the roost”. Read the entire article by CLICKING HERE.

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