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Passion Pulse Vol 1 Issue 5

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Gearing up for INVINCIBLE!
Tickets are going quickly for our Winter Showcase featuring Invincible, coming up in just one month! Trust us when we say you want to be a part of this event. Invincible will tell an important story and will touch on important themes like bullying, friendship, identity, strength, courage and hope. It will also help kick off the official launch of Passion Arts Foundation. We’re asking for your help in finding sponsorships for the show’s expenses so that 100% of the proceeds can go towards Passion Arts Foundation, providing scholarships for students whose lives could be impacted by the arts but can’t afford it. It is a great way to give back, but also to see a great show that we know will make an impact on your own life. Help us find sponsorships, buy your tickets and help make Invincible incredible! Invincible is playing December 17, 2017 at 4:00PM at Godwin High School. See you there!

Proceeds for Invincible benefit Passion Arts Foundation, the Bridging RVA 150 Beds for 150 Kids campaign and the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation.

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In addition to Invincible, on December 9, 2017 at 2:00PM at Stony Point Church, we will ALSO be having a live music showcase featuring all of our music students. All the details as well as registration can be found here. This is a great opportunity for family and friends to come see how your student is progressing, and undoubtedly to hear a few versions of your favorite Christmas songs. But be sure to register and be sure you’ve had a conversation with your student’s mentor so you know what your child is playing or singing and how to help them prepare.

REGISTER HERE

 
Holiday Closures
As you probably guessed, both of our Passion locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. But please take note that we ARE running normal lessons and classes the rest of that week, including Black Friday and the weekend of November 25-26, 2017. Please email status@passionacademy.net with any scheduling needs or requests, keeping in mind that the more continuity for your student the better, and that make-up lessons are always the way to go over canceling a lesson entirely.

 

Gratitude in an Age of Fear

Have you ever stopped to think about all the things you’re afraid of? Don’t make a list, it will scare you. But there really are a lot of things that keep us up at night and stressed out during the day, especially these days! We almost think, “how can we not be afraid?” Enter Thanksgiving, a time of good food, family, fun…and hopefully gratitude. But even though we know we should live in a state of gratitude, even though we are constantly reminded about it, even in our age of fear and especially at this time of year, it still can seem incredibly hard to do. So maybe we should start small.

The other day my family and I were at Short Pump Shopping Center. We came to ride the train, we stayed for Christmas. It was nap time for our 3-month old, but for our 3-year old it truly was the most wonderful time of the year! After we crossed the parking lot I found myself chasing my daughter through a shady corridor of shops, and then she saw it…”EEEEEEK!! Daddy, it’s SOOOO BIG!!” Is there any sound sweeter to a parent’s ear than the sound of pure delight, of unencumbered joy? The tree really was big, but can you imagine how it looks to a 3-year old?! We rode the train, played on the playground, threw coins in the fountain, made a quick, first time exploratory stop at Santa’s place. But, as we headed back to the car I knew that the highlight of the day was the moment she first saw the colossal Christmas tree.

See for a child, his or her gratitude, their sense of wonder and joy is infinitely bigger than their fears. And inside all of us is a child’s voice, calling us to be excited, to be expectant as if every morning is Christmas, to serve and to love and to share as if everything we give away will indeed come back to us and then some, to live gratefully by living joyfully, to live in wonder and in hope. You might say it’s God living right in the center of us, constantly calling us to come aside and take a look at the awe-inspiring tree we call living and to be overwhelmingly grateful that it’s been set up for us to take in, to inspire us and challenge us to live every day to approach every situation as if we don’t have a care in the world!

A big, grateful and peace-filled Thanksgiving wish from our Passion family to yours. Thank you for sharing your children with us, they help change our perspective every day!



Practicing with Your Children

As the holidays rush upon us, and speaking of your kids and our students, we’d like to encourage you to take advantage of both their time off, and hopefully some well deserved time off for you, by sitting down and practicing with your child. Not only is it a great opportunity for you to spend what might be some much needed quality time with your kids, but studies have actually shown that the more parents are involved with their child’s practicing, lessons and homework, the more likely that child will not only enjoy a closer relationship with you, but that they will experience more success and satisfaction with their craft.

In fact, the Australian Journal of Music Education, during a 2011 study looking at parent involvement regarding both practicing and lessons, they found that…

– The majority of students welcomed their parents being at their lessons.
– The majority of parents enjoyed helping their children practice.
– Contrary to popular belief, there was no significant difference between a parent’s’ own musical prowess or knowledge and their child’s success. What made the difference was simply the parents’ involvement.
– The largest factor contributing to student success was the level of student effort put into learning. Therefore, parent involvement was more effective and more necessary for younger children, the younger the child the more direct parent involvement needed.

So between the turkey and the pumpkin pie this year, be sure to take some time to show everyone that, not only is your child progressing, but that you are progressing as a parent, perfecting that delicate balance between time with your kids and the rest of life’s demands. Remember that it really is true what they say, you don’t get these days back, so make the most of them while they’re here.

Passion Pulse Vol 1 Issue 2

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Hello again to our Passion Community, and welcome to the second edition of Passion Pulse, our monthly newsletter where you get to hear the heartbeat of what’s happening at Passion Academy. It’s been an exciting summer, so let’s get right into all the goings on.

Passion Academy Voted #1 in Richmond Magazine

Have you seen the latest edition of Richmond Magazine? If not, be sure to pick one up and check out pages 182 and 158. You’ll see something that we hope makes you very proud. Passion Academy has just been honored by the voters in Richmond for having the “Best Music Classes for Adults” and the “Best Music Classes for Children”! Not only that, Passion also won 3rd place in the “Best Dance Classes for Children” and “Best Local Summer or Day Camp Program” category. A big thank you to all who voted for us and to all our Passion Academy supporters! We are indeed proud of the Passion brand, and we’re so glad that you are too!


And while we’re on the subject, allow us to make one final plug for our last music camp of the summer, our Drum Camp going on next week August 14-18. There’s still space though, so be sure to enroll right away if you’re interested!


Passion Academy is proud to announce the first annual Passion Arts Foundation Annual Benefit Concert this Saturday evening, August 12 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Independence Golf Club. Come enjoy an evening of musical performances by Passion Academy students and mentors, first-class cuisine provided by Tavern 19 and exclusive ‘Passion Symphony’ Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches, all for a great cause!


Have you heard of Passion Arts Foundation? It really is a part of what we do at Passion, and something that we would like more people to know about, so please mention it to someone the next chance you get. Passion Arts Foundation is the non-profit wing of Passion Academy, and it has one clear, distinct and very important purpose, to help provide outstanding quality music education experience for anyone who needs it but can’t afford it.

Currently we are working to raise money to provide music lessons for Virginia Ventura. Virginia is 25 years old and lives in Fauquier County. She has been a paraplegic since the age of 6 due to Transverse Myelitis. She used to suffer from depression since the age of 14, but continues to get stronger every day. She now desires to live out her passions and goals in ways that she has always dreamed about, but had no motivation to pursue. She has always wanted to play violin, electric guitar, drums, saxophone and piano and is full of the courage, patience and desire to learn them all no matter how long it takes. Due to her medical ailments, she has a very limited income that restricts her ability to afford tuition. Now more than ever, she has the desire to do things that make her happy, and we want to help turn her desires into reality.


With your help, Passion Arts Foundation will be able to provide a scholarship for Virginia’s music education. So please come join us at Independence this Saturday, August 12 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for a night of great music for an even greater cause. Tickets are $10 per person.

RSVP HERE

The Passion Story

Did you know that the word “passion” comes from the latin word, “patior” which means “to suffer”? And did you also know that the context of the word centers around being willing to suffer for a purpose?

“When you are truly passionate, you are pushed along by your desire, to the point where you are willing to endure pain, suffering, and loss for the object which is the focus of your attention” (The Etymology of Passion)

Passion isn’t just about liking something, it’s about being willing to sacrifice for the thing or the person or the dream or the life that is more important to you than whatever it is you’re giving up.

In the last edition of the Passion Pulse, we promised to tell you the Passion Story. But this summer our fearless founders have been crankin’ away getting our West End location ready for the next chapter. So, in the meantime, while we’re still compiling that piece for you, we thought it would be fun for you to get to know a little bit more about a couple of guys who truly understand what it means to be “passionate”, both as musicians and as business owners, but most importantly as people. These guys have truly experienced the sacrifices, the hard work, the disappointments and rewards that come from following your dreams. So here’s a little “did you know” about our own Daniel Johannesson and Derek Smith.

~Did you know that Derek was born in Japan and Daniel was born in Sweden?

~Did you know that both Daniel and Derek have been married for over 10 years! Daniel and Katie for 12 years, and Derek and Deb for 18 years. Both of them knew their wives for at least 4 years before getting married. Daniel and Katie were together for four years before getting married, and Derek and Deb actually met in middle school in Bismarck, ND. And now, they both have 2 kids.

~Did you know that both of their wives are artists in their own right? Daniel’s wife Katie is trained in music and theater studies, and Deb has her degree in visual communications and graphic design.

~Did you know that Daniel toured professionally before settling down? He lived in New York performing on and off Broadway for several years.

~Did you know that both Daniel and Derek excelled at sports when they were younger before getting heavily involved in music? At 14 years old Daniel was the 5th fastest in his country in track jand field (that’s “country” not “county”). And Derek was, by points, the 3rd ranked BMX rider in the country at 8 years old.

~Did you know that both Derek and Daniel share a passionate relationship with God, and that both have powerful testimonies of how they discovered God and their faith?

~Did you know that Daniel and Derek both serve regularly on the worship teams at their churches? Daniel is the worship leader of the James River campus of Bon Air Baptist Church and Derek serves as a drummer at Hope Church.

Thank you guys for helping us understand the meaning of “passion” and for being passionate about us!

West End Construction Moving QUICKLY!

Our West End remodeling project is moving ahead at full speed and right on schedule as we get ready for the next chapter of our story. Many of you have experienced our new lobby already. What do you think? Comfortable and inviting?

Well there’s lots more to come. Construction is already in full swing on the new recording studio, and after that the band room becomes our much anticipated second dance studio! The best part is that all of this will be completed just in time for our fall season to kick off, and just in time to welcome our new world-renown dance instructor Daniel Swanepoel and his wife. They are going to be an amazing edition to our team and we would love for you to get to know them. Check out all their bio information and be sure to stop by the West End location to get a tour of the new digs!

The Music Parents’ Guide – Anthony Mazzochi

Do you remember the first time you ever learned how to play a musical instrument ? I don’t consider myself to have an outstandingly detailed long-term memory. I’m one of those, “I think that happened somewhere between five and ten years old” kind of people. But I do remember the first time I played the piano. I remember how it felt, what the teacher taught me, what the room looked like…everything!

There really is something special about the first time you learn an instrument. It’s like going underwater for the first time…a whole new world opens up. And, for any budding music students, the million dollar question (and for parents this can mean quite literally the “million dollar” question) is…which musical instrument should I play? How do you figure this out? Does it matter what instrument my child picks? How do we go about the process? Here are some hopefully helpful tips taken directly from The Music Parents’ Guide

  • The first step is the most crucial: picking an instrument that suits your child’s identity and personality and picking one that they want to play.
  • The most important thing is to have the student be involved in the process.
  • The second most important thing is to be aware of the many instruments available.
  • It is crucial that your child start by playing an instrument that they are excited about learning.
  • No one can make an educated decision about the instrument that they want to study without hearing it played beautifully. So be sure to give your child the opportunity to hear whatever instrument or instruments they’re interested in played well.
  • One of the biggest reasons students quit playing their instruments is unnecessary frustration. Instruments are challenging enough to begin with, so any physical limitations that could be avoided should be considered ahead of time.
  • All said and done, if a student really loves a particular instrument’s sound, you need to go with that!

As always, you can pick up a copy of Anthony Mazzochi’s book at either one of our locations. But in addition, we hope you will continue to initiate these kinds of conversations with the leadership at Passion or with your student’s mentor. We love to help guide people through the process because we love it when students truly discover their passion. It’s what we do!

Until next time…

What is Creation Explorers?

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DSC_7501 - Version 2Children are constantly discovering God’s creation as they explore the natural world. This class introduces preschool age children to how God magnificently created the wonderful world that we live in. The is a preschool enrichment class that meets twice per week for 2 1/2 hours allowing time for lessons, activities, and play.

2 to 3 Year Olds
Tuesday and Thursday
9:00am to 11:30am

4 to 5 Year Olds
Monday and Wednesday
9:00am to 11:30am

OBJECTIVES:

1. To foster your child’s curiosity about the masterful works of our Creator through scripture, music, dance, various art projects, and science experiments.

2. To help your children develop a love for God and His word by using a richly illustrated and simply written Children’s Bible and reading to them a new story every week. Various other children’s books will also be included that relate to each weekly theme.

3. To become secure when separated from home and parents, develop positive social skills, and to develop trusting relationships with their teachers and most importantly, God.

The theme of our first class was The Treasure of Snow!

Most importantly, the children learned that sometimes we have to take a closer look to see the beautiful things God gives to us each day in such a busy world. We talked about how God asked a man named Job a long time ago if he has seen the treasury of the snow and that if you look closely at snowflakes with a microscope you can see that they truly are beautiful designs and a treasure!

We showed the children real pictures of beautiful snowflakes up close. We then talked about the meaning of treasure and how treasure isn’t just golden coins. It is anything that we think is beautiful and hold dear to our heart.

The children learned that God treasures us more than any of his creation, loves beautiful things and knows that we do too so he creates snow for us… One of His many wonderful creations! He made snowflakes beautiful and different, and he makes us beautiful and different! We thanked God for creating snow in a closing prayer.

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For more information or to enroll your child, contact:

Katie Johannesson
General Manager
katie@passionacademy.net
(804) 503-2010

 

The Treasure of Snow

 

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We painted with Christmas tree branches! The children enjoyed adding snow to their trees and sprinkling our snow mix on top.

 

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We enjoyed a yummy snow cone treat! Snow is cold!!! Brrrr!

 

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The children played in “Sparkle Snow!” The were instructed to find 5 different snowflakes hidden in the mix for their “treasure bags!” They also had fun filling cloud shakers with snow and making it snow.

 

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Story time

 

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We discussed fun things we can do in the snow! The children enjoyed playing with white, sparkly, peppermint play dough. They made snowballs, snowmen, and snowflakes using sparkly pipe cleaners and q-tips!

 

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The children learned about God’s water cycle, and how snowflakes are formed. We started on ground as water with blue dancing ribbons, then slowly rose to become clouds. Then we became frozen because of the cold winter and fell as snowflakes. We danced “The Snowflake Waltz” and then we slowly fell to the ground. We then blanketed the ground with snow using white sheets and we went on a sleigh ride with jingle bells! The children were instructed to freeze and quiet their bells every time the music stopped.

 

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The children played with cotton balls and water, pretending the cotton balls were clouds. This process was a wonderful discovery of absorption, weight, floating and sinking.

 

Workshop Success

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This morning’s workshop was a tremendous success! We were quite surprised with the natural talent from each of the kids. Everyone was very eager to learn and the results were quite impressive! A big thanks to Hope Church for hosting and to all of the families that participated.

If you’d like more information about our next workshop, email info@passionacademy.net or call (804) 412-8100.

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Enjoy this brief video of today’s workshop experience!

The Treasure of Snow

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The Treasure of Snow

Bring your child to our Creation Explorers class this Saturday to discover and explore The Treasure of Snow! We will look closely at the beautiful and unique designs of snowflakes, learn how snowflakes are formed through literature and exciting sensory play, create snowflakes through art and enter a world of imagination and fun through music, instruments, and dance! Your child will look at snow differently after this very unique experience as we explore one of God’s truly amazing designs!

When:
Saturday December 7th
9:00am to 11:30am

Where:
Hope Church
12445 Patterson Ave
Richmond VA 23238Katie-Profile-Pic

For more information, contact:

Katie Johannesson
General Manager
katie@passionacademy.net
(804) 503-2010