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Helen Fall Performance Bio
How Does Music Benefit the Brain?
Research shows that music greatly benefits the brain. Read the article.
Studies reveal musical training in childhood aids language learning ability
Just one hour a week of musical interaction greatly increases linguistic aptitude, even into adulthood. Read the article from The Strad magazine.
New Statistics Linking Music Education to Cognitive Development
That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket
From Forbes Magazine: Big tech employers are widening their hiring horizons beyond the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. Larry Quinlan, Deloitte’s chief information officer, argues in favor of “STEAM,” in which the A stands for the arts. “It’s not enough to be technologically brilliant,” Quinlan says. “We need senior people who understand business processes, too.” Read more.
Arts Education Fuels the Economy
We all know that studying music and art is good for your brain, but did you know that the arts are also good for the economy? Read why here.
A Musical Fix for American Schools
NO LESSONS APRIL 15-18
Following the Fairfax County Public Schools Spring Break schedule, there will be no lessons April 15-18. Enjoy your vacation! But…do Keep Practicing!! :-)
PERFORMANCE MASTERCLASS #8
This masterclass will be devoted to preparation for District Solo & Ensemble Festivals and the NVMTA Strings-Only Judged Recital.
Due to Solo & Ensemble Festivals in District 10 and 12 on the same day, Mrs. Doris MacDonald will come to the beginning of the Group A masterclass to accompany Maddie.
Performance selections and order have been posted on the upcoming events calendar on this web page.
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: STUDENTS
Friday, April 26 District 12 Solo & Ensemble Festival Franklin Middle School Paul will perform the 1st movement of Israeli Concertino by George Perlman Cady will perform Meditation from Thaïs by Jules Massene t John will perform Elegie by Alexander Glazunov
Friday, April 26 District 10 Solo & Ensemble Festival Holmes Middle School Maddie will perform Berceuse by Ilyinsky Due to the direct conflict with the District 12 Festival, Mrs. Doris MacDonald will be Maddie’s pianist for this performance.
Sunday, April 28 NVMTA Strings-Only Judged Recital Woman’s Club of Arlington David will perform Ziegeunerweisen by Sarasate John will perform Dance of the Knights from the Prokofiev ballet, Romeo & Juliet OR Elegie by Alexander Glazunov Tyler will perform Elegie by Henri Vieuxtemps
KUDOS TO STELLAR STUDENTS!!
The entire Fall Studio performed at the 2019 Springfield Music Club Annual Spring Festival on March 8th. The twelve students in the studio performed a total of 34 musical selections in 22 events, representing four categories (Violin Solo, Violin Concerto, Viola Solo, and Viola Concerto)! The judges’ comments were super helpful, and scored the students with 20 Superior Ratings and 2 Excellent Ratings. Mrs. Fall is extremely pleased that EIGHT Gold Cups will be awarded at the Studio Spring Recital on May 19th!! Bravi to all!!
David performed Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate at the January 12th NVMTA Judged Recital, and was awarded Honorable Mention!
Cady performed Tempo di Minuetto by Kreisler at the February 10th NVMTA Judged Recital, and was awarded Honorable Mention!
John, Jason and Tyler performed in the Vienna “Host” James Bland Competition on February 16th. Special shout out to Tyler, who was awarded 3rd place!!
The following students have been accepted, and will attend, the following summer programs:
2018-2019 Orchestra Honors
2019 Virginia All-State Orchestra
2018 Northern Senior Regional Orchestra
2018 North Central Senior Regional Orchestra
2018 District 11 Junior Honors Orchestra
2018 District 11 Senior Honors Orchestra
2018 District 12 Senior Honors Orchestra
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Lake Braddock High School
Herndon High School
Battlefield High School
Performance Masterclass #1A
Performance Masterclass #1B
I loved getting a text and photo from former violin students, Bobby Chase (Humming House fiddler, composer, arranger, and recording engineer), and Eleonore Denig (composer, arranger, and recording session professional), who shared a stand in a Nashville recording session with singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress, Lauryn Hill. They both remember Fall's Law! ;-)
The Fall Studio hosted a Viola Masterclass with Master Teacher, Diana Wade, on Saturday, December 22. Twenty area viola & violin students and teachers attended this inspiring masterclass! Shout out to Crystal and Tyler for playing. They got some terrific feedback, and were able to take that home as they prepare for the Concerto Competition in January!