09

Aug

Musical Jello!

Check out this fun video and instructions how to make your own Jello Theremin Kit!

http://blog.makezine.com/2012/03/26/noisy-jelly-a-jello-theremin-kit/

03

Aug

Pearl Django is Rockin the Month of August

If you missed your opportunity to catch Pearl Django last month…..you have more opportunities in August!

 

Here’s a note from Pearl Django!

August is another busy month for the band, starting tonight with a concert in Lake Burien School Park. Gigs in
Bellevue, Seattle, Bainbridge and Langley; concerts in Burien and Gig Harbor; Music and Arts Festivals in Anacortes
and Oak Harbor and the KPLU Jazz Cruise smack dab in the middle of the month!  The cruise is already sold out so if
you didn’t get tickets yet, you are out of luck.  Fortunately, though, there are lots of opportunities to catch the
band live this month, probably someplace near you!

Also, looking ahead to next month.  We’ll be in Leavenworth at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts September 1st for a
Jazz, Champagne and Chocolate event.  Now, if that doesn’t sound like a little slice of heaven, we don’t know what
does!   Could you ask for more?  If you are going to be east of the Cascades over Labor Day Weekend, come on out
for this one!

Thursday, August 2              6:30pm
Burien Thursday Night Concerts
Lake Burien School Park, 14640 18th Ave SW, Burien WA

http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=792

Friday, August 3                        7pm
Crossroads Shopping Center
15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue WA

http://www.crossroadsbellevue.com/EventsCalendar

Saturday, August 4              5pm
The Anacortes Arts Festival -KPLU Stage
Anacortes, WA                           (360) 293-6211

http://www.anacortesartsfestival.com/ent_kplu.cfm

Sunday, August 5                5pm
Bake’s Place Bellevue
This is free event. We will be out on the terrace, Parisian style!
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA  (425) 454-2776

http://bakesplacebellevue.com/

Thursday, August 9              5:30pm
Interbay Golf Course
2501 15th Ave W Seattle, WA             (206) 285-6079

http://premiergc.com/interbay.php

Sunday, August 12               10am
KPLU Jazz Brunch Cruise
Sold Out!

http://1.kplu.org/2012kplujazzcruise.html

Friday, August 17               6pm
Friends of Farms present “Farm to Table Dinner”
Madrone Lane (between Blackbird Bakery & Dana’s Showhouse) Bainbridge Island WA
(206) 842-5537 or  info@friendsofthefarms.org for more details

http://friendsofthefarms.org/what-we-do/farm-to-table-dinner

Saturday, August 18             6pm
Whidbey Island Winery
5237 Langley Rd, near Langley WA

http://www.whidbeyislandwinery.com/index.php/events

Tuesday, August 21              6:30pm
Music in Skansie Brothers Park
3207 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor WA

http://www.gigharborguide.com/page.php?id=952

Wednesday, August 22            Noon
Seattle “Out to Lunch” series
2 Union Square, Seattle WA

http://www.downtownseattle.com/blog/2012/05/16/2012-out-to-lunch-lineup-unveiled/

Friday, August 31               7pm
Oak Harbor Music and Jazz Festival
Downtown Oak Harbor
This will be a quintet performance, not quartet as the web site states

http://www.oakharbormusicfestival.com/default.html

*September, 2012*

Saturday, September 1           7pm
Jazz, Champagne & Chocolate!
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, Canyon Wren Recital Hall
7409 Icicle Road, Leavenworth WA         (877) 265-6026

http://icicle.org/index.php?option=com_jcalpro&Itemid=135&extmode=view&extid=282

Thanks for supporting live music in your community.  We hope to see you at a show!

Pearl Django

 

02

Aug

When Angry Birds Attack!

Rock Band Camp Students had a blast! They certainly bonded quickly. Check out this fun clip of them having a blast!

31

Jul

The Death of Music- The Piano Burial Ground

Photo by: Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times
James A. Fox, left, and Bryan O’Mara with a haul. “You hate to see them go,” said Mr. O’Mara, whose company was founded by his great-grandfather in 1874.

Many of us have grown up around pianos. The traditional upright is often seen in schools, at fancy restaurants/hotels, in church, at nursing homes, or in private homes.  A piano is often a glowing symbol of music, celebration, and life. It is often the centerpiece at many great events and is surrounded by happy carolers, blushing brides, inspired students, and aspiring composers. Pianos have been a classical centerpiece in our lives and many homes for centuries. They were once a symbol of class, and beauty within the home.

That is why it was so depressing for me to read this article about a new age for the piano. The traditional upright piano is finding itself more and more obsolete with the invention of digital pianos, the cuts in music schools and funding, and the increased price of upkeep. People are being forced to turn their pianos over to movers and take one final trip to a piano graveyard of sorts.

You can learn more about this tragic turn of events here: http://nyti.ms/OAxZYs

How do you feel about the future of pianos? What do you think should be done?

 

07

Jul

Have you checked out Pearl Django?

Have you heard of Pearl Django? This awesome Gypsy Jazz Band includes one of our very own! Ryan Hoffman!

Pearl Django began in 1994 in Tacoma, Washington. The group’s desire is to mesh the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli  with American swing music. Based in Seattle, they have played around the United States, as well as in France and Iceland.

Here is one of their songs “Endless Fields of Green.”  I fell in love with there music, and I think you will too!

Here’s the latest news/events from Pearl Django below! Could you make some time in your schedule to check out this amazing band?

Summer has officially begun and we are celebrating the occasion with a busy, busy month of shows.  There are many great opportunities to hear the band live in Seattle, on the Eastside, up in Blaine and out on the peninsula.Plus, Eleven is selling well and is getting airplay all around the country, and that’s reason to celebrate, too!

Friday, July 6                   6:30-9:30pm
Cedarbrook Lodge – Jazz on the Lawn
18525 36th Ave S, Seattle WA                      206-901-9268

http://www.cedarbrooklodge.com/jazz.php

Sunday, July 8                   7pm
11th Annual Blaine Jazz Festival
Blaine Performing Arts Center 975 H Street, Blaine WA            360-820-8312

http://www.pacificartsassoc.org/concertprogram.shtml

Wednesday, July 11               noon
Bellevue Live at Lunch Concerts
Overlake Medical Clinic 400 108th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 98004

http://www.bellevuedowntown.org/events/liveatlunch/liveatlunchschedule.htm

Saturday, July 14                3pm
Bastille Day Celebration at Seattle Center
Downtown Seattle

http://seattle-bastille.org/

Sunday, July 15                  1:15pm
Ballard Seafood Festival
Downtown Ballard, Seattle WA

http://www.seafoodfest.org/

Sunday, July 15                          9pm
Belltown Billiards -Balboa Dance
90 Blanchard Street, Seattle, WA

http://www.belltownseattle.com/

Thursday, July 19                5:30pm
Interbay Golf Course
2501 15th Ave W, Seattle WA               206-285-6079

http://premiergc.com/interbay.php

Friday, July 20
Sequim Lavender Farm Faire
James Center stage               1pm and 3:30pm
Sequim, WA
and..
Jazz in the Alley                         6pm
Brokers Group Parking Lot, 219 W. Washington St, Sequim WA

http://www.sequimlavenderfarms.org/Music.html#LIP_music
https://mbox.server286.com/compose.php

Saturday, July 21                2:30pm
Basin Summer Sounds
30 C St NW, Ephrata WA 98823

http://basinsummersounds.com/

Sunday, July 22                  3:15pm
Loganberry Festival at Greenbank Farm
765 Wonn Road #A201, Greenbank WA 98253                  360-678-7700

http://greenbankfarm.biz/loganberry-festival/

Sunday, July 29                  7pm
Bake’s Place Bellevue
Our second time at Bake’s new spot in downtown Bellevue.
155 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA                   425-454-2776

http://bakesplacebellevue.com/

Related events:

This is not a Pearl Django performance, but a chance to hear Rick (on bass) with his friends Jay Mabin on jazz
harmonica and Paul Sawyer on guitar.

Tuesday, July 10                 7:30pm
LOCÖL, Barley and Vine
7902 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA                            206-708-7725

http://www.locolseattle.com/

Thanks for supporting live music, we hope to see you at a show!

Pearl Django

27

Jun

Robot Parade!

We’ll be starting a marching band and marching in some parades this summer!!!

Come join us, it will be soooo much fun


This is a completely free event.
There is no charge to participate.
AND
Everyone who comes to the parade gets a FREE Off the Wall T-shirt!!!

DATES & TIMES:

  • July 6th – Friday from 4:00pm-6:00pm – Marching Band Rehearsal & Costume Creation & BBQ
    • 4:00pm – We’ll practice marching & playing.
      • Please bring an instrument or noise maker if you can, we have a limited supply of instruments.
    • 5:00pm – We’ll be making costumes & eating food.
      • Bring capes, hats & wigs as well as cardboard supplies and old CDs for making robots.
      • We’ll supply soda & condiments. Bring your own burgers or hot dogs.
  • July 7th – Saturday @ 9:30am-12:00pm – Wallingford Kid Parade Setup
    • Set-up is on Corliss Ave. N. We’ll have copies of the parade route map posted at the school for parents and soon to be posted here on the blog.
    • Kids & Adults are welcome to march in the parade.
    • We’ll be marching to Wallingford Park by Hamilton Middle School.

To sign-up for both Friday & Saturday, please fill the form below:



 

Click here to enlarge the Wallingford Parade Route Map:

Here are some awesome robot rockers for inspiration:

26

Jun

Book Your July Recital Now!

We have some exciting news!

We’ll be doing small recitals at the school for the month of July on most Fri/Sat/Sun afternoons. We’ll add more times as the demand grows.

Just go to our online calendar and select a “RECITAL” appointment and sign-up under your usual student name and email address.

11

Jun

Creatively using common classroom instruments to inspire

We came across this awesome Youtube video made by Carly & The Roots & Jimmy Fallon and wanted to share! In this video they are using everyday instruments that you would find either or around your house or even in the classroom. Most of these instruments could be found for between $5.00-$50.00!: 

Some of the instruments used  in this video are the human voice, triangle, wood block, tambourine, bass drum, washboard stick, kazoo, recorder, bongos, unkulele, melodica, and even a toy xylophone.

Music is something that brings people together, lifts emotions, and pleases the soul. You don’t have to have fancy or expensive instruments, and you don’t need to stress about the fact that you don’t sound like Mozart, The Beatles, or Metallica. The whole point is to just have fun!  The more you play the more you will learn and improve.

Did you know that you could make beautiful music even from inexpensive instruments or common household objects? Have you thought about some ways you can incorporate more music into your daily life? Is there an instrument that you would love to learn to play?

We would love to encourage you to pursue your passion for music and discover all of your hidden talents! Book your free introductory lesson with us today!

06

Jun

Begin going to perform with Seattle Rock Orchestra Friday June 8th!

We’re very excited to hear Begin play with the Seattle Rock Orchestra this Friday June 8th at 8pm. They are performing at The Chapel Performance Space at The Good Shepherd Center.

Begin is a wonderful asset to our school. With her musical talents and fun teaching methods she brings a wealth of  experience to our school. You can learn more about her here http://bit.ly/NKSG4l

The Good Shepherd Center is known for it’s wonderful acoustics and is a valued part of historic Seattle. You can learn more about this beautiful concert space here: http://bit.ly/NKTAxK

 

05

Jun

Pearl Django played at Jazz Alley to release their new CD “Eleven”

One of our gypsy jazz guitar teachers – Ryan Hoffman – played at the famous Seattle jazz venue Jazz Alley with his group Pearl Django. The show was a big success and they sold lots of CDs and everybody was happy!

Here is some good music from Pearl Django online:

You can buy their CD here:
http://www.pearldjango.com/files/cdcatalog.htm

30

Apr

Spring Break Rock Band Camp!

ROCK BAND CAMP IS FUN!!!

The first week of rock band camp this year was a SMASHING SUCCESS!!!
4 Rock stars came together and formed a great band named “THE MOUSTACHE BRIGADE”

Sign-Up For Rock Band Camp Now!

What They Did At Rock Band Camp

Students at rock band camp had the opportunity to play different instruments like drums, piano, bass, guitar and sing or rap! They take short private lessons on each of the instruments and test out what they learned with the group.

Making a Music Video

In addition to learning a lot of great music, they came up with a band name and create a music video and plot for the video. Then they record the music track for their video and mash it together with the video together in an awesome quirky masterpiece!

The Plot of the Music Video:

The Moustache Brigade came together this Spring break to rescue Jimi Hendrix’s last guitar from the EVIL PANDA.

08

Mar

19

Jan

Closed January 20th for Snow… AGAIN?!

Well… we have lots of snow on the ground and getting anywhere will be a pain in the butt for students who need to drive.

If you’re lesson was canceled, all you need to do is reschedule another appointment online or wait till next week when we will hopefully have less snow.

19

Jan

Closed January 19th for Snow!!!

The roads are still icy so we are officially closed for a snowday on THURSDAY!

Many of our teachers are having trouble making it in.

If you don’t have a subaru or all wheel drive then its pretty tricky to drive at the moment, be safe!

18

Jan

Closed January 18th For Snow

There is a lot of snow on the roads at the school.
Many of our teachers are having trouble making it in.
If its bad here its even worse further outside the city – so we are officially closed for a snow day on WED.
Stay home, stay warm, practice and make lots of snow people!

16

Jan

Closed for MLK Day

As planned on our holiday calendar, we are closed for January 16th (MLK Day).
Enjoy the snow! If you need help rescheduling, just email us and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

We are planning on being open for the rest of the week.
If we cancel lessons because of the weather, we will alert you via email and phone.
If you can not make it to your lesson this week due to weather, please call us ASAP @ 206-407-9610.


This is a picture taken in Capitol Hill this weekend. Someone has turned the Jimi Hendrix statue into a giant snowman… either that or Jack from Jack in the box has been taking music lessons!

05

Jan

Ryan Hoffman and Pearl Django at Jazz Alley

Ryan and Pearl Django will be performing at Jazz Alley January 3rd through Sunday. Joining them will be the fabulous jazz guitarist Martin Taylor as the band’s special guest. Martin is truly and amazing musician and it’ll be a great show so come on out and see it for yourself.

Here’s Martin and Pearl Django taping a live radio spot at KPLU’s downtown studios last year. Listen for them this year Wednesday and Thursday playing on KUOW.

30

Nov

Thumbtack Award for Best Piano Lessons in Washington

We just received an award from ThumbTack for being ranked #1 on thumbtack for most popular lessons in Seattle!

We’ll keep working hard to improve our facilities, learning new teaching methods and giving out the best prizes for students who practice!

28

Nov

Blues and Boogie Woogie Child Prodigy

Frank “Sugar Chile Robinson” really knows how to pound on that piano! His feet don’t even touch the ground..pretty adorable, but he means business! He’s so awesomely talented at such a young age!

27

Sep

Awesome Piano Lesson Binder!

Naomi is a very talented young piano student at Off the Wall.
She recently redecorated her binder. Here is a picture:

*This was not a paid endorsement for Piano Lessons. However, Naomi might have received some candy from Off the Wall at one point in time… ;)