Monday, September 22, 2014

Concertos in stock!

I ordered a BUNCH of early level concertos, and they are now here, so come on down and browse!

Friday, September 19, 2014

How I Work: Megan Andzulis

If forced to attempt to sum up Megan in one word, it would probably be "delightful", although there are many other words - talented, brilliant, kind, efficient, to name but a few - that would work, as well. Megan is half of a music teacher husband-and-wife team, and her equally delightful and talented husband Victor was featured here before. 

Meet the delightful Megan Andzulis, and let's learn about how she teaches.

Jobs You Hold: I teach piano and flute full-time at home, at Olive School of Performing Arts, and Gulf Breeze School of Music. I also have the opportunity to teach Kindermusik to little ones and their mommies/grandmas! Does "dog mommy" count as a job?? :)

Studio Setup: I try and keep my studio areas bright and cheery. I am a visual person so this is clearly seen in my learning spaces. Our home studio is in the back of our home in a room full of windows! We just recently purchased a small grand piano from Dollarhide's which fits beautifully in that room! (And my students are in love with it.) We are continuing to use our digital keyboard for composing/app work. One of my favorite pieces in my studio is a whiteboard which has an inspiring musical quote on it each month. It is a good reminder for me and my students why we work hard on music!

Devices you use in your studio:  If you were to ask my students, they would tell you my favorite device is my metronome. ;) My ipad is a VITAL part of every lesson. It is used for games, worksheets, and listening to classical music. You will usually see various incentives up on the walls to motivate my students in a fun way. Last year, my studio loved participating in the "60 second club" contest (Ask me about this idea!) This fall, I plan to incorporate a lot of music history and appreciation as the main motivator in my studio.

What apps do you use to manage your studio: While I currently have notebooks with everyone's info, I was recently introduced to Evernote and have started exploring it. It could be a great resource in the future!

How to keep in touch with parents: Mostly email. I am planning to incorporate a blog this fall for important announcements/articles/events

Time-management: I think I will be working on this until the last lesson I teach! Since a teacher's work does not end after our last lesson of the day, I find it hard to stop working! For my husband and I, we have to remember to set aside time to put work away and relax. I am also a big list-maker. I am probably one of Post-Its biggest buyers! And I am not afraid to admit I still use a paper planner (it's pretty though!) Virtual planners just don't work for me.

When do you find time to practice: Usually mornings. I immediately get into "wife mode" when I get home at night so it's hard to not want to clean or cook. Weird, I know..

Currently reading: The Talent Code! It has been life-changing!

Do you get enough sleep: Yes, most of the time I do. (no kids yet) My body is pretty quick to shut down when it's time for me to go to bed. On the rough days, I survive with coffee!!

Who else would you like to see answer these questions: Jo Hovind!

Advice: If you never step out, you'll come to the end, looking at a safe but colorless life. If I had not stepped out in many different areas of my life, I would not be leading the life I am leading today. Being that I have the best job in the world and the best family, I'd say that would be pretty sad!


Megan Andzulis (website) enjoys an active career as a music educator and performer in the greater Pensacola area. In addition to teaching piano and flute in her home studio, she serves on the faculty at Olive School of Performing Arts and Gulf Breeze School of Music. She enjoys being a licensed Kindermusik educator in Gulf Breeze as well. She has also served as guest faculty at various summer music camps nationally and internationally.

Megan also enjoys performing in various recitals and concerts throughout Florida, Alabama, Curacao, the Bahamas, and most recently Quebec, Canada.  Mrs. Andzulis currently serves as the principal flutist for the Pensacola Civic Band and keyboardist for the jazz combo, the Majazztics. 
Megan graduated with honors from Pensacola Christan College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance and in 2012 she completed her Master of Science in Music Education. Mrs. Andzulis studied under Dr. Wayne Fritchie, a Juilliard graduate. In addition to music, she enjoys reading biographies and historical books and cooking. She lives in Pensacola with her husband, Victor and her schnauzer, Bond.

Monday, August 25, 2014

In-Stock NFMC Music: Val tries to simplify your shopping

I have a fairly large selection of Federation music in stock and available for browsing, and I have attempted to make your shopping as easy as possible:

This bin is entirely devoted to Federation pieces 

Sorted by level

And each piece is labeled (on removable stickers) with the level, to avoid filing mishaps

AND I have the entire list sorted by level AND alphabetically by title, to simplify your search