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Student of the Month Award Recipients

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Daniel Wong

Ms. Tina, Daniel's violin teacher, writes "Daniel has been taking violin lessons at San Marino Music Center for 4 years. He is a dedicated student who practices consistently, always participates in our recitals and enjoys being in orchestra. Daniel is attentive, organized, and on time for his lessons. Daniel was chosen to be the student of the month for his accomplishments through hard work and love of music. We hope playing the violin has helped shape the smart and respectful person Daniel is today."


Congratulations from all of us at San Marino Music Center!

Marcus Lin

Ms. Guro, Marcus's violin teacher, writes "Marcus Lin is an excellent student who loves to play piano and always does his homework. He usually comes into class wanting to show the teacher a song he has been practicing or learned on his own. That is the kind of motivation that has propelled his progress over the last year he has been with our Center. Marcus is good at making conversations and he has a great imagination 🙂 ."


Congratulations from all of us at San Marino Music Center!


Summer Jazz Combo Performance

Last week, we wrapped up our third annual Summer Jazz Combo group class, a two-week intensive ensemble where students had the unique opportunity to learn jazz standards, develop improvisational skills, and experience playing together in an immersive group setting.  Our members this year included Hannah (piano), Jack (guitar), Lamont (drums), Enrique (trumpet), and Diego (trombone), who were led by musical director, Jason Golday.  Jason has been teaching with San Marino Music Center since 2014 and has taught this course in both 2016 and 2017.

The students worked on many pieces throughout the two weeks, such as “Freddie Freeloader” and “Milestones” by Miles Davis.  They also learned another jazz standard titled “Autumn Leaves”, which they arranged to perform and improvise in a Latin style. The students then took melodies from the video game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and used them to learn about improvisation.

Hannah, the pianist of the group noted that she most enjoyed “figuring out different parts of the music by ear” and thought “improvisation was really cool, and a great learning experience” for her.  Jack, the guitarist, commented: “Jazz Combo class was a blast!  Two weeks straight of playing jazz music was like a dream come true for me.  Jason is an excellent teacher!  We played some classic jazz tunes and learned how to improvise over them".  As the musical director noted, “By the end of the two weeks, the students had learned how to build a tune up from the melody.  They learned how to organize a song from the key signature, how to implement chords and how to use these functions for which to improvise on”.

All this year’s members expressed interest in returning to the Jazz Combo next summer and are looking forward to the opportunity of forming a weekly “jam session”-something SMMC is looking to provide.  Stay tuned!


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