Welcome to the Music Tree Fall Semester

Welcome to the Music Tree Fall Semester
Dear Parents: Lessons begin Monday, August 22nd Classes begin Monday, August 29th Returning Students: please contact your instructor (please let me know if you need contact information!) New Students: send an email at musictreeprepschool@gmail.com so that we can put you in touch with the appropriate teacher Special Note: Carol White has retired from the Music Tree, and Leticia Rodrigues h...
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String Camp 2016

String Camp 2016
The Music Tree’s Summer String Breakthrough Week was held June 20-24 and allowed young musicians the opportunity to continue their orchestra development while also having fun. The week-long camp had string musicians ages 10 to 15 playing violin and cello. A final performance was held Saturday, June 25 in the recently-opened Garage Band studio. The camp faculty featured cellist Unusdian Errandon...
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Riberio earns LSU, Blitzer Award violin distinctions

Riberio earns LSU, Blitzer Award violin distinctions
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Deborah Riberio is the 2016 winner of the Sidney M. Blitzer Award in Violin Performance. A native of Brazil, Riberio won the honor by earning the top violinist spot in the LSU School of Music’s annual concerto competition. The Blitzer Award in Violin Performance, a $1,500 prize, is given in memory of Sidney M. Blitzer, a music lover and violinist. It is funded by the Helene Kantrow Blitzer ...
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Spring Fest 2016

Spring Fest 2016
The Music Tree Prep School held its annual Spring Fest May 14, 2016 in the Historic Village of Zachary, La. This community event concludes the calendar year at the Music Tree and gives each student an opportunity to perform for family and friends. More than 50 performers took the stage representing all instruments offered at the Music Tree and the junior, teen and adult garage bands. The Mus...
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Gracie Ellerbee presents senior piano recital

Gracie Ellerbee presents senior piano recital
Mary Grace Ellerbee will present her senior piano recital Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of Zachary High School. Gracie has been playing piano for eight years, but has trained classically for two years.  She has studied with Music Tree founder Dr. Thais Perkins and is currently in the piano studio of Jordan Scott. She is the daughter of Patty Houk and Kevin ...
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All-instrument auditions set for honors recital

All-instrument auditions set for honors recital
In preparation for the first Music Tree Honors Recital, all-instrument auditions will be held Friday, March 18 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Music Tree. Music Tree Director Dr. Thais Perkins said that all students are encouraged to audition. She added “this is NOT about how difficult your piece is, this is about students who are working and have a piece to play and would like to auditi...
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Music Tree presents Faculty Showcase

Music Tree presents Faculty Showcase
Zachary’s Music Tree Prep School will present a Faculty Showcase Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m. in the Zachary High School Visual and Performing Arts Center, according to Dr. Thais Perkins, Music Tree founder and director. The program will include a recital by piano, string, and vocal faculty of the Music Tree Prep School ending with a performance by the Jazz Soul Band featuring faculty Ian Frazie...
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Vocal student nets major role in musical

Vocal student nets major role in musical
Music Tree vocal student Lauren Elizabeth Smith has been chosen to play a leading role in the Theatre Baton Rouge’s upcoming production Into the Woods. Lauren, 15, will play Little Red in the musical slated to run March 4-20, 2016. She is the daughter of Trevor and Regina Smith and a sophomore at Zachary High School. Lauren began working with Music Tree vocal instructor Nancy Hendrick a yea...
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Harris sires new “Keepers of the Beat” at the Music Tree

Harris sires new “Keepers of the Beat” at the Music Tree
And the beat goes on … it's got to! As a professional musician, Dale Harris is the Keeper of the Beat and his role at the Music Tree makes him the Teacher of the Beat. Music can involve several instruments and devices, but percussion is the connective backbone holding it all together. Early percussionist were the “human metronomes” providing rhythm first for primitive dancers and later for ot...
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