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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RMM gives adults opportunity to ‘tickle the ivories’

RMM gives adults opportunity to ‘tickle the ivories’
Parents who are ready for their turn to make music and professionals who have always wanted to “start the piano” are hedging their bets that it is never too late to learn to play the piano. If playing the piano is on your bucket list, the Music Tree in Zachary has a time and place just right for you. RMM or Recreational Music Making Class provides a fun, group setting for adult piano students. ...
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Preschool music offers ‘Early Birds’ introduction

Preschool music offers ‘Early Birds’ introduction
Most preschoolers love music, and it does more than entertain. Research shows that kids who are actively involved in music develop important life skills too. The Music Tree Prep School in Zachary offers music engagement to very young students. In addition to traditional vocal instruction, Nancy Hendrick specializes in early childhood music education. Her "Early Birds Preschool Music" classes ar...
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Hendrick brings depth, experience to vocal instruction

Hendrick brings depth, experience to vocal instruction
Music Tree vocal instructor and soprano Nancy Hendrick was a featured performer at Concerts at the Pointe at Americana, on April 21 at 7 p.m. The concert, sponsored by the Regional Arts Council of Zachary, also featured renowned Brazilian pianist Joao-Paulo Casarotti. Hendrick graduated from Manhattan School of Music where she studied voice with world renowned mezzo soprano, Mignon Dunn. Whil...
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