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 February 2023 Newsletter


In This Month’s Newsletter:

  • NEW Rock Band Class starts Feb 10
  • How Learning Music Provides Life-Long Benefits
  • Pictures from our Chinese New Year Performances
  • Welcome New students in January
  • Is Your Teacher Sold Out?
  • Birthdays in February
  • Refer a Friend – Get a $25 Voucher!


Upbeat Music Monthly Events

NEW Rock Band Classes start Feb 10. Students who play guitar, drums and sing should register now! Classes are from 5:00 – 6:00 and run from Feb 10 through Mar 31. Eight one-hour classes for only $160. Beginners are welcome!

Unlock Your Child’s Potential:

The Astonishing Benefits of Music Lessons for School Success!

 Music lessons have been shown to have a profound impact on students’ academic performance and success in school. Learning to play an instrument can improve cognitive development, foster teamwork and collaboration, and inspire a lifelong appreciation for the arts.

Cognitive development is a key benefit of music education. Studies have shown that learning to play an instrument can enhance brain development, specifically in the areas of language, reasoning, and memory. This can lead to improved grades and higher test scores, as well as better critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In addition, playing an instrument requires a great deal of focus and attention to detail, which can help to improve students’ ability to concentrate and pay attention in the classroom.

Music lessons also have a positive impact on emotional and social development. Playing an instrument requires discipline, focus, and a strong work ethic, all of which are important qualities for success in the classroom and in life. It also requires the ability to set and achieve goals, which can help to foster self-confidence and self-esteem. This can make students more likely to participate in class discussions and to take academic risks, which can lead to deeper learning and greater academic success.

Music education promotes teamwork and collaboration as well. When students play in ensembles, they must work together to create a cohesive sound. This experience teaches them to listen to one another, communicate effectively, and appreciate diverse perspectives. These skills can then be applied to other areas of their academic and personal lives, such as group projects and team sports. Collaborating with others in this way can help to build strong interpersonal skills and foster a sense of community.

In addition to its benefits for academic and personal development, music education can also inspire a lifelong love of the arts. This appreciation can enrich students’ lives and provide them with a sense of joy and fulfillment that can be difficult to find in other areas of their lives. It can also inspire them to explore other areas of creativity and expression, such as writing, painting, or acting, which can help to broaden their perspectives and enhance their understanding of the world around them.

Furthermore, music education has been shown to have a positive impact on overall academic performance. Research has demonstrated that students who participate in music lessons tend to have higher grades, higher standardized test scores, and a stronger work ethic than their peers who do not participate in music education. Additionally, students who study music have been found to have a more positive attitude towards learning and to be more motivated in their academic studies.

In conclusion, music lessons offer a wealth of benefits to students, including improved cognitive development, enhanced emotional and social development, promotion of teamwork and collaboration, and the cultivation of a lifelong love of the arts. All of these benefits can help students to excel in school and in life, and can provide them with a well-rounded education that prepares them for success in a rapidly changing world. Whether they go on to pursue careers in music or other fields, students who receive a comprehensive music education will have a lifelong foundation of knowledge and skills that will serve them well in all aspects of their lives.


Welcome New Students in January

Alyssa Alfaro

Lucas Chen

Alexis Carmen Cevak

Kyra Trivedi

Alice Lin

Penelope Chow

Ashley Lauras

Alexander Wong

Arturo Sandoval

Gabe Rawd



Birthdays in August/September


Yeena Li
Zak Blac
Alexus Burkes
Audrey Tromp
Jimmy Huang
Landyn Tolliver
Mia Patino
Diego De Luna
Wenjun Ou
Rex Li
Raymond Yang
Penelope Chow
Melody Du
Alejandro De Luna
Christina Folinos
Kyra Trivdei
Taylor Brown
Sandy Zheng


Is Your Teacher Sold Out?


Pok Ling Chin-Johnson Sold Out

Christina Chow available times Sold Out

Justin DeAngelo available times Sat. 9:00 am

Kelly Dennis available times 10:30 am , 11:30 am, 12:00 pm,

Stefana Vukicevic available times Tuesday’s 3:00 PM , 3:30 PM , or 4:00 PM



​Rachel Moore available times Fri. 3:45 PM , 7:15 PM Sunday 9:30 AM , 2:45 PM

Elena Spiegel available times Mon. 6:15 PM , 6:45 PM, 7:15 PM

Meagan Yeung available times Sunday @ 10 AM, 10:30 AM

Mallory Lineham available times Friday @ 6:45 PM




Sam Mosching available times  Weds. 5:00

Evan Levine available times Sunday 9:30 am , 2:00 PM



Mitch Settecase available times Mon. 4:30 PM

Time slots are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.

Help your friends interested in registering for lessons by letting them know which times are available.

Get a $25 Voucher

You can get a $25 voucher for each person you refer to Upbeat Music School when they register for private lessons. The number of vouchers you can collect is unlimited so make sure to tell your friends, neighbors, relatives, and co-workers.


referral vouchers are waiting for you!

IMA Winners – 2017

The Illinois Music Association hosts a “music olympiad” every spring and Upbeat Music prepares and sends about 35 students to participate. Everyone is welcome to compete as there are many levels from very young beginners and adult beginners to advanced performers. We have sent piano, violin, guitar,drum, and voice students over the past several years.

Whether or not you should compete is up to each individual. Some people are motivated and really benefit from the practicing and preparation leading up to the competition and for them it is a great experience regardless of what place they come in. Of course everyone wants to win and some are disappointed when they leave without a trophy but the work that goes into preparing for the competition is where is the meaningful and long lasting benefits come from and these are lessons that can be applied to other areas of life.

Below are a few pictures of trophy winners from this year’s IMA competition.

IMA Winner , piano, with teacher Ms. Chin
IMA Winner , violin, with teacher