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Monday, November 17, 2014

Practice with a Purpose 2014

From November 15th, 2014 through January 1, 2015, Music Academy of Garden City students are encouraged to Practice with a Purpose. For every hour of practice students log, the Music Academy will donate $1 to a fund that has been set up to honor the memory of musician and educator Felicia Wilson.

The Wilson family have been friends of the Music Academy since its founding in 2006, and Felicia’s husband Matt, also a musician, has taught clinics at our summer camps. Matt and Felicia’s triplet sons study at the Music Academy as well.

The funds raised this year will be donated to Long Beach High School where Felicia was a music teacher. The funds will be used to organize field trips for students to experience art music in New York City.

Additionally, the Felicia Wilson Scholarship Fund will be estab- lished through the Music Academy so that each year students from a local public school will be able to experience live art music.

What Must You and Your Child Do To Participate?

All your child needs to do is practice and log his practice hours on the reverse of this form. Parents should verify the hours practiced by signing the completed form and get a new form from the Music Academy or via our website.

The Music Academy will donate the funds once a total of hours is tallied. This is a great way for you to encourage your child to practice in order to help a good cause! As a thank you to the student who practiced the most, he or she will receive a $50 iTunes Gift Card!

 

A Note from Matt Wilson

Felicia Wilson was an amazing woman who brought so much joy to the world. Sadly, she passed away from leukemia on June 15, 2014 at the age of 50. In addition to being a loving wife and devoted mother, Felicia was an extraordinary violinist and dedicated teacher.

She taught orchestra at Long Beach High School for nearly twenty years and guided hundreds of students through her passion and love of music. Felicia also inspired her students to welcome the spirit of creativity into their lives and recognize the beauty the world has to offer. She believed deeply in the importance of the arts and instilled in her students the desire to be loyal and gracious patrons of cul- ture.

On behalf of our children, Audrey, Max, Henry and Ethan, and myself we are honored that the Music Academy of Garden City has established this scholarship fund through their Practice with a Purpose program. The money raised will help send students to experience live concerts in a variety of genres. We hope the opportu- nity will have a profound effect on their musicianship along moti- vating them to be life long citizens of culture.

Thank you to Pete Coco and everyone at the Music Academy of Garden City for establishing this fund in her name.





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