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Just a Couple Notes!

Hi folks! Just a quick reminder that there are no classes or personal help sessions next week! We hope that you will have a fantastic Fourth of July! Go barbeque, shoot fireworks, and definitely play some patriotic music in honor of the day!

 

Also, we are already registering for the next session beginning in September! Start now telling your friends and family how much fun you’re having in your lessons and how they can join you!

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The Passing of the Torch

The Passing of the Torch

Is it possible to have both a happy and a heavy heart at the same time? It must be, because that is how we feel today here at Sounds of Music.

Yesterday morning, June 12th, Mack’s mentor and dear friend, Nancy Hathaway, passed through the gates of Heaven. Though she had many health problems, her passing was not expected and hit us hard.

Mack’s relationship with Nancy dates back to 1963 when, at the age of 4, Mack’s parents purchased his first piano from her. Her shop was located in a little plaza down the street from them. Her store was called Sounds of Music.

Their friendship grew closer as he grew older, and by the age of 15 he was making himself useful at her store, cleaning and assisting on deliveries. Before long, he was in front of the classroom teaching Nancy’s Lowrey Magic classes and the rest, as they say, is history.

Though Mack would grow and continue to add other facets to his life, one thing always remained consistent- his relationship with Nancy. She continued to be a guiding force in his life, his “guardian angel”. Our business, Sounds of Music EZ-Play Learning Center, was named in her honor.

Nancy was a fabulous musician herself, having played organ in the premier dinner clubs of Columbia in the ’60s and ’70s, and in her later life, serving as the church organist at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church. Though she was diagnosed with a neuro-muscular disease in the family of Lou Gherig’s, she never lost her sparkle or her fire.

We will miss Nancy dearly, but her legacy lives on because, over 30 years ago, she lit the fire in a young boy’s heart, a fire that burns brighter than ever today. Sounds of Music is what it is because of Nancy Hathaway.

And for that, we will be ever grateful.

 

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Summer Fling 2012

What a great two days we’ve had! If you weren’t there, you missed a fabulous time of music, fun, laughter, education and (of course) food!

Our first day started on Wednesday, May 30th at the River Center in Saluda Shoals Park. Even though the doors wouldn’t open until 10am, students eager to mingle and learn were pulling up bright and early. Inside the meeting room, the staff was busy hammering out the last minute details- clarifying who would play when, finding all the necessary handouts for the workshops, and decorating the room in a fun summer theme. Our caterer (and student!) Debbie Teague was busy in the kitchen preparing breakfast to get our day jump started.

After what seemed like forever to the waiting crowd, the doors opened and Summer Fling had begun! Music was, of course, the first order of the day, and Lowrey’s Brad Bryan delighted the crowd and got toes tapping.

Amy Watson, a music therapist for Palmetto Baptist, was on hand immediately after lunch to give us real-life examples of how making music really does make us healthier. Seth Rye and Joanie Manero from Lowrey, as well as Brad, each gave informative workshops on everything from making a medley to styling our favorite songs. Delicious breakfasts and lunches kept us energized and everyone enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones! Several people even took advantage of the great incentives our friends at Lowrey brought with them and left Summer Fling having made the decision to adopt new Lowreys!

Overall, many people said it was one of the best events they have ever attended in their music career, and we’re so excited to have been able to provide this. We hope all the attendees had their whistles whetted for our biggest event of the year- Music Academy! If you missed Summer Fling, you won’t want to miss Academy! Stay tuned for details on that. In the meantime, enjoy some pictures from the Fling!

 

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

We’re Having a Fling!

I mean it! Right this very moment, we are sitting in the back of the room listening to one of our fabulous artists play one of the beautiful Lowreys. Close to 50 of our students and friends are here, learning, visiting with each other, sharing laughs, playing tips, favorite songs, and great food! This is our first-ever Summer Fling and so far, so good! We look forward to sharing all the juicy details with you in the coming days, but for now, we need to get back to the music! Stay tuned!

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Time to Tell!

Welcome to the brand new Sounds of Music website! We’re still learning to navigate it, so let’s learn it together, shall we? We love to hear feedback from our friends, so please feel free to answer or comment on posts, right here on the site! We hope that you’ll find this a fun and informative way to keep up with all the goings on at Sounds of Music.

As we gear up for another session beginning the first week in June, we are constantly looking for new ways to find new friends. Of course there’s radio and the newspaper, but do you know how we get the best referrals?

From YOU! Do your friends know what you’re up to once a week at Sounds of Music? Do you tell people how much fun and enjoyment you get in your class? Do you explain the way making music makes you feel? If you have never encouraged your friends to come to a music class, now is the time! And did you know they can even come to class with you? A lot of people don’t want to come to a class alone, but even if you’re not in the beginning class, your friend can still visit with you and get a feel for what we do here. You never know, it could spark their interest and they could join a beginner class on the spot!

So here is your mission, current students: Tell someone this week what you enjoy here at Sounds of Music! You never know- you could be instrumental in putting the hobby of making music into someone’s life!

Oh, and in case they need that little extra nudge, gift certificates are available.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

About Lowrey

About Lowrey

 

“Craftsmanship, quality, and knowing music inside and out – that’s what you get with Lowrey. Our customers come in ‘knowing’ the Lowrey brand. They know it’s well built – a brand to be trusted.”
Mack Bayne, Lowrey Dealer

Lowrey is the world-class leader in recreational music making. No other music company has more experience or expertise in delivering recreational music products and programs, and Lowrey is a deeply established brand that consumers know and trust.

With research and development reaching as far back as 1918, Lowrey today continues its longstanding hallmark of product excellence and is known worldwide as ‘best-in-class’. Always committed to making music accessible for consumers, Lowrey continues to innovate by pioneering new technology and offering a large selection of music making products.

 

 

A Distinguished Reputation

 

Lowrey products have earned a distinguished reputation for design, engineering, and technology, creating the highest quality ‘virtual orchestra’ on the market today. Our proprietary technology helps ensure that each instrument defines the distinctive Lowrey sound. The people that make Lowrey instruments are the best at what they do and they take pride in their ability to do it.

Lowrey’s high degree of musical refinement offers incredible music making opportunities for all levels of players. Lowrey instruments satisfy the most discerning player and those just getting started.

Lowrey is a long-standing brand that continues to develop new technologies and inspiring product lines and expand its market as the company grows.

Lowrey is a division of Kawai Musical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd. (KWMS F). An international manufacturer of musical instruments, Kawai is the second largest instrument manufacturer in the world!

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Uncategorized