Music Together December 2014 Newsletter

Music Together December 2014 Newsletter

Bells will be Ringing in 2015!

Join us for the Bells Collection this winter session running January 12 – March 16, 2015. We will gallop with “Trot, Old Joe,” learn an egg shaker passing game from Ghana in “Obwisana,” drum & jive with “Rhythms & Rhymes,” and create beautiful rounds in “The Bells of Westminster” – just to name a few of the 25 songs and chants in the collection from around the world. Register today online!
While classes are over for 2014, please join us at some of our fun free community events!

Upcoming Events

Fridays, Dec 5, Dec 12, Dec 19: Festive Fridays in the Village of Grosse Pointe – Holiday Sing and Sign (with MomCat’s Signing Academy) at 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Please join us at Santa’s Village in Grosse Pointe (across from CVS in The Village). This event hosted by the Grosse Pointe Momprenuers. Come in holiday jammies – Momprenuer Amanda Armitage of Distinct Expressions will be available for cute holiday photos! Learn more about Santa’s Village and the GP Momprenuers at

Wednesday, Dec 10: Music Together Demo 10:30 a.m. at the Grosse Pointe Music Academy – great for new families!

Wednesday, Dec 17: The Canton Public Library is so kind to have us back again for two back-to-back holiday jam sessions at 10 am and 11 am. Pre-registration is required, so make sure to register online in advance and tell friends to do the same as we will bring favorite holiday tunes to life AND we will have great raffle prizes too! Register online here.

Our Teaching Team Continues to Grow!
We are so thankful to have found another amazing new teacher to join our team so we can provide classes for all of our friends! A big welcome to D. Giles Simmer! Giles is a trained and awarded lyric soprano. She has a B.A. in Music from Hillsdale College and a M.M. in Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University. Giles has performed throughout the state and has been a staff singer at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Detroit since 2009. Giles is very excited to be part of the Music Together program and also teaching voice at Grosse Pointe Music Academy. She’ll lead classes both in Canton and Grosse Pointe!

Start Music Class At Home
We hope everyone is enjoying the early snow! If you are stuck inside, a fun activity at home to try is to ask your little one(s) to lead family and friends in a pretend music class. It is amazing to see what our children pick up from class – you may be amazed how much they are learning on top of all the fun they have with you in class!

The Holidays Are Here Again!
Hummingbirds Music Together is so thankful for all the wonderful families that join us to provide music education to our children! It is truly a blessing that you chose to share your time with us and we love hearing how our program brings music and joy into your homes!

We wish all you a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Thank you!

Sarah Boyd, Center Director, Hummingbirds Music Together
Henry Bahrou, School Director, Grosse Pointe Music Academy

Drummer Carl Palmer Music Hall November 20th 2014


at the Detroit Music Hall

Carl Palmer, among the most renowned drummers in rock history and a
founding member of both ELP and ASIA, is returning to the world stage for an
extensive solo tour that will celebrate the global release of his new DECADE
DVD (which chronicles the 2011 tour show) and his new RHYTHM OF LIGHT
collection of fine art, recently done in conjunction with Scene 4 Art Studios.

“America is the country that really propelled my career,” said Palmer from
his home in London. “I am always excited to be touring in the US. We have been
touring in Europe most of 2014, so to bring this new show to North America and
Canada as I did in July and will do again in November is very exciting.”
Entitled “Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Rhythm Of Light 2014 Tour,” the
famed musician will present a show that includes bold, new arrangements of the
best-loved instrumental music of ELP, and other composers. A multi-media
experience combining music and video projection, the show promises to be
among the most musically compelling tours of the year. Carl Palmer Legacy is a
red-hot power trio that features Palmer on drums and percussion; guitarist Paul
Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick.

New Trumpet Instructor Aaron J.


trumpet lessons










Trumpeter and Marion, Massachusetts native Aaron Janik has been
steeped in the discipline of music from the age of 10. His earliest
introduction to music was by way of revered New England trumpeter Jack
Martin.  Aaron also instructs on flugelhorn, trombone, tuba, and french horn.


Aaron furthered his studies at Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences as
well as the Conservatory of Music by way of the great Wendell Logan,
graduating in June 2013 with a Jazz Trumpet Performance Degree and a
Biology (Pre-Medical) Degree. From that time on, Aaron has performed
and studied with trumpet greats Marcus Belgrave and Sean Jones. He
has also been fortunate to study with Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks and
Billy Hart to name a few.


Janik’s skills as a musician have afforded him opportunities to travel
to various places across the world, be part of a mid-west educational
tour with the “Knomadik Project” (as part of an Inner city music
Outreach program founded by De’Sean Jones), and even make a few TV
appearances on BET’s hit reality show “The Sheards” which airs its
second season in October of 2014.


Aaron now resides in Detroit, Michigan where he regularly performs and
records with artists across the country, from chart-topping artists
like Kierra Sheard or jazz legend Robin Eubanks to touring with the
likes of Motown Artist J. Drew Sheard and PJ Morton of Maroon 5. In
addition to these tremendous opportunities Aaron Janik continues to
hone his skills as an artist and arranger via Knomadik Horns (a
Detroit-based Horn Section) along with recording his original music as
a recording artist on the Knomadik Record Label. His debut release is
set for 2015.


Annie Warbucks at the Grosse Pointe Theater

Annie Warbucks

Grosse Pointe Theater

(313) 881-4004


annie warbucks

The sequel to the international smash hit Annie, brings the world’s favorite orphan back to our stage! All the ingredients that made Annie so successful are here once again, with an old-fashioned romance thrown in for good measure. The curtain opens to Christmas morning, just as Annie is settling in with her new family. However, a knock at the door brings a child service worker who announces that Daddy Warbucks must find a wife and be married within 60 days or Annie will be returned to the orphanage! Much to the audience’s delight, a scramble ensues. With book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin, you once again meet all the little girls from the orphanage, Warbucks’ assistant, Grace, and, of course, FDR returns.

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

Music Together September 2014

September 2014: Fall Semester Starts September 15!

Welcome back and Happy Fall! We think everyone is going to LOVE the BONGOS Collection!We will be learning new songs from around the world, including drumming to a traditional African folksong, tapping our sticks to an Irish folk tune, singing a new song in Spanish, and chanting about some funny animals that live in Australia. The 10 week session starts September 15 and runs through the week of November 17. Register today online!

News! Starting this fall, enrolled families will receive a songbook, ONE CD, a Family Resource Guide and a code to access Music Together’s brand new Family Music Zone! There you’ll be able to easily download the songs from the Bongos song collection, in addition to exploring fun content created just for you. To access the Family Music Zone you will create an account at using the code found on the inside back cover of the Family Resource Guide. Families will also continue to receive a quarterly e-newsletter with lots of great information regarding music and child development, as well as fun ways to play with music at home. Make sure to check out the most recent e-newsletter!


Upcoming Events

September 7: Visit us at Grosse Pointe’s Village Fest on Kercheval Avenue between Cadieux and Neff between 12 and 5 pm with free demos at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Find us in the Kid’s Zone near St. Clair and Kercheval.


September 9: Free Demo Class in Grosse Pointe at 9:30 am at the Grosse Pointe Music Academy. Please invite friends that are new to Music Together to experience the fun of learning Music Together-style! Please call us at 734.418-0640 to register!

September 13: Free Demo Class in Canton at 10 am at the Grosse Pointe Music Academy in Canton location. Please call us at 734.418-0640 to register!


What a Busy Summer!

Your Hummingbird Music Together teachers were busy birds this summer! We hosted three Sing and Sign events in Grosse Pointe jamming with amazing groups between 75 -100 people each month. We continued our amazing run of demos with the Canton Public Library and reached a new record with 138 people movin’ and groovin’ together all at once!


We also recruited a new teacher to join our team! A big welcome to Leah Fox, newly Registered Music Together Teacher to our teaching team! Here is more about Leah:


Leah has enjoyed music for her entire life, starting piano lessons when she was four and earning her B.A. in Music from Huntington College and her M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Along the way, she has enjoyed singing in choirs, playing in bands, and performing in musicals. Music is such an important part of her life that when she had her son, Elias, in November 2012, she started looking for a music activity and found Music Together. Since they began classes, she loves how much music has become a part of their everyday routine. After attending the Music Together teacher training and seeing how carefully the music is chosen and the program is planned, she is even more excited to teach this fall!

With the addition of Miss Leah, we are now able to expand our Canton class schedule so check out the new class date and time options available starting this fall.


Fall is always a great time of the year to reset a schedule for learning and fun. We hope we will be seeing your families back in class and look forward to exploring new music together as your little ones continue to grow! Thanks you!


Sarah Boyd, Director and Teacher

Emily Schienke, Hazimah Sovoda and Leah Fox, Registered Teachers

Henry Bahrou, School Director, Grosse Pointe Music Academy