After the busy holiday season I was finally able to catch up with my local business spotlight! I love getting to know all these wonderful people that are an essential part of our community and that make an effort to stand out from the competition by printing their own footsteps and making their own path.
Last Saturday I met Ms Feng and we had the most relaxing and fun chat over a cup of tea! It's funny how we can get so familiar with someone who we don't know but that as something in common with us. I know what it's like to have a business and to want to see it thrive and flourish. In Ms Feng's case it is, indeed, flourishing!
Let me tell you a bit about this captivating young lady!
Ms Feng has a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction in Music Education on Piano and Violin from the Eastman School of Music. She was awarded the George Eastman Merit Scholarship and the Schlenkler Merit Scholarship. Continuing her education she received her Master of Music Degree in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music which also earned her the Kanable Scholarship and the Eastman Department Assistant Award. As you can see that in itself is an extraordinary sum of academic achievements.
Besides all of the academic titles, Ms Feng has extensive experience in conducting and performing music. She was in the NJ All-state orchestra Committee for five years and was honored as one of the Governor's Award Judges for five years. Her passion for music and for teaching our youth she became the Orchestra Director of the Affettuoso Tour Ensemble for three years, performing across NJ and the Conductor of the Garden State Philharmonic Prep Orchestra. Please look up Ms Feng further accomplishments over the school's website so you can get the full scope of her professional experience.
Apart from teaching music in the public school system Ms Feng felt that something was missing from her life. With the drive and passion that are a natural part of her personality she decided to open a music school where she could teach, obviously, but that could also give her and her students a greater sense of community. Here, at the Royal Stage School of Music the purpose is to bring people together, through their community and through joint efforts to help other communities even across borders. In each performance there is always the purpose to help a different organization.
When they say music comes from the heart it really means that - music can be the vehicle to achieve greater things, either through church activities, organized donations to people in need or even just focusing on ourselves and how can we become better people with music and through music.
If you go to the school's website here you can access the log of donations and charitable work that has been done since 2015.
If you're interested in knowing a bit more about the Royal Stage School of Music let me tell you that there are several classes from which you may choose:
Both Community Orchestra and Community Band practices take place at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church.
An interesting thing to do is to take your kids to the Parents Night Out that happens once every month at the Royal Stage School of Music and see what the kids come home with! Let them tell you all about their experience and their own curiosity and ideas about music. What's better than let them tell us what they think about music and what they feel after getting to have more contact with it? During these 2 hour events the kids get to try and play some instruments to get a notion of what it feels like. It's an interesting and fun way to see if they are excited about it and if they have a favorite musical instrument! Also, they will be with other children, having fun and the parents get to relax for a while!
Also, I must not forget to mention the prestigious awards that the Royal Stage School of Music has been receiving through the past years. The School has won "Most loved music lessons", from Hulafrog 2017 and students have won competitions and performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Both orchestras won 1st place superior and concert orchestra and received highest overall score award out of the entire competition.
I think we've covered the basis of the school, it's values and how it is structured in different levels and classes to fit everyone. Now, it is your turn to get clicking on the website here and start looking for specific information that might be helpful to you and your children, since the school teaches both adults and children.
I hope you became curious enough to look up some more information about the music school and I would love to have someone leave a comment about their experience, either personal or with their children!