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"THE EUROPEAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC PLAYED AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN MY DEVELOPMENT AS A MUSICIAN. I WOULD NOT BE WHERE I AM TODAY WITHOUT THEIR TEACHING, MENTORSHIP, AND PATIENCE."
--DREW SILVERSTEIN, EUROPEAN SCHOOL OF MUDIC GRADUATE, HOLLYWOOD COMPOSER, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF AMPER MUSIC
Handing down a special touch which makes the instrument sing. Developing, with practice, a response ... a feel .. a relationship with the instrument ... until the music becomes part of you, and you become part of the music.
The goals of European School of Music are to teach students how to love playing music instruments, feel the music and truly appreciate it, as well as significantly develop intellectual capabilities, through the enormous power of music and chess.
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Sandy Springs event to examine Music, Nature and Us
The European School of Music, in conjunction with the Southeast Nature Society, will host a unique event, Music, Nature and Us, taking place at the school’s event hall at 5187 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs Nov. 4 at 4:30 p.m.
It is free and open to the public for adults and children 7 and older. It will feature a talk about the connection between nature, music and human beings, as well as nature-inspired composers. Nature-themed songs will be performed by the school’s vocal students and teachers, accompanied on piano and guitar.
There will be suggestions of beautiful lesser-known natural sights that can be visited in day trips from Atlanta as well as a photo exhibit of newly discovered waterfalls and gorgeous natural scenery.
"The school taught me about the meaning behind each song, the emotions in it, not just the notes ... everything that I've learned at the school will stay with me forever."
--European School of Music graduate - Dr. Christina Theodoris, MD/PhD of Harvard's Boston Children Hospital
“The best music education I've ever had. I've taken lessons from many teachers over the years but European School of Music has had the greatest positive impact on my ability to express deep emotions in music. When life's difficult, I go to the piano and get lost in music. It's a wonderful relaxation."
--European School of Music adult student - Peter Cranwell, retired computer engineer
There's more to playing an instrument than learning the notes. It's also about understanding and truly feeling the music. This simple, yet unique teaching philosophy has quickly launched the European School of Music into the spotlight among top music schools in the Southeast.
The European School of Music offers course of study for children (5 years and older) and adults, both beginning and advanced. Instructors tailor the educational experience to meet individual needs, whether a student is preparing for entrance to a highly competitive conservatory or taking lessons for pure pleasure and relaxation.
EUROPEAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC IN THE NEWS...
European School of Music and Chess marking 25 years
by Everett Catts
When Angela Oyzboyd started the European School of Music and Chess Aug. 28, 1993, she had little money but took a risk to fulfill a huge dream. Next week the Sandy Springs school is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
“It was my biggest dream, coming to a free country to create a music school the way I had envisioned it,” said Oyzboyd, who grew up in Eastern Europe. “Looking back, I don’t know how I managed to do it. No one told me how to do it. It was my vision and freedom, and my desire to bring to Atlanta the unique techniques that I mastered after many years of training with some of the best piano professors in Eastern Europe. Nothing like this existed in Atlanta. I wanted to create a place for learning music, where children and adults could learn how to play in the right way, without suffering the repetition of playing a bunch of scales, learning how to feel the music and make a beautiful sound and at the same time enjoying the learning process.
“I wanted to give students the opportunity to develop their inborn abilities to their full potential even if they don’t have a noticeable music talent by adjusting to their capabilities and desires. To carry out the treasure of classical music, enriching people’s lives with its spiritual wealth. To give to the next generation what I got from my teachers, so that treasure will continue to live.”
Oyzboyd said music is the only thing that benefits both the intuitive and logical sides of the brain, “so it contributes to the educational development of the child.” She added Albert Einstein proved her theory by playing the violin from age 6 to his death.
“My discovery of the theory of relativity was the result of musical perception,” Einstein said.
The school started with just two teachers – Oyzboyd and her mother, Lyudmila – and grew to 12 teachers in the decade. The school also gave private music lessons at Jackson, Garden Hills and Barnwell elementary schools in Buckhead and Johns Creek.
The school, which was located on East Shadowlawn Road in Buckhead during its first five years, moved to a larger facility, including an acoustically designed recital hall, on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, where it still sits. It opened with a large concert two days after Oyzboyd’s birthday and two years after she moved to America.
“I established a place of art where kids could learn to combine that classical music heritage with American culture,” she said. “(Learning these classical techniques enable people to play any kind of music, including popular music and jazz, and to even play it better.)”
Oyzboyd said seeing the school turn 25 is “highly rewarding because the school is my heart and my child.”
“And it’s especially rewarding to see the accomplishments and successes of our students, to see them 15 years after they graduated, to see what they accomplished in life, including three highly successful musicians,” she said, adding she’s equally proud of the graduates who took up non-musical professions.
Judging by her former students, in messages posted to the school’s website (unless otherwise noted), she has certainly accomplished her mission.
“The European School of Music played an integral role in my development as a musician. I would not be where I am today without their teaching, mentorship and patience,” said graduate Drew Silverstein, a Hollywood composer of several films’ music and co-founder and CEO of Amper Music.
Graduate Benjamin Warsaw, PhD., a classical pianist, composer and professor of music (piano) at Georgia Southern University’s Savannah campus (formerly Armstrong Atlantic State University), said, “The (school) helped shape the musician that I am today. From my studies at the school I learned how to develop my own individual voice at the piano and was offered a unique approach to music and art. The techniques and methods I acquired prepared me for my journey as a pianist in the professional music world.”
Graduate Christina Theodoris, MD, PhD., a pediatrician at Boston Children Hospital, added, “The school taught me about the meaning behind each song, the emotions in it, not just the notes ... everything that I’ve learned at the school will stay with me forever.”
Daniel Cohen, who graduated from the school in 2012, the same year he graduated from Riverwood International Charter School, is 25 and works as an analyst with Angel Oak Capital Advisors, an Atlanta financial investment firm. Cohen, who started attending the music school when he was 5, said in an interview it’s had a huge impact on his life.
“I played piano all the time,” he said. “I have a keyboard in my room. It’s multipronged impact. The skill I still use. I used to play in a band. In high school I took AP music theory and IB music, which are both college-level classes. If I were a music major in college, those courses would have counted as credit. It really gave me a leg up in those courses on other students because the school focuses a lot on music theory.
“It helped me in my schoolwork in that aspect. Another would be my passion and appreciation for classical music. There’s not a lot of 25-year-old kids who listen to Chopin and Beethoven in their spare time, but I do because I enjoy it and because I studied them.”
In an interview, Cohen’s father, Michael, said going to the music school helped in numerous ways.
“I think the European School of Music's unique approach to learning music helped him with his school work, especially his math,” he said. “Also, when he got to play at (his regular school), it helped with his self-esteem. … Overall, it was a really good experience for his whole family. Learning to play an instrument like that is a lifetime experience. Hearing him learn to play, I’m really glad I did it. It was the best gift that I could have given to him.”
Oyzboyd thanked her teachers, some of which have been there for 22 or 23 years, for their “dedication and passion.” The school, which offers classes for children as young as 5, plans to offer private music appreciation lessons for children as young as 4 and a new program that will include mothers and toddlers in a sing-a-long.
The school is celebrating its anniversary with a special discounted enrollment package and will perform Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at the Sandy Springs Festival’s Cultural Corner. In addition, Oyzboyd said she hopes the school can do more public concerts like the one it performed in June at Chastain Park. Chastain has a piano provided by Play Me Again Pianos, a nonprofit that donates pianos for public use.
Also, in conjunction with the Southeast Nature Society, the school will host an event on music and nature to show the connection between the two, with a student who is a big nature enthusiast, Nov. 4 at 4:30 pm. It will include an educational talk about nature and nature-inspired composers as well as performances of their pieces by our students and teachers. Free and open to the public.
The school is also starting a new program with a student music club to meet weekly to play together popular music in an ensemble band format (piano, drums, guitar and vocal), and is inviting students to join. For more information, visit www.euroschoolmusic.org or www.musiclessonsatl.com.
My son, Daniel began taking piano lessons when he reached 5. He had a wonderful teacher and supportive family members. He learned that keeping up with practice was easier than catching up and even with an active sports life and serious homework, he not only stuck with it but grew from learning to play the piano. He will tell you that it helped him in school and playing classical, jazz and rock didn't hurt his social life either. Giving Daniel the opportunity to learn to play the piano at The European School of Music and Chess (he also took chess lessons and liked that as well) was the greatest gift I could have given him. Great school!! -- Michael Cohen, attorney and father of Daniel Cohen, European School of Music piano student for 12 years
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