Events

Sounds SpeakEasy

Join us for an evening of vintage nostalgia and unforgettable experiences! Attendees will see performances from students and hear from our CEO Kirk Johnson throughout the night. Participants will have an option to choose their game of choice during the event: Mafia or Trivia

You can also register to log on at 5:30pm and do a mixology class where you’ll learn to create two vintage drinks from a real mixologist professional before our games begin! (Must purchase your own ingredients before mixology class.)

Saturday, October 17 2020

Mixology begins at 5:30pm, Mafia and Trivia begin at 6:00pm

To register please click this LINK.

Cover The Crescent

Due to matters related to Covid-19, Crescent Ballroom and SOUNDS Academy have decided to postpone this years Cover the Crescent. New Date TBD.

Instrument Petting Zoo

In an Instrument Petting Zoo, SOUNDS Academy brings instruments to schools and community centers so that children can try instruments. SOUNDS Academy students and volunteers help participants in trying instruments such as the violin, viola, cello, piano, and guitar.

Upcoming Instrument Petting Zoos:

All Instrument Petting Zoos have been postponed during the Covid-19 Quarantine

Sounds SpeakEasy

On November 9th at 6PM, please join us for an elegant evening of hors devours, drinks, and music. During the evening you will learn about SOUNDS Academy, the impact of our programs, and ways that you can help to spread music education opportunities in underserved areas of State 48. You will also hear wonderful selections from our piano students and other selected SOUNDS Academy ensembles.

Please RSVP by clicking HERE.

If you have already RSVP’ed, you can access the secret page by clicking HERE.

Spring Recitals

Concert Week was AMAZING!
Our students had a wonderful year and showed it with every note that they played.
We look forward to seeing you all next year for our Spring Recitals.
Keep May 4th, 2020 – May 16th, 2020 open in your calendars!

Sounds of Seamus

Sounds of Seamus is back!!!

In commemoration of our 6th year, we are celebrating our anniversary on September 7th. Join us at Seamus McCaffreys and hear the sounds of House of Stairs and The GRIFFTONES. This will be an evening of awesome music, prizes, and fun! Get your wristbands and raffle tickets by clicking HERE!

September 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Seamus McCaffrey’s
18 W Monroe St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Orpheus Male Chorus for SOUNDS Academy

POSTPONED

The Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix, in partnership with First United Methodist Church of Phoenix, is presenting a free concert to benefit SOUNDS Academy Sunday, March 29th at 3:00pm.

Concert goers will get a preview of Orpheus’ spring concert series. In addition, as a special treat, students from SOUNDS Academy will perform and there will be a short presentation by SOUNDS Academy regarding their programs.

An opportunity will be provided during the concert for attendees to donate to SOUNDS Academy, a very worthwhile non-profit organization. Information on all of SOUNDS Academy’s programs will be available. Come out to listen to Orpheus and SOUNDS Academy while supporting music education!

Charity Pie Night

POSTPONED

On May 22nd, Practical Art will host a Charity Pie Night to benefiting SOUNDS Academy!

A $5 donation gets you a slice of a Vonceil’s Pies creation! A $10 donation gets you as many in-house tastings as you’d like! All donations, and 10% of all sales that day, will be donated to SOUNDS Academy!

The delectables (made by our favorite sister/helper Karen Olson) have previously included Banana Peanut Butter Cream, and Strawberry Jalapeno. Bring your own plate or pick up a handmade one on the spot to keep things eco-conscious!

May 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Practical Art
5070 N Central Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85012

2020 Vision: The Benefit Concert

2020 Vision: The Benefit Concert is an event that looks at the past, present, and future of SOUNDS Academy. Beyond performances by SOUNDS Academy students, and special guests, we will award students with scholarships, community partners with awards, and our seniors will make their college announcements.

100% of the proceeds from this concert will go towards spreading music education opportunities for children in Title-1 Schools and lower income neighborhoods.

This celebration of SOUNDS Academy and our young artists is an exciting family friendly event for all. If you believe in music education, join us for this dazzling afternoon featuring our talented students and special guest performers!

When: May 16th, 2020 at 1:00pm (Virtual Doors open at 12:45pm)
Where: www.soundsacademy.org/thebenefitconcert

The Art of Practicing - Part I: The Basics

Join our own Janie Dailey and Kirk Johnson as they discuss practice techniques and tools that all students can use in their practice rooms. They will cover tools for practicing, how to divide and conquer your music, how to set goals to supercharge your brain, and so much more. All instruments and levels are welcome to tune in!

View recording by clicking HERE.

The Art of Practicing - Part 2: The Games

Join our own Janie Dailey and Kirk Johnson as they discuss ways to make practicing fun through gaming that all students can use in their practice rooms. They will cover tools, apps, and simple things that you can do at home and in lessons to make the practice time fly by. All instruments and levels are welcome to tune in!

View recording by clicking HERE.

Dynamics & Volume Control

This workshop will include dynamics on the guitar, understanding dynamic symbols like piano and forte, moving the right hand up and down the fret board for a color change from tasto (warm) and ponticello (bright), and how we can use these tools to tell a story with music.

View recording by clicking HERE.

Taking Breaks in Fiddle & Bluegrass Music

Does improvising music on the spot sound intimidating? By the end of this session/workshop, you’ll have the tools you need to improvise – or “take a break” – with confidence! We will study improvisation techniques from bluegrass music and practice jamming together. Students of all experience levels are welcome.

View recording by clicking HERE

Higher Learning: Preparing for Life After High School

Have you ever thought about what you will do after your graduate? Join us for a panel discussion about life after high school. Learn about some of the things that you can do now to prepare for your future. This panel will feature SOUNDS Academy alumni who are currently in college, have graduated, and chose a variety of majors.

Panelist Include:
Cameron Henderson-Cole – 2020 Graduate attending ASU in the Fall
Abby Mintz – 2018 Graduate currently attending NAU
Janae Pierce – 2018 Graduate currently attending Grambling State University
Chloe Calvino – 2016 Graduate and 2020 ASU Graduate attending Bowling Green in the Fall
Reina Montalbo – 2014 Graduate currently working for Casa Grande Elementary School District

This workshop is open to everyone who is interested.

Recording coming soon. 

The Artistic Entrepreneur

Are you a young artist who has an entrepreneurial spirit? Do you have ideas on what you would like to do with your art, or have you thought about how you can impact your community or the world? Join us as we discuss how other artists took their careers into their own hands and blossomed into some of the most impactful individuals that the world has ever seen!

Panelist Include:
Dorrell Edwards – Founder and CEO of Always Timeless Productions and Always Timeless Music Group
Dominque Holley – Founder and Executive Director of Driftwood Quintet
Stephanie Matthews – Founder and Creative Director of StringCandy / Co-Founder of the Re-Collective Orchestra

This workshop is open to everyone who is interested.

View recording by clicking HERE.

Things I learned in The Practice Room

Are you a young artist who has an aspiration to work in another field? Join us for a panel discussion to learn about individuals who played music in high school, college, or beyond and then used those same skills in different occupations.

Panelist Include:
Nina Mullins – Senior Director of Land and Papago Park Center at Salt River Project
Illya Riske – Deputy Director of Arts and Culture with Mesa Arts Center
Devron Warner – VP of Development with Harmonix Music Systems

This workshop is open to everyone who is interested.

View recording by clicking HERE.

Introduction to the Guitar

Have you always wanted to know how to play the guitar? Learn the fundamentals of guitar playing and receive some resources so that you can continue learning.

Panelist:
Laura Meador – Arizona State University

This workshop is open to everyone who is interested.

Recording coming soon. 

Introduction to the Piano

Have you always wanted to know how to play the piano? Learn the fundamentals of piano playing and receive some resources so that you can continue learning.

Panelist:
Janie Dailey – SOUNDS Academy Teacher

This workshop is open to everyone who is interested.

July 30th at 4pm, RSVP by clicking our zoom registration HERE.