Learning to play music is really good for your brain!

Academy students perform at AnMed Cancer Center

Peter Trela and Ritika Surahbi, students of Jeanne Best, recently played the piano at the AnMed Health Cancer Center as part of the Healing Harmonies program. Healing Harmonies is a made up of area musicians who offer their talents to lift the spirits of patients and their families.

Ptrela ritika

Academy Student Performs Senior Piano Recital

Forrest Wang performed his Senior Piano Recital on May 18 at Anderson University. A student of Dr. Christine Miller for six years, he is pictured here with Dr. Miller and his 6-year grand trophy for superior performances in the SC Federation Auditions. He has won numerous honors including first place in his division in 2012 and Honorable Mention in the SCMTA State Auditions in 2014. In 2011, he undertook the Associated Board Royal School of Music Grade 5 Examinations in Atlanta and passed with merit. He also plays the saxophone and is principal saxophone in the Carolina Youth Symphony. He has been a member of the All-Regions Band from grades 8-11.

In addition to being musically talented, Forrest is gifted academically. He was captain of the Daniel HS Academic Team, an AP and National Merit Scholar, as well as a candidate for the Presidential Scholar award. An accomplished chess player, he has won or placed in SC Scholastic Chess tournaments. He graduated from Daniel High School in June as Salutatorian of his senior class. He plans to enroll in the University of Pittsburgh in August on a full scholarship to study computer science. We are proud of his accomplishments and wish him well on his path of excellence.


2014 Spring Recital at Anderson University

Congratulations to Academy students for a successful year!


Why not give your child the gift of music?

My daughter, Aly, took the first tangible steps of her musical journey at the age of five, at the Academy of Music. Her youngest sister had just been born several months before, so perhaps due to a need for stress relief, I impulsively headed down to Farr’s Music House to look at pianos. It had been a long time since I had played one, although I had spent so much time at the piano as a child and through my college years. I suddenly yearned to play Bach again, and decided that the Goldberg Variations might be a good place to start. (Naïve, and ridiculous, but I was pretty sleep deprived at the time thanks to my youngest, a tiny sleepless wonder)

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Why not give your dog the gift of music?

Yes, you are reading the title correctly! Dogs can appreciate music, too. At least, our dog Louis does. Not only does he listen to music, but he sings it as well.
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