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$36 Off Music Classes at California Music Studios

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Have you ever wondered where to find the best piano teacher or a wonderful singing coach for your little one?
 Music classes from California Music Studios are your answer!  

There is nothing sweeter than seeing (and hearing) children respond to music. Whether music helps bring them out of their shell or gives them the opportunity to showcase their inner Beyoncé, there is something really special about seeing a child’s face light up when they’re around music.

That’s why I was so excited to chat with our new Sponsor, Jennifer Paterson, founder of California Music Studios, an organization that matches children with talented music teachers throughout Southern California, to find out more about how California Music Studios helps pair children with music teachers based on the child’s own interests, goals, and ambitions.

Jennifer, an accomplished musician with three degrees in music, decided to open California Music Studios in 1987.

After moving to California from Boston, where she was the principal soprano for the Boston Lyric Opera Company (I told you she was accomplished!), she immediately recognized that parents needed help and guidance to find a trusted and talented music teacher for their child.

Jennifer had the experience and expertise to offer them this help.

The organization grew by word of mouth from 2-3 teachers back in 1987, to over 350 teachers today. Through my conversation with Jennifer I found out exactly why that growth happened so naturally.

Teachers Come To You

As a busy mom of two, I am well aware of how challenging it can be to shuttle kids from one activity to the next. If you sign up for music classes from California Music Studios you have the option of having a teacher come to your home to teach the lesson or visiting the teacher’s studio. The option to save time, gas and energy is such a huge convenience.

California Music Studio Screens for You

Out of the 60 applicants that Jennifer receives each month only 3 or 4 are chosen to join California Music Studios. I can’t imagine the time and effort it would take me to scour through the internet to interview and test that many teachers to find the best option for my little one.

Over 65 Performances a Year (FREE OF CHARGE)

California Music Studios offer Formal Recitals and informal Music Club recitals, totaling over 65 performances for students each year. Students of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate, and parents, relatives, and friends are all welcome. The best part about this — they are free of charge.

These recitals help children gain confidence and self-esteem. In addition the student enhances their comprehension and retention of material by being asked to learn a piece for the performance. And, I can’t think of any better way to show off the hard work they’ve put into their lessons. It’s an amazing and rare opportunity.

Class Variety and Customization for Your Child

Because California Music Studios works with such a vast number of teachers they can truly customize the lesson for your child based on you and your child’s interests and goals.

The company has more than a 98% success rate in matching students and teachers, but if for some reason the teacher you were assigned is not the best match for your child, there is an option to change teachers.

Focus on Fun

The last and probably most important reason why I believe that California Music Studios has been able to grow into such a successful business is that it is clear that the company was built out of a passion for music and that both the teachers and the students are having fun. They have students ranging from age 4 to 94 which shows a love of music can last forever!

All Tiny Oranges Readers Get $36 off your first month of lessons.

(New students only. Limit one per household. Not to be combined with any other offer or discount.) 

If you’re interested in signing your child (or yourself) up for music lessons please call California Music Studios @

760-632-7577 for more information, or visit

[Disclosure: California Music Studios is a new Tiny Oranges Sponsor, and we are so happy to be able to spread the word about their wonderful classes.]

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Singing Praises for Fancy Nancy the Musical Songs

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Oh Fancy Nancy, how I adore thee. Your fancy words, your spunky personality, your fun way of teaching my kiddos new vocabulary….and now your songs on our favorite new Fancy Nancy the Musical CD we were recently sent for review. The CD features the original Off-Broadway cast recording and I was pleasantly surprised to find that even I sang along and enjoyed it.

So yes, I am singing praises for Fancy Nancy the Musical songs and anyone with their own little Fancy Nancy will say, “Oh la la!” to this collection too.

My daughter is just beginning to read this adorable series, created and written by Jane O’Connor, about a girl named Nancy who makes it her mission to make everything fancy. And, my little girl LOVES being fancy (see above picture for proof).

Boas, sparkles, tutus, tea parties, and of course, practicing the use of “fancy” words are her cup of tea.

In this super cute collection of tunes, it tells the story of Nancy and her best friend Bree, who want to be fancy mermaids in their upcoming dance recital…and Nancy ends up being cast as a…wait for it…a TREE.

Nancy bemoans…what is fancy about a TREE?  And thus, the musical comes alive and takes you on a sweet little storyline of how Nancy and Bree cope with being cast as “ordinary” parts (that’s a fancy word for simple!), versus fancy, glamorous stars.

The songs are upbeat, catchy, and pretty darn cute. Even my three-year-old son doesn’t seem to mind listening. (You can check out a preview of the songs on YouTube, and see for yourself how entertaining they are).

Each morning, my little princess asks me to put on Fancy Nancy in the car.  When I asked her why she likes it, this is what she said, “I like the under the sea music.  It makes me happy.  Oh, and I like her [Nancy’s] crown and fancy stuff.”  Well, folks…enough said!

And if Fancy Nancy the Musical ever visits Southern California, my little girl and I are going to have a girl date…starting with a fancy tea party, of course.

Disclosure:  I was given this CD to listen to by Danny Abosch (Composer, Arranger, Music Educator), which features his music…and I am SO excited that my little girl and I can finally sing along to Fancy Nancy songs, as well as read her books! Merci Danny!

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