Sunburst Blog

Ernie Francestine by Ernie Francestine  March 09, 2018 

Ernie’s Pick of the month

TL;DR: it’s just dance music

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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  March 09, 2018 

Instructor Spotlight: Barrett Denmon - Guitar and Bass (and Cello!)

BarrettHow did you get started playing your instrument?

I started playing the cello at the age of three I started in the violin but my mother told me I used to cry when I practiced it. When I switched to cello that's when I was truly happy.

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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  March 09, 2018 

Instructor Concert Calendar

It’s a busy season for your favorite Sunburst instructors, lots of album releases and big shows at great venues! get out and support local music!


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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  January 04, 2018 

Group Program Recording Days

recording dayAfter their amazing performance at Mr Smalls Funhouse in December, our growing musicians in the Sunburst Rocks, Suntones and House Band programs took to the studio to learn about the recording arts and to lay down some tracks.

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Anne by Anne  January 04, 2018 

Greetings from the Ableton Loop Festival

ableton festAnne–our awesome DJ and music production instructor–traveled to Berlin this fall to take part in the Ableton Loop Festival and here’s her report! If you’re interested in this kind of stuff, ask us about DJ and Music Production lessons.

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Mikey by Mikey  December 12, 2017 

Sunburst Rocks Countdown to Summer!

countdown to summer squareThe snow is falling, the presents are under the tree, and the menorah is lit. But we have our eyes fixed on warmer weather! That’s why we’re excited to announce our next Sunburst Rocks Season: “Countdown to Summer” (a tribute to the Bonnaroo Music Festival). 

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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  December 12, 2017 

WYEP Names The Buckle Down’s Hard Truths #1 Local Album of 2017

The Buckle DownsIn their annual countdown of their favorite local releases, 91.3 WYEP put Hard Truths at the top of the list. The Buckle Downs feature Sunburst instructors Kiki Brown (voice), Ernie Francestine (guitar and frequent Sunburst News contributor (Ernie from Ernie’s Pick of the Month)) and Jonathan Gulden (Drums).

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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  November 03, 2017 

November Instructor Concert Calendar

Where are your favorite Sunburst instructors playing this month? Here's where you find out... 

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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  November 03, 2017 

Introducing the Sunburst Music Scholarship Fund

Sunburst Music Scholarship Fund

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re partnering with New Sun Rising to form the Sunburst Music Scholarship Fund, a new scholarship aimed at providing free or low cost music lessons to kids from lower income families. Learning music can have a profound impact on the minds and lives of young people, and it’s our goal to make sure that our lessons and group programs are accessible to everyone.

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Rosanna Spindler by Rosanna Spindler  November 03, 2017 

Getting Ready for the Recitals

Drum student and teacher at June 17 recitalI can’t believe we’re already heading into another holiday season and that can only mean one thing…there’s a student recital around the corner!! I absolutely love helping my students get ready for recitals because it’s such an important learning tool in addition to being a fun, enriching experience. Performing is a wonderful way for students to express themselves and show what they have learned. It also establishes clear goals for them to work towards which can spark a great deal of progress in the prior weeks. That’s why preparation is key!

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