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January/February 2020 at Academy of Sound

Updated: Jan 30, 2020

Music making a difference

Dear Academy of Sound community,

In this newsletter, we highlight a special musical project led by AOS Director of Education and voice teacher, Keith Hampton: The Lullaby Project.

We also catch up with former AOS student and instructor, Hannah Best.

Keep warm and keep practicing!


The Lullaby Project pairs pregnant women and new mothers and fathers with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. Around the world, the project reaches parents in healthcare settings, homeless shelters, high schools, foster care, and correctional facilities.

Produced and directed by AOS teacher Keith Hampton, The Lullaby Project CD will be released on March 28, 2020, at the Overture Center in Madison. A live performance of music from The Lullaby Project will be presented that day for free, in three special Kids in the Rotunda shows.


Important dates to remember

Friday February 14: AOS closed

Saturday February 29: District solo/ensemble festival @ Verona

March 23 - 27: Spring break. No AOS lessons or classes

Saturday April 25: State solo/ensemble @ UW-Platteville

Our Spring Recitals are Sunday May 17, at Oregon Performing Arts Center (Oregon High School). Admission is free, with donations accepted in support of Academy of Sound Foundation providing music scholarships for kids.

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AOS weather closures: Not always the same as Oregon schools!

ALWAYS check our

website, Twitter, or Facebook to confirm whether we are open or closed.

You may also check channels 15 and 27, or call us at (608) 371-9030, and listen to the recorded message.

You also have the option to call the student in as absent, if you determine that travel from your location to ours is unsafe for any reason.


Add some music to your social media feed

Join the Academy of Sound group on Facebook to connect with other families & events.

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Where are they now? HANNAH BEST

Hannah was a student at Academy of Sound from 2003-2010, and a teacher from 2009-2011.

She recently wrote to tell us:

"Since my time studying and teaching piano at AOS in 2011 I have continued on a creative tilt-a-whirl. Over the last few years I received my bachelor's degree in sculpture and community art practices, while also learning the craft of floral design. Now I keep my hands dirty with flowers, clay, and other mediums, but my practice is still rooted in a love for music - bumping to my favorite tunes is still my creative fuel!

As I wrap up my 25th rotation around the sun, my current focus is sustainable off-grid living, as I plan to move into a 20 foot travel trailer this spring. Once moved in, I will be parking my home at an organic pig and vegetable farm in the Pacific Northwest to learn about farming and community markets! Hard to say what’s in store after that, but I am forever grateful for what AOS taught me about the endless wonder that creative practice brings to a community."

Thanks, Hannah!

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