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The start of each school year is an excellent time to set into place good habits that can lead to a success in the classroom and self-confidence for students. Take the time to write down steps for students — no matter their age — to help guide them as they return to school. Review them as needed. For the younger children, make the steps visible each day. Add picture reminders for students who are not reading yet.
Tensions rise with the temps as Valley families are smack in the middle of summer break. While it’s nice to spend more time with the littles, every parent knows the chaos that comes with a restless bunch. When it’s time to get the crew out of the house, consider one of these East Valley eateries where kids get more than just a pint-sized meal.
Tickets are available for the Higley Center for the Performing Arts September kick off event to welcome the 2014/2015 season at the center.
Finding the roots of the blues, from Memphis to the Tennessee Delta
In-demand jazz trombone soloist Harry Watters and local 28-piece Salt River Brass will be joined on stage by Pat Sheridan and Sam Pilafian on tuba, Mike Kocour on piano, and Dan Bukvich on percussion, to perform songs from the Great American Songbook. The concert will be filmed for theatrical release.
DETAILS >> 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $12; free for children 2 and younger who sit on an adult’s lap, but you must pick up a ticket for such youngsters at will call. (480) 644-6500 or MesaArtsCenter.com.
Best known internationally for his performance in the FOX series “House,” the Golden Globe-nominated actor Hugh Laurie — who’s also an accomplished musician — will perform June 3 at Mesa Arts Center with the Copper Bottom Band.
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER
Mesquite High School
500 S. McQueen Road
(480) 632-4750 or MesquiteHighOrchestras.org
Mesquite High’s Dudley passes on the gift of music
By Stephanie Perrault
The resounding theme of Amber Dudley’s life is music — and it’s a catchy one Dudley loves sharing with her students at Mesquite High School, where she has taught for the last 15 years.
The Director of Orchestras and Performing Arts Department Chair, Dudley says many of the best things in her life came as a result of music. She began her musical journey by playing piano in church. She went on to learn viola in her school orchestra, attended Northern Arizona University on a music scholarship, and became the first person in her family to earn a college degree. She met her husband because of music, and their three daughters have musically inspired names.
Dudley wants to pass those blessings on to her students, giving them the benefits she had to grow personally and professionally.
“I want to give the same opportunities to my students as I was given and use music as an educational tool to inspire youth to achieve greatness within themselves,” she says.
In addition to leading the regular string and orchestra programs, she provides travel opportunities for students to music festivals and famous concert venues — like Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center — and offers professional mentorship to her students even after they graduate.
“I love to see the students shine and to encourage students that they are unique, special, and should celebrate their individual talents. Being a mentor to (them) is an honor,” Dudley says.
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Anna Han is one of three Arizona high school seniors named a U.S. Presidential Scholar this week. The honor is somewhat deceiving in name.
The music of Led Zeppelin will kick off the 2014-15 season at Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert.
As a “volunteen” at Chandler Regional Medical Center each of the past three summers, Lindsey Chew noticed many patients or family members often sitting alone in the hospital. She would strike up a conversation but soon determined that wasn’t enough.
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At just 13, Ethan Bortnick has moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer, and a driven humanitarian, dedicated to combining his musical pursuits with his charity work.
Angie McCartney and daughter Ruth have been Beatles insiders from 1964 onwards, when Angie married Sir Paul McCartney’s father, Jim, in November of that year. Angie and Ruth McCartney are coming to Chandler March 21 and will share their walk down the long and winding road of the biggest music phenomenon that the world has ever seen.
Who’ll stop the Scottsdale schools?
The piano-playing satirist, who got his start in a piano bar on Capitol Hill, helps audiences find the humor in American political drama.
Wherever I go in the country, or the world for that matter, if there is a music-related site I take the trouble to visit it. When I was in Rio de Janeiro, I made a beeline for Garota de Ipanema Café and Bar, where the great bossa nova song “The Girl From Ipanema” was written. Last year, while in Nashville, I visited the new Johnny Cash Museum and in New York strolled by the Brill Buildings, where folks like Carole King (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”) and Ellie Greenwich (“Da Doo Ron Ron”) wrote the songs we remember from the 1960s.
A lime green Steinway embellished by artist Dale Chihuly stands in MIM's artist gallery.
Tempe residents can participate in an upcoming one-day community project to clean up the city’s neighborhoods, schools and parks.
The Mesa folk rock band Murrieta, recently named one of Phoenix New Times’ Top 5 Must-See Shows of the Week, is quickly becoming a force to reckon with on the local indie rock scene.
Innovation struck 9-year-old Kylie Smith one day when she was at the piano. She was thinking about sea animals, about their life under the sea, when she began to translate their existence into music.
Michael W. Smith, who casually refers to himself as “Smitty,” is considered a superstar in the world of Christian music. Throughout his career, the singer-songwriter has won three Grammy Awards and more than 40 Dove Awards. GetOut chatted with him this week ahead of his Jan. 11 stop at Celebrity Theatre.
DALLAS — Dallas is a city that likes to do things big, but that doesn't mean you'll have to sell the ranch to have a good time here.