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October Newsletter

In this month’s edition

*New additions to our Music Depot faculty

*The Music Depot Drum Line Performance Dates

*Great songs for the Halloween season

*Practice tips - Metronome apps



We are so fortunate to have a wonderful, professional ensemble of teachers that give their all to our students.  As we continue to grow, we feel it is vital to keep our high standards of excellence towards music education. So it is with great pride that we introduce our newest members to our Music Depot faculty.


Elizabeth Reeves - Vocals



Soprano Elizabeth Reeves recently finished her studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff under a renowned faculty led by tenor Dennis O’Neill.  She received her Master’s in Performance from the Royal College of Music in London, where she appeared with the RCM International Opera School as Arminda in La finta giardiniera and Hélène in Une éducation manquée.  Previously trained as a mezzo-soprano, her other operatic roles have been varied and have included the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro (Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival), the title role in La Cenerentola (London Young Sinfonia/Bedford Park Festival), Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw (Siena Music Festival), and Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites (Brevard Music Festival).  A keen advocate of new music, she has created a number of new roles including Hannelore in Amy Bryce’s Der Eisenhut and Veronica in Ethan Braun’s Don Cesarino, for which she also wrote the libretto. This summer, she was a semi-finalist in the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Aspiring Dramatic Sopranos and covered the title role in Iolanta for the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia.

Dave Roberts - Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Vocals

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After graduating from Perkiomen Valley in 2007, Dave continued his education at Liberty University studying jazz guitar performance and vocal performance. Over the past 12 years, Dave has been involved in many different musical endeavors, from touring as a player, being a guitar tech, and managing and directing large music programs at several large churches and schools. Dave wants to make music accessible to everyone, through breaking songs and parts down to their most basic form, and diving into music that excites each student. Dave has a strong background in advanced music theory that he uses to help students develop their understanding of their instrument.

"I want to make sure that anyone who loves music and wants to learn to play gets an opportunity to express that. My goal is to be an encouraging influence in whatever they want to learn, and get them where they want to be. I love music and hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy it as much as I do!”

Erin Kearney - Strings


Erin Kearney has been playing the violin for almost 20 years and has been teaching for the past few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Mansfield University and was part of the American String Teachers Association(ASTA) while at Mansfield.  During her time in ASTA, Erin was the secretary for two out of her three years in the chapter. Also with ASTA, Erin had the opportunity to travel to teaching conventions and jam out with Mark Wood, formerly of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  Before college, Erin was able to perform at Disney World with her high school Advanced Orchestra. In addition to teaching any level of violin, Erin is able to teach beginning viola, cello and piano.


*To schedule a trial lesson, please contact us at:


Phone: (610) 409-7942


The Music Depot Drum Line Performance Dates

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As usual, our drum line has been making amazing progress over the last 3 weeks.  Under the guidance of Greg Pinney and Russell Downey, this group works tremendously hard every Saturday in preparation for the following performances coming up this month:


October 24th @ 7pm - Phoenixville Halloween Parade


October 30th @ 6:30p - Collegeville Halloween Parade


*We would love to have our Music Depot members join us and walk behind our drum line to distribute candy.  To participate, please go to the front desk to sign-up or email us at:


Great songs for the Halloween season


For many of us, Halloween is a favorite holiday to celebrate.  What’s not to love about dressing up in costumes, giving and receiving candy, and…..listening to fun, spooky songs.  Throughout the month, our faculty will have the opportunity to teach Halloween themed riffs, melodies, and songs to our kids which we will post on our Facebook page.  The following is a list of great songs to enjoy and learn for the Halloween season.  Some of these songs are meant to be played this time of year while others may be heard any time of the year.  What are some of your favorite Halloween songs?


Here are some obvious selections: 


  1. Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters

  2. Michael Jackson - Thriller

  3. Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Cryptkickers - The Monster Mash

  4. Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London

  5. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell on You 

  6. Marilyn Manson - This is Halloween (from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” / Soundtrack)

  7. Edgar Winters Group - Frankenstein

  8. The Blue Oyster Cult - Don’t Fear the Reaper

  9. Varese Sarabande - Halloween Main Theme Song

  10. Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein - Stranger Things Theme Song


Here are some not so obvious selections:


  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising

  2. The Doors - People are Strange

  3. The Cranberries - Zombie

  4. Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf

  5. The Charlie Daniels Band - The Devil Went Down to Georgia

  6. AC/DC - Highway to Hell

  7. Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy

  8. Stevie Wonder - Superstition

  9. The Ramones - Pet Semetary

  10. Santana - Black Magic Woman


Practice tips - Metronome apps


No matter which instrument you play, a metronome is an extremely useful tool for developing your sense of timing and ability to perform with other musicians.  Be it warming up, trying new exercises at various tempos, or learning new songs a metronome will guide you in the right direction towards becoming a skilled musician.


Here are a few metronome apps worth checking out!


1. Metronome Plus

Simple and easy to use due to its streamlined interface.  There are a variety of sounds that are loud enough to be heard while playing.  Perfect for a beginner but will do the job for seasoned vets that have the ability to customize meters.  Also has a great tap tempo function. Available for $1.99.


2. Tempo


This app has a variety of options at your disposal.  No issue with keeping it simple but it does have features that any musician would value, especially a musician that plays out live that uses a click track.  You can create setlists for practicing or playing out live which is a fantastic option to have. And for $0.99 it’s a great tool at your fingertips.


3. Pro Metronome


Very standard metronome that gets the job done.  And it’s free! Options include utilizing various time signatures, accenting beats within a measure, and tap in tempo.  Everything you need for free but also has an option to pay for more features like vibrate, polyrhythms, and creating playlists.  Like I said it’s free, but upgrade options are available at a fee.