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The Music Studio turns 35

Director Noel Liberty says students become like family

Students playing Orff instruments, named after German Composer Carl Orff, during one of their many performances throughout the year.

Students playing Orff instruments, named after German Composer Carl Orff, during one of their many performances throughout the year.

— “They’re teaching them piano, rhythm and music skills,” he said. “They’re also teaching them the beauties and uniqueness of music… It’s an amazing music resource in our community.”

He said many of the kids exude a sense of professionalism at such a young age. Much of this could be due to the amount of practice and preparation that goes into their performances. Liberty said the kids may practice for about 30 hours a week for only a half hour or hour performance. All of this includes learning the vocal melodies, learning the words and even the choreography, which is taught to them by Abby Todd, the choreographer for the studio.

The kids spend a lot of time together, Liberty said, and they soon start acting as family. The older students will begin mentoring the younger students and the younger students start to look up to their elders in the studio.

Philip Ruggirello, 11, is a student of The Music Studio. He said that he has made several new friends during his time there, which he said he now calls several of them his best friends.

“I really like The Music Studio because the kids are really nice and Mrs. Liberty is a really generous person,” he said. “I like it so much and that’s why I do it. That’s why every other kid does it.”

The Music Studio also plays around in the Capital District with around 30 performances a year. Most recently, the students performed at the Macy’s Shop for a Cause on Aug. 27 at the Colonie Center Mall. The students have even toured around various retirement homes in the Capital District where they did choir performance for the residents.

Liberty said the kids will play anywhere, as long as time allows, because they love playing in front of people and sharing the gift of music. The residents at the retirement homes really enjoyed watching the kids perform, she said, and the students even stuck around to chat with some of them.

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