A: Artur Schnabel was one of the most important and influential musicians of the first half of the 20th century! The documentary film by our Artistic Director Markus Pawlik about the legendary pianist and modernist composer Artur Schnabel is now playing on Amazon. “Artur Schnabel: No Place of Exile" https://www.amazon.com/Artur-Schnabel-No-Place-Exile/dp/B07GVSD3ST
Congratulations to Daniel Mah, student of Markus Pawlik, for winning the Livermore Symphony Competition - a competition that Academy founder and director Mark Anderson won twice as a youth growing up in Pleasanton! As a winner Daniel will perform the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 on February 23, 2018 with the Livermore Symphony.
NEUROSCIENTISTS HAVE DEMONSTRATED that learning to play an instrument or sing leads to changes in a child’s brain that make it more likely they will reach their full cognitive and academic potential. This may be why learning to play an instrument can be fun, but also difficult! There is significant merit to the idea that [...]
Music lessons are not just another activity. While this short essay is not an attempt to bash team or solo sports, chess club, math tutoring, or any other after-school (extra-curricular) program that parents subscribe to for their kids, it is designed to remind and enlighten NWMA families as to what exactly music lessons mean. Research [...]
https://youtu.be/ILctbP8Z4z4 NWMA Owner and Executive Director Mark Anderson discusses new releases for August on Nimbus Records. The 37 minute podcast was recorded at Wyastone Leys - home of Nimbus Records - in the UK when Mark was there to record his fourth CD of Röntgen's solo piano music this past June.
August 5, 2018 New for the 2018-19 Academic Year To all of our current students and families as well as those who are visiting our site in search of the right destination for learning music for themselves or their children, NWMA has recently made changes to our policies and tuition structure for the 2018-19 academic [...]
NWMA extends hearty congratulations to the following students of Ms. Kiki for outstanding exam results for 2018 ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) testing: Anish Reddy Kolan - Grade 5 - Mark 95 (with Distinction) Brandon Hughes Lu - Grade 5 - Mark 85 (with Merit) Pranav Palagummi - Grade 5 - Mark [...]
To those who have launched them, the first performance of a chamber music program feels like a testing-ground for all the hard-work, preparation, administrative (read: schedule) juggling, and tireless practicing, in addition to all the efforts by parents, teachers and administrators to make it all come together. Well, today it can be said that those [...]
Watch this short interview with NWMA violin and chamber music director Rebecca Wishnia done for SFgovTV and their Women At Work series. We're very proud to have Rebecca on the NWMA team!
NWMA is proud to announce the addition of saxophonist Joshua Marshall to our faculty. Joshua holds a Masters degree in performance from Mills College and performs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with a variety of ensembles. His own compositions are infused with heavy doses of improvisation as is his collaborative work with ensembles such [...]