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Deborah Heagen
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Lives in Flemington, NJ 08822
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Music By Deb is very proud to be the January sponsor of Team Carpe Diem- a running team dedicated to end brain cancer.

To find out more about TCD and their 2014 fundraising campaign, click the link below:

http://hope.abta.org/goto/teamcarpediem
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On Your Six!

A lot is said about voice and time spent with students.

Well, I got an email last night that made me think about something a little different.

The subject line was interesting- "Fan letter- well wishes."

Hmm...

It was a bit bizarre, but my website, www.deborahheagen.com, is split up into two sections- acting and Music By Deb. It's very possible that whoever was sending me the email went to the acting portion of the site. They had used the 'contact me' form since my email address is not listed online.

Then I opened the email.

Hello Debbie, I came across your site and truly think you are a very talented and charming actress...you have a wonderful look! I wish you much future success in your career and I hope you will please be so kind and send me your autographed photo. Thank you very much + kindest regards, Lenny 

He also included his home address.

While I was flattered, some red flags went up. Who was this guy? How did he find me? Why does he want an autographed photo?

The whole thing struck me as rather bizarre.

I decided to do some digging and consulted with my friend Google. After running the guy's name through the search engine, I found another actress' facebook page that had the same letter from Lenny. It was littered with comments from other ladies that had the exact same email sent to them. Some were in England and some were even further away. Most were in the United States. All letters held the same compliments- talented and charming, wonderful look, future success, etc. 

Something was up.

One comment was particularly interesting. It mentioned that this could very well be a ploy for identity theft. By having an autographed photo sent to this fellow, he would have my signature and something he could potentially copy. He would also have a home address.

By the end of the thread, it was very obvious that it was not a normal email and that something was certainly not right. The general consensus was to not send anything, which is exactly what I plan on doing.

The moral of the story, folks, is to watch your back. If you have a feeling that something just isn't sitting right, do your research. Trust your instincts and consult with others. 

It might just save your identity.On Your Six!

A lot is said about voice and time spent with students.

Well, I got an email last night that made me think about something a little different.

The subject line was interesting- "Fan letter- well wishes."

Hmm...

It was a bit bizarre, but my website, www.deborahheagen.com, is split up into two sections- acting and Music By Deb. It's very possible that whoever was sending me the email went to the acting portion of the site. They had used the 'contact me' form since my email address is not listed online.

Then I opened the email.

Hello Debbie, I came across your site and truly think you are a very talented and charming actress...you have a wonderful look! I wish you much future success in your career and I hope you will please be so kind and send me your autographed photo. Thank you very much + kindest regards, Lenny 

He also included his home address.

While I was flattered, some red flags went up. Who was this guy? How did he find me? Why does he want an autographed photo?

The whole thing struck me as rather bizarre.

I decided to do some digging and consulted with my friend Google. After running the guy's name through the search engine, I found another actress' facebook page that had the same letter from Lenny. It was littered with comments from other ladies that had the exact same email sent to them. Some were in England and some were even further away. Most were in the United States. All letters held the same compliments- talented and charming, wonderful look, future success, etc. 

Something was up.

One comment was particularly interesting. It mentioned that this could very well be a ploy for identity theft. By having an autographed photo sent to this fellow, he would have my signature and something he could potentially copy. He would also have a home address.

By the end of the thread, it was very obvious that it was not a normal email and that something was certainly not right. The general consensus was to not send anything, which is exactly what I plan on doing.

The moral of the story, folks, is to watch your back. If you have a feeling that something just isn't sitting right, do your research. Trust your instincts and consult with others. 

It might just save your identity.
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The New Girl In Town

I have an adult student who does community theater. Last winter, we did a show together and had a really great time. Recently, the theater did a production of Hairspray. She got a nice role.

She nearly quit the show.

The whole time we've been working together, this woman has been battling her self esteem. She constantly picks apart her sound and often stops vocalizes to tell me how awful she sounds. I keep telling her that her job is to make noise. My job is to help her make the most joyous noise possible.

Sometime during one of her low points, I heard a ton of "I just can't do it." That was a lie. She could do it, and she was very good. The director picked her for her role over his own sister. That says a lot about her competency right off the bat. The lady didn't believe me and continued to think that she was the most awful person in the cast.

After the show opened, something absolutely incredible happened. My student shed her skin and left her insecurities behind her. She sang with confidence and gave herself permission to make mistakes. Her lessons got easier. If she didn't like the sound she was making, she waited for me to correct it instead of stopping herself mid "aah." It felt and sounded like I had a new student.

I'm proud to say that it has been over 6 weeks since the show ended and she's singing better than she has in the last year and a half we've worked together. When I asked her what changed, she stated something very simple: "I started believing in myself." She went on to explain that she was listening to some of the other singers, singers she had raved about at the beginning of the rehearsal process, and realized that their tongues were up on the inhalation and that there was a ton of tension in their voices. It took opening her ears and turning off her inner critic to realize just how much she had going for her.

While her approach was a bit unorthodox, the energy in her voice soared, she relaxed, and has a lot more stamina than she had in the beginning of the summer. ("Doubting yourself is exhausting!") She's borderline fearless and is discovering all of the wonderful sounds her voice can make. 

I'm very proud and can't wait to see her in her next role.
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Music By Deb is very grateful to Staples for their ability to create banners and refill business cards on the same day! With their help, we'll be all prepared for the Raritan River Festival this Sunday, September 29! MBD will be there in support of The Beez Foundation, whose aim is to cure pediatric brain cancer.

For more information about the Raritan River Festival, please visit their website: http://www.raritanriverfestival.net/

Did I mention that admission is FREE?! It's sure to be a great time for a great cause!!!

Plus, the first person to find the MBD booth and say the password (Piano Lessons) gets a free lesson!
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Photos from Patriot Day 2013 in Clinton, NJ
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It's a great day for a song! What's on your playlist today?
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One of the many good things about having friends that are musicians is that they tour and open your ears to new and different sounds. 

A friend from many moons ago, Vikesh Kapoor, will be taking part in something called Make Music Philly on Friday afternoon. He'll be playing homespun folk songs on guitar and harmonica at a venue called Nakey at 2PM. The event is free (!!) and I'm very much looking forward to reconnecting with a friend from 12 years ago. 

The entire event of Make Music Philly is pretty amazing. It's a music festival that's happening not just in Philly but all over the world! It's a celebration of sound for the masses. Please go and seek out new artists. All performances (to my knowledge) are free. You have nothing to lose!

Many of the activities are interactive. Have you ever wanted to try your hand at opera? Now you can! Want to explore jazz or electronica? You can do that too! An impromptu folk performance? Why not! 

Personally, I'll be reuniting with my buddy Mozart to sing his Requiem at 6:30. It's one of my favorite pieces and I can't wait to sing it again. 

More information about Vikesh can be found by visiting his website: vikeshkapoor.com or his Facebook page: Facebook.com/vikeshkapoor

To find out about the Make Music series in Philadelphia, kindly visit www.makemusicphilly.org

I look forward to seeing you at the festival!!
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It'll Calm A Rattlesnake's Tail!!!

It's been a moment since the last post, but I'm here with some exciting news!

MBD is officially sponsoring a team of runners!! Team Carpe Diem is a two woman running team who will be using 2014 to run at least 1 5K, 2 half marathons, and finish the year by running the full Chicago Marathon as a fundraiser for the American Brain Tumor Association. If you'd like to be apart of TCD, send me a message and I'll help facilitate.

As an aspiring music therapist, I'm always looking for new ways to help my clients reach their full potential. I recently received a glockenspeil for my birthday and am looking to use it with a student who needs a little extra TLC. 

In my search, I stumbled upon a Japanese phone commercial. It was extremely innovative and by far the most creative I've seen in quite some time.

It uses both Bach and nature. It also quieted my hyperactive cat for 3 minutes. (His twitchy tail didn't move an inch! A miracle!) Perhaps it will bring some peace to your day as well.

Enjoy!

Forest Xylophone Plays Bach ~ 森の木琴 [HD]
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Couldn't make it to the Raritan River Festival this afternoon? Never fear- here's an album to get you all caught up!
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Duck, Duck... MUSIC!

It's not every day that you walk down Main Street and encounter a big, yellow duck.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm proud to announce that Music By Deb will be participating in the Rubber Duck Race at the Raritan River Festival next Sunday, September 29. Not only did we get a flock of ducks to benefit The Beez Foundation to battle pediatric brain cancer, but Music By Deb will officially have an information table at the event! Now is the perfect time to come out and see what MBD is all about!

The Raritan River Festival is being held at Boyd Park on Route 18 in New Brunswick, NJ. The Festival itself is over 30 years old and hosts a vast array of activities for the whole family. The best part is that admission is FREE!!! Come on out between 12PM and 6PM. It's sure to be a lot of fun!

In the meantime, check out The Beez Foundation. The founder, Susan, is an incredible lady and I'm truly honored to be a part of something so special.

www.beezfoundation.org
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In Perfect Harmony

Last week I had the opportunity to do something very different. I taught voice and harmony classes to three different age groups. 

This was a HUGE challenge.  Prior to this, I had really only taught on a one-to-one ratio.  What do you do and how to do you approach the situation?

The first group consisted of two girls, sisters, ages 6 (and 3/4) and nearly 10. They both had a great sense of pitch and were not only adorable, but paid attention and worked hard. We did basic exercises. When it came time to sing a song, I chose "Anything You Can Do" from Annie Get Your Gun. We had to change some words (we weren't 'shooting' partridges with a single cartridge, we were 'printing' them... like with a computer) and skip some verses (alcohol  references were deemed inappropriate), but the girls were troopers and really hung in there. 

The end result was absolutely adorable. There were a few small harmonies and the last one got lost when the little one tried to help out her big sister, but we were able to stage and choreograph the number. The mother was very happy and the girls were jumping for joy. 

The second class I taught was a bit tougher. I had five students that were between ages 4 and 6. Four were girls and the youngest was a boy. What made this group tricky was not that they were little and wiggly, but the fact that it was co-ed. What do you do? My go to book features all Disney Princess songs, but that wasn't quite right for the situation. I resorted to more Disney and doing one song a day. It is impossible to get children that young to sit still, let alone harmonize, so the focus became pitch and attention span. We did a few rousing renditions of The Mickey Mouse Club March and marched around the keyboard while clapping and singing, Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast, and One Jump Ahead from Aladdin. For the little boy, we tried to sing Second Star To The Right from Peter Pan, but it proved to be far too slow. Every day ended with the goodbye version of Mickey Mouse Club song before returning the little ones to their parents. 

The parents were overjoyed and the class was so popular that it's being brought back in the fall. The adults and younger siblings would look through the window of the room. Folks, we had a crowd! It was one of the most fun classes of the week!

As a contrast, I also got to work with teenagers. The class consisted of  2 students- a 12 year old girl and a 16 year old boy. They were both very talented (PHEW!) and they hung in there with me. My worst fear about this group in particular was that one was going to have a tremendous sense of the pitch and the other one would not. We took a slightly slower pace and really took our time with warm ups. To start, I chose a song from the Broadway show Once called "Falling Slowly." The harmonies were far from complex and it was a good starting block. 

These kids knocked it out of the park. They took it seriously and we were all giggling by the last day. I am so proud of both of them.

What was very interesting is that all three groups exceeded my expectations tenfold. By not holding each group to the same standard, everyone had the opportunity to shine. They all, from what I could tell, had a really great time and I'm hopeful to see some of them back in the fall.

Also, if you're on facebook, don't forget to like my page!
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Look who made the jump to LinkedIn!

Don't forget to add me as a connection!

www.linkedin.com/pub/deborah-heagen/75/a9a/562/
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I teach piano and voice lessons in Morris and Hunterdon Counties in NJ
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    Music Teacher, 2011 - present
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Flemington, NJ 08822
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  • Five Towns College
    BFA Musical Theater, 2006
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    Music Therapy, 2014 - 2016
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