Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Thoughts

 (We'll be closed New Year's Day)

We're so lucky to be in the business of music.  To see first-hand the power it has to transform our spirit by giving someone an energetic boost at just the right time, by inspiring a contemplative moment or resurrecting a special memory and by providing a much needed peaceful escape from our hectic lives.

At Open Mic we see it bring all kinds of people together, whether its to appreciate a shared song, recognize a person's effort or absorb the encouragement of others so freely given.   We see the many brand new friendships bonded here.  We see the challenges and laughter exchanged at each impromptu collaboration.  The vibe at Open Mic seems to bring out the best in everyone.  It's like music therapy.  Actually a few people have told us that.  If we could duplicate our Open Mic around the world, I'm pretty sure the world would be a safer and happier place.

At recitals we see a student's hard work and butterflies turn into a boost of self-esteem for their accomplishment.  We see the support in a parent's hopeful gaze as their child takes the stage evolve into joyful pride and maybe the realization that their child is one of the lucky ones.  Not all families can afford music lessons.  Some make significant personal sacrifices so their child can.  Others donate to our scholarship fund so they can make a difference for someone else's child.  They are making a difference.  Four scholarships were given out this year.

If you know of a child that wants to learn an instrument whose family cannot afford lessons, let them know we have a scholarship program and we do have scholarships available.  With your help we can make a difference in their lives through music. 

From Rick and I and all of us here at Rick's Music, we hope you have a wonderful New Year, full of memorable moments and new discoveries. We hope it's a good one!

Rick's Music Scholarship Program:
Applications are available at the Lesson Desk.  This Program is funded in part by Open Mic admission and by private donations.  If you'd like to sponsor a child, any donation is welcome.  Memorial donations are a heartfelt way to pass on the gift of music. 
Please make checks payable to:  Rick's Music Education Fund 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Show us what you got from Rick's

Did we help Santa put some music in your Christmas? :)
Show us how you liked it!

We'd love to share your photos in our online Facebook album. Post them on our Facebook wall or email them to us at: and we'll add them for you!  Check them out here:

 Rick's Facebook Wall

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snow Update: We're Open Today

Hi Everyone, 
Hope you enjoyed the Holiday weekend.  The main roads and highways in our area have been cleared and we're open today for business as usual.  Lessons scheduled for today will go on as planned.  However, if your teacher has any schedule changes, he or she will be giving you a call directly.
Thank you for checking in...please drive safely and enjoy our winter wonderland.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Band Video Demos

One of our customers is offering a pkg for bands who want a video demo. It sounded like a good thing to share with you.  John Black has been doing video's for the music industry for many years and he's a nice guy. 

Here's John's offer:  If you have a band or would like to give a gift to a future Star, I will do 3 songs and Edit them with your titles, using High End ..TV Quality get 1 MASTER DVD,  you can copy as many as you need for distribution or for gifts.. also will upload your Video to You Tube, under the Johnbizzyguy Account/Channel.. for more info John Black 617-283-3626

Hope this is good info for you. If you don't have a place to shoot, we have rented out our Cafe for a video shoot a couple times.  If you do a video, let us know, we'd love to see it.  Good Luck!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Intro to Guitar - Adult Class starts in January!

 Jan 9 - Feb 13     Sundays 1pm to 2pm    (6 wks)

Have you been wanting to explore playing guitar?  This is the class for you, where you'll learn the fundamentals of guitar playing with a few other like-minded adults.  Instructor Mark Carvalho will keep it fun and get you started on your musical journey.  He'll teach you all the newest tricks to get you playing the music you love faster.  You'll need an acoustic guitar for the class and to practice at home.  If you need one, we have inexpensive beginner guitars for adults starting at $119.99 that are teacher-approved.
TIP:  Inadequate guitars or even great guitars not properly adjusted can be a critical roadblock to your success.  If you've already got a guitar, great.  Bring it in for a free check up a couple days before class starts so we can make sure it's good to go. 
Stop dreaming and make it happen!  Call 508-977-0200 today to reserve* your spot!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Jan 5th          COST:  $115 (includes all class materials)
*Non-refundable Tuition deposit of $50 is required to reserve a spot.  Balance is due before the first class.
 Pssst!  This class is a great gift to give to surprise someone who's always wanted to learn.  Add in a guitar and you'll put together a wonderful gift for less than $250!  Priceless!!

Intro to Guitar - Class for Ages 8-12 starts January 9th!


Jan 9 - Feb 13    Sundays  noon to 1pm       (6 wks)
This session is full!
Call 508-977-0200 to get on the list for the next one!
Explore the world of guitar!  Instructor Mark Carvalho will teach you the fundamentals of guitar playing and help you develop good techniques to build upon.  You'll enjoy learning tips to help you play your favorite music faster.  You'll learn be learning with a small group of kids in your age group who, like you, want to play guitar even though some aren't sure if they can do it.  You can!  Mark will keep it fun and get you all started on your musical journey together. 

You'll need an acoustic guitar for the class and to practice at home. If you need one, we have inexpensive beginner 3/4 size guitars, perfect for kids, starting at $89.99 that are teacher-approved.  Or, you can rent a guitar for the 6 weeks for $29 and we'll apply the rental fee toward its purchase any time before Feb 14.

TIP:  Inadequate guitars or even great guitars not properly adjusted can be a critical roadblock to your success. If you've already got a guitar, bring it in for a free check up a couple days before class starts so we can make sure it's good to go.

Wanna Play? Call 508-977-0200 today to reserve* your spot!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Jan 5th              COST: $115 (includes all class materials)
*Non-refundable Tuition deposit of $50 is required to reserve a spot.  Balance is due before the first class. 

Preschool Music Class (ages 3-5) Starts Jan 13th!

Preschool Music Class
This session is full! 
Call 508-977-0200 to get on the list for the next one!
Jan 13 - Feb 10      Thursdays  11am - 11:45am   (5 wks)

Your preschooler will experience the joy of making music in our Rhythm for Rascals Class.  Simple concepts of music making are woven into activities they'll love.. singing, rhythmic games, making of instruments, hands on fun with musical instruments and onstage performing.  Instructor, Grace Morrison, will infuse her joy of music into each activity.  She'll encourage and reinforce social interaction skills, such as respecting others, sharing, taking turns and teamwork skills.  Your rascal will love Thursday mornings and so will you! 

Class size is very limited!  Call today to reserve* your child's spot! 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Jan 8th                             COST: $85 (includes class materials)

*Non refundable deposit of $50 is required to register your child.  The balance is due before the first class.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Wrapped Gifts, ready to go!

We did the wrapping for you!
Choose from a selection of Gift bags full of accessories most needed by your favorite guitarist or drummer.

There's also starter packages for future musicians of all kinds!  Our knowledgeable staff can customize any package to suit your wishes and budget.

We make musicians happy!
Choose from Gifts Packages
Priced from $7 and up
Customized packages available

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday Open Mic Party & Food Drive

It's a Party and You're Invited!

When: Thursday, Dec. 9th
Time: 7pm (performer sign up is at 6:30)
Where: In the Cafe at Rick's Music World
Bring: A non-perishable food item for our Food Drive
Admission: $3 per person
(All proceeds to benefit our Food Drive)

Free Refreshments - Bring a dish to share if you'd like.

Join us for this festive night of music and friendship. Open Mic Performers are welcome to play holiday songs or any other songs they choose. We'll celebrate the camaraderie and diversity of our musical community. The coffee and goodies are on us. But, if you have a favorite dish you'd like to share with your fellow Open Mic'ers, it will certainly add to the spirit of the evening.

The Food Drive will benefit "Our Daily Bread", the Taunton Soup Kitchen which serves hot meals daily to folks who might otherwise go without, and the "Raynham Food Basket," a food bank, serving Raynham families who need a helping hand. Last year was our first year for the Food Drive. With your generous donations, we raised and donated over 150 lbs of food and $65 in supermarket gift cards for them. This year their needs are great. as you can imagine.  This year's GOAL is 200 lbs and $150 in Gift Cards.