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European School of Music celebrates 20th anniversary
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
May 22, 2013 02:09 PM | 932 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Twenty years after its inception, European School of Music appears to be hitting all the right notes.

The Sandy Springs artistic venue is just scratching the surface of its potential, said founder Angela Oyzboyd.

“I’ve gotten feedback from grateful parents and students saying that the way the school was teaching had not only developed a long-lasting love of music, but developed many important learning skills and abilities that they could carry out through their lives,” she said.

Oyzboyd, a classically trained pianist, established the school in the summer of 1993, a couple of years after emigrating from eastern Europe.

It offers lessons for children as young as 5 through adults.

Bonnie Feuer, a school alumna, also praised the curriculum’s impact on pupils there.

“European School of Music’s method of teaching is unique. … [The] European model is opposite from any new, modern mechanical method. It emphasizes the relaxation of the whole body, which could be applied to any aspect of life, developing not only technical skills, but beautiful instrumental tone,” she said.

Feuer has even gone so far as to start up Supporters of European School of Music, which includes business partners in education.

Continued and new support from an array of corporate entities and other organizations will be key moving forward, proponents say.

“I feel it would be very important, if [the school] could provide more student scholarships for needy children, as well as children with special needs and especially gifted children,” said Feuer.

Among the other fruits of similar potential collaborations is Oyzboyd’s envisioned series of concerts performed by “high-quality” artists in the school’s concert hall free and open to the public.

New programs in music, theatre and drama productions — with interactive shows involving families with children — are also on tap.

“These programs will enrich Northside communities with the performing arts and could benefit children’s learning and social life in many ways, especially expanding their knowledge in music, literacy, reading, history as well as improving self-esteem, focus, memory and social capabilities,” Oyzboyd said.

The school celebrated its anniversary with a piano concert last Sunday.

Information: www.euroschoolmusic.org.
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