Music is like love – to feel its greatest effect, it should be shared with someone. And like love, a passion for music can be nurtured so it flourishes and grows into its own unique beauty.
The European School of Music & Chess, located in Sandy Springs, does just that. Led by its founder, Angela Oyzboyd, the school has been nurturing young students’ interests in music for decades and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
The European School of Music & Chess method of teaching significantly develops music abilities, focus, concentration and attention, and an understanding of music theory. The students also learn relaxation techniques that can aid in their performances as well as their daily lives.
“It is foundational knowledge about basic techniques that involve complete relaxation of body and arms, and using gravity to make a full tone that could express, for example, the genius music of Beethoven and Chopin. If this technique is learned from the beginning, young children can easily do this, portraying the character and the feelings in the songs they play,” Oyzboyd said, adding that the lessons apply not just to classical music, but to all forms, including popular, folk, and Jewish music.”
Oyzboyd said the students can learn how to make beautiful singing tones that imitate the human voice simply by using the piano.
“It doesn’t depend on musical talent. Any student could do this if they follow this teaching,” Oyzboyd said. “This allows them to play with a panel of colors and inspires them to practice as they enjoy the end results.”
The school’s curriculum stresses that the most important goal is to teach the students how to connect with the music they are playing and make it their own.
Oyzboyd and her staff are proud of the litany of alumni who have graduated from the ESM and been accepted into leading conservatories and universities, including Harvard University, Columbia University, Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music at Rochester University, Manhattan School of Music, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, Boston Conservatory, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, University of Edinburgh, Duke University, Cornell University, Washington & Lee University, Amherst College, Middlebury College, Emory University, California Institute of Technology, University of California-Berkeley, University of Chicago, Brandeis University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and more.
“Our teachers from Europe and the United States have been working together at the European School of Music for three decades. They are highly educated and trained professionals, united by a mutual teaching philosophy and European teaching method.”
Oyzboyd noted that the European School of Music & Chess is a 501(c)(3) — nonprofit educational organization. The school, along with the Southeast Nature Society, are part of The Conservatoire, a nonprofit established in 1993.
The school is looking to expand its facilities and is currently accepting donations and financial contributions. The ESM depends on volunteer support as well as the community’s generosity to help fund concerts, facility services, equipment needs, and scholarships for students identified as especially gifted and students from families who cannot afford music lessons.
“One of our goals is to build an outside auditorium in a nature setting on our campus. This will enable us to share our performers’ beautiful music with more people from the community, in addition to our indoor performances.”
Oyzboyd said she chose the name, The Conservatoire, as it reflects her school’s mission: teaching students to understand the importance of conserving beautiful music and beautiful nature, and developing a lasting love for both, and passing on this spiritual value of music and nature to their children.
The European School of Music & Chess is located at 5187 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. For more information, call (404) 255-8382 or visit www.euroschoolmusic.org/index.
- Sasha Heller
- European School of Music
- Angela Oyzboyd
- 30th anniversary
- music theory
- Harvard University
- Columbia University
- Oberlin Conservatory
- the Eastman School of Music at Rochester University
- Manhattan School of Music
- Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University
- Boston Conservatory
- Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
- University of Edinburgh
- duke university
- Cornell University
- Washington & Lee University
- Amherst College
- Middlebury College
- Emory University
- California Institute of Technology
- University of California Berkeley
- University of Chicago
- Brandeis University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Southeast Nature Society
- The Conservatoire