Newsletter JANUARY 2020
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“Building Better Futures Through Music”
JANUARY 2020 Newsletter






In This  Issue:

Winter Recital

The Raffle

Special Thanks

New Classes Classes Beginning in 

Meet Student Natalie Lastra

And Her Mom María Lastra

Winter Recital

This past December 14th, 2019 FAYM, proudly conducted its last and final recital of the year 2019.  This was a free concert from FAYM's “Violins for Kids" program.  As in other years, this Recital was amazing!  The music was just "breathtaking." The musical instruments in the hands of our talented students sounded distinguishably special and was just amazing.  Project Coordinator Tim Thomas, teachers and students from all grades and groups performed and played their instruments beautifully. The atmosphere was exciting; it managed to embrace our senses with unique sounds from well-tuned up instruments and skilled talented hands.  We also enjoyed special musical numbers performed by FAYM instructors.  They too, managed to captivate our minds with a magisterial performance; demonstrating once again that they are great, amazing teachers.  We are privileged to have them teach our kids, a future generation of potential teachers and performers.  Teachers and parents were involved in every moment of this special event.

The Raffle

We also would like to express gratitude to all of those who participated in buying tickets for the two Christmas baskets which were donated by our special friend and mother of two FAYM students, volunteer Mayra Gema.  We congratulate the two winners of the baskets for their good fortune.  We are also happy to let you know that $190.00 dollars was collected from the raffle.  This money will go to the continuation and support of the: FAYM program for Kids.

Special Thanks

We would like to express sincere gratitude to the founder Mr. Harold Weller,
Co-Founder Mr. Arturo Ochoa and to our Board President, Mrs. Claudia Rivera among others, for making possible such an amazing event. We would like to give our most gracious thanks to our sponsors for this event; Soto Violins and Violin Outlet for financially supporting the presentation of Christmas gifts to every student after this year's recital.  Also, we would like to give thanks to Fire Force Comics for really making a difference this year with our kids. Fire Force Comics gave us incredible prices on the gifts by only charging us their costs. This was an altruistic act which made every one of our FAYM students happy when they received their Christmas gift this year. We would also like to give special thanks to the volunteers, who unselfishly gave their time and resources for such a great event. They not only donated their time, but all the food that was shared with all, after the recital.  President Claudia Rivera, with other volunteers, such as, Mayra Gema, Esmeralda, Johaida Beltrán among others, made sure everyone who came to the event were taken care of. On behalf of our FAYM family, we would like to wish all our readers, a Merry Christmas and a Prosper New Year 2020.
Blessings to all!
Nelson Baires



New Classes Beginning in January

Attn: Students in grades 3-5!
New Violin Classes! Pre-register at:

Please join THE FAMILY OF FAYM today
by donating online (click HERE) 



Meet Student Natalie Lastra
Natalie Lastra is in 3rd grade at Harmon elementary School. She and her mom, Maria were interviewed by Arturo Ochoa.

What instrument you play and why did you pick that instrument?
I picked to play the Violin, because my sister plays the violin and because I like it also.

What do you like about your music lessons?
I like my teacher, Mrs. Johnson. She makes learning fun.

What is the hardest thing you are learning?
The hardest thing for me at the moment, is learning “F Sharp”. Because it sounds weird and trying to place my fingers right it's not easy, hard to know where my fingers go.

What is your favorite thing you have learned?
 “ringing string”
     And what is ringing?
Is learning a song without knowing what song it is yet, not knowing the title of the song or the lyrics, just by sound and then try to guess. But, it's fun to learn it.

Is there a song you want to learn how to play?
Yes, I would like to learn, Mary Had a Little Lamb.

Natalie, you will be on stage on December 14th for the first time. How do you think you are going to feel, when you perform in front of all those people?
I will feel nervous.

How does it feel when you practice a lot and your playing gets better?
It feels good, I feel happy because it shows I'm learning.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a Dance teacher.

Do you think learning music will help you with your goal?
Yes, I will use my violin so my students can dance, while I play for them.

What would be one thing you would tell kids today that are learning the violin?
Try your best!

Thank you Natalie, it was a pleasure interviewing you today.

And Her Mom María Lastra

How many children do you have attending FAYM?
I have one child attending FAYM, my daughter Natalie.

How did you hear about FAYM?
 I heard about FAYM through a family friend.

How long have you been with us?
This is our first year with FAYM.

How did you feel when you first saw your child with a violin in her hands?
I felt very proud, it was exciting to see her holding her violin and enjoying herself, she was excited.

Was your child happy to get her violin?
She was very excited to hold her violin for the first time, she was really enjoying the moment, she was carrying everywhere. She even named it, “her baby”.

Is your child enjoying the learning of playing the violin?
Yes she is, she is very much.

Is bringing your child to us twice a week worth your time?
Oh yes, definitely. I see it as an investment in her future, and by her wanting to learn an instrument and being excited about it, bringing her it's the least I can do.

Have been there any problems in bringing your child to our classes?
Not really, sometimes traffic makes it a little hard, leaving work and rush to the house and pick up the kid and her violin and try to make it on time it could be a challenge, but is worth it.

Have you seen any changes in your child since she started playing the violin?
Yes, she pays more attention to music and she sometimes tells me when a violin is part of a song. Her hearing is getting better at recognizing those details.

Do you think other parents should bring their child to music classes like ours?
I believe they should, yes. As I said before, this is an investment in your child's life. Loving music can be very rewarding in their lives.

What is the hardest thing for you to make music lessons possible for your child?
The driving is the hardest part of all, getting home through the traffic can be a real challenge, making it on time is difficult and sometimes we get to the classes just at the stroke of the clock.

If FAYM was not here, would your child be involved in music lessons? Why?
Definitely no, classes are very expensive, especially when these are private. I wouldn't be able to afford them, and also most places that offer music classes are not near our area.

This interview will be in our next Newsletter in January Is there anything else you would like to say to ourFAYM family?
Keep supporting you child, your children. Be patient and do not press them, give them wiggle room for them to adjust and find their way on how to learn. Do not push them, give them space to learn, otherwise they might stop wanting to continue learning.

Anything else you would like to say?
Thank you for offering this program, thank you for caring and for having teachers who care and that are true professionals. Thank you for giving this quality music for such a low price. Thank you for your hard work.

Thank you so much for allowing us to interview you and get your opinions and concerns, it's been a pleasure.


Please join THE FAMILY OF FAYM today by donating online (click HERE) 

Please join the Family of FAYM
You can donate directly online (click HERE) OR by mailing your check to:
FAYM:  PO Box 1993; Las Vegas, NV 89125-1993.
Share your love of music with a deserving youngster.  You'll be glad you did!
(All Contributions are Tax Deductible.)



Winter Recital, 2019


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