Guest Speaker, Anthony Mazzocchi, DATE CHANGE- Author “The Music Parent’s Guide: Survival Kit For The New Music Parent”

Trombonist Anthony Mazzochi, a native of MaplewoodNJ,  Donated 500 copies of his book The Music Parent’s Guide to the Newark School of the Arts.  The 47-page resource book provides practical, step-by-step instructions for parents with little or no musical experience who want to support their child's interest in a musical instrument. From picking the right instrument to play to recognizing whether your child is practicing correctly, The Music Parents' Guide arms parents and students with essential information needed to get a solid start on their musical craft. Mazzocchi Wharton Music Conservatory board member since 2013 is an alumnus of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, where he was a member from 1990-1991.

Says Mazzocchi, "During my time as a teacher, administrator, and professor, I have been fascinated by the fact that so many students are interested in playing a musical instrument, yet one year later most quit. I spent a lot of time contemplating teacher and student education, but when I began writing a blog for music parents in my district in order to educate them about helping their child learn an instrument, the attrition rate reduced dramatically! That was the inspiration for the book."

Mazzocchi goes on to explain that he didn't want to scare parents with a thick manual; he supplements the parent guide with blog posts and a YouTube channel for parents who choose to dig deeper. The book, which to date has sold over 25,000 copies, was written for parents of children who come home from school with an instrument for the first time and think they may just do it for a year and call it quits or parents who gave up on music when they were younger for reasons that they probably didn't understand.

"Anthony Mazzocchi crafts an insightful and informative guide for the music parent-to-be...An important read for parents preparing to invest in their child's musical future," says Christopher Woodside, Assistant Executive Director of the National Association for Music Education.

For more information about The Music Parents' Guide, visit www.musicparentsguide.com/book.

A GRAMMY® nominated music educator, Anthony Mazzocchi has performed as a trombonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Riverside Symphony, Key West Symphony, in various Broadway shows and numerous recordings and movie soundtracks. Mazzocchi has served as faculty or as a frequent guest lecturer at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and Mannes College of Music. He has taught grades 4-college and has served as a school district administrator of fine and performing arts. He has been a consultant for arts organizations throughout the NY/NJ area and is currently Associate Director of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey and Co-Executive Director of the Kinhaven Summer Music School in Weston, Vermont.  Mr. Mazzochi is a native and resident of Maplewood, NJ.