Wow, it's been a busy couple months! We've had five group classes, completed the annual Morning Practice Challenge (scroll down for the winner list!), welcomed three new students - Diane, Danae, and Livy - and are halfway through preparing for our YouTube recital! Everyone has been composing an original piece based on two rhythmic motives and a scale of their choice. After notating their compositions, students are practicing them until they're ready to record, hopefully in the next couple weeks!
Congratulations to Livy, winner of our Morning Practice Challenge, who practiced a total of 292 morning minutes in one week! Runners-up were: Frankee (250 min), Abby (185 min), Audrey (158 min), Shiloh (152 min), Arya (148 min), Calie (115 min), and Danae (71 min). I'm so proud of all of you!
Lastly, parents, keep an eye out for your child's annual piano progress report. I've finished writing them and will send out next week. Parent-teacher interviews will follow the week of the 23rd-27th. Look forward to chatting with you then!
Congratulations to everyone who participated in our Holiday Grooves Concert! You all worked so hard to prepare and I couldn't be more proud of you!
Also thanks to all the parents (and one grandparent!) who joined us for Bring A Parent Week! We had a lot of fun improvising, playing theory games, sight reading Christmas carols, cup tapping, and composing. We also challenged the parents to name five traditional holiday carols, and they came through with flying colors! The winners who named five out of five carols correctly are:
Team Evan and Sarah;
Team Charles, Joanne, and Ian;
Team Calie and Diane; and
Lastly, a warm welcome to new student Aria! We look forward to sharing our love of music with you in the coming year. 😊
Have a wonderful holiday everyone, and I'll see you in 2020!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am personally very thankful to have such an amazing group of families in my studio...it is an incredible privilege to be able to share my love of music with you and your children. Thank you for giving me that opportunity.
A warm welcome to new student Jonah! Your enthusiasm for creating music is infectious, I've had a blast working with you so far!
Thank you to all the parents who attended the 2019 "How to Get the Most for Your Child in Piano" workshop on Saturday the 5th and sent back your comments...I'm so glad you found it helpful!
In Heather Pfeil's words,"I personally found, being with you for this workshop, gave me great insight into your mode of teaching, and your passion for what you do, and your music. [My husband] Gerald enjoyed meeting you and understanding your expectations. We both liked meeting the other new parents, and listening to their stories. All in all I commend you for taking the time and putting together and hosting a very informative workshop, thank you. The workshop is an awesome idea, and [I] would recommend all parents participate, as it certainly gives you, as a parent a toolbox of great ideas on how to encourage your child to be a great student, and you to be a supportive parent, in a very positive way."
Also, we are currently wrapping up our four-week Pirate Challenge. Congratulations to everyone who completed the challenge in the allotted month: Abby, Arya, Audrey, Daniel, Evan, Jesse, Katalina, Shiloh, Wesley, and Yuna! I especially enjoyed hearing your original pirate compositions and improvisations...take a listen to a couple of my favorites below!