October 2021 Newsletter

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Our Community Service this month will be our Fall Program for Excelsior Nursing and Rehab and Valley Manor. This will be filmed at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 30th starting at 9:45.

Students wear costumes and/or decorate their faces and play piano pieces using their music. All pieces are fall-themed: pumpkins, cats, frost, autumn mist or spooky in minor keys.

We are using two different pianos with no lost time between pieces so it will move quickly. Pianos are on opposite sides so parents and friends will want to sit on the side where the student is performing.

No limit on guests you may invite as it is a large auditorium. The program will be on YouTube and I will give you the link and is also on DVD’s for the nursing homes.

I will have openings for two students mid October. If interested, please call 816-637-3507.

September 1, 2021

Our summer challenge was a great success! Our studio was challenged to memorize 100 pieces and we did it!! Every student (except 5) memorized at least one piece and we are celebrating this week with ice cream. Students who memorized the most are Madelyn Maney (22 pieces), Gianna Maney (13), Bridie Chapman (12), Harmony Bovard (10), Alex Jack and Evelynn Stewart (6 each).

We are starting Halloween Music this month for a program at Excelsior Nursing on October 30th. Also learning ear training this fall (it will say ET book 1 – 5 in assignment book).

The theme for the next essay is “Music is Inspiration.” This is a competition for piano students in Missouri in grades 7-12 with the winner earning $75. Past winners (Mackenzie and Genevieve) cannot participate. Start thinking.

No piano lessons on Monday, September 6th which is Labor Day.

August 2021 newsletter

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Great job students! We have reached 78 memorized pieces this summer. There are 26 days left. Ice cream is rewarded for all who helped reach our goal of 100 pieces for our studio. You are awesome!

An acoustic piano with bench is being offered to my students for FREE. Do you need 88 keys and a sustain pedal to play your pieces as they were composed? Please contact me to see a picture and for contact information.

The new schedule made to accommodate those students requiring a different time will begin the third week of August: the 16th to 20th. I will email and text reminders of your lesson time that week. Thank you for requesting a change several weeks in advance and checking with coaches for practice times.

July 2021 Newsletter

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Summer break ends July 11th.

Students participated in a fun June weekday piano activity. Mackenzie finished all the projects and as of today, Alex and Izabel have completed 20 and Katelin 19. They will receive “Symphony” candy bars. There may be more winners!

Our studio summer challenge, along with many other piano teachers in the USA, is to memorize 100 pieces between June 1st and school starting. Sixteen students have memorized 32 pieces towards our goal. Ice cream for all who participate!

Here are some links for pop music: https://fmsheetmusic.com (pop songs by Jennifer Eklund and popmusicplus.com (video/anime music by Chrissy Ricker).

June 2021 Newsletter

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I have been fully vaccinated! You may wear or not wear a mask; I will wear a mask if you ask me to do so.

Thanks to everyone who participated in and came to our outdoor piano recital. Especially the Bowmans who loaned and set up their Korg piano; we couldn’t have done it without you! Students performed their pieces from memory; it was very windy! They were awarded five finger trophies, 10 point and 30 point trophies and blue ribbons for all. Goody bags had water blasters (because I’ve had a “blast” teaching you), pens and treble clef paper clips.

We are working on pop music, lead sheets and learning a variety of ways to play chords. June has a fun piano activity sheet to complete for prizes.

Summer break will be July 4th through July 12th. No holidays observed in June. I appreciate knowing when you will be gone so that I have openings to make up lessons.

There is a lovely acoustic piano and bench available! Please contact me if you are ready for an upgrade.

May 1, 2021 newsletter

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Keyboard Merits was successfully done virtually with the adjudicator, Dr. Helen Brown on April 30th. There were 21 students participating.

Thirteen students earned the maximum of 6 points; there are 4 levels in this category: 6 minus minus, 6 minus, 6 and 6 plus. The students earning a 6 (+ or -) are: Alex, Bridie, Champion, Clara, Ella, Emily, Forrest, Georgia, Izabel, Jason, Katelin, Madeline and Rose. Congratulations on excellent preparation! Everyone will get their critique sheet at your piano lesson this week.

Our recital is Friday, May 21st starting at 5:00 in the parking lot of the church across from the high school. Four families will perform for you (and whoever you invite) and receive ribbons, trophies or a goodie bag. Each performance will last about 15 minutes; please honk and cheer for them. Cones mark the location for the four cars with performers. When the group has finished, please move out of that area so the next group can park.

May 31st is a holiday with no lessons. Summer lesson schedule remains the same unless you request a different time (if available).

April 2021 newsletter

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Keyboard Merits is April 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please come 5 minutes before your scheduled time. It is virtually in the studio with only the student and the adjudicator present. Your critique and score will be given you at your next piano lesson.

Our recital is outdoors this year in the parking lot of the Presbyterian Church across from the high school. It will be on Friday, May 21st starting at 5:00 p.m. in the evening and each performance will last about 10-15 minutes. Four families will perform for you and receive their ribbons and trophies; you may honk your horns and cheer for them. Groups will be scheduled every 30 minutes. No invitations, compliment cards or reception this year.

Summer lesson schedule remains the same unless you need to switch. Next holiday is Memorial Day on May 31st – no piano lessons that day.

March newsletter

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Keyboard Merit fee of $16 is due this week. When a judge is confirmed I will open sign-up times of 15 minutes each. Hoping for April 30 or May 1.

February worksheet winners are Bridie Chapman and Frankie Winters with 5 perfect each; second place are Ella McQuerrey, Della Andreasen and Clara Gilliam with 4 perfect each. Congrats for showing what you have learned!

Mackenzie Cole won the music essay contest for the state of Missouri! A copy of her essay is on the desk in the waiting room. She receives $75 and it will be printed in a National music magazine soon!

Planning an outdoor piano recital in May!! It will be in a church parking lot and small groups of students will play and receive their ribbons and trophies. Each section of 4-5 students should last 10-15 minutes. Applause by car horns!!

February 2021

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Piano lessons are offered every weekday, virtually or in person. This includes President’s Day.

Piano exams showing what you have accomplished in piano this year will be the end of April or first of May. If you have had lessons less than one year, you will play one piece with the music and one from memory for a judge. The longer you have had lessons, the more you play. For this you get a ribbon and certificate and the judge awards points based on how much you have learned for the number of lessons you have had. The judge offers suggestions to help you. Trophies are earned for every ten points, getting larger with 20, 30, or 40 points.

You may compose a piece for Piano Explorer magazine to compete for prizes. The theme is “farm life.” My studio is allowed 10 entries for this contest. I have staff paper and I can help you but you must come up with the idea – planting or harvesting; animals on a farm for example.

January 2021

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Thank you to all who participated in the virtual Christmas program for our senior citizens. Mackenzie and Courtney Cole put everything together and sent to the nursing homes and we owe them A HUGE THANK YOU! The program is on my website in the “gallery” if you missed it. Parents, thank you for helping with their Christmas outfits and listening to the hours of practice to get it perfect!

The music essay with the theme “Music…is a Storyteller” is due online January 10th. Open to students in grades 7-12; prize is $75.

Anyone under age 19 can participate in writing a musical themed poem. Five winners of $100 each; deadline online is February 1st.

We are preparing for piano exams by learning how to make and play chords this month. Advanced students are choosing pieces to play for the judge. Exams will be early in May; hoping for a spring Recital.

No holidays from piano this month. If my street is untreated, I will notify you so that we can have a virtual lesson.