April 2019 Newsletter (Revised)

Dorothy's Monthly Newsletter

Upcoming Events: Keyboard Merits Friday, May 10th 2:30-6:45 at church across from HS Invitations for the recital will be available there. Bring all music you are performing; including memorized pieces and technic. The technic is 20% of your grade. Each piece is graded on note accuracy, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, phrasing, tonal balance, touches, pedal, continuity and memorization. If you don’t understand any of these terms, please ask me.

Recital Friday May 24 7:00 p.m. at Barbee Presbyterian Church Dress for girls is skirt with top or a dress, for boys it is button shirt or polo with slacks or you may wear a shirt and tie if desired.

Memorial Day Holiday Monday, May 28

Summer Break is July 22-August 2

Please rate me on Google. Type in Dorothy’s Piano Studio and it will ask for a rating and stars.

I am considering offering PayPal as a payment convenience. Would that be helpful to any of you? There is a convenience fee of $3. Please let me know if you would like this.

Late fee starting now will be $15 a week starting on the 11th of the month.

The Spring Special on Google is offering piano lessons at $50 a month if started by May 30th. After that date, new and returning students will have increased tuition fees but the present students will be grandfathered in at the rate you now have.

Thank you to all who have taken your time to send testimonials. I appreciate that you understand my desire to positively impact your kids with piano lessons.

Information about piano tuner and technician is on the FAQ page. Accomplishments of students show up regularly on facebook, instagram and the blog page. Links to helpful hints for piano parents is coming soon.

Georgia’s composition

Student composes music.

“Piano Explorer” magazine offers an opportunity for young composers to write a piece and enter a contest for the most outstanding composition. This year’s theme was “about your pet, the one you have now, the one you wish you had, or the one you used to have.” Georgia composed “The Bouncing Beta”, a piece about her pet fish.

Recital piece memorized!

Cole was the first student to completely memorize his recital piece he chose at piano lessons and show me how well he can perform it. He is holding the music but he doesn’t need to look at it anymore. Great job, Cole. Way not to procrastinate about getting the job done. Now he’s working on the rest of his pieces to play for the Keyboard Merit judge!!

Ellie proudly shows her piano badges

Ellie & piano badges
Ellie earned five badges on her lanyard at piano lessons this week! Badges are earned for accomplishments learned and demonstrated at her lesson. Examples are learning rhythm, dynamics, phrasing and letter names and for the littles (age 5-8), learning right hand-left hand, finger numbers, names of keys etc.

Congrats to Patty – practicing every day!

Patty has practiced every single days for 1300 days! Students are asked to practice one minute for each year of their age six days a week. This means a five year old would practice five minutes and a ten year old would practice ten minutes at a time. I hope that they would choose to practice at least one more time in a day because without practice, there is little progress. In order to be featured in the magazine “Piano Explorer” a student must do at least the minimum every day for 100 days in a row.

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