March 2023 newsletter

Dorothy's Monthly Newsletter

Lessons available every week including Spring Break. Please let me know if you will not be coming. Deadline for payment for piano exams is March 15th. Fee for the adjudicator is $16 for 15 minutes; $32 for 30 minutes. This is not a requirement, rather something offered if you wish to participate.

Allie Vassmer had 8 perfect worksheets for January/February. That’s every single week they were right! Congrats, Allie!! In second place is Jacob Andreasen with 6 perfect.

Calendar for piano students: Payment for exams due by March 15th Piano exams Monday, May 15, 2:45 to 6:00 in the studio Recital, Friday, May 26th, First Methodist Church, 6:30 p.m. Compliment cards May 30-June 1st Program at Aspire Senior Living possibly Saturday June 10, 10:30 a.m. Summer break June 15 – August 1st

Contact Ms. Dorothy at 816-637-3507 or

January 2023 newsletter

Dorothy's Monthly Newsletter

Piano lessons are available at your regular time throughout January and February. Should the weather be inclement, please call to reschedule on Skype or FaceTime. I have a new internet provider which will improve the sound. Please give me all the notice you can as the stairs are a challenge.

Students achieving the most success with December worksheets will be acknowledged next week on my blog, facebook and e-mail.

This month we are focusing on dynamics, building chords and mastering key signatures – for those who are not a new student!

Parents, look for a note from me on blue paper in the student’s music bag.

Happy New Year!

Contact me at or phone 816-637-3507.

December 2022 Newsletter

Dorothy's Monthly Newsletter

Our Christmas program will be presented Saturday, December 10th to the residents of Aspire Senior Living, 1003 Mockingbird Lane at 10:30 a.m. Courtney Cole is our narrator and we have a special guest harpist, Brooke Chapman. Music of Christmas includes characters such as the Drummer Boy, the Grinch, Rudolph and the Sugar Plum Fairy; in addition to many carols and songs.

Our winter break will be from December 24th through January 1st.

Outstanding worksheets for fall were completed perfectly by Allie Vassmer, Gianna Maney and Champion Tribble.

Inclement weather: school cancelled because of cold – yes, there are lessons Ice on roads – call if you can’t come; you can send a recording or we can do FaceTime or we can reschedule if possible. Snow – my street and hill are usually the second one in town cleared; check with me if in question.

Phone 816-637-3507; E-mail

Merry Christmas! I am thankful for my students and their parents!

November 2022 newsletter

Dorothy's Monthly Newsletter

Thank you parents and students for the fun program at Aspire last Saturday. Thanks to those taking pictures – see my website for some of them. A huge thank-you to those who helped with dressing the performers to match their piece!

Our next program will be a medley of traditional Christmas songs and carols that will bring happy memories for the residents. It will be December 10th at 10:30 a.m. at Aspire Senior Living. No memorizing needed; dress in holiday colors.

Thanksgiving break will be November 24th-26th. If you will not be coming on the 22nd or 23rd, please let me know in advance.

October 2022 Newsletter

Dorothy's Monthly Newsletter

Happy Fall! We are excitedly planning our program for Aspire Senior Living for Saturday, October 29th at 10:30 a.m. Students have chosen fun fall songs and dressing appropriately. We will give lots of smiles and giggles to our audience!

Aspire Senior Living is located at 1003 Meadowlark Lane in Excelsior Springs. There will be a section of seats near the front for those performing so that they will not be walking near the residents. There is exactly the number of chairs for the performers; parents and other guests, please do not sit in that area.

New Christmas piano books will be available this month. You are welcome to play from one of the books given away last April or choose a new one for your piano library. The price is on the front of the book; please remit promptly.

We will not observe any holidays during October. Tuition is due now. E-mail: dorothy.mullikin@ Phone: 816-637-3507

September 2022 newsletter

Dorothy's Monthly Newsletter

Outstanding worksheets this summer were completed by Evelynn Stewart (11), Charlie Edwards (9) and Champion Tribble (9). All work that is perfect is displayed on the studio wall each week. Congrats to these 3 winners!

I attended and participated in an online class this month on student problems and solutions, finger dexterity and coordination and new music for all ages of students including rote and lead sheets.

We are working on our music to be presented Saturday, October 29th at 10:30 a.m. at Aspire Nursing and Rehab. Its going to be so much fun for everyone! We are already working on costumes and activities!

Contact me at or phone 816-637-3507

August 2022 newsletter

Dorothy's Monthly Newsletter

Welcome back students! Hope your summer fun project is going well. We will end August 12th with ice cream rewards at your lesson August 15-18. Ice cream if you have completed 25 out of your 30 projects!

Our fall piano program will be entertainment for the residents of Aspire Nursing and Rehab (formerly Excelsior Nursing) on Saturday, October 29th at 10:30 a.m. We are working on ideas this month.

We will observe September 5th, Labor Day, as a holiday with NO PIANO LESSONS.

July 2022 newsletter

Dorothy's Monthly Newsletter

Summer break for all of July. Students: work on”Summer Piano Fun Challenge”, call 816-637-3507 if you need a copy. Challenge ends August 1st. There are 30 activities; ice cream for those who complete at least 25 of them.

Our next program is October 29th 10:30 a.m. at Excelsior Nursing and Rehab. We will feature fall music which will include Halloween numbers. Wear a costume to entertain them!

See you August first through fourth. Happy summer!!

June 1, 2022

Dorothy's Monthly Newsletter

Thank you to everyone who attended the Spring Piano Recital and to everyone who participated. A special thank-you to Courtney Cole for her unforgettable pictures illustrating winners this past year (that was everyone!)

We are looking forward to entertaining the residents of Excelsior Nursing and Rehab on June 11th beginning at 10:30 a.m. This is at 1003 Meadowlark Lane which is east across 69 highway from ES Hospital. Wear casual clothes and use your music. There are piano duets, ukulele, two saxophone solos, tin whistle, along with the solos.

Summer piano fun activities challenge will be available starting Monday. Try to complete everything before school starts!

Summer break will be July 1st thru 31st. Please let me know if you are not planning to return August 1st. Tuition will be $65 a month for 30 minute lessons.

May 2022

Dorothy's Monthly Newsletter

Presenting achievements of our piano students at the Piano Recital, Friday, May 27 at First United Methodist Church, 1630 Rainbow Blvd. at 7:00 p.m. Invitations available.

June 11th at 10:30 Program for residents of ES Nursing & Rehab.

Fifteen students participated in Keyboard Merit exams. Students earning top honors will be featured this week and next. Congratulations to them for an outstanding performance for judging.

No piano lessons Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day holiday. Summer break will be the entire month of July.

Tuition beginning August 1st will be $65 monthly for 30 minute weekly lessons.

Dorothy's Piano Studio

415 Hazelwood, Excelsior Springs, Missouri 64024 | 816-637-3507

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