August newsletter

Dorothy's Monthly Newsletter

Welcome back! Summer break is over this Friday, August 2nd and our fall/school schedule starts Monday, August 5th. If you haven’t signed up for a time, call me at 816-637-3507 or e-mail me at

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Does your acoustic piano need help? Steve Waters is an excellent and reasonable tuner who is also talented in repairing and restoring pianos. His number is 816-699-6332. Website is

Here are 5 tips for making your practice time count! 1. Practice a little every day. 2. Have a certain time each day that is set aside specifically for your practice so that it becomes a part of your daily routine. 3. Split your practice into even smaller chunks and do your written work or scales or improv etc. the first chunk and play your pieces the second chunk. 4. Learn each phrase slowly until you have it. 5. Don’t practice mistakes or you will become very good at them.

Next holiday with no piano is Labor Day, Sept. 2nd.

Welcome to new students and returning students; I am so excited to see you!

July 2019 newsletter

Dorothy's Monthly Newsletter

This month: No piano lessons July 4th. Summer break July 22-August 2 (A discounted tuition fee sent home with students)

Summer challenge: students may choose areas they wish to focus on along with enjoying fun, teaching games about piano. Areas offered are improv, sight reading, lead sheets, composition, ear training, rhythm and note skills.

Our next program will again be at Excelsior Nursing & Rehab and will feature minor pieces which sound mysterious, spooky or sad. The residents really enjoyed your Folk Tunes and Patriotic music presented in June and are looking forward to our next program in October. (Memorization not required.)

As soon as you know if sports, dance, gymnastics, karate, boy scouts or 4-H will conflict with your scheduled piano lessons, let me know. Your current time will continue this fall unless you tell me you need a change.

Dorothy's Piano Studio

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

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