Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mister Trevor

Mister Trevor performed in our Winter Recital this year, marking his second performance in a row! This year he played "O Christmas Tree" and "Ode To Joy" for our audience. Trevor will be making his second appearance at our local mall's play a thon in Feburary! We are looking forward you another terrific performance by Trevor!

Miss Jaimeson

Miss Jaimeson played in our Winter Recital for the 2nd year in a row! This year she wowed our audience with the theme song from Beauty & the Beast and "Holly Jolly Christmas". Jaime will also be performing for us at the mall Play A Thon in February for her 2nd year in a row!!!! Way to go Jaime!

Miss Kendall

Good to Miss Kendall as she plays Christmas Carols for her entire music class at school today! At our Winter Recital, Miss Kendall played "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" for our audience. Miss Kendall was fortunate enough to have her grandparents fly in from out of state to be in the audience of our recital! Congratulations Kendall!

Madison & Fayth

Best wishes to Miss Madison & Miss Fayth and their basketball team! They are both playing basketball for our local township! Their first game was this past weekend! Unfortunately after many attempts I have not been able to post their adorable photos! Good luck girls & protect your beautiful piano playing hands!

Our Nursing Home Recital

Merry Christmas!

Part of the joy of the holiday season is giving & sharing! Last evening many of our students shared their musical talent by playing two holiday songs for the residents of a local nursing home! The staff of the facility provided us with a yummy pasta dinner! All of our students did a terrific job performing, dining & visiting with the residents. Our residents LOVED have our students visit & play the piano for them. MANY of them sang & hummed along while our students played.

Congratulations to the following students:
Sophia F.
Jaime W.

A very special thank you to Antonio, Vincent & Cristofero who delivered beautiful poinsettas to several residents who won't be receiving many gifts or visitors on Christmas Day.

We are looking forward to sharing our musical talents with the residents again in the new year!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Miss Alison

Congratulations to Miss Alison for performing for performing in our Winter Recital. This year Alison entertained our audience with "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Christmastime is Here" from Peanuts. Miss Alison has been taking piano lessons with Note-worthy Experiences for 2 1/2 years! Way to go Miss Alison!

Ellie & Grant

Miss Ellie performed "Ellie's Song About the Polar Express" for our audience before she fell asleep! (Such a big day for a 4 year old... earlier that day her entire ballet class performed for all of the parents!) Great job Ellie!

This year was Grant's 3rd year of performing in the Note-worthy Experiences Piano Recital. He played, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Deck The Halls" (without his glasses - oops!). Great job Grant! Next year remind your mom (me) to make sure you have your glasses!

Ellie & Sophia eating Lailany's cupcakes!

After our recital, all of our friends & families joined us for desserts & punch! Miss Lailany baked some terrific cupcakes in her free time when she wasn't preparing to play "Feliz Navidad" & "Away In The Manger" for our audience. As you can see in this photo, Sophia & Ellie truly enjoyed them! Thanks Lailany!

Miss Sophia

Miss Sophia entertained our audience with her performance of "Up On The Housetop" and "Go Tell It On The Mountain". This was her first performance and her first recital! Congratulations Miss Sophia - you did a terrific job!

Miss Emily

Miss Emily played "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" and "Carol of the Bells" at our third Annual Winter Recital. This was Emily's second performance in our recital. Emily did a terrific job! Thank you Emily!

Thank you to her parents for all of their help in making the arrangements with the church, setting up & cleaning up!

Fun Christmas Music Website

Check out the link above for a little Christmas Fun! Try typing in Jingle Bell Rock, and then Happy Birthday for fun! Very cute!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all of you!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Cris, Vincent, Sydney, Matthew, & Grant

Congratulations to Cristofero, Vincent, Sydney, Matthew & Grant for doing a terrific job singing in their school Christmas Pageant last night! Great job everyone!

Mister Jimmy

Congratulations to Mister Jimmy for being the gracious winner of our Good Grades Drawing! This year was his first year of performing in our Winter Recital. Jimmy played "The Chipmunk Song" and "Frosty The Snowman". Way to go Jimmy!

Miss Julie

Hooray for Miss Julie! This year was Julie's 2nd year of performing in our Winter Recital. This year she played "What Child Is This" and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" for all of us to enjoy!

Our pianists sing too!

Congratulations to Miss Alison, Miss Ericka & Miss Julie for doing a terrific job at your school Chorus Concert last week! We can't wait to see photos! Their concert was the same evening as our recital rehearsal - so these ladies had an evening filled with music!

Morgan & Jaime

Congratulations to Miss Morgan & Miss Jaime for doing a terrific job performing in the chime choir at their school pageant last evening! Way to go girls! Their chime choir has been very busy performing this Christmas season!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Miss Ilene

Miss Ilene performed Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring for our audience! Way to go!

Hooray for Isabella!

Miss Isabella played The Bells of Great Britain and O Come, O Come Emmanuel for all of us!

Proud Arden

Arden played The First Noel & Silver Bells for our audience! She did a terrific job!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Congrats to Miss Emily!

Congratulations to Miss Emily! She recently performed Carol of the Bells & Happy Holidays at a nursing home in New York State. Emily's friend and her younger sister also performed at the recital, both of whom are Emily's piano students! Hooray for doing a terrific job as a performer and a teacher!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

2009 Winter Recital

Please join me in a huge round of applause for our 33 Note-worthy Experiences Students who performed in our 3rd Annual Winter Recital on Saturday! All of our students did a terrific job! Everyone looked terrific! I truly enjoyed celebrating all of our students accomplishments with their friends, families, neighbors & school teachers! The photo above is of all of our performers after they received their flowers, certificates. (& Christmas gifts from me!)

Congratulations to Jimmy for being the winner from our Good Grades Drawing! Jimmy won a $25 gift card to Blockbuster! Enjoy and have fun Jimmy!

Thank you to all of the students & performers for always trying your hardest! Thank you for moving outside of your comfort zones & trying new things! I am motivated to work hard for each & everyone of you! I appreciate the fact that all of you work hard at the piano when I ask you to!

Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to set up, clean up, greet guests, bake goodies, bring napkins, fold programs, line up performers & all other of the other countless tasks you did to make the event run perfectly!

Thank you to Emily's family for setting everything up with the church, handling the sound system, lights, tables, chairs, clean up, refreshment tables, loading & unloading my car as well as the other tasks you did to make my life so much easier!

Thank you to Jayne & Lesley for your hard work in getting each performer to the stage right on time!

Thank you to Jeanne for being my last minute assistant in passing out the flowers, certificates & Christmas gifts! (so Tom could keep holding our sleeping Ellie!)

Thank you to all of our piano families - it has been a pleasure to welcome you into our extended family!

Thank you to all of you for your support, encouragement & referrals this past year! It has been another amazing year!

Thank you to the parents for teaching your student & your entire family to love and appreciate music! As my daughter's ballet teacher says, "Without the fine arts, life is dull!"

Thank you to my parents for the countless number of music lessons, lesson books & sheet music! Thanks for making me practice even when I didn't want to! Thanks for all of the love & support!

Thank you to my grandparents for my piano - the greatest gift I have ever received from both of you!

Thank you to Tom, Grant & Ellie for understanding that the hours I spend at the keyboard (piano and computer) are worth it in the end!

Please feel free to leave your comments below and to post photos!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your family!

Above is a photo of Tom, myself, Grant & Ellie after the recital!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Thank you to Miss Sophia!

Thank you to Miss Sophia for the donation of festive 3-D Snowmen & fun 3-D Ladybug Stickers for all of our friends to earn when they complete their piano lessons! Everyone will love them!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thank you!

Thank you to Antonio, Vincent & Cris for the donation of the fun festive Christmas Stickers! All of our piano friends will enjoy earning them as we prepare for our recital in 12 days! Thank you boys!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Hello all!

I hope this finds you enjoying the preparations for your Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends. This year, I will have the opportunity to celebrate with our families in Ohio. We will also be fortunate enough to celebrate my new nephew's Baptism over the holiday weekend. (so our Thanksgiving will be a little extra special this year!)

This year has been another incredible year for my family and our Note-worthy Experiences family. I firmly believe that the Note-worthy Experiences students (all 38) and their families are an extended part of my family! I know that all of us have crossed paths for a reason and I am grateful for the opportunity. Although the students come into my home for me to teach them piano lessons; I still learn a great deal from each and everyone of them! Thank you!

As I continue on my cyclone like path in preparing all of our students for our recitals. While I put all of the finishing touches on the logistics of the recital; I will try my best to keep it all in perspective and appreciate all of the fun we have had together this year! I am already looking forward to a fun filled year of learning & performing in 2010!

Important Dates

Hello all!

All Note-worthy Experiences Students are eligible to participate in our 3rd Annual Winter Recital on Saturday, December 12th at a local church. If you are interested in joining us, please send me an e-mail and I will forward you all of the details.

Our students have also been invited to have dinner with and perform their holiday songs for the residents of a local nursing home. This performance will be on Tuesday, December 22nd. Please contact me regarding the details.

This year the Annual Play A Thon will be held on Saturday, February 27th & Sunday, February 28th. The proceeds of this event benefit local students' music scholarship funds. This event is sponsored by the local music teacher association that I belong to. Please contact me if your student is interested in participating and or donating.

Enjoy your day!

Good Grades Jar

We will have our Good Grades Jar Drawing at our Annual Winter Recital.

All students who had all A's & B's (or the equivalent thereof) on their Spring '09 report cards already entered into the drawing last spring. All students who fulfill the requirements previously stated with their Fall Report Card are eligible to enter their name into the drawing.

The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Blockbuster to spend however they choose. I enjoy celebrating our students' accomplishments in academics and the arts; as they are both very important!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hooray for Mister Jimmy!

Let's all join together for a huge round of applause for Mister Jimmy! Mister Jimmy performed "The Chipmunk Song" for his 4th grade music class! Jimmy has been working on this selection for our 3rd Annual Winter Recital. Jimmy will also be performing another holiday favorite at our recital! Way to go Jimmy!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Miss Danielle & Miss Ericka

Congratulations to Miss Danielle & Miss Ericka for being selected to be American Girl Doll Models! Both girls will be modeling at our local American Girl Fashion Show this spring. The Show is a fundraiser organized by our local Junior League. Best wishes girls!!!

Congratulations Morgan, Jaime, & Ilene!

Please accept my apologies for the delay in posting all of these and join me in an extra big round of applause for our Note-worthy Experiences Students!

Miss Morgan began taking piano lessons this summer and recently performed Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star for her fifth grade class in their talent show! Miss Morgan is preparing to participate in the upcoming Winter Recital. Congratulations Miss Morgan!

Miss Jamie began taking piano lessons this summer also. She performed Jingle Bell Rock for her fifth grade talent show! Miss Jaime worked on Jingle Bell Rock with her mom as a surprise for Ms. Renee. Jaime will be performing Jingle Bell Rock at the Winter Recital! Way to go Jaime!

Miss Ilene has been taking piano lessons for 2 1/2 years with Note-worthy Experiences. She performed Bach's Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring for her 1st grade music class last week. Miss Ilene surprised her music teacher with the level of difficulty of the piece! Miss Ilene will be performing this same piece at our Winter Recital! Hooray Ilene!

If you know of an amazing Note-worthy Experiences Student who has accomplished a terrific task recently, please let Ms. Renee know!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Miss Lailany

Congratulations to Miss Lailany! She played the piano in her class talent show today! HOORAY! Lailany also enjoys volleyball when she is not playing the piano. She is currently preparing to perform in our Annual Winter Recital!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hooray for Mr. Christopher & Miss Kendall!

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Christopher for performing "Men From Mars" for his 1st grade music class last week. Way to go Christopher! When Chris is not practicing his lesson assignments, he enjoys creating his own music & playing soccer!

Congratulations to Miss Kendall! Miss Kendall performed Beethoven's "Ode To Joy" for her fourth grade music class last week. Kendall's classmates gave her a standing ovation! Hooray for Kendall! Miss Kendall also enjoys ballet & her American Girl Dolls.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Lesson week of 11/2 & Housekeeping Items

Hello all!

I opted to post quite a bit of information here instead of my regular group e-mail format for a number of reasons, please provide me with your feedback! Some of you check the blog or Facebook more frequently actual e-mail. Once I post information here, I can easily post it on my Facebook wall and it is sent to my e-mail in box which I can then easily forward to all of you. In a true urgent emergency, I would contact each of you individually by telephone (as I did for some of you yesterday).

As many of you already know, I canceled lessons today (11/2) due to my son having a fever and a cough. Late this afternoon, my daughter started with a fever. Both of them will be fine and are doing quite well. I have an appointment for my daughter in the morning. I will know more then.

I will not be offering make up lessons on Tuesday (11/3) as I previously mentioned.

I will keep you posted regarding lessons on Wednesday & Thursday this week.

Until this fall, I had only canceled lessons 1 other time in 2 1/2 years (due to my daughter being ill last fall). I apologize that so far this fall I have had to cancel twice. However this fall seems to have been an unusual fall for many of our friends and families. The other week I had 11 of my piano students out sick! That was a record!

All Recital Participation Fees (due 10/31) & Late Lesson Payments will be due when your scheduled lessons resume.

Please let me know via e-mail (if you have not already done so) if you plan to participate in the Annual Winter Recital on Saturday, December 12th. Our mandatory rehearsal will be on Tuesday, December 8th

As a reminder, I will not be teaching on Thursday, November (Thanksgiving Day) 26 or Thursday, December 17th. (I will offer make up lessons on Friday, December 18th.) I will not be teaching Wednesday, December 24th - Sunday, January 3rd. All lessons will resume as scheduled the week of January 4th. As you become aware of any lesson schedule changes due to your holiday travels, please let me know via e-mail.

Due to the illnesses and scheduling conflicts for some of you and the illnesses of my own children, some students will have had lengthy breaks in between lessons. For those students & any others who are interested, please complete the following homework assignments:
- Become "The Master" of 2 or 3 previously assigned songs. (Select 2 or 3 songs & brush them up! Work on the dynamics, fingering, rhythms etc.)
- Go to OR
- Then select sheet music that coordinates with the level of lesson books that you are working on. Print music that interests you & begin working on it. (There is Hanukkah, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Classical, Patriotic, Jazz, Blues, Religious, & Traditional Music on there and much more!) I will help when lessons resume
- Complete an internet search (with Parental Consent) on the composer and or title of one your recent songs.

Thank you for all of your prayers & warm wishes for our family!

Thank you for your patience & understanding!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Holiday Recital

Hello all!

I am currently working on selecting music for our students to perform at our 3rd Annual Winter Recital.

Please check out the following websites for free holiday music.

If a student wishes to work on holiday music in addition to what they are performing for the recital - they are MORE than welcome to do so. Just let me know!

I will work with all students on holiday music - even if they are not participating in our recital.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Miss Emily

Congratulations to Miss Emily! While visiting family & vacationing in Michigan last week, Miss Emily played Minuet in G for her family from memory. At the same time, her cousin, Miss Julie, was preparing to dance in a Talent Show at her church for Pioneer Girls. So, the two young ladies decided to corroborate their talents and perform together! Miss Emily played Minuet in G while Miss Julie danced! Hooray for Emily & Julie! We can't wait to see photos & video!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hooray for Miss Ericka!

Please join me in a huge round of applause for our Miss Ericka! Miss Ericka just completed her Primer Level Series of Piano Adventures! She has already begun to work in her red Level 1 books! Miss Ericka has performed at the nursing home and for her music class at school. Ericka also enjoys dance classes and her American Girl Dolls. Way to go Ericka!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lessons canceled tonight!

Sorry for the late notice. Piano lessons are canceled this evening (10/8) due to a sick piano teacher! I look forward to seeing all of you next week!
Thanks for understanding!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Good Luck!

Good luck to Miss Ilene as she prepares to perform her favorite piano selections for her music class at school! WAY TO GO!

Best wishes to Miss Danita and her wonderful family as they begin their adventures in their new home in Texas! We will miss you all!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Way to go!

Way to go Miss Danielle, Miss Julie & Miss Alison! Each of these young ladies have played a song on the piano for their respective music classes at their school this past week! WOW! Miss Ericka is going to perform her current favorite song tomorrow morning! Congratulations! Hooray! I am so proud of you for playing in front of your class mates! Keep up the terrific work! Thanks to their music teacher for being so encouraging!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Miss Ilene

Please join me in a huge round of applause for Miss Ilene! Ilene completed her set of Level 1 Piano Adventures! She has already started working in the Level 2 books! Miss Ilene has performed at the local nursing home on many occasions! She has also performed at our Annual Winter Recital twice and the Hannah Young Play A Thon at the Palmer Mall twice. Miss Ilene has played the piano with Note-worthy Experiences for over two years! Congratulations Ilene!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Catching Up...

I have a few "Shout Outs" I want to put out there...

- Hooray to Miss Jaimeson for playing the piano for her entire class on Friday & doing a terrific job! She has now joined the ranks of a few of our other pianists who have played for their classes at school including Julie, Alison, and Carson!
- Thank you to Jeannie & Morana for your patience & flexibility & understanding!
- Thank you to Miss Fayth for the donation of terrific stickers!
- Congratulations to Miss Kendall for getting a new piano!
- Best wishes to Mr. Cody & his mother Helen - we will all miss you!

Fall is almost here! I LOVE fall! It is my favorite (and busiest) time of the year! Cool air, colorful leaves, football, back to school, schedules, routines and preparations for our Annual Winter Recital!

I have been consumed with getting my own family in the back to school routine, orientations, and flag football! (Yes, flag football does consume us with a "senior player" and a coach all living in our house!) Oh, and some technical difficulties have been a speed bump here too! My wireless laptop has been out of commission for 1 1/2 weeks and counting and not all of my iphone applications are working. So thanks for being patient!

Note-worthy Experiences has been super busy with getting everyone settled in their fall lesson schedules and..... a formal Fall Newsletter. For the summer, the newsletter was informal and in an e-mail format. This one is a word document attachment and is the longest one to date. All families who currently have their student enrolled with Note-worthy Experiences will receive an e-mail attachment by the end of this week. If you wish to receive a copy please let me know. I have an e-mail group list of current families that I forward information to on a frequent basis. These e-mails include open lesson times, reminders about my vacations, or forwards regarding concerts, etc. If you wish to be included in these e-mails, please let me know.

Have a great week!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Nursing Home Recital

Thank you to the 11 students who performed at a local nursing home on Tuesday! Carson, Ellie, Danita, Arden, Fayth, Sarah, Rachel, Lailany, Emiliana, Julie & Emily all did a terrific job! Unfortunately, I am not able to post the photo from my phone onto the blog (without more research). I will forward the photo to each participant's e-mail address. The residents truly enjoyed the performances. Several residents asked when our students would be back to perform again! I promised them that we would be back in December to practice our songs for the 3rd Annual Winter Recital - they were delighted! Congratulations to each of our students for sharing their musical talents and bringing joy to to residents.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Congratulations to Miss Emily!

Please join me in congratulating Miss Emily! Miss Emily has completed her Piano Adventures Lesson, Performance & Theory Books! She has already started her next set of books! This is Emily's 2nd certificate that she has earned with Note-worthy Experiences! Miss Emily has performed in the 2009 2nd Annual Winter Recital and will perform for us again this year! She plans to participate in the nursing home recital next week! Way to go Emily! We are so very proud of you!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Congratulations to Miss Alison

Three Cheers for Miss Alison! On Monday, Miss Alison completed her third set of lesson books in two years! Alison has successfully completed her Piano Adventures Primer, Level 1 and Level 2A Lesson, Performance and Theory Books! Alison recently returned to Pennsylvania from her annual summer vacation in her birth state, Alaska! Alison has participated in many nursing home recitals, two Hannah Young Play A Thons and two Note-worthy Experiences Winter Recitals. When Alison is not playing the piano, she is playing her violin and participating in Girl Scout Events. Please congratulate Alison when you see her!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The 3rd Annual Note-worthy Experiences Winter Recital

Drum roll please.....

It is official! We have a date & location for our 3rd Annual Note-worthy Experiences Winter Recital! For details, please refer the e-mail newsletter.

For me, preparing for this event is truly a lot of fun! (I guess that is why I start working on it so early!) I love watching the students do their very best on a grand piano in front of their friends and family! I love seeing everyone dressed up in their holiday best! I love watching them accomplish something that they once thought was impossible. I love watching them take their applause's with pride! I love watching them come back to the front to receive their certificates, flowers & gifts with a look of relief on their faces! (Relief that I am not asking them to play their songs ONE MORE TIME!) However, my absolute favorite part of the event is watching the faces of the parents & spouses beam with pride when their student is performing & they are taking all of those photos! That is the priceless part of the event! I know the students can do it! I get to see their excitement at the bench during lessons & rehearsals, but I don't usually see the reactions of the parents & spouses until the recital! I guess it is a lot like those who prefer to watch the groom at a wedding when the bride comes down the aisle!?!

Thank you in advance for making our 2009 Recital simply the best!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

On-line piano lessons

Hello Pianists & Families!

In the past 2 years of teaching piano lessons, I have had several students who have enjoyed learning to play songs via "you tube". Our talented, Miss Kaleigh recommends the instructor on this this video clip. This instructor has a website with more pop songs. He mentions his website several times within the video. If you are interested, check it out! Have fun!

Please feel free to pass along your favorite websites & I will pass them on to our group!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Miss Aurora

Please join me in congratulating Miss Aurora! Miss Aurora just completed her My First Piano Adventure Level 1 Lesson & Writing Books yesterday! Aurora is looking forward to starting her blue books next week! Miss Aurora has performed at our Winter Recital! Hooray for Aurora! Please congratulate her when you see her!

Miss Danita

Please join me in a huge round of applause for Miss Danita! Danita successfully completed her Primer Level Lesson, Theory and Performance Books! Miss Danita is looking forward to working in her red books! Miss Danita has participated in our Winter Recital and at the nursing home. Please congratulate her when you see her!

Happy Birthday!

Happy 2nd Birthday to Note-worthy Experiences! We have had a wonderful 2 years full of fun and learning! Thank you to all of you for all of your support and encouragement! I am looking forward to creating many more fun memories at my piano bench! I am excited to prepare for many more recitals, Play A Thons, competitions and festivals!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Awards & Rewards


Note-worthy Experiences is focused on positively reinforcing all of the efforts our students during lessons with countless stickers. This year we are going to reward students for their accomplishments in school and for their dedication to piano lessons. At our Annual Recital, I am going to include the following awards:

I believe that all of our students are talented pianists! Our students have become talented pianists through hard work during their lessons & practicing their homework assignments.

I believe that school academics are important for our pianists too! Consequently, I have created a "Good Grades Jar" and placed it in the piano room. Each student who brings a report card full of A's and B's (or the equivalent there of) can place their name on a piece of paper & place it in the jar. At our Recital, we will draw one name from the jar - the winner will receive a special prize. Please remind your pianist to bring their Report Card to their next lesson.

At the time of our Recital, many of our students will have been studying at Note-worthy Experiences for over 1 or 2 years. To celebrate these accomplishments, our students will be given 1 or 2 year music pins at the Recital.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Miss Arden

Miss Arden took a moment during her piano lesson to pose for Tessa to take her photo! As you can clearly see, Miss Arden is very proud of the hard work she has put into her piano lessons & practice so far! I am certain we will see Miss Arden's photos on our blog again soon for completing her first set of lesson books! Thank you Tessa & Arden for sharing!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ballet & Piano

Did you know that Note-worthy Experiences Piano Students participate in activities outside of piano?

Here is proof that our students are not required to practice their piano assignments during ALL of their free time! Miss Julie & Miss Ericka (in the 1st photo) danced in four numbers at every one of the four productions put on by Miss Pat's Stage Door Studio this past weekend. Miss Ellie (in the 2nd photo with Miss Julie) danced in one number at each of the four productions. Great job girls!

Please send us photos of our other Note-worthy Experiences Students participating in their favorite extra curricular activities! Please send us photos of our students playing piano at home or here! We would love to share your photos with the rest of our Note-worthy Experiences Families!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hooray for Fayth

Congratulations to Miss Fayth for hitting a "Piano Home Run"! Fayth completed her Piano Adventures Primer Level Series of books earlier this evening. This accomplishment was achieved while making another huge sacrifice... Fayth left her softball game early in order to attend her piano lesson to show me how hard she had worked on finishing her books! She did it! Now that is what I call a "Piano Home Run!"

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Congratulations to Miss Madison!

Please join me in a huge round of applause for our Miss Madison! Madison just completed her Piano Adventures Level 1 Lesson, Theory & Performance Books! Miss Madison has already started working away in her Blue Level 2 books! Madison enjoys playing songs from her Camp Rock Songbook in addition to her lesson work! Way to go Madison - we are really proud of you!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

National Nursing Home Week

Thank you to Ilene, Alison, Danielle, Erika, Julie, Danita, Cody, Ellie & Grant!

Thank you to our 9 Note-worthy Experiences Students and their parents who helped the residents of our local nursing home celebrate National Nursing Home Week!

Thank you to the residents & staff for inviting us into your home for a delicious dinner and for being a terrific audience for our recital.

Our recital was a wonderful success! After the recital, so many residents thanked us & told us how much they loved the performers & their performances! Thank you for sharing your musical talents with others!

It was wonderful to see the residents humming and singing along. It was terrific to see the students' proud faces!

As the teacher, I was so proud of our students who had never performed in front of an audience before! I was so proud of our more seasoned students who encouraged their peers. Of course, I love to watch our more seasoned students improve each and every time they perform in front of an audience!

Thank you to the parents who were able to juggle their family schedules to allow our students to join us this evening!

I do not have any photos to post from this event, as we are not allowed to photograph or video graph at the nursing home for the confidentiality of the residents. Thank you for understanding!

I am looking forward to more of our students joining us at the nursing home this fall!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Congratulations to Cole & Matthew

Matthew earned his certificate! Hooray Matthew!

Cole earned his certificates! Way to go Cole!

~ Please give a super big round of applause to Mr. Cole and Mr. Matthew!

Cole completed his My First Piano Adventures Pre Reading Set! Cole has already started with his Blue Books.

Matthew completed his Piano Adventures Primer Level! Matthew has already started with his Red Level 1 books.

If you happen to see Cole and Matthew at piano lessons - please congratulate them of their accomplishments!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Congratulations to Trevor!

Please join me in a huge round of applause for Trevor! Trevor completed the My First Piano Adventures Pre-Reading Set! Trevor is our first student to complete this set! Way to go Trevor! He is excited to start working away in his "blue books"!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Congratulations to Julie

Please join me in a big round of applause for our very own Miss Julie for completing her entire set of Primer Level Piano Books. Julie started her Level 1 books this evening and has aspirations to play Brahmn's Lullaby in her music class this month. Last month she played a composition by Mozart for her music class.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Photos of us at Noble Art Pianos

Please go to the Noble Art Pianos blog (to the lower left). They have posted photos of us at the Anatomy of the Piano Class many of us attended! It was a really fun afternoon. If you have not attended this class - please RSVP to do so for your whole family!

Happy April 1st!

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Please give a huge round of applause to the following Note-worthy Experiences Students:

Miss Mary Kate completed her entire set of Primer Level lesson books last evening & has already started her Level 1 Red Books!

Mr. Antonio did a terrific job playing the Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand" at the Saint Jane's Talent Show today! The entire audience was tapping their toes & humming along!

Mr. Grant did a wonderful job playing the Star Wars Main Theme song at the Saint Jane's Talent Show. (Grant wore his Anakin Skywalker Costume & carried his light saber on stage)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Article About Us

Please take the time to go to the right of this page, then scroll down to blog list, then click on "Ten Adults, Thirteen Children, 12,265 Parts to read an article about Note-worthy Experiences!


Congratulations to Grant for completing his Level 1 Lesson, Theory & Performance Books yesterday! There are several students who are very close to completing their sets of lesson books - keep up the good work!

Good luck to Antonio & Grant who will be performing piano solos at their school Talent Show this Saturday!

Please use the websites listed on this blog to print free sheet music for your students!

Thank you to all of the students who created beautiful thank you cards and letters for Mr. Peter & Ms. Elizabeth for the terrific class they conducted for us at Noble Art.

The Composition Class scheduled for Friday April 3rd, has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts for many students who wanted to participate.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Play A Thon 2009

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Play A Thon Winner

Hello pianists & families!
Drum roll please.......................
Our 2009 Note-worthy Experiences Hannah Young Play A Thon Winner with the most pledges raised is the lovely Miss Fayth!
Hooray Fayth!
Fayth won a gift certificate to Twin Rivers Music in Easton from me!
I am proud of all of you who played, raised money, pledged money & supported our pianists. Together we had 16 performers, raised $419 and had a huge crowd gathered around us! I heard a lot of positive comments from people I have never seen before as they were walking by! I love the fact that some people who didn't even know us stopped to watch & listen! There were some rough spots in the process - but at the end of it all, our pianists did a fantastic job & raised money for a worthy charity! We have to give our students a lot of credit for having the courage to perform in a public setting. (I know I was super nervous to play my part in my duet with Grant!)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Play A Thon Success

Thank you to all of you who supported the Play A Thon by performing, donating or both! It was a huge success! All of our students did a terrific job! Please forward any photos my way! I am waiting for the official totals of who collected the most donations. I hope to award the Twin Rivers Music Gift Certificate to our student who collected the most pledges soon!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Play A Thon Tomorrow

I just returned from the mall. The piano that the Note-worthy Experiences Students will be performing on is located near the Bon Ton Entrance, but closer to Payless Shoes & Famous Footwear. There are two benches & several chairs set up by a Young Chang Ebony Grand Piano. There is not a sound system set up at this location. Please check in at the Registration Table (Near GNC) 15 minutes prior to performing. All donations need to be submitted at the time of registration.
Thank you!
See you at the mall!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

a quote from a piano parent

Below is a quote from one of our piano parents. Please take the time to tour Martin Guitar in Nazareth if you have the time. It is in expensive & you can tour the museum with your tour ticket!

"Hi Renee!
Just wanted to tell you we went to the Martin guitar factory yesterday and it was so interesting! I’m glad you told us about it in one of your e-mails. The kids were really impressed (me, too!)."

Play A Thon...

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

Happy Birthday to our Miss Mackenzie & George Washington!

Happy President's Day!

The students are collecting donations for the Annual Play A Thon at the mall. If you would like your donation to be given to a particular student, I can handle that for you. If you would like your donation to be divided among the 15 students who are performing, I can handle that for you too!

To the students.... please time yourself playing your songs in order. Please plan on 10 minutes of music. The music does not need to be memorized. You MUST turn your donations in at the registration table before coming to the stage. Please check in with Tom at our stage area. I will be with the student who is performing during their allotted time.

I am working on setting up a Composition Class at a separate location. for all of our students who are in Level 1 books & beyond in elementary school (if there is an interest for older students - we can arrange a separate class). There will be a small fee. This class would take place on a Friday early evening in early spring. Please let me know if you are interested. Stay tuned for details.

I am working on setting up an Anatomy of the Piano class for our students, spouses and parents. The class would be taught by Peter Becker at Noble Art (you may follow their blog & visit their website). This class will take place on a weekend afternoon this early spring. This class will be free to our students. Please let me know if you are interested. Stay tuned for details.

I putting together a rough draft of a summer schedule. Please contact me if your lesson time needs to change.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Life at The Bordner House

On a really light note, (no pun intended here) last week I had three different students talk about staying here and/ or wanting to live at the Bordner House. I have never had a student mention this before; so I found it ironic. I am flattered that some of our students believe that the Bordner House is full of Hi 5's, Way to Go's, Stickers, Lollipops, Tootsie Rolls, Games, & Singing every time a page is turned! Please be assured the Bordner kids do have chores to do & they are NOT rewarded in such a manner EVERY time! Some things are simply expected here from our children :) I do believe our piano students should be rewarded & lessons here and it should be a ton of fun! If a student is having a great time, building their music theory knowledge, increasing their skills and building their self confidence, then I am doing my job! Enjoy your day!

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Weekend in Review...

I was fortunate enough to attend TWO piano lectures this weekend! I am excited to implement a few new ideas!
The first is a possible Composition Club. I would invite students who want to learn how to compose their own pieces & improve upon their current skills to join us for a group session. Perhaps we would do this 1 time only, quarterly or monthly or something along those lines.
The second is a class called "The Anatomy of a Piano" for our students & their parents.
Stay tuned!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Testing the ropes

Hello! I am completely overwhelmed by this whole process so bear with me. Please sign up to become a follower, AKA a performer or an understudy. I encourage you to check this regularly for updates regarding Note-worthy Experiences as the blog does not have the ability to e-mail each of you when there is a new post.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Hello Pianists & Families of Pianists!
Welcome to the Note-worthy Experiences Blog! This blog is currently "under construction". I will post various links to websites full of information that is helpful to you and your pianists. If you have any recommendations of sites you feel would be beneficial to the group, please let me know!