Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving

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 http://www.gmajormusictheory.org/Freebies/freebies.html OR http://www.8notes.com/piano_sheet_music.asp
- 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!