Thursday, September 30, 2010

Miss April

Congratulations to Miss April! She completed her Primer Level Piano Adventures Series! Miss April is preparing to start working away in her Level 1 Books. She is also preparing to perform in her 2nd Winter Holiday Recital. Miss April also enjoys skiing, traveling biking & spending time with her younger brother & sister. Miss April spent most of her summer in Sweden visiting family. Hooray for Miss April!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Nursing Home Recital

Congratulations to Ellie, Serena, Sydney, Carson, Jackie, Lailany, Emily, Abigail, Arden & Sophia for doing a terrific job performing at the local nursing home on Tuesday evening. The residents and staff members loved hearing each of you perform your songs on the piano. Thank you for all of your hard work! Thank you to all of the parents who helped make the evening a success! Thank you to Carson for being the Master of Ceremony & my assistant. Thank you to Resident, Mrs. Bernice who also performed her favorite song on the piano. Thank you Bernice for talking with all of our students about the importance of practice & performing. Thank you to the staff for the warm brownies & apple cider!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The chill in the air...

Hello all!

For me, the fall is my most favorite season! I LOVE the cool evenings, the fall colors, college football and the back to school excitement! I am truly enjoying seeing all of our students back in the piano studio on a regular basis! I am enjoying watching everyone make terrific progress! I am loving the fact that I keep hearing many students (& parents) say that they are on a more regular practice schedule at home!

But fall also means that the winter holiday season is right around the corner!

So in the piano studio it means... preparing for the 4th Annual Winter Holiday Recital!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know, I know, I know - most kids don't even know what they are going to dress up as for Halloween & I am talking to them about their favorite Christmas or Hanukkah songs! For Note-worthy Experiences, it is the biggest event with the biggest audience that we participate in! For me, it is the most fun! I have played the piano for 31 years now & my favorite music to play anytime of the year is Christmas music! So, bear with me as we start to "Deck the Halls" & "Jingle Bells" while sipping warm apple cider & decorate our houses with scarecrows & such!

I used to have a "rule" that I wouldn't "allow" students to start practicing Christmas music until after Halloween. Last year, I was very grateful that I broke my own rule & started a little earlier. After a fall of many students who were ill & my own entire family being ill with mild cases H1N1, MANY piano lessons were missed. So even with many missed lessons all of our pianists were able to do a terrific job at the recital, and at the countless mini recitals that were held in our pianists' homes for their friends & families!

With that said, when you hear a little holiday music so early in the fall - just smile! Oh, and be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, December 18th! You won't want to miss this year's recital!

Mister Antonio

Congratulations to Mister Antonio for completing his entire Level 2 series! Antonio worked out of MANY Level 2 books; so this was a major accomplishment! He has auditioned before the National Piano Guild Judges 3 times and is a member of the National Piano Guild at the National Level. Antonio has performed at the local nursing home during numerous recitals, and the Annual Play A Thon multiple times! He is currently preparing to participate in his 3rd Winter Holiday Recital. When Antonio is not playing the piano, he is busy with soccer, lacrosse, National Junior Honor Society, his school newspaper, school year book, and being an altar server. HOORAY for Antonio!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Miss Arden

Thank you to Miss Arden & her family for the generous donation of many adorable pet stickers! Our students will enjoy working hard to earn the fun stickers! Thank you!

Miss Lailany

Congratulations to Miss Lailany for completing her Level 1 Red Piano Adventures Series! Miss Lailany has already started to work out of her Level 2 set! Miss Lailany is preparing to perform at a local nursing home later this month & the 4th Annual Winter Holiday Recital in December. She has performed at the nursing home & Winter Recital in the past in addition to performing at the Play A Thon at our local mall. Miss Lailany is actively involved in her church and school with volleyball and the school newspaper. Hooray for Lailany!