Saturday, October 30, 2010

Miss Sydney


Congratulations to Miss Sydney for successfully completing her Piano Adventures Primer Level Series! Sydney is currently working out of the Red Level 1 Books! She is also preparing to perform at the local nursing home and our Annual Winter Holiday Recital. When Sydney is not playing the piano, she enjoys dance, soccer, Brownies and playing with her dog. Hooray for Sydney!

Miss Jaime

Thank you to Miss Jaime for the generous donation of many fun stickers! Our students will enjoy working extra hard for these stickers! Thank you!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Miss Isabella

Thank you to Miss Isabella for the adorable glittery sweet treat stickers! I am certain that many of our piano students will be willing to work extra hard for these stickers! THANK YOU! I am sure that the area dentists appreciate them too! :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mister Cole


Congratulations to Mister Cole for completing his Level C My First Piano Adventures Series! Cole has already started to work out of the Level 1 Red Books!
When Cole is not playing the piano, he enjoys soccer, Cub Scouts, basketball and many other fun activities.
Cole has performed in the Winter Holiday Recital, a nursing home recital and the Play A Thon in the past.
Hooray for Cole!

Thank you to Alison & Ilene!

Thank you to Miss Alison & Miss Ilene for the generous donations of many stickers and many piano songbooks! I will take some of the books to our piano playing resident friend at the local nursing home soon! I am sure she will love them! I am certain some of our piano students will love working out of some of the other books as well! Thank you!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ten Lessons the Arts Teach

Ten Lessons the Arts Teach
by Elliot Eisner, Stanford University

The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
and that questions can have more than one answer.

The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of the large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.

The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed,
but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know.
The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.

The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.

The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.

The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.

The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.

The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young
what adults believe is important.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sharing

Today, I took Grant & Ellen to the nursing home today! We visited & delivered sheet music to the resident we met last week during our recital there! She is a terrific woman who played for us & told our students how important it is to practice. She didn't have much music until today! She was delighted to talk about her love of the piano. Luckily, I took her some hymns she loves & a few pieces of classical that she has not played before! She said she was excited to try to learn them! She asked that I invite all of our students to come back & play holiday music for her. She said she was going to work on some music to perform for us!

Thank you to Natalie & Jason

Thank you to Miss Natalie & Mister Jason for the generous donation of Purell to the piano room! All of us who touch the piano appreciate knowing that everyone else who touches the piano has clean hands too! Especially as we approach cold & flu season! Thank you again!

Thank you to Jaime & Trevor

Thank you to Miss Jaime & Mister Trevor for the huge bag of Hershey Kisses for the piano room candy dish! I know our friends will enjoy working hard in the piano room for Hershey Kisses at the end of their lessons! Thank you!

Congratulations to Miss Jaime for successfully auditioning for parts in the local youth theater Winter Production! We can't wait to see you on stage!