Friday, January 31, 2014

Miss Lexie






Hooray for Miss Lexie!  Lexie completed her Primer Level "Purple" Piano Adventures Series Books today.  Lexie has already started working from her Level 1 "Red" Books.  



Lexie enjoys ballet class, soccer, gymnastics and theater. Her other hobbies include swimming, skiing and playing with her siblings. 

Miss Lexie has clearly defined goals and a growing list of songs she plans to learn this year.

Congratulations to Lexie!

Miss Lily







Please join me in a huge round of applause for Miss Lily!  Lily completed her Primer Level Piano Adventures Series last evening.  She has already started working from her Level 1 "Red" Piano Adventures Books.  She is also working a Level 1 piece for an audition to perform at her school meeting.


In addition to piano, Lily takes gymnastics and musical theater. Her other hobbies include swimming, skiing, and playing with her siblings. 

HOORAY FOR LILY!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Perfect Attendance #2

I am elated that we have had our second week in a row of a perfect attendance week!  Thank you to all of our pianists and their chauffeurs for making sure all of our students were here!  We will celebrate with another "Crazy Hat & Hair Week". 

All students who were here last week will also receive a special treat from me too!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

We are the business of the week!

Note-worthy Experiences has been named the Sudbury Patch Business of the Week! 

Thank you Sudbury Patch!

http://sudbury.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/business-of-the-week-noteworthy-experiences

Monday, January 27, 2014

Mozart

Happy Birthday to Mozart!
 
Here is a brief excerpt from Wikipedia:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (German: [ˈvɔlfɡaŋ amaˈdeus ˈmoːtsaʁt], English see fn.;[1] 27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart,[2] was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era.
Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but grew restless and travelled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons.
He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western art music is profound; Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years."[3]

Miss Alexandra

Miss Alexandra will be joining our Note-worthy Experiences Piano Family this week!  I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with her at the piano!

Master Andrew

I am looking forward to welcoming Master Andrew to our Note-worthy Experiences Piano Family this week.  We are going to have a lot of fun!

Miss Caroline

Note-worthy Experiences is excited to welcome Miss Caroline to our piano family this week!  I can hardly wait to get started!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Miss Katherine


Please join me in a huge round of applause for Miss Katherine!  Katherine completed her Primer Level Piano Adventures Series yesterday.  She has already started to work out of her Level 1 "Red" Books.


She enjoys ballet and recently completed her second year performing in the Nutcracker.  Katherine loves to read, play soccer, and play with her sisters. Katherine would like to be a ballerina when she grows up.

CONGRATULATIONS KATHERINE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Miss Bridget and Miss Lucy

Thank you to Miss Lucy and Miss Bridget for the generous donation of hundreds of stickers for our sticker book!  These students will be enjoyed by many students after they work hard at their lessons!  Thank you!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Miss Stacie



Please join me in congratulating Miss Anastasia!  She recently completed her Primer Level Piano Adventures Series!  Stacie has already started to work out of her "Red" Level 1 books!

Stacie enjoys horseback riding and gymnastics.  She especially loves spending time with her friends and family.  Stacie would like to be a veterinarian someday.

Hooray for Stacie

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Miss Serena

Please join me in a huge round of applause for Miss Serena! 

Serena was the winner of our Practice Jar Drawing at our Winter Holiday Recital!  Unfortunately, Miss Serena was not present to receive this award since she was on vacation with her family and friends.  All of the audience members cheered when Serena was announced as our winner.  Serena was given her $25 Barnes & Noble gift card at her lesson last week.  She is excited to go shopping! 

Congratulations Serena!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Adult Piano Student Wine & Cheese Event

On Friday evening, four of our adult students and their significant others joined my husband and I in the piano rooms for our first "Adult Piano Student Wine & Cheese Event".

Over the years, I have discovered that piano can be a "lonely hobby".  Because there are so many other activities for people to choose from, sometimes it can be challenging to students to find others to connect with to chat about their frustrations and successes at the piano.  I have also discovered that this is especially true for our Adult Piano Students.  So, I planned this event for our adult students to see if this could provide them with an opportunity to talk with other adult students.  I also wanted to provide a forum for our adult students to perform that was different than the big Winter Holiday Recital I put together for our younger students.

I planned the event for two hours and was uncertain as to how it would actually go.  I think I know the answer to my own question, as our guests were here for over four hours! 

I must say there was a lot of laughter. There were a lot of piano related discussions.  There many other discussions too!  Our guests ate, drank and seemed to have a terrific time.  There even was some piano playing for each other!  One guest brought a guitar and gave us a little performance too!

So, a big thank you shout out to our adult students and their significant others for joining us for a really fun filled evening.

I am already making plans for our next Adult Student Event...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Year = New Piano Resolutions

A new year means new resolutions for many people.  How are you doing with your new year's resolutions?  Do you need help with keeping your resolutions that involve piano?  So far, so good here!  But then again it is easy for me because I am blessed with a piano studio full of fantastic students. 

I am working on goal setting with our students.  It is really a lot of fun, especially since I get to explain what a goal is to some students, then talk about why it is important to set goals and create action plans on how we will accomplish these goals.  Of course some students think a goal is when you score in a soccer game.  I love it - it is a great analogy to use!  A new year resolution is just like trying to score a "goal" in a soccer game to win the game.  Soccer players need to practice and do a few drills before the big soccer game.  Our piano players are just like soccer players - we need to practice and do a few drills before the big recitals, festivals and competitions too!  Our recitals are just like our soccer games.  It is just that we can practice inside when it is raining outside.  ;)

Good luck to you with your new goals!

Miss Stacie and Miss Lucy

Congratulations to Miss Lucy and Miss Stacie for performing their duet of "Silent Night" for their entire school at their school meeting last Friday.  I heard from several students and parents they did a fantastic job!

Miss McKenna

Please join me in congratulating Miss McKenna!  

McKenna completed her Piano Adventures Level 3A Lesson, Theory and Performance Books!  Miss McKenna has been working from her "Purple" Level 3B books for several weeks. 


She enjoys playing a variety of music including pop, country and classical, however her favorite is Christmas.  When McKenna is not playing the piano, she enjoys spending time with her two puppies and three siblings.  She also plays in a soccer club.  She enjoys designing houses and drawing.  McKenna is also a member of the National Piano Guild.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy 2014!  Here is to you and your resolutions for a terrific New Year!  I have many resolutions again this year!  Of course, several of them are related to my music, and our piano studio!  What are your resolutions??