Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Spring Recital information

Our Spring Recital will be held on Saturday, May 19th at 1:00 p.m. at Redbud Baptist Church.  I am not able to attach the program order to this post.  There will be two parts to the recital, however, you are welcome to stay for the entire program if possible. If you want a copy of the program, let me know by email and I will send to you directly.
I also would like to remind you to return your summer and fall information letters to me by May 18th.
After the recital we will have a reception on the west side of the church building.  I will furnish punch and would appreciate your contributions for other food items.  Please let me know if you plan to help.
See you Saturday a few minutes early for pictures before the recital begins.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spring Festival Coming up April 14, 2018

Spring Break is in its last few hours. That is sad. That means no more play time till school is out. I DO have theory test back and most will be happy. Our next event is April 14th. Many are working on songs for the Spring Festival It always surprises me when students and parents tell me on the day before that they have an out-of-town trip planned on the same day as the festival.
I discovered over this break that I must be in a minority or people who keep a schedule and a list. Without those, I am totally lost.
I would appreciate it if all of you who read this would make sure the correct music and books get to lessons this week. It is hard to prepare when we have to search for books and materials. I am feeling much more "normal", so my posts will occur more often.

Don't feel hopeless this week. Prepare to succeed.
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Friday, January 5, 2018

Schedule for the Spring Semester

I have tried to make sure all necessary dates are listed on the calendar, however, it is best to check often and always print out a copy to be sure. 
CALENDAR FOR SPRING SEMESTER PIANO  2018
Jan 5                      SONATINA FESTIVAL AND CONTEST DEADLINE
Jan 8                      LESSONS BEGIN
Jan 10                    Celebration Expo deadline
JAN 12                   THEORY TEST DEADLINE
JAN 13                   JAZZ POP ROCK RECITAL DEADLINE
JAN 27                   JAZZ POP ROCK RECITAL AT THE PIANO GALLERY
Jan 27                    CELEBRATION EXPO AT REDBUD  9-11
FEB 10-11             THEORY TEST AT Agape Methodist AND REDBUD
FEB 17                   SONATINA CONTEST AND FESTIVAL AT TECH
FEB 17                   DEADLINE FOR WEE FOLK RECITAL
FEB 24                   ENSEMBLE TRYOUTS  AT PIANO GALLERY
MAR 3                   WEE FOLK RECITAL AT PIANO GALLERY
MAR 12-16          SPRING BREAK NO LESSONS
APR 7                     DEADLINE FOR DUET RECITAL
APRIL 14               SPRING PIANO FESTIVAL AT REDBUD
APR 21                  DUET RECITAL AT PIANO GALLERY
MAY 18                 LAST DAY OF SPRING PIANO
MAY 19                 STUDIO RECITAL AT 1:00 REDBUD BAPTIST CHURCH
SUMMER LESSON  SCHEDULE  TBA AT LATER DATE  WATCH THE BLOG AND/OR FACEBOOK


Friday, December 29, 2017

Very Important Dates and Deadlines

This is a very important post. We have 3 major events that happen as soon as we get back to lessons.
1. Sonatina contest and festival The deadline is January 2nd. I have 15 on the list to participate and I need to know from every one of you that you are confirming your participation. The actual date of the event is February 17.

2. Celebration Expo/Hymn Festival ----deadline is January 5th and the event happens January 27th.I currently have 20 on the list to participate. I also need confirmation on that.

3. The Whitlock Theory test deadline is January 12 and the test is February 10th. I do not know who is taking this test. I must know the names.


Please respond quickly.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I hope that each and every one of you enjoy the next few days as you spend time with family and prepare for Christmas and New Year's Day.  Lessons will begin again January 8th.  Don't forget to practice on the hymn selections, sonatinas, and work on theory.  I know you have to rest some, but get too rested and forget what is coming up in January.  See you again soon . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rur534Yzb-g





Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Wherever you are and whoever you are with, I hope you have a day filled with a grateful heart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5G3Vclp6Y8


See you for lessons next week. Recital is approaching. Hope you are prepared.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Parenting is Hard ---So is Practicing

I copied this from a blog that I subscribe to.  I hope you will read it and we can all learn something.

Parenting is hard

Piano Parenting doesn’t make things easier.
When it comes to piano practicing, a good piano parent is prepared when their piano kid puts up an argument. The next time your piano kid tries to get out of piano practice, give these offensive maneuvers a try.

State the Facts

Because you’ve listened to past episodes, you know that it’s best to schedule piano practice ahead of time. When practice time rolls around, simply tell your piano kid, “It’s time to practice.” There is no need for argument, no need to negotiate. Expect them to push back and try to get you to wait until later. Don’t fall for it. You know that “later” will only bring more complaints and stalling. Do the practicing now and enjoy other activities later.

Don’t Overreact to Their Overreaction

When your piano kid overreacts to the practicing statement above, keep your own emotions in check. Don’t let yourself respond with more arguing or complaining. Someone has to be the grownup, right? As the parent, that responsibility falls squarely on your shoulder. Don’t be surprised by their reaction but don’t let it throw you off track either.

Give Them Ownership

Rather than asking, “Do you want to practice now?” (Because you know the answer will be no.) Ask, “Which do you want to play first, this piece or that piece?” Your objective remains the same in both scenarios: to get your piano kid to the piano to practice their assignment. By approaching them with the this or that question, you are giving your piano kid a voice. They don’t get to decide if they will practice but they can decide what they will practice first.
Be aware of what works best for your child. Some children need lots of guidance and direction when they practice. Other children prefer to be left alone to practice and make mistakes in privacy. Very young children will certainly need your assistance to help them know how to practice their assignment.