September Enrichment Week THIS WEEK! Students begin their e.p.i.c. musical journey together with musical contests, sharing the music they've learned, and furthering their skills with solfege and pattern reading.
In updating for October, we are showing the slide show on the announcement screen the students see when they enter The Studio Connection this week:
The Holidays are quickly approaching, so here are a few reminders of upcoming events:
No regular lessons during the week of November 5-9, however, Make-Up Lessons may be scheduled on November 5-6. Please check with your instructor to confirm time and day, if necessary.
Enrichment Sessions are next week, November 7-8, where we are focusing on rhythm in composing with the title "We've Got Rhythm!" The students had an assignment from the last group class and are to bring this melody with them so we can put a rhythm to it. As always, they will be given an opportunity to perform for one another, and they earn a lot of PIANO Points toward our contest by performing and attending these sessions. We are looking forward to another great time together! Please check the times for your Enrichment Session and confirm with your instructor this week.
OhioMTA Recital at the Wood County Library on Sunday, November 4th, 2:15 pm. A great, FREE opportunity to see other pianists perform of all ages! Teachers from the surrounding area bring students to perform for one another. There are two other recitals like this throughout the year - February 3 and April 14. More ways for students to earn PIANO Points for attendance at a concert!
Holiday Performances will be held December 7th at Come to the Stable, and December 17th at the Sterling Home. Registration for the performance of your choice is available online. Please sign up as soon as possible to allow us to plan appropriately for these events and help set a goal for performance. Both are fantastic opportunities for our students to share their music with the community. At Come to the Stable we provide background music for those looking around at the nativity scenes at Bowling Green Alliance Church. The Sterling Home is set up as a recital for the residents at the nursing home.
Finally, a plug for putting this date on your calendar NOW. Our year-end recital weekend is a very big deal for our studio!!! The Top Ten Honors Recital and Awards Night will be Friday night, May 10, and Spring Recitals on Saturday morning, May 11, 2013. We are scheduled again at St. Marks Lutheran Church for this event celebrating our students' accomplishments throughout the year.
We are excited about the upcoming Piano Enrichment Sessions next week (Oct 3-4). This year we are working on the elements of composing and will be focusing on listening and recognizing a melody in our first session called, "Are You Really Listening?" As always, we hope to make the group classes fun, educational and memorable for our students.
Please check the Enrichment Schedule here (scroll down on that page) to confirm the class time we have scheduled your students. There is some flexibility in changing classes if timing does not work with your schedule. Some of the groups have changed from last year, so please double-check as we have not had the opportunity yet to verify these directly with each family. Remember, there are no make-up lessons for missed Enrichment Classes. Students earn PIANO Points for attending and performing for their group.
All sessions are at Peace Lutheran Church on Wooster near Wintergarden in BG, and parents are always welcome to sit in on the classes.
This week is an Enrichment week and our students will be coming for their group classes today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday). Often the students ask when we will have our next group class. I think they enjoy being together and playing their music for each other! We have some fun activities planned dealing with musicals - becoming more aware of the popular musicals over the years, listening to main themes from these musicals the students have selected to represent the genre, hearing reports from research the students have done, and even learning basic choreography to one of the songs from Oklahoma! Miss Angie does a great presentation for the students and we enjoy hearing their ideas and thoughts they bring to the group. Check back for pictures of the students in action at the end of this week!
In January we had five new students join us at The Studio Connection. We want to welcome Olivia Jinnings, Philip Konrad, Abe Nixon, Esther Nixon, and Solanna Riddle. Olivia is studying with Miss Kelsey and Philip, Abe, Esther, and Solanna are taking lessons with Miss Susan. We look forward to introducing you to the other students during our Enrichment Classes next week, and are glad to have you as a part of our studio!
Today is the first day of November, and even though it is the fall season, we are already hearing Christmas music in the studio! Our students are choosing what holiday music they would like to be playing - whether Christmas carols, popular Christmas favorites, or music from the Nutcracker Suite. There will be several options for performance in the month of December, so please stay tuned for sign ups and more information to come!
Coming up next week are our Impressionist Enrichment Sessions. Some of the main composers from this short time period are Debussy, Ravel, and Satie. We will be learning much about exploring the blurred tones created in a new style by these composers as they do very different things with the pedal - and all as it relates to the painted art of the era. The students are all playing pieces which contain some of these elements, as much of the music written by these composers is at a more difficult level. We are looking forward to being together in our groups, hearing the music of the students, and doing some unique activities!
We had a great time at our Enrichment Sessions Wednesday and Thursday this week! Thank you, students, for coming well-prepared to perform for your group. And thank you to Peace Church for so graciously accommodating us. For our Little Mozarts class, this was the first time to play in front of an audience other than our families, so that was exciting for the students to share what they have been learning! We always have a door prize when the students come in, and then we perform for each other. Miss Angie and Miss Susan introduced many composers from the Romantic Era in a power point presentation, and Miss Kelsey associated the piano music to each composer by performing short sections of their works. Some groups had two games for this session - "Romantic Red-Rover"(don't worry - a non-vicious rendition!) where we answered questions related to the Romantic Era or its composers. The other game was a spelling game to see how well we can remember the unique last names of these German, Russian, Hungarian and Polish composers. We reviewed the life of Beethoven, learned about Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Grieg, Gurlitt, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky. Thank you to Miss Angie for preparing the special cookies at the end of our classes. Next week: back to regular lessons - keep up the good practicing!
Please confirm with your teacher that you are aware of the Enrichment Session days/times for the year. Each student has been assigned a group class and we want to make sure that will work for you. The schedule is posted here.
All students are preparing a piece to perform from the Romantic Era. An extra five points will be awarded to all who play by memory at the group!
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