Category Archives: Our Students

News about Larimer Music Students

Welcome & Congratulations

 

Larimer Music would like to welcome our newest student, Aubrey.  Aubrey is a piano student who attends Munster High School.  We are thrilled she has chosen to study with us.

Congratulations to our October Practice Minutes Contest winners-Brent for our 11-14 age group and Iris for our 10 and under age group.  November contest winners will be announced by the end of this week.  Way to go Brent and Iris!

Please note that we are discontinuing the contest for the months of December and January.  However, as our students have been doing a great job of practicing, let’s try to  keep it up even though the contest has been temporarily suspended.

September Practice Contest Winners

 

Congratulations to our winners of the September Practice Minutes Contest.  Our 11-14 winner was Logan and our 10 and under winner was Riley.  Both Logan and Riley received a Target gift card for practicing piano the most minutes during the month of September.  Remember pianists — practicing builds finger dexterity, note recognition, and muscle memory.  Practice=success!

Welcome New Students

Larimer Music would like to give a warm welcome to our newest piano students.  Back in June we added Lucy, Christina, and Hunter and in August added these three listed below.  We are excited to be working with you and to hearing all of you make beautiful music in our next recital!

WELCOME

 

Logan Worship Service

Here is our student Logan playing the keyboard in his very first worship service.  He did a fantastic job as did the other young people who played and sang.  He worked very hard on these songs. We are so proud of him. Practice truly does pay off!

Summer Lessons!

Welcome back students!  Our Summer Lesson Schedule has officially begun.  We are also thrilled to welcome new vocal students–Christina and Hunter.   Welcome as well to our youngest piano student, Lucy (Ms. Laura’s granddaughter).  We’d also like to welcome Iris back for the summer.  It’s shaping up to be a great summer session!

 

Congratulations Students

Congratulations to current and past students from left: Taylor, Rebecca, and Amanda.  All three of these high school seniors received 1st place awards for their vocal solos in the Illinois High School Solo and Ensemble competition in March.  Both Amanda and Rebecca worked with Ms. Laura in January and February on their songs.  Rebecca sang “Un Giorno Per Noi” in Italian and Amanda sang “Pokarekare Ana” in Maori.  Taylor hasn’t been a part of our musical family in an official capacity for a over a year, but her solo of “On My Own” is one she worked on with Ms. Laura.  We are so proud of them.  All three are also graduating from TF South High School this month as well.  We wish them all the best in their very bright futures.

April Contest Winner

Congratulations to Kate for winning the “perfect” homework contest for April.  She not only had all of her music theory homework worksheets correctly completed, but she also completed the “Race to Name the Notes” in the fastest  amount of time–Under 10 seconds.  Kate won a gift card to Target.  Great job Kate!

Please note that all competitions have ended until the Fall Schedule begins in late August.  Too many students miss lessons on a frequent basis during May-mid August due to sports and vacations to be able to run a fair competition.

Again, congratulations to Kate.

 

Spring Student Performances

Here is our youngest piano student, Iris, performing a piano solo at her school’s talent show.  Iris played beautifully and doesn’t look a bit nervous.  Another of our piano students, Elle,  performed a dance routine with a couple of friends at this same talent show.  We are very proud  of our students and are so happy that they are sharing their talents with others.

 

Practice Minutes Contest

Congratulations to our joint winners for the month of February–Logan and Brent.  They both practiced 500 minutes during the month.  Great job guys!

The Practice Minutes contest has been hugely successful in encouraging our piano students to practice.  However, it has come to our attention that since a couple of students are home schooled, they often have more free time to practice.  Also, a couple of students are much more advanced and have longer songs to practice which makes it easier for them to get higher numbers when practicing as opposed to beginner pianists with songs that are sometimes no more than 30 seconds long.  Therefore, in a spirit of fairness, we will be discontinuing the Practice Minutes contest.

Piano students should continue to aim for a minimum of 20 minutes of practice at least 5 days per week even if some time is spent reviewing old pieces or practicing scales.  We are working on a new idea for a contest–but one that will be fair to all students no matter how advanced or how or where they attend school.

Thanks for understanding and for all the hard work pianists!