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!
Below is our Updated 2018 Summer Lesson Schedule. Please note that there have been a few more student’s added and a few more changes. We’ve still not heard from several of you about what time/day you would like to have this summer. Please contact us soon as the week of June 11 will be here shortly. Also, again a reminder that Larimer Music will be closed June 3-9 and July 31-August 11.
Also of note is that our 4 lessons upfront payment rule will be relaxed for the summer. During June-August only, students will be allowed to pay weekly. Don’t delay, select your day/time right away!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Our last Holiday Recital was a wonderful evening and our students performed very well. The cost of having recitals continues to climb however. We asked last Fall for suggestions for a venue in which to hold our recitals and asked about the possibility of charging a low “ticket” price to help cover the cost, but we didn’t hear back from anyone. This time we are seriously hoping to get some feedback on the recital issue. If we are going to have a Spring or early Summer Recital in 2018, it is time for us to begin looking at dates and venues. We have noticed that the number of people attending continues to go down with each recital, which leads us to feel that perhaps we are doing them too often. So, should we only have one recital per year as do most music schools? Or should we continue doing them on a Summer/Winter twice per year schedule? Please take a minute to answer our question regarding a 2018 Spring or Summer Recital. If you vote yes, please consider giving us some suggestions for a venue to hold the recital. Thank you everyone!
If your young piano player is having difficulty with a particular spot or measure in a song, have him/her slow down a little right before it and make sure its played correctly. Then have him/her play it again a little faster until he/she can play it correctly without slowing first. A young piano student should never stop completely as that breaks the flow of the song and teaches the muscle memory to pause or stop. Also, ask him/her not to go back to the beginning and start over each time. The pianist should only go back a measure before the problem measure. Studies of piano practice methods have proven this to be the best way to progress into a pianist with lovely flowing technique.
Our Practice Minutes Competition begins February 1. Remember to fill in how many minutes each day you practice and have your parent/guardian initial each week in February. The piano student with the most minutes practiced wins a $5 gift card from Target, Dairy Queen, or Dunkin Donuts. Get ready to do lots of practicing!