February 21st, 2020

            We are just about through our first month of the Spring Semester, and there are so many cool new things we've tried out in lessons. This has been a super-inspiring year so far for me as a teacher, and I thank all of my studio families for letting me try out all the new tricks during your lessons!

            The biggest change is the MyMusicStaff Student Portal that I'm using (basically as my online secretary... It's amazing!) I think I've connected everyone with instructions on how to log in here, but if you need help using it, please let me know! There are so many new things I can share with either everyone as a group, or with individual families through the Portal, but you all need to be logging into it to be taking full advantage. (I'm not making the practice log a requirement this semester, but please do use it if you can! It shares with me what you practice, which helps me decide what material we should do in your next lesson!)

            There are a few little things coming up on the schedule I want to make sure everyone is aware of. On February 29th, we will have our first Parent-Hosted Potluck & Jam of the semester hosted by Rana's family. We will start the jam session at 4:30 (parents and siblings are welcome to jam too if they play any instruments!) Then after 45min to an hour we will have the potluck. Hosts usually provide a main-dish, so a simple side-dish or healthy snack is perfect for families to bring. This is such a great way to get families and fiddle-friends connected with each other and is very fun! Please RSVP to the jam by "registering" on the MyMusicStaff calendar (or let me know if you can come, and I will add you to the list!) This will let the hosts know how many families to expect!  ;)         

            The week of March 8th through the 14th is Spring Break, which means there will be no lessons! (Including group classes!) There are a few families that have rescheduled their lessons the weeks before and after that, so if you are in need of a make-up lesson, you should check those weeks out on the MyMusicStaff calendar to view all of the available lesson times. The other option for making up a lesson is to come to one of the monthly master-classes. The next one is on March 23rd at 5:15pm.

            I also want to point out to everyone that if you are sick or the roads are to rough to come to your lesson, I am all set up to do Skype or FaceTime lessons from your home. I will admit this is not as ideal as coming in person (especially for very young children) but as long as all the technical stuff is functioning properly, and there is a parent standing by for assistance, we can usually get through the essentials of a lesson. Every once in a while, I've tried to do a Skype lesson where things just weren't working... in that case, I usually just use your lesson time to make you some practice videos and send them to you through the MyMusicStaff  "online resources" page.

            Finally, if you received an invoice and haven't paid yet, please look that over and get that to me as soon as you can. In addition to helping me get my bills paid on time (the stress is real this year with a new house, and all the work that needs to be done to it...) part of your tuition goes towards hiring the piano accompanist for the recital, and paying for the space. This is something I need to get nailed down soon!

            Everyone's hard practice and dedication to technique is really starting to show itself already! I can't wait to see how much everyone will grow by the time our recital rolls around on May 9th! Keep up the good work, everyone, and please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!

Amanda Kerr

Upcoming Events

Feb24

Mon. Twinkle Tots only Group

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Feb29

Sat. Twinkle Tots only Group Class

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Feb29

Monthly Parent-Hosted Potluck & Jam

Rana's

Mar2

Mon. Twinkle Tots & Twinkle Stars Group

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Mar2

Mon. Twinkle Graduates Group (Twinkle through Etude)

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