July 11, 2020

 

Hi everyone!

 

My first block two blocks of summer lessons went really well despite being completely online. (Plus changing my teaching schedule to just three days per week.) I have also had some awesome opportunities to catch up on some Suzuki teacher-training opportunities from home this summer! (This normally involves flying outside of Alaska for an out-of-state Suzuki Institute.) After stocking up on some new teaching tips, and getting a feel for teaching online, I have come up with a good plan for the rest of the summer and the fall semester.

We still have a couple more options for summer lessons with plenty of spots for Private (online, or in-person on a case-by-case basis... please see the note below!) or Zoom Group classes. Block 3 will run from July 20th through August 5th and I will offer a short 3-day intensive August 10th through the 12th. (The week before school starts.)

Fall semester will start on August 31st and will be a bit on the shorter side ending the week before Thanksgiving. (I'm thinking of doing a separate "Winter Block" in December...) There are a number of changes to this upcoming semester due to my family's daycare restrictions (among other things). Please head to the Semester at a Glance page to check out all of the new information.

Group classes will remain online via zoom, and private lessons can still happen on Skype or FaceTime. In-person lessons will occasionally become an option on a case-by-case basis. Please read the following regarding in-person-lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic:

1.) Online lessons are still my preferred method of teaching until further notice.

2.) Occasionally, coming in person for private lessons will be permitted. (I will contact families the morning of your lesson, and we can determine if an in-person lesson is an option, and go over what will need to keep the lesson safe for everyone.)

3.) Families who come in person will be required to remove their shoes, wash their hands, wear masks, and stay 6 feet away from myself. (My studio will be set-up with a "teacher side" of the room, and a "student/parent" side of the room.

4.) Weather permitting, we can also have your lesson outside in my backyard without wearing masks. Hand washing, and social distancing will still be required.

To sign up for summer lessons or the fall semester, head to my registration page. (Please be sure to read my studio policies before registering!)

One last note: I have lots of supplies here at my studio that I would be happy to sell and deliver to anyone that needs them. I have lots of pre-twinkle supplies (like the foamalins, foot charts, and the Bunny Books.) Plus at least a copy or two of all of the Suzuki and Fiddle Books! Let me know what you need, and I will let you know what I paid for them. I am not looking to make a profit, I merely want to ensure all of my students have what they need to keep playing their instrument fun and functional :)

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer, and is staying safe through these very strange times. Again, thank you all for being so supportive of my studio and for putting in the extra work to move to online learning. Your dedication really shows as I watch everyone grow so beautifully both as musicians and as humans! I hope everyone will keep up the hard work this summer, so when it is safe for us to all play together as a group again, we'll all have lots of new skills to use! Happy fiddling, everyone :D

Amanda

 

Upcoming Events

Sep28

Master Class (on Zoom)

Oct10

Studio Repertoire Play-Along (on Zoom)

Oct12

Technique & Music Games Group Class (on Zoom)

Oct26

Master Class (on Zoom)

Oct31

Spooky Suzuki Play-Along for Books 1 & Up! (on Zoom)