Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Piano in the new year!

Happy new year!
Group lessons are now full, but I may be willing to create a new class if I have at least 2 students interested.
I have 2 openings left for private lessons and some time on Wednesday or Monday.

No new changes for the new year. We will start on recital pieces in February or March so if you are not a new student (new in 2010) start looking for your fun piece to play.

Thanks for everything! Can't wait to see everyone next week!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

January 2011 Piano Newsletter

Wow, the fall went too quickly!
I have loved teaching your students and I hope they had a wonderful time with me!
Some notes for the holiday season and January:
1. I am available to teach lessons through the break, BUT you have to let me know immediately if I should expect your student. If I don’t hear from you I will not plan on seeing your student for lessons until school starts again in January. I am happy to teach, I just don’t want to be chained to the piano if your student isn’t coming.
2. Some of your students will need new books very soon. If you have a moment maybe take time to see how many pages are left in their books and if it is less than 5 I suggest getting the next book up for them asap. If you have questions, let me know.
3. I know some of you have asked about festival and the long and short of it is this: I charge less than most piano teachers because I don’t do festival or other tournaments. I think they are great and did them myself some years when I was taking lessons. I just haven’t decided to do them yet. If and when I do it would increase my lesson cost because of the additional time and cost it would be for me to have students in festival so I am not planning to do it in the next year or so. I am sorry for an inconvenience there.
4. Now that winter recital is behind us everyone can start looking for spring recital music! I will choose one for each student and they can choose the second song (I will help the newest students with choosing a song). Don’t worry about this too much just yet, we’ll talk about it more in a month or so.
5. I know it is break time, but please remember to practice a little bit!
6. Have a wonderful holiday! I look forward to seeing everyone when school (and therefore lessons) is back in session or sooner if you notify me!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Piano Newsletter

1. I need a head count for the recital. It is December 13th (a Monday) at either 6 or 7:15 pm. I am splitting into groups because otherwise not everyone will fit in the room available at the City of Rigby Library. I don’t need exact numbers, but I do need a decent count. If you are over or under by 3 or less don’t worry about letting me know of a numbers change. I want to make sure we have room for everyone who is attending please. I need this the next time I see your student or sooner. Feel free to email or text the info.
2. Next week is Thanksgiving and I am not planning to teach on any days next week UNLESS you contact me TODAY (exactly 1 week from when your lessons are scheduled) to confirm the time for next week or even to see if we can move it for the holiday. Those who have talked to me, I have you set up. Everyone else, please contact me immediately so I will be home and prepared for students. I am happy to teach but I need to know you will be coming.
3. I think some of you may have noticed we are expecting a new addition to our family fairly soon. When that occurs I will be taking a few days off… but lessons won’t! I have a substitute that many of you have met in the past; my mother. She was a piano teacher for years and now teaches in public school. She will be taking over all my lessons as needed so things will be business as usual. The only day that *may* need to be rescheduled is Tuesdays as she has a church obligation she may have difficulty moving. (Daytime students will need to reschedule too, contact me when you have time.) If so I will contact you to see if your student can attend Monday or Friday at the usual (or close to the usual) time. I have given her the information on each student, what books they are using etc so she is very prepared to step in.
4. When the new addition arrives I hope all will understand that I will not be letting students hold or play with the baby. I would rather not be distracted keeping an eye on him and some students are just plain too young to hold the baby without making me really nervous. Also, this is cold and flu season and I’d like to keep the germs down as much as possible. If you would be kind enough to talk to your student (particularly the younger ones) and explain that the baby will not be passed around or available for touching I would be really grateful. Also, if you would be mindful of contagious germies and refrain from bringing sick students to lessons this winter I would be very, VERY grateful. I trust all of you to know what is or is not contagious and thanks for being understanding of an overprotective parent.
5. A lot of students are losing books and/or not bringing all their books to lessons with them. When this occurs their lesson is shortened as I have time set up for each book they bring and when they are missing a book it makes it very difficult to progress through lessons as we will be stuck playing catch up and that can make lessons a bit confusing for everyone. Please make sure your student has all of their books every week. (The books that matter most are the theory, technic and piano books… but really all of them are important.)
6. Thanks for all you do! I will send another note with more information about the recital soon!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November Piano Newsletter

Piano and Voice Newsletter November 2010
Happy Halloween/Thanksgiving!
Nearly every student should be working hard on their recital song(s). Some of the early beginners do not have their music yet, but will in the next few weeks. Some of the older students wanted to choose their own songs, which is fine with me. However, I have not seen what songs they are doing yet so maybe remind them. As I said last month, every new-to-piano-student this year will do only one song and everyone else will be playing two.
As for the recital… it will be on December 13 at 6 or 7 pm, depending on the time I select for you. (More on that later in the month.) I will be breaking students into two groups to make it a less of a tight fit. You are welcome to invite any family and friends you would like, but if you can give me a rough estimate of a head count so I set out enough chairs!
Winter reminder: Once it snows if you park on the street you will quite possibly get a ticket or be towed. Sorry to say I have no pull in that regard so unless you are in your car don’t leave it on the street. Just pull into my driveway close to the garage so my husband can come in and out quickly in case of job related emergencies. He *can* get around most cars if you don’t do that, but he tends to take out my sprinkler heads and that makes me cranky in the spring.
As you know, the holidays are coming. The way I handle lessons when there is a holiday and/or no school is this: IF you let me know at least 1 week in advance (I need the full 7 days to plot out my schedule), I am happy to teach your student that week. If your student’s lesson is on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, I am happy to reschedule it that week on a different day since I doubt you want to bring your turkey dinner to my house! Please do me a favor and let me know if you want to have lessons that week as quickly as possible and definitely 7 days before their lesson that week. This is the same policy for Christmas and the time off through the New Year, so let me know asap.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Karate location update

As most of you know, the Montessori had to suddenly relocate.
That means we will no longer we out at the old school for class.

For the next week or so we will be in the basement of the Rigby City Library at the usual times. After that we are planning to move back into Liberty Montessori at their new location in the Old Courthouse in Rigby.

If you have questions please let us know.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Piano and Voice Newsletter October 2010

Well, things are going wonderfully so far. I love every single student and it makes my day more fun to see them. We are moving along nicely. Most students have all of their books and that is really great.

A few notes: I need the Registration paper and signed back page of the student handbook from some of you still. Let me explain why they are so important: That registration page has your contact information and I need that to let you know if there is any cancellation or an emergency with your student or if we just need to talk. The handbook has some really important policies such as payment information, how and when classes are cancelled and expectations of behavior in my home. I hope all of you have read it already and just need to sign and turn in that last page, but if not, please do so. I have spare copies I will be sending home for you to sign if you haven’t done that already and you can always go to our blog and read and print it from there.

Some of you may have noticed that I am holding firm to separating my home and my lesson area. My family has expressed to me that they need some space during lesson time and I respect that. Please help your children respect that also. If you have siblings who wait for each other they are welcome to bring books or an mp3 player or something quiet to entertain themselves with in my living room. I don’t want anyone to feel this is a specific slam on them because it isn’t, I just need to respect my family and their wishes for while I teach. It also makes it easier for me to conduct lessons with less interruption and that is great for everyone.
This month I would like to start on CHRISTMAS MUSIC! Yay! Please take some time with your student and find a song they would like to play. I will be selecting a song also, but I’d love for them to choose something that works for the holiday (however your family chooses to celebrate it) that they want to play. I would like Christmas songs turned in to me by the 3rd week of October at the latest please. Beginning piano students do not need to do this unless they want to (as in students in their first year of piano with me). Also, not all students will play 2 songs, some will play just one. However, all students will be required to perform at the recital. I’ll get you dates and info as we get closer to December.

At the bottom of this newsletter you will see an invoice for the month. If you ever have any questions, please let me know. You are welcome to call or text me at 227 3200. As of October payments after the 10th will have the late fee applied that is discussed in the student handbook.

Have a great month and thank you for letting me teach your student (or you!). I really enjoy it!

Funakoshi Newsletter October 2010

Welcome to fall!

Now that everyone is settled and ready for karate, here are some notes for October:
If you have not yet signed the waiver, student handbook and registration form, you need to do this. There are a few copies available if you want to fill them out at class. This is a requirement for karate, so please get this done.

The student handbook has a lot of information in it. Some information that is worth pointing out is how much to pay for class (we do not “grandfather” fees for Montessori Students and the amount it has increased is minimal), when to pay for class (as of October the late fee will be enforced) and exactly how many classes you are paying for each month and how cancellations are handled. It is vital that you read the entire handbook.

Wearing a Gi is required. All students have 2 weeks (mid October) to have your Gi, then you may not participate.

In November all students (except for the new this fall Montessori students) will have a belt grading. Start preparing. This will occur in the first week of November and you can find more information in the Student Handbook about gradings.

There are no holidays this month that will affect karate class. Make sure we have your current contact information so you will be notified during the month if there is any scheduling changes (that information would be on your registration form which is one reason why it is necessary to turn it in).

Finally, attached at the bottom of this newsletter is your invoice for each month. Please call or text 227-3200 with any questions on your invoice. Sensei Tower does not handle any billing questions, you will be referred to Mrs. Tower.
Have a wonderful Fall.

Monday, September 13, 2010

September Newsletter Piano

Piano Newsletter September 2010
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Hi there! I can’t believe it is already the middle of September!
Things have gone well so far. I know some of you were here through the summer so this is just a simple time change for lessons, but for those who took the summer off and/or are new to my piano studio: Welcome (back)!
We are getting adjusted with books right now and reviewing things that may have been forgotten over the summer. If you haven’t had time, please pick up any of the books I have recommended asap. If you mention my name at Chesbros you *should* get a discount. It is kind of hit and miss with that discount, but try for it! I really need every student to have all their books because it affects how long the lessons run and what I can effectively teach if they don’t have all their books with them consistently. Some of you have bags for your piano books and I think that is just perfect for keeping them together, thank you!
Also on books, if you have a student who is more advanced or your student really wants some extra music to learn, I would love to add music they want to play to their lessons. I will help look for songs if they want, but you’ll need to order any music for them yourself. I really like Amazon and Sheetmusicplus for finding music at a lower cost.
Some of you have asked if I will be taking any more students this fall. The long and short of it is yes. I can take on 3 more students as this time. I wasn’t sure if my schedule would work, but it will, so I can take 3 more on without any problem. You are welcome to tell other families. Refer them to our website (listed above) for any questions or give them my number please.
Some important bookkeeping and record issues: I need your registration and signed paper telling me you read the student handbook. The registration page gives me all the contact info I need in case I need to get ahold of you and it is vital that all of you read the student handbook. All of my policies are listed there and a lot of questions I have been getting are answered on it. You can read it on our website (listed above). The registration page is there too, please just copy and paste into word and print it out. In regards to payments, if you pay cash please put it in an envelope with your student’s name so I know who it is for. That helps me stay organized. And please read the student handbook for policies on payments.
Finally, on lesson time. I know some of you want to shift around a bit now that you have a better feel for your schedule. Let me know if you want to do this and list some times that would work for you. There is a chance someone in one of times wants to do the same thing!
Thanks for letting me teach your kiddos. I love getting to know each one of them.
Kimber Tower
227 3200

Friday, September 10, 2010

Waiver and registration reminder

Just reminding all of you that we need your registration, paper that you read and understand the student handbook and if you are in karate your waiver.
Particularly for karate, you cannot participate in class without all three signed and turned in.

Also for those who have asked, yes, I have a few more piano spots left. I made a little room in the schedule and can take on two more and be in my limit I've set.

In karate there is room in the kid's class and the adult class, but if you are a Montessori student we will only take a limited number in order to allow regular students in the classes.

Thanks and we'll see you again next week!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Karate time and location changes for Fall 2010-2011

Karate will be held on Monday and Wednesdays this Fall.

We know this will conflict with family night for some families and we apologize for the inconvenience. Remember, you only pay for 4 lessons a month so if you miss Monday nights you are still getting your moneys worth.

Children Classes are from 6-7pm

Adult classes are from 7-8:30pm

Classes will be held at Liberty Academy Montessori, formerly known as Jefferson Montessori.

Please print and sign the below Registration form, Waiver and Student Handbook prior to attending the first class.

Classes start August 30th!

Piano lesson times still open and book needs

Hi there!

I don't have many piano times still available, but if you haven't chosen your time yet, this is what is left:

Wednesday from 5-6pm.

I also have some times during the day for home school students and I can do one or two early morning lessons.

If you really need another day, please contact me and we can see if I can make it work, but I can't guarantee anything. Most of my times were filled last spring and in the interest of not spreading myself too thin I have a set amount of students I can take.

Feel free to call or text me 227 3200 or email me if you want to set up a time and we will see what we can do.

For books:
I like the Bastian books so please have all of those for your student's level. If you don't know their level contact me and we will sort it out.

I also like the Dozen a Day books.

For those who want them, I like the Primary Passages for beginners and easy hymns, primary etc.

More intermediate and advanced students may pick a book of music that is fun for them to play.

If you have any other questions, please ask!

Lessons start for Fall August 30th.

Don't forget to fill out the registration and handbook forms on this blog!

Registration, Waiver and Student Handbook for 2010-2011 are posted!

The three forms you MUST fill out and turn in have been posted here!

You need to sign all 3 and turn them in to your instructor.

No exceptions.

Thank you so much and we can't wait to see you soon!

Registration Form

***Please copy and paste the below document into a word file. This form must be turned in and signed at student's first class or student will not be allowed to participate.***

Kimber Tower Sam Tower
Piano Instructor Karate Instructor
282 West 1st South Rigby Idaho
227 3200 (text or call)

Student Name _______________________________________________________________
Parent Name_________________________________________________________________
Type of Lesson________________________________________________________________
Home Phones_________________Cell___________________Work_____________________
Email Address_________________________________________________________________
Student Age and Experience______________________________________________________
Any other information__________________________________________________(finish on back)
***You are also required to sign the last page of the student handbook and turn it in with this registration form. Karate students are required to sign the student waiver also and turn it in before being allowed to participate in class. If you need either just ask!***
I __________________________________________ understand that I am signing to a minimum of 4 months of (circle whichever applies) Piano/Karate lessons. I understand that I am financially responsible for these 4 months and the following months after that. If I attend 1 class in a month I am responsible for payment of the entire month. If I do not attend class for 1 full calendar month and have NOT made arrangements with the instructor I understand I may not be allowed to return to classes and if I am I will have to sign another 4 month contract.

Signature or student and/or parent (if student is under 18) Date

Karate Waiver

***Please copy and paste the below form into a word document, sign and return to Sensei Tower at student's first class. No student will be allowed to participate in class until this waiver is signed and turned in.***

Funakoshi Karate

Injury waiver and covenant not to sue

I ____________________________________ as the Parent/Guardian of __________________________ do hereby recognize and acknowledge that Funakoshi Karate is a dynamic and traditional martial art that teaches through example and demonstration, hand to hand combative techniques, as well as fighting techniques, and physical fitness conditioning exercises. I recognize that there is a potential for injury when engaged in these activities even under close supervisions of an affiliated instructor. I understand that injuries that may occur include but are not limited to: broken fingers and or toes, swollen lips, bruises, contusions, sprains, strains, dislocations, blisters, lacerations and may even include death. I forever hold Funakoshi Karate International, its governing body and the instructors, as well as the parents or guardians of other students and other students harmless and covenant not to sue for any injury incurred during normal instruction and during normal class activities. This waiver is not binding in the event of negligence committed by any of the above mentioned individuals.

Signature                                                                                                                                             Date

Welcome to 2010-2011 school year!

Welcome back! You should find this blog being updated at least monthly with information for piano and karate students.
We hope you have a great year and look forward to seeing our students again!

Sensei Tower and Mrs. Tower