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!