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Halloween Party Fun

We all had a great time at the Halloween Party. Everyone played a creepy Halloween song and the we did a very scarey Halloween Word search and scavenger Hunt!

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October Student of the Month

IMG_8182Congratulations to Emily- October Student of the Month! She is a talented pianist and always comes to lessons prepared and she has been very busy memorizing her piano works! She is currently working on an beautiful arrangement of ‘Hark, the Herald Angels Sing’ for our studio Christmas Recital.

Emily is in middle school this year and is in her 4th year of piano!  When she isn’t practicing she is busy in her school band and dancing at Maryland Hall.

Emily will have her picture on the Studio Wall of Fame and receive a $5 FiveBelow gift card to buy something fun!

Want to be Student of the Month?

  • Have perfect attendance for the month
  • Memorize at least one song on the piano.
  • Work on more than just your assignment.
  • Have a positive attitude in your lesson.
  • Be an encourager to other students. 

September Student of the Month

IMG_9461Congratulations to Annabelle- September Student of the Month! She is a devoted pianist and always comes to lessons prepared! She will be performing some great piano works this year including pieces by Bach, Mozart, Grieg, and Tcherepin. In September she memorized the first of the Tcherepin Bagatelles Op. 5 and she is currently working on an advanced jazz arrangement of ‘Silent Night’ for our studio Christmas Recital.

Annabelle is a 10th grader and now on her 9th year of piano!  When she isn’t practicing she is busy in her school athletics program and serving in the community.

Annabelle will have her picture on the Studio Wall of Fame and receive a $5 FiveBelow gift card to buy something fun!

Want to be Student of the Month?

  • Have perfect attendance for the month
  • Memorize at least one song on the piano.
  • Work on more than just your assignment.
  • Have a positive attitude in your lesson.
  • Be an encourager to other students. 

 

 

Time for Back-to-School and Halloween

Over the summer all of my students completed 5 one-hour lessons to keep up their technical skills, theory, and sight reading which get them ahead of the game for the new school year. They were all SO ready for September piano lessons and back-to-school! Right now they are busy with school activities and homework but they all make time to practice for their lessons. After all, music is an equal part of their educations- if Math isn’t optional, neither is music! Just look back to the ancient Greeks and their educational systems- we still base our education on these subjects today: grammar, rhetoric, and logic, geometry, arithmetic, MUSIC, and astronomy.

This year, our piano hands are becoming filled with stars (see photo)- each star represents one year in piano. My students are dedicated and have been studying with me for years! I couldn’t be more proud. This year we are working on memorization skills- our “practice” beads have been traded in for “memorization” beads. Every time my one of my students memorizes a page of music, they receive a bead for their chain…and the chains are growing already- WOW

October is time for Halloween party music, so each year we take a lesson to go “shopping” for a piece. This means that I play through a number of  Halloween songs and the student gets to choose which piece they want to play at the party. I think its a tie between this and Game Week for my students all-time favorite lessons of the year!

I know it feels too early for Christmas, but not in the piano studio! Some of my more advanced students have already been preparing their Christmas pieces for a couple of months- it going to be a great concert this year; bell choir, percussion ensemble, Jazz Christmas songs, as well as our favorite traditional Christmas pieces. Stay Tuned!

 

Student of the Month- May

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Congratulations Emily!

Congratulations to Emily- May Student of the Month!

Emily was hard at work in May. She not only earned a perfect rating of 5 beads every week, but she also earned tons of bonus beads this year!

Emily is a 5th grader and just completed her 3rd year of piano. When she isn’t practicing for bonus beads she is a busy performing ballet dancer.

Emily will have her picture on the Studio Wall of Fame and receive a $5 FiveBelow gift card to buy something fun!

Want to be student of the Month? Here is what you have to do:

1. Have a lesson rating of 5 for each week of the month.
2. Have perfect attendance for the month.
3. Have an encouraging spirit toward other students.
4. Have a positive attitude in lessons and look ahead in your piano materials.

 

Student of the Month

IMG_9594Congratulations to Mika, March Student of the Month. Mika is a brand new student who has been doing a superior job in lessons and has worked hard to receive a perfect lesson rating lots of bonus beads!

Watch out for Mika- she is going to one of my top pianists in the future!

Mika is in 1st grade this year and is working on her 1st year in piano lessons with me. When she isn’t playing piano, she participates in softball at school.

Mika will have her photo on the wall of fame for the rest of the year and she will also receive a $5 Five Below gift card to spend on anything she wants.

 

Want to be student of the Month? Here is what you need:

-a perfect lesson rating of 5 for each week of the month.
-perfect attendance for the month.
-an encouraging spirit toward other students.
-a positive attitude in lessons.

Student of the Month

I have been behind (again) in posting my picks for “Student of the Month”. Here they are for January 2017 and February 2017. These students really went above and beyond their usual lesson material and worked toward practicing extra pieces that were not assigned. Both of these students are progressing at the speed of light! I can’t wait to hear what’s in store for them at the June Recital!!

Congratulations to you both- I am very proud to have you as my students and I am really impressed with your hard work and passion for piano!

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Josie- January 2017

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Aaron- February 2017

One Minute Club 2017

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Participating students have to play 4 octaves of piano notes given randomly in under 60 seconds, 3 times consecutively.  Yes, you are reading it right….Molly did it in only 30 seconds!

Each member of the One Minute Club receives a $3.00 Gift card to Menchies, a One Minute Club Membership Card (courtesy of Susan Paradis.com) and a special treat at the Awards Recital!

Game Week- Day Two

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Jimmy and I played a CRAZY ledger line game!

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Annaliese and I played “Something’s Missing” 

“Something’s Missing” can be found on: http://www.jenspianostudio.com

Student of the Month

I have been behind in posting my picks for “Student of the Month”. Here they are for September 2016, October 2016, November 2016 and December 2016. These students really went above and beyond their usual lesson material and worked toward performing extra pieces at the Christmas Recital and pieces that were particularly challenging.

Congratulations to you all- I am very proud to have you as my students and I am really impressed with your hard work and passion for piano!

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Molly -October 2016

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April- December 2016

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Delaney- September 2016

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Will – November 2016

October Creepy Piano Fun!

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Tommy played the “Pumpkin Patch” game- he placed the pumpkins on the music staff (i.e. the pumpkin patch) by their name and then ‘picked’ them by placing them on the keyboard by flashcard.

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Josie played the “Skull Master”Game by placing the skulls on the keyboard by name and then putting them back by by flashcard…..BUT, in order to be a “Skull Master” she had to name each note before putting it back — by its enharmonic name!

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Noah played the “Candy Corn” game by matching the letter to its place on the staff and then to the piano key.

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Great job Noah! You got them ALL right!

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Andrew and I played a game of “Stepping Up and Down” on the piano.

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Can you believe it? We tied!!

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Emily played the “Circle of Spooks” game. I drew a letter and she had to remove the pumpkin or Owl from its location on her Creepy Circle of Fifths.

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Aaron is a new “Skull Master”! He learned a lot about double sharps and flats!

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Tommy and I played a “Musical Spelling Game” by spelling each word in ascending order on the staff using Halloween characters!

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Josie picked all the pumpkins from the pumpkin patch and correctly placed them on the piano keys! Nice job, Josie!

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Noah composed his own song about Halloween. He even sang it for me! It was the BEST SONG EVER!